As training camp opens (UPDATE: Regular Season opens) for teams all across the NFL, the fantasy football doors begin to open up as well.
The season kicks off on September 5th, and most drafts will probably be held in late August, as they should.
With so many injuries in this physical sport, it is best to get close to the finish of the preseason before making your picks.
Fantasy football is obviously a lot of fun, but the big boys play in DYNASTY leagues with IDP (Individual Defensive Players). It also means there will be keepers so the roster you build will be the roster you keep for the most part. Yes, in these leagues you must draft for your team's fortunes today and in the future. More football knowledge is required to play in these leagues. There may be a time where one's team won't be very good and you will feel stuck with them, but one must not be afraid of sacrificing a season for the sake of future success. Smart moves in the midterm can guarantee a brighter outlook later on.
The following slideshow will present the top five players at each position in terms of overall fantasy value AND long term value.
These players should be the cornerstones of your team. Generally speaking, defensive players are a bit less valuable than offensive players, but you shouldn't wait too long to build your defense either. Depending on the point system in your league, defensive players will be major difference makers. It truly could be the difference between being a playoff team and being a champion.
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