Before you decide on who to take in round 1 of your fantasy draft, check out a few simple tips that can help you digitally crush your buddies this season.
It’s that time of year again. Fantasy Football is back! While it’s a long season, you really do set the tone for your year with the draft. So unless you want your buddy Greg heckling you all season about how awful your squad is, you need to be ready for your draft. Don’t let Greg win!
Here are a few tips to remember when going into your draft.
1. Always come prepared
The same lesson you learned back in grade school applies to fantasy football too – do your homework. You need to know what players you should be targeting in a particular round. You might think it’s easy just to go into a draft knowing the top players, but that isn’t enough to win. Your fantasy football season isn’t won with your first-round pick, it’s picks 2,3,4, etc.
2. Don’t get caught up in positional runs
So the last two people before you drafted QB’s so you tell yourself, I better get a good one before they are all gone. Next thing you know you just took a guy in round 3 that you should have been targeting in the 7th. This is one of the hardest disciplines to control when drafting. You worried about filling out starters rather than focusing on best available.
Remember – always go best available when you can – if a bunch of people just took quarterbacks in the 2nd that means you are left with higher quality running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends to choose from when you’re on the clock.
3. Avoid drafting a kicker or defense until the last 2 rounds
There are no exceptions to this rule. Don’t do this. There is no reason to do this. Stop doing this! Kickers are a week-to-week anomaly. As for defenses, you can get by streaming a defense each week based off who they are playing. With bench space limited you likely aren’t reserving a spot for one of these two when they are on their bye week, so why waste a 10th round pick on them?
4. Draft with your head, not your heart
Let’s say you’re a Falcons fan and you’re in a draft where you could end up with Julio Jones, DeVonta Freeman, and Matt Ryan, sounds great right? Wrong. Your 3 top position players are on the same team. Unless they are putting up 50 points each week, that is a recipe for disaster.
You should be strategic with your draft picks. You can’t just focus on players from your favorite pro team, or even college team. You’ll have your heart broken way too much. It’s always the ones we love that hurt us the most after all!
5. Don’t let the surroundings distract you
Drafting at your favorite sports bar? It’s easy to get caught up in the fun and enjoy a few beers while you are there. First off you should always drink responsibly no matter what! On draft night though, don’t get caught up in what is going on around you. You want to stay focused on your draft. You don’t want to miss other picks.
You’ll want to get a feel for how everyone else is drafting. You can pick up on patterns which can help you build the optimal team.
6. Exploit your friends’ favorite team
As mentioned earlier, you shouldn’t let your fandom get in your way. As for others, that’s a different story. If you have a friend that you know is a diehard Panthers fan you can get in their head some. Make them think Cam Newton is going to be your next pick after they go. You might just scare them into taking someone far too early because they really want their favorite player.
Remember, all is fair in fantasy football!
Above all else though, remember the key to fantasy football is to just have fun! Don’t take it too seriously!