Did you draft Jordy Nelson in 2015? How about Kelvin Benjamin or one of the 30 other fantasy starters that failed us due to injury? That's right, 30 key fantasy starters (projected) went down in 2015! That's the most injuries to key players we've seen in over 4 straight seasons. I was once told to "never let pain go to waste" and I think that applies here perfectly. I lost a … [Read more...]
Fantasy Football Draft Strategy
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If you're lazy and looking for a simple to follow draft strategy here's a 50,000 foot view. Fill up your starting RB and WR slots then worry about QB and be the last person to fill their TE spot unless that TE is Gronkowski. Plenty of TE depth and QB depth in a 12 team league. A general strategy that works in most leagues for your first pick is to draft one of the following in this order: one of the top-3 backs, then the top-1 TE, and then one of the top-3 WRs. This covers your first pick if you have the first through seventh pick. Use our cheat sheet from there.
You MUST have a cheat sheet customized to your league settings. Knowing Average Draft Position (ADP), Strength of Schedule and value is always smart when drafting so ensure your cheat sheet includes lots of relevant metrics (like ours).
Last but not least (probably the most important), know your stuff. Have a strategy, know your upside picks, who not to draft due to risk etc. basically, read the articles below.
There's two ways to handle your team defense slot during your fantasy football draft. Draft one of the top rated defenses and snatch a waiver wire backup during the season or wait really late in the draft and pick up two team defenses (also known as committee but not to be confused with streaming) then play them based on match-ups. Option 1 will cost you a higher draft pick but … [Read more...]
This article is designed to coordination with my recent article on targeting mid-round quarterbacks. Both in terms of who you should target, and at what point of the draft you should eschew your options at running back and wide receiver in order to secure him. Late round quarterbacks are usually your backup, but you'll want a sizable amount of upside as with any draft pick made … [Read more...]
Last week we covered the over drafted players list, or “DND” list, complete with an amazing image of Gandalf and a troll lining up to take a snap. Now, just like the wizard in white, I have returned at the turn of the tide with another list! A good way to think of the following Under Drafted Value Picks piece is “Hey Pete, can you make a Value All-Star team for me?” Think of … [Read more...]
Who should be the number one overall pick? A curious question entering the home stretch, the final two weeks of drafting. This week and last, I’ve examined mainly value- first, players who I felt were over-drafted, being taken well above where I think they should fall. Second, I looked at the opposite side of the coin - players who were well under-drafted and offered serious … [Read more...]