For fantasy football team owners, the regular season is just as important to them as the real regular season of the NFL. The thrill of going against your opponent is also as good as real football. This article is written for the team owners who are looking to get started in NFL fantasy football. We have used the PPR scoring format and regular draft both of which are the most popular formats; however, the same can be applied for standard and half-PPR leagues and auction drafts.
1. REMEMBER YOUR LEAGUES’ DRAFT TIME
This shouldn’t even be mentioned however, still, it is one of the most important details and that’s why it is on number 1. Furthermore, you can’t perform better in your fantasy league if you have failed to draft the best possible pick. Therefore, you must add it as a scheduled task on your Apple, Google, and/or computer calendar.
2. DO NOT DRAFT A QUARTERBACK EARLY
There is an exception to this rule which we will also discuss however, normally it is not recommended to draft a quarterback early especially in the first 2 rounds of the draft. In other words, the reason of course is the value to performance ratio of the quarterbacks vs a running back/wide receiver has been increased a lot. Similarly, in 2020 regular season, 11 quarterbacks had scored above 300 fantasy points. In addition, by comparison, only 3 running backs and 1 wide receiver have managed to go above that. Furthermore, keeping that in mind if you have a couple of quality running backs or wide receivers and 10th ranked quarterback you will be in a much better position with a person with 1st ranked quarterback and 8 to 10th ranked running backs/ wide receivers.
The only exception to this rule is of course if you are in a customized fantasy league where 2 or 3 quarterbacks are in the starting roster or you are in a deep league with more than 20+ teams then perhaps you can draft a quarterback early on. Otherwise, stick with the best possible running back and/or wide receiver in the first couple of rounds of your draft.
3. TRY TO DRAFT A RUNNING BACK WIDE RECEIVER
After stating the second point above this should be a no-brainer. Just make sure to draft the best possible running back and/or wide receiver at your given situation. Normally, the running back position is rare than the wide receiver so tries to get a couple of running backs but based on circumstances you can opt for the wide receiver. For example, Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill have been producing good numbers for the past several years. If you have the chance to get them in your draft position then you must get them.
4. TIGHT ENDS (TEs) SHOULD NORMALLY BE DRAFTED IN LATER ROUNDS
Normally, the tightened should also be drafted in the 6th or 7th round of fantasy draft because by selecting a TE you’ll probably be losing a significant pick in the 1st or 2nd round. However, the position of a tight end is also very rare. For instance, every season only 7 to 10 tight ends make a difference and out of those only 2 or 3 are the ones doing consistently. Similarly, Travis Kelce had 105 receptions for 1416 yards with 11 touchdowns in the 2020 regular season. In addition, this was his fifth season in a row with over 1000 yards. Therefore, it is very unusual for a tight end and if you find yourself in a position where someone like Kelce is available you can draft him. Otherwise, wait for a few rounds before going for the TE.
5. DRAFT DEFENSE & SPECIAL TEAMS (DSTs) AND PLACE KICKERS AT THE VERY END
In a regular or standard fantasy league, the DSTs and kickers should be drafted at the very end. The reason; they are the lowest scoring positions in the entire roster and even that depends on the circumstances. In addition, as an example, even a very defense will not be able to perform well if they are going against the Buffalo Bills’ offense or Tom Brady’s offense. The same goes for the kickers. They are highly dependent on their teams’ general offense so make sure to keep rotating your kickers regularly based on their weekly matchups.
6. PARTICIPATE IN THE MOCK DRAFTS
This is a very important tip that is often overlooked. By participating in mock drafts you’ll get to know the latest trends as well as the mindset of the other people. Similarly, you will get to know whether it’s Derrick Henry you should be taking or should be drafting Christian McCaffery. Make sure to imagine a fantasy team and try to draft that fantasy team or at least try to get near to that team final roster as much as you can.
7. DO EXTENSIVE RESEARCH BEFORE YOUR DRAFT
In conclusion, there is no alternative to the research that you can do while preparing yourself for the fantasy draft. This will also help you understand the latest news, the potential trades, the upcoming contracts, the player hold-outs, and the general status of the player. Therefore, make sure to listen to popular podcasts, watch the latest news stories around NFL and keep checking our website for the latest fantasy football content.