Hey Mr. Rookie Fantasy Football Player, Pt. 2

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IJune 21, 2009

IRVING, TX - OCTOBER 05:  Wide receiver Chad Johnson #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals talks with Terrell Owens #81 of the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium on October 5, 2008 in Irving, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Bengals 31-24.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

In the last segment of Hey Mr. Rookie Fantasy Football Player, I threw you some advice on how to narrow down your options and find the right fantasy football league for you.

This week I am going to hit on the next step, and that is what not to do when preparing for your league draft. In other words, the top four mistakes found throughout fantasy football.

Major Mistake No. 1: Solely Relying on Fantasy Football Print Magazines
There are always people that enter their league drafts thinking that they already have their league won because they bought the top two or three most expensive magazines on the market to help them prepare for their 2009 fantasy football drafts.

If you were planning on being one of those people, let me stop you right there.

Buying one or two as a reference to get to know the players is not a bad idea, especially when you are just starting out in this game. But I have to warn you—most fantasy magazines are written just weeks after the Super Bowl. If you don’t believe me, check it out.

The magazines that are on the newstands right now are already outdated. Most were actually written to near completion and just mildly altered when the NFL draft took place.

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Major Mistake No. 2 : Drafting the Best Players From Last Year

I am not saying don’t draft the best players from last year.

What I am saying though is that you can’t rely on the top fantasy football point earner from 2008 being the top fantasy football point earner in 2009.

If you draft your team by going off of last year’s stats, your top running back if you have the first overall pick will be Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams.

While he enjoyed a season that most running backs can only dream of, there are a ton of factors that will decide into his overall value; proof of that is the Bruno Boys have him ranked as the sixth best running back this year.

Why No. 6?

He has a teammate by the name of Jonathan Stewart, who will be getting more of Williams’ carries this year. Also, Williams could do no wrong last year. To have back-to-back career years rarely ever happens.

There are running backs out there that have less question marks and will be getting the work necessary to make a leapfrogging of Williams in fantasy football points this year a very good probability.

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Major Mistake No. 3 : Overvaluing Your Local Football Stars

Everyone has done it. So take a tip from everyone out there and believe them when they tell you that overvaluing a local star player or one of your favorite NFL football players usually does not pay the dividends that you would have hoped for.

For example, when I lived in Michigan I was involved in a local league in which most of the Detroit Lions players went too early.

So while my competition was watching Roy Williams, now a Dallas Cowboy, go for 10 points I would be watching Roy Williams on television as well, rooting just as hard for him as my competition was, yet I was having my wide receivers go for more points.

The point of this story is that your local star player or NFL favorites will still remain just that, even if they aren’t on your team. If you can separate the two and grab the best value on your fantasy football board you will be much better off.

Major Mistake No. 4: Not Knowing Your Leagues Point System
In the very first segment of this series I had helped you narrow down your selections of league choices.

Now that you have done that you must know your point system to properly prepare for your leagues draft. You have to take many things into consideration when finalizing your overall rankings. Does your league value quarterback touchdowns as 4 points or 6 points?

You might be thinking "what is the difference?" as all the quarterbacks will get either or, that there is no one getting too favored in this.

To that I say, for the most part, it's true when just looking at the quarterback position.

But when looking at overall projections, a quarterback getting four points per touchdown should be valued less when making a list compared to one that gets six points. Just as if you were in a PPR league; wide receivers and running backs that are targeted a lot will see a shift in favorable fantasy points compared to just straight up leagues.

The knowledge of your point value system for your league will help you determine when and where a quarterback should be grabbed, a wide receiver and such.


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