2013 Fantasy Football: Draft AdviceBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, Fantasy Leagues, News Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
Websites have been viewed and magazines purchased. Hopefully your league commissioner has made you aware of your drafting position; allowing for mock drafts to be completed. Fantasy football is back, and as your draft(s) approach whether pre or post Labor Day, the preparation starts now. Compiling your top 200-300 players, sorting the names by positions, highlighting possible sleepers, and marking who will be busts is just the start. What it takes to not participate in your league, but being in a position to win the championship, is the “next” level of thinking and planning. I’m going to share some tips that I use and strongly recommend when participating in either an online or live fantasy football draft. I have constructed a top ten list of points of emphasis I strongly encourage you to put to use. I also read comments that you post; therefore any questions you may have whether new to fantasy football or a veteran player, I’m here to answer.
1. Do not waste a draft pick. Whether it’s the timer running down for an on-line draft or all eyes in the room staring at you during your live draft, it can difficult to keep your cool and stick to your strategy especially in the later rounds. My suggestion-Have an outline with you at the draft with all of the rounds/and 3-5 players you are targeting. Whether a player falls to you, or is selected earlier then you anticipated. When the names of the position players are third and fourth on the team’s depth chart; have a visual that is clear and concise, and you will stay calm because you have put the time in to select from the “options” on your round by round chart.
2. Only draft one of the following position. (K, DEF/ST, TE). My only exception pertaining to the 2013 season would be Gronkowski. He is top 2 at his position when healthy, but is not looking likely to start the season with the Patriots; so a second tight-end is needed.
3. Don’t be a “homer” and don’t refuse to draft a player because he plays for a team you have nothing but complete disgust for. Don’t overdraft because you own the jersey of an Eagles player; and don’t refuse to draft talent like Dez Bryant and Victor Cruz because they play on NFC East squad that make you sick to your stomach. This is “fantasy football.” There is a “winner’s sum” to be won and bragging rights for an entire year. I will say this however. When you are watching an Eagles vs. Giants or Eagles vs. Cowboys game, don’t be that Eagles fan who gets caught cheering for the opposing player because he is on your fantasy team.
4. Pay attention to what the other league members are doing. If you are in a 10 team league and 9 quarterbacks have been selected, don’t panic and make the next selection a quarterback. Add depth to your running back and receiver core, the chances that another owner is going to select their back-up QB before filling out the rest of their starting roster positions is highly unlikely.
5. Wait until week 5 before you start looking to make that first trade. Some players and teams in the NFL get out of the gate much quicker than others. Some of the most elite players in FF may be adjusting to a new offensive coordinator or returning from off-season surgery. It’s all about making the playoffs. Typically the regular season is 13 weeks, with the playoffs taking place weeks 14-16. Even if you are 1-3 to start the season, don’t panic and propose a trade where you are sending three “good” players for one “great player.”
6. Do not watch the NFL Red-Zone over your Philadelphia Eagles game because you want to check to see how your fantasy team is doing. You want to look at your phone during commercials, half-time that’s fine. When you see a change in score for another game on the bottom of the screen during an Eagles game, don’t run to see if it was your starting quarterback or skilled player that registered the touchdown. You are an Eagles fan “first” and fantasy player “second.” Once you confuse the two, it’s hard to reverse the ill effect.
7. The team you draft will not be the team you finish the year with. Every owner truly feels they have the best team post-draft. Injuries, trades, waiver wire pick-ups all change how your team looks throughout the season.
8. Names are merely a pattern of letters. There are “sexy” names that as an owner you want on your weekly roster. What matters in fantasy football is weekly/yearly production. If you can look past the “sexy” factor and wait three rounds to draft a player who will accumulate 90% of the statistics of the “sexy” name, you have allowed yourself to stock up on other key positions, opening the door for future trades and depth when your starters go down with injury.
9. Draft your defense in the second to last round. Draft your kicker in the last round.
10. Treat yourself to a player. Whether you select them 2-3 rounds earlier then what ADP experts are telling you, go with your gut. It’s these types of pay-offs that separate the good and great fantasy football players.
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