If you think you're going to win your fantasy football league this year because you were able to "steal" Maurice Jones-Drew at #4, you are wrong. You'll need much more than that to be competitive this year.
The two keys to winning are simple, and no, I'm not suggesting your 2nd overall pick of Reggie Wayne at #21 will do the trick either.
First, despite the hype and pre-draft, beer-soaked conversation, you can not reach for a player. Trust your instincts and offseason homework.
Avoid leaning on the magazines or latest internet cheat sheets. If you read enough of that hogwash, you'll see every "expert" steals from the other guys, and makes his own version of nonsense.
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Second, but just as important as the first, you must find value in players who will play better than their projections would suggest.
That is the premise for this slideshow.
There may be some surprises, some no-brainers, and some that may have you wondering what I'm drinking.
However, it's a very simple game, similar in thesis to the NFL draft. Don't reach for guys too soon and find the hidden gems that everyone else doesn't.
This slideshow features players I feel will be drafted at a much lower position than I have them on my board at this time. I've also avoided any player in the top 10 of their respective positions.
None of these are "sexy" picks. Apparently in fantasy football land, sexy does not also mean value. Again, avoid the hype and question the projections!
Obviously, this is one man's opinion, but one that is presented after sorting through the data and off-season activity with a fine toothed comb.
I hope you enjoy my take on this year's potential value picks. I'm looking to this group to solidify my roster and lead me to a 5th league crown in the last six years.