Preseason Prep

The time has come boys and girls. It is officially Football Season! Today’s kickoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings Marks the beginning of the 2015 season. But now is not the time to start cracking open beers, and putting on you sweat pants. It’s the perfect time to start your Preseason Prep!

  1. Join a League.

That’s right, you can’t play if you don’t join, and there are a variety of different options for you out there. One option is to create a league with friends. Some easy to use sites are ESPN, and Yahoo. They are very user friendly. However, for season long use I definitely prefer ESPN.

Don’t have friends no problem! There are plenty of ways to beat anonymous people into fantasy submission. Yahoo, and ESPN both offer leagues that you can join. Another great option is a new site http://www.myfantasyleague.com. They offer leagues you can join at any time at a variety of price points. Creating a league requires a little more finesse, but the open drafts are a lot of fun. It’s important to join a little earlier than your typical draft though because the drafts last A LONG time. Check out more about MFL’s here:

https://footballfemme.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/mfl-draft-only-league-the-details

Don’t want to keep up with a league all season? No problem! Daily Leagues have been gaining a lot of traction. Check out http://www.draftkings.com or http://www.fanduel.com to get your daily fix. Another option is http://www.skyllzone.com. Instead of beating your fellow humans, you get to sock it to some computers. Each computer drafter is equipped with its own programming that makes it unique. You have to pay to play, but once you’re in, you can earn skyllpoints that you can use to enter paid leagues.

2. Start your research

If you haven’t already started your research, then now is the time. Seriously the amount of info out there is mountainous. Get on twitter, use the Google, sign up at http://www.yourfantasyfootballcoach.com, the options are endless. It’s not a bad idea to go ahead and print off some cheat sheets and start tinkering to create your own rankings. There is still a full month until the real games begin, so projections are extremely fluid. Keep up with injuries, and preseason performances. Oh yea, and one more thing: MOCK DRAFTS, MOCK DRAFTS, MOCK DRAFTS.

3. Actually watch the Preseason games.

A lot of people ignore preseason games. It’s true that the big names aren’t on the field, and a lot of games don’t have the flash and panache that you see in regular season games, but they still have value. This is where you can find some quality sleepers. Plus why not get a taste of that football greatness as soon as you can?? Some sleepers I have my eye on are:

  1. Eddie Royal
  2. Brian Quick
  3. Dewayne Allen
  4. Cameron Artis-Payne
  5. Roy Helu

So get out there people! Join a league, do your research, and rejoice because fantasy football season is finally upon us!

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MyFantasyLeague.Com: The future of your league?

I have just signed up for my first MFL league. But what is an MFL league? It’s a hosted league from the site myfantasyleague.com. It is the most diverse, flexible, and unique site I’ve found so far. The customization available is ridiculous, and would be a lot of fun to tinker with, but for the sake of this post, I’m going to keep things pretty light and breezy.

I joined an MFL draft only league. You participate in a snake draft with (in my case) 12 teams. The catch is, that each team owner has 8 hours to make their draft selection. 8 HOURS. This may seem like overkill but it really allows you to make an educated draft time decision. Of course, this means that a draft can last weeks instead of hours so keep that in mind as you sign up. After your team is drafted (20 players). You won’t have to worry about setting a lineup for the rest of the season. “Wait, what the heck?!” Yep, no lineup setting. Your starting lineup is based on your best scoring players for that week. So, you won’t have to agonized over which wide receiver to start every week, worrying that you’ll make the wrong decision. MFL sets your optimal line up. EASY PEASY!  Whichever team wins, based on total points, gets the “W’, and the glory. Each week your starting lineup will change based on best available player per position. It’s a fun way to experience being in a fantasy football league without the everyday hassle of trades, the waiver wire, or weekly roster decisions. This is great for people in multiple leagues, those just starting out, or those who are looking for a different league experience. Not to mention, that FREE leagues exist. All reward, no risk! I’ll keep you updated on how my first draft goes, including advice and pointers for those interested in joining or starting their own leagues.

IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN…..to kickoff. 🙂

The Quick Shopping Method Continued

If you would like to know more about the Quick Shopping Method, check out:

http://www.yourfantasyfootballcoach.com

I will also be writing there from time to time so if you just can’t get enough of draftdaydame, you now have another option to get your fix. Not to mention a great place to get advice and learn more about the game.

Also, if you have a question email me at draftdaydame@gmail.com and I will feature your question in a post!

It’s almost here! 7 days until kick off!

Key things you need to know before you draft.

So you’re doing your research, downloading and printing cheat sheets, telling everyone you know about this new league you just joined when they ask you, “Is it PPR or standard scoring?” “WHAT?! I thought I just needed to print this 9 page cheat sheet off of ESPN and come up with a clever name! There’s more to this??” Yes, there is much, much more, though a clever name is a good start.

Again DON’T PANIC most of this information we’re going to go over can be found on your leagues home page. There should be a link to this page in an introductory email that you received. Also your Commissioner can answer any questions that you have. Your Commissioner is the ipso facto Commander in Chief for your league. Every Commissioner I’ve ever met has been far from shy about their position, so this person should be easy to identify.

First you need to know what type of roster is appropriate for your league. Standard Leagues require you to have 1 QB, 2 RB’s, 2 WR’s, 1 TE, 1 Kicker, 1 Defense, and 1 Flex position (that can be occupied by a RB or WR). However, there are 2 quarterback leagues, leagues that you can use a tight end as a flex player, and leagues that allow you to draft defensive players (or IDP’s) This has a direct impact on how you draft. For example, if you are in a league that requires you to have 2 quarterbacks it’s perfectly acceptable to draft up to 3 quarterbacks, but if you are in a standard league where only 1 quarterback is required, drafting 3 quarterbacks is not advisable. So make sure you know what your roster will require before you sit down to draft.

Another thing to consider is scoring. Even standard leagues sometimes have slight variations in how many points are scored per action. Another scoring type that is very popular is PPR scoring, which credits Points Per Reception. How your league players are scored will affect their value. Luckily, many websites will take this into account and you can find customized player rankings, but it’s important to keep this in mind when preparing for your draft.

Knowing how many people are in your league is important, and not just so you can keep track of all the teams you’ve ground into dust with your fantasy prowess. The amount of people directly influence how many quality players will be chosen, and the amount of teams that will make the playoffs.

Understanding all these things will help you get the most out of your draft, but the key to success is practice. But how do you practice sitting in a room fighting over who gets to draft Peyton Manning? Let me introduce you to your new best friend, the Mock Draft. Mock Draft, Mock Draft, Mock Draft; I hear repeating things three times helps with retention. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with the process of drafting, along with what round players are being drafted. It’s also helpful to try drafting on different webpages, as player rankings will change from site to site.

So tighten those gladiator sandals and get to stepping! These drafts aren’t going to prepare for themselves! (Boys the gladiator sandals are optional, the stepping is not)

~draftdaydame

Your Draft Day Strategy

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.

2014 Fantasy Football cheat sheets – ESPN.com – Go.com

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!

-draftdaydame