The time is growing near guys and gals. 20 days until Fantasy Football season starts! And that means soon, the fantasy drafting will be upon us. I am here to give you some suggestions on your draft strategy.
This year I am joining a league with my boyfriends family, which I have no doubt will be hilarious. Our tenth man is the family dog “Jersey” who will autodraft (and probably win). So suffice to say there is a wide range of football knowledge among us. From the younger brother (and 2 time league champion) to the oldest sister (who lives in Rome and is more likely to do a recipe search than check the waiver wire). There are many different levels of experience and comfortability going into a draft. And doing your first draft in a room full of guys can be intimidating. So the first draft strategy I am going to discuss I’m going to call the “Quick Shopper” method. This is for all those who are brand new to fantasy football, or are very nervous about drafting in front of a large group of people, or simply want to be involved in a league but don’t have the time to prepare.
QUICK SHOPPER METHOD: The reason for the name, is that we’re going to pretend our cheat sheet is a shopping list, and we’re going to cross off players when they’re “bought” to see what is still available to “buy”.
To prepared, print off a “cheat sheet”. You can find these on many websites such as ESPN or YAHOO. You can even Google search the topic and find a direct link such as this one.
Where you get the cheat sheet isn’t important as long as you have one, though I would recommend ESPN. Make sure you print off an over all player ranking, AND rankings by position. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
You will need to draft 1 or 2 Quarterbacks, 4-6 Wide Receivers, 4-6 Running Backs, 1 or 2 Tight Ends, 1 Defense, and 1 Kicker for a total of 15-16 players on your team (based on standard leagues). Make sure to bring these sheets with you to your draft along with a highlighter or pen. You will use these to select your players in the draft. Now here are my easy to follow instructions. For general purposes go down the overall player rankings with these exceptions:
If you are unable to draft one of the top 3 Ranked quarterbacks wait until rounds 6-10 to draft a quarterback.
If you are unable to draft one of the top 3 tight ends wait until rounds 7-11 to draft a tight end.
Draft a kicker and defense as you next to last, and last pick.
Make sure to use your sheet with rankings by position as well, if a lot of people are drafting running backs for example, make sure to draft one high on the list as soon as possible.
If you see a name you recognize and its close to the top of your list (within 5 to 7 spots from the top) draft him. The reason for this? Players who are better, typically get more publicity and therefore it’s more likely the player you have heard of is better at his position.
Lastly, DON’T PANIC. That’s what the list is for, to help you. Drafting is only the first step in building a winning team, so even if you feel you’ve flubbed the draft there is still time to build your team through waiver wire pick ups and trades. The point is to have fun and learn more about the game!
This strategy is very easy to implement and great for those of you who are very nervous, or new to the game.
Best of luck to you in your drafting!