Believe it or not, the 2014 NFL season is almost upon us. Training camps are right around the corner and the annual Hall of Fame game is a mere three weeks away. For millions of fantasy football owners, of course, this only means that it is draft preparation time.
Smart roster management, astute waiver monitoring and a little bit of good old fashioned luck can help you along the way to a fantasy championship. However, most fantasy titles are won or lost on draft day.
Winning on draft day requires the right kind of preparation. The ultimate goal here is to head into the draft with a clear idea of the players you want to target and when to target them.
Familiarizing yourself with player rankings (like this one from NFL.com) is a way to start. However, there are plenty of other factors that should impact how you approach your draft and your personalized draft board should be constructed to reflect them.
These are the factors we will address over the next few pages. There will be no player previews or strict draft guidelines in this article because league and draft formats can vary greatly. This is a list of things fantasy owners must know before preparing for their own individual drafts.