The Golden Rules of Fantasy Football Drafting

Jabber HeadSenior Analyst IMay 28, 2009

There are a lot of different draft strategies out there about how to compile the best team to win your league. So one more wont hurt a bit. There is debate to be had to whether to draft a Running Back first or two Running Backs with your first two picks.

With the a lot of the NFL becoming more and more pass happy some think that a Quarterback first, following up with some of those “Committee” Running Backs that have become more and more popular.

Matt McGuire from WalterFootball.Com even went with the Wide Receiver in the first two rounds strategy, which is a little unheard of but may work. Here are a couple rules that I have found to be very important to follow if you want to have successful fantasy season.


Rule No. 1 Know what gets you points.

It cannot be stressed enough, take the time to look and see what your league’s scoring system is all about. Small changes in what gets points in your league can easily determine what positions become more valuable in your draft and what position you want to spend that oh so valuable first round pick on.

For example,last year a league I was in rushing and receiving touchdowns were five points (normally six) while passing touch downs were four points (normally three or four). A Quarterback was my first round pick, Drew Brees to be exact.


Rule No. 2 Fill your roster in your draft first (except DEF and K).

You will be much happier this draft if you fill your starting line up with your first eight picks. They don’t have to be your starting line up Week One but make sure you can fill your entire roster with your first eight.

Some will say that a tight end isn’t very important. I disagree, it is worth a third or fourth rounder to pick who you think the best Tight End will be and this way you wont have to worry about the position the rest of the season. Jason Witten or Tony Gonzalez in round three or four is a great “safe” pick.


Rule No. 3 Winners use the waiver wire.

Don’t be afraid to dump players and pick up new ones. For every one player you drop that blows up who will have two on your roster that also blow up.

This is also why it's important to follow Rule No. 2. Having a complete starting line up in the first eight picks gives you more flexible not only in the later rounds of the draft but also on the waiver wire during the season.


Rule No. 4 Do your research.

If you don’t your season will be a wash and that could mean a lot of money (or just bragging rights) that you lose out on. You find that in most leagues, 50 percent of those involved aren’t doing the research. The play of injured players or even worse suspended players should never happen.

Preseason research is just as important. You may be the type of person that can’t find possible Draft Sleepers on your own..no worries there are a lot of great websites (like this one) that will take all most of the leg work out of it for you.


Rule No. 5 It’s okay to be a little bit of a Homer

It’s OK, pick a favorite player or team defense, but what ever you do don’t go crazy..try to spread the wealth as much as possible and want to make your teams from players on as many different teams, and more importantly bye weeks, as possible.

A few bad weeks are going to happen from time to time. Picking a lot of players from one team or who are on the same bye week can make the few bad weeks a few bad months.

Enjoy the season and stay out of my team’s way. More rule will be available later this summer so study up.

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