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THE GAP BETWEEN THE TIER 1 TIGHT ENDS—GRONKOWSKI, Jimmy Graham and Vernon Davis in that order on my personal draft board—and the rest is significant. So pull the trigger on one of these three in the first three rounds. If you're unsuccessful at that, you can wait a few rounds to address the area because the position is very deep—so deep in fact that if you're in a league in which you can start a tight end in a flex spot, it's often smart to start two tight ends because a second tight end is often more productive than a third receiver. Two seasons ago I started both Gronkowski and Jason Witten because my receivers were pass-catching dogs. This year I personally like Brandon Pettigrew (box, left).
AVOID RUNNING BACK TIME-SHARE SITUATIONS
YOU'RE BETTER OFF DRAFTING WHAT LOOKS LIKE AN unsexy running back who gets the lion's share of his team's carries—Donald Brown of Indy, for example (box, left)—than trying to choose between guys in a time-share. Good luck trying to decipher the Patriots' backfield of Joseph Addai, Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and Danny Woodhead, for example.
SELECT A QUALITY QB2
SINCE MOST LEAGUES ALLOW TEAMS TO START ONLY ONE quarterback, it's the easiest position at which to own a quality backup and therefore the easiest in which to have a tradable asset that can help you fill a hole elsewhere in your lineup.
WORK THE WAIVER WIRE WITH ABANDON
REPLACE UNDERACHIEVING PLAYERS WITH THOSE OFF the wire and don't be afraid to cut bait if an early-round pick is not performing. If you're doing well in your league and are one of the last to act in the waiver wire every week, you'll need to be extra smart and think two or even three weeks ahead.