Fantasy Football Draft Tips: Five Things NOT to Do on Draft Day

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IAugust 18, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 21:  Running back Brandon Jacobs #27 of the New York Giants runs against the Carolina Panthers on December 21, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

As fantasy football owners, we’re always looking for that golden nugget, that thing to DO on draft day that will lead us to fantasy gold; however, sometimes it’s just as important NOT to do something in order to achieve fantasy success.

With that in mind, Bruno Boys Greg takes a look at five things NOT to do on draft day.


1. Do NOT draft a lot of guys from your favorite team

I know going into the season you may have high hopes for your hometown squad, leading you to think, "I need to get my team’s guys so I can be happy when they do well in the season."

First off, you could be paying a higher price to get guys from your favorite team. For example, if you love the New York Giants and have the second overall pick, it would be foolish of you to draft Brandon Jacobs there.

Sure, he will be a good fantasy player, and there is a good chance he won’t be there at your next pick, but you won’t be getting good value for the second pick. Then, when you draft Eli Manning in the second round, you have definitely gotten terrible value, which will kill your season.

Another thing to remember when drafting a lot of guys from the same team is bye weeks and poor offensive weeks, which will lead to instant loses in fantasy football. As such, you never want to put your whole season in the hands of one team, even if it is your favorite team.


2. Do NOT forget depth charts on draft day

There are a number of places you can find updated depth charts before your draft. Always have this handy when it gets to the later rounds.

While here at the Bruno Boys we do not always recommend you take the handcuff at a position (it really wastes a roster spot), you may find yourself in a league that has a lot of space on teams where you have the option to back up your best player.

Sure, there are some instances where almost everyone knows the backups (like LaDainian Tomlinson’s backup is Darren Sproles), but don’t be so sure you know the rest. 

Who will back up Frank Gore? How about Steve Slaton? You may say a certain guy will likely be your pick and are aware of his backup, but you never know who will fall on draft day and be available when you go on the clock. Taking an updated depth chart eases those tough questions.


3. Do NOT allow others to see your rankings

Here at the Bruno Boys, we highly recommend you look at our rankings in our Preseason Webazine (which is 100 percent free and, not to use a company line, one of the best rankings lists out there), but we also suggest you make your own rankings.

However, be aware that others at your draft may ask to see where you rank a certain player or simply want to read what you have. NEVER share your information. In the world of fantasy football, information is key. If your opponent didn’t do their homework, then that is too bad for them and good news for you.


4. Do NOT allow the hecklers of your league to get under your skin

People may mock a pick of yours and call you names of any sort. Allow them to pass judgment, knowing you’ve done your homework and are the one drafting a superior team. I believe firmly in letting your team do your talking, because the loudmouths who think they are so smart generally finish in the bottom half of the standings.

As long as you do your homework and know where guys should be taken, you will always have the last laugh by having fun at their expense by season's end.


5. Do NOT consume too much alcohol until the last guy is off the board

A fantasy football draft is a lot of fun, and having some beers with your pals is part of the day (provided you are of the legal age limit).

However, you need to stay focused until the last pick goes through. While you want to make sure you grab the best guys at the top, a draft is really made in the middle to late rounds, where you grab your sleeper picks.

If the alcohol has set in, you may want to draft a kicker four rounds before you are supposed to, while a guy like Knowshon Moreno is still on the board. Keeping a clear head from beginning to end will result in dominance of your league.

So pass on the shot of vodka in the 10th round and let your buddies do the beer bong, as long as you can stay focused on who's still on the board.

Once the last pick goes in, then have your fun!