I'm not going to go to the trouble of outlining what the best defenses are because, quite frankly, it's really obvious. You want the Seahawks', Niners', Bears' , or Texans' D ideally, but there are a couple other reasonable ones if you so desire. I don't care all that much which you take, but when you take them is key. Once you have your starting roster completely filled out with the exception of these two positions, start opening your eyes. There will probably be a couple more "sleepers" or interesting pieces (one or two I'd say) that you want to pick up, and by all means go for them. But once you are satisfied and have a few serviceable backups, jump on a defense. Be THAT guy. Having the best defense in the game WILL pay off, and defenses can win you games. But my strategy isn't focused on grabbing the best D necessarily. What I want to do is grab a couple of the best D's. As I mentioned before, I traded the Texans' D last year for Matt Stafford. Insane. It benefited both teams, so while everyone else was bitching about how unfair it was, me and my trading partner were both satisfied. I was a little weak at QB, and Stafford helped me to solidify it. This was only possible because I also had the Bears' D. It's the drafting best available strategy. I don't necessarily need this piece, but I know every other team in the league would like it. Take that, other teams! I can't wait until you get desperate for a defense that doesn't drop 0's every other week and trade me a solid flex or RB2 play. I know this may be a little difficult to do because everyone else in the world says to do the exact opposite. Just believe me; this will work for you, and you won't miss out on any sleepers that win your friend's team the league. How often do you find a Doug Martin past the sixth round anyway? Almost never. The only cases I can think of would be the breakout QBs this past year and Cam the year before. So if you want to grab Geno Smith (please don't) or EJ Emanuel (no seriously, don't), be my guest, but I will be the proud owner of the Niners' D and the Bears' D.
As for kickers, I still prefer to grab them before everyone else, but they are a last two round choice. Try to grab one in a high octane offense, but even if you don't you should be fine. Good defenses are much more rare than consistent kickers. Sometimes I even find myself thinking "shouldn't I grab a kicker on a bad team, because they will kick more field goals and score fewer TDs?" Then I remember it's a kicker and I'm overthinking it, so just grab one that feels good to you and it'll be fine.
Time to bring it all together! A round by round walk-through, if you will:
Round 1: Grab a running back. No thinking, just do it.
Round 2: Go for another top three levels RB. Ignore the sexy wideouts! If all the RBs are gone grab Jimmy Graham
Round 3: Grab Brees or Rodgers if they are there (they won't be), but otherwise grab a really solid number 1 wideout
Round 4: Risk on Gronk if he is there, grab Bush or Sproles if you don't have a second RB yet (although they probably went in round 3), or grab another wideout which is what I will probably do.
Round 5: This may be your last chance to grab a solid flex, so grab one more wideout
Round 6: Finally time to grab a QB. Look for RG3, Russell Wilson, Kaep, Stafford, or Romo. They will all do great.
Round 7: Start grabbing bench warmers and/or possible flex substitutions
Round 8: See round 7
Round 9: Grab a TE! Look for Olsen or Daniels
Round 10: Grab one more bench guy
Round 11/12: Piss everyone off and take two of the top defenses!
Rounds 13-15: Pick super sleepers or possible backups to your startings RBs
Round 16: Grab some kicker, any kicker really; just not the Jets' kicker.
Follow these steps and I have a feeling you will really like your team. I have loved my team in almost all of my mock drafts (except that time I took Peyton in round 4, I just couldn't resist). If nothing else just make sure you love your team. You might ignore every single thing I have said here, but I'm okay with that if you love your team, because there is no worse feeling than thinking you don't have chance going into the season; than seeing everyone else's teams and wishing they were yours. Don't let that happen. If you have to pick that one guy from your home team, do it. I won't, but that's because it hurts to much to lose fantasy and watch the Panthers lose on a given Sunday. Have fun, and don't give up during the season. I hate that. Everyone hates that. But most importantly,