Welcome to the fantasy football season for 2009/2010.
I will try to cover every aspect of what to look for, who to draft, and everything else connected to this fun way to be involved in the NFL season.
Fantasy football is based on opinions. Some statistics come into play, but mostly it is your opinion on who you think will do what in the upcoming season.
On draft day, balance is the key to winning in fantasy, so try to get an impact player at each position. Obviously if you can get an elite running back, take him.
If you miss out on the top five,just start taking the best available player between quarterbacks and receivers. Avoid rookie quarterbacks and receivers. They have too big an adjustment from college.
Load up on running backs. Getting a good quarterback is nice, but having depth at running back will favor a better season for your team.
Watch out for the bye week, and try to get players from as many different teams as possible. Make sure you have a decent back up quarterback for your starters bye week.
This is another good reason to have a few good quality running backs.
Another common mistake in the draft is not following your draft board after putting in so much work before hand. Do not pass up quality depth at key positions to grab home team players, or whoever else might be coming off big years.
NFL teams blend youth and experience, and you should too. Injuries kill fantasy football seasons, so know your players history and do not tempt fate.
Once the season starts understand your match ups. Watch starting your quarterback against a great defense, while your back up is playing someone very weak.
Unlike baseball, where players even out to their career averages, football season is shorter. Get ready to throw out your preseason predictions. Every year there is a running back who makes a huge fantasy difference, often undrafted.
Make it a point to check your league's free-agent list at least once a week. You may be strong at a certain position, but you always can improve your depth.
Be ruthless with your line-up. Do not be afraid to change up those not performing. Off load under performers while their name still carries weight.
Don't fall in love with your draft. Make line up decisions as objectively as possible. Look at the match-ups, follow the trends, and do not be afraid to start a free agent over your first round pick if the situation calls for it.
If you feel like taking a chance, draft Tom Brady. If you want a better than sure statistical windfall, take Drew Brees.
Adrian Peterson is the number one player taken in most drafts I've seen so far this coming season.
Your top offensive players in order are: Adrian Peterson, Maurice Jones Drew, Matt Forte, Frank Gore, Michael Turner, Andre Johnson, Chris Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Brain Westbrook, and DeAngelo Williams.
Get your self a good magazine on fantasy football, read many articles on draft strategy and players.
You can join many public leagues at no charge or join a league thats costs entry fees and transaction fees during the season. These leaugues, have prizes at the end of the season, including cash.
Remember take quality players, and draft defense and the kicker last.
Depth and balance are key.
Obviously, the higher up in your draft, the better chance of picking up major impact players. Your best running back after Adrian Peterson, could very well be Matt Forte, because he catches passes, and Jay Cutler will keep opposing defenses honest with Forte as an outlet.
Fred Taylor is gone so Maurice Jones Drew should be a workhorse and have a monster touchdown season. He may be the best pass catcher in Jacksonville. Many touchdowns will come his way.
Have a great fantasy football season and check out my picks each and every week on Bleacherreport.com
Thomas[ NFL Mikee] Moreland