The Quick Shopping Method Continued

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Players, Players everywhere, and not a one to draft…..

  It’s draft day! You are prepared. You are ready. You have done your research. You have your cheat sheets in hand. You are going to rock this draft! UNTIL EVERYONE STARTS TAKING EVERY PLAYER THAT YOU WANT, RIGHT BEFORE YOU DRAFT THEM. I have been there, done that. (It happens to the best of us) So I have compiled a list of some later round draft picks that I think have value to replace some of those near misses.

Running Backs:      Frank Gore (Round 4/5)

                               Trent Richardson (Round 5/6)

                               Ray Rice (Round 6)

                               Chris Johnson (Round 6/7)

                               Shane Vereen (Round 7)

                               Maurice Jones Drew (Round 8)

                               Fred Jackson (Round 10)

                               Danny Woodhead (Round 10/11)

  Frank Gore, Trent Richardson, Chris Johnson and Maurice Jones Drew are all at the top of their depth charts. I think any starting running back past round 6 has inherent value. Vereen, Jackson, and Woodhead, all proven backs, are RB2’s playing behind shaky starters. When it comes to finding value with low risk, these guys are it.

Wide Receivers:    DeSean Jackson (Round 4/5)

                              Wes Welker (Round 5/6)

                              Torrey Smith (Round 6/7)

                              Emmanuel Sanders (Round 7/8)

                              Erik Decker (Round 8/9)

                              Mike Wallace (Round 9)

                              Cecil Shorts (Round 10/11)

                              Greg Jennings (Round 11/12)

   Again, almost all of the receivers are WR1’s for their respective team and at the rounds they are going have great value. Welker and Sanders are not WR1’s but will see their fair share of work. Based on preseason performance, and updates  Sanders has developed a strong rapport with QB Peyton Manning. Welkers concussion woes only add value for Sanders. However if Welker can stay healthy he still has value. Erik Decker and Mike Wallace are sneaky pick ups. These are affirmed wide receivers learning the mechanics of new teams. Either could have a break out season and are worth the gamble at their average draft position. Cecil Shorts as a starter at round 10? Sure he doesn’t have the greatest QB but who else are they going to throw it to? This list represents some safer draftees with a lot of upside.

Tight Ends:           Jordan Cameron (Round 7)

                             Greg Olsen (Round 8)

                             Kyle Rudolph (Round 10)

                             Martellus Bennett (Round 11)

                             Charles Clay (Round 12)

  Minus Jordan Cameron, who I simply like as a tight end, the other tight ends listed seemingly have a solid harmony with their QB’s, and with the lack of disparity after Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas, and Rob Gronkowski, this is what makes them standout players. My favorite by far is Martellus Bennett. Although surround by talent on all sides, I predict he has a break out season. I am particularly impressed by his yards after the catch, and with Cutler spreading the ball around, he’s sure to have the ball in his hands. In comparison to other tight ends going around that round, drafting Bennett is the safer bet.

Quarterbacks:      Andrew Luck (Round 4)

                            Tom Brady (Round 5/6)

                            Tony Romo (Round 9)

                            Jay Cutler (Round 10)

  These are the average draft positions as reported by various sports websites. However, in mock drafts I have noticed that quarterbacks are going MUCH sooner rather than later. So don’t be afraid to reach around earlier for a quarterback you like, especially after the 4th or 5th round. If you end up with Romo or Cutler in the 9th or 10th round count your lucky stars and the points these two studs will pull in for you throughout the season.

  Remember guys; MOCK DRAFTS, MOCK DRAFTS, MOCK DRAFTS! There is no special formula that will guarantee you a fantasy football championship; No single player that will make or break your fantasy season. Want to know the secret to life, the universe, and everything? In the words of the great Matthew Berry, “at a fundamental level, fantasy football is about minimizing risk and giving yourself the best odds to win on a weekly basis. Everything leads back to that. Everything.”

~draftdaydame

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

Why we do, What we do

There are many reasons to start playing Fantasy Football. Personally, I started playing because I love football and enjoy competition. “Beating the boys at their own game” was definitely my goal. I have always been pretty athletic and growing up, it wasn’t other girls that I wanted to play against, it was the boys. They always seemed faster, stronger, and that’s what I aspired to. As a result, I got pretty good at the sports I participated in. My best sport by far was basketball; it was my first love in life. One of the best feelings in the world was beating some loudmouth boy off the dribble, putting up a 3 in someone’s face, the confused look on a guys face when he’s still trying to dribble and you’re blowing past him with the ball you just stole. It made me feel good to prove that I was just as good as they were, if not better.

I’m not playing basketball much anymore, but I still get that thrill from Fantasy Football. The guys were hesitant at first I think, as I was the only girl in the league. But then in my first season I went 11-1. After that they pretty much accepted me with open arms. I’m sure it helped that I had a healthy appreciation for beer, and was tolerant of their fart jokes.

But I won’t lie I was nervous at first, especially being the only girl in the league. I didn’t have as much knowledge as these guys. I had never played before so I wasn’t sure about all the rules. Not to mention how they were going to react to me, and what I would have to put up with. I’m sure everyone goes through that “new guy” feeling when joining a league for the first time. My best advice is to buckle down, and get to researching. Like anything else you’re going to have to work at it if you want to see results.

I have been with this same group of guys for three years now, and I have learned more than I ever expected to. I’ve had some big wins, and some really bad, embarrassing losses. But it was worth it. So no matter why it is, that you do what you do; Embrace it. It’s a long season full of big wins and heartbreak, but the ride is definitely worth the price of admission.

Positions Positions Positions

This will be a quick overview of the positions you will encounter in your quest for Fantasy Football glory, along with how they are able to score you points (In most standard leagues). In the next post I will detail the importance of each position when drafting, and a more in depth description on scoring. So let’s get right to it!

QUARTERBACK: The quarterback lines up behind center. He is responsible for making the play calls for his respective team, and setting the play in motion. He can do this in one of two ways, either by making a pass (throwing to another player) or a handoff (simply handing the ball to another player). Quarterbacks, typically, are the highest scoring position in Fantasy Football. A Quarterback can score points by completing passes, rushing the ball, and being involved in touchdowns whether by the receiver scoring a touchdown, or them rushing into the end zone for a touchdown.

RUNNING BACK: You might have guessed it but running backs are the primary players to run the ball. They will ordinarily receive a handoff from the quarterback to start their run. However, running backs are also eligible receivers. This is important in PPR leagues. (More about that later) Running backs are highly sought after due to the fact that most teams have one stud running back that will receive most of the workload. Great running backs are Fantasy Football gold. Running backs score points by running the ball, and scoring touchdowns.

WIDE RECEIVER: Wide receivers are the players that catch the passes from the quarterback. Wide receivers typically don’t receive handoffs from the quarterback, but they sometimes can take possession by a shovel pass, or lateral pass, among others. (More on different types of passes later) Wide receivers typically are they players making the flashy plays and amazing catches. There is frequently a lot of depth at this position in Fantasy Football. Wide receivers score points by the making a reception, and the yards they rush after the catch, along with points for scoring touchdowns.

TIGHT END: A tight end is a dual threat since they often catch passes, and run. Tight ends also are regularly responsible for blocking on offense. Because of the positions lack of specialization, tight ends are often not the primary targets for teams, and this translates into how valuable they are in Fantasy Football. Tight ends score points by catching the ball, and the yards gained after the catch, rushing yards, and scoring touchdowns.

KICKER: I think this one is self explanatory. I personally will always recommend you draft a kicker in the next to last, or last round, ALWAYS. A kicker can score fantasy points by making field goals, and kicking extra points after touchdowns.

DEFENSE: Defenses try to stop the offense from scoring and advancing the ball. Defense is one of the last positions you will need to draft. I always recommend drafting a defense in the last two rounds.  A defense can score by restricting scoring, interceptions, sacks, recovering fumbles, and scoring touchdowns after a defensive recovery.

Some leagues have spots for defensive players as well, but for this blog we are going to focus on standard leagues. This is a very simple break down and as we continue we will get more and more involved.

HAPPY PREPPING GALS!

Mission Statement

My name is Payton, and I am quickly becoming a Fantasy Football Addict. Admittance is the first step Ladies and Gentleman, but rather than stop what I’m doing, I have decided to find a way to channel this love into something productive. My goal is to empower women (and men) who are interested in learning more about Football, and Fantasy Football in particular.

As a woman, I have felt intimidated by stepping into this realm of a “man’s world”, but as fantasy football has grown in sophistication and popularity, women are increasingly become more vocal, and more involved. Which, by the way, is AWESOME!

The purpose of this blog is to explain the basics of the game in a female friendly manner, but also for any beginner that may be interested. I’ll explain positions, scoring, drafting, and etiquette, among other things. I will also keep up a glossary so you can Name Drop some Football knowledge.

No matter how long you have been playing the game, how many Fantasy Football titles you have under your belt, there is always room to learn and improve, because I guarantee you, there is someone out there that can teach you a thing or two. Which is why I am excited to be learning right along with you! I look forward to your questions, comments, and debates as we perfect the art that is Fantasy Football.