So now that you’ve had a chance to read and absorb Part One of our series on how to draft a successful fantasy football team, what else should a team manager be ready for when heading into Draft Day?
Use Fresh Information
It’s always comical to see the fantasy football manager who arrives at the draft with a draft guide out of a magazine. The draft guides in magazines are horribly out-of-date. What do you expect from a publication that went to press in April or May? That publication probably has Aaron Hernandez listed as a Top 5 tight end.
There is no substitute for the internet.
Don’t be the idiot who uses a first-round draft pick on the running back who blew his knee out two weeks ago. Or the guy who’s in jail.
Pay Attention to Bye Weeks
A player’s bye week should always be indicated somewhere very close to his name on your draft list. Nothing is worse than getting to Week 9 and suddenly realizing that three of your four running backs have the week off.
Most online draft tools include bye weeks. If yours doesn’t, use a different tool.
Curb Your Enthusiasm
We all have favorite players and favorite teams. But if you love Robert Griffin III so much that you have him targeted with your first round draft pick, curb your enthusiasm.
If you’re the world’s biggest Jacksonville Jaguars fan, and you can’t wait to load your roster up with every Jag out there, curb your enthusiasm.
Drafting based on emotion will not only lead you to overpay for a player or, in the case of fans of offensively-challenged teams, a roster full of guys who will be lucky to score two fantasy points a week.
Additionally, if you’ve played with the same group of people in your fantasy football league for any period of time, they’re going to know who you’re after, and they’re going to make your life miserable. In auction drafts, they’ll drive the price up on your player. In regular drafts, they’ll draft your guy out from under you, just to anger and fluster you for the rest of the day.
Don’t Reach for Defenses
It’s tempting to jump at the chance to grab an elite defense, and in nearly every draft, there’s some chump who selects the flavor of the year in the fourth round, leaving countless quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers – all of whom score way more points than defenses – on the board for everyone else.
This goes back to tiering your draft board, as we discussed in Part One. Is there that big of a difference between your Tier One defenses and your Tier Three defenses that you can get several rounds later? Probably not. Take the offensive player instead.
We have a few more suggestions for drafting a successful fantasy football team, so keep this blog bookmarked and check back frequently for Part Three of our series!