Fantasy Football for Smart People: How to Dominate Your Draft
Fantasy football is here to stay and if you haven’t started preparing for the 2017 season then you are falling behind. Fantasy football is one of the fastest growing industries within the world of sports and it is one that is here to stay. From daily fantasy legends like DRAFT, which have innovated on the platform’s core mode of drafting talent, to season long leagues — the draft is the most important element to pay attention to. Let’s help coach you up for the 2017 season by analyzing the correct approach to this year’s fantasy football drafting season.
2017 Fantasy Football Drafting Rules
We are going to walk you through the 2017 fantasy football draft by making several key rules. The 2017 fantasy football season is going to go much more different than fans might realize. Football is on the heels of a shift in how teams play and this is changing how fantasy teams are comprised. It used to be that the key to winning your fantasy league was in acquiring stud running backs and letting them do all of the work. However, as you will soon learn, this is no longer the case. Without any more teasing, let’s jump right in.
The Draft Guide Tips
1. The Zero Running Back Rule applies.
There has been some unconventional drafters in the fantasy football world for awhile who have been trying to get behind the ‘zero running back’ approach. This means that players should wait to draft a running back until the third or fourth round — at the earliest. Typically this suggestion hasn’t been effective. For years we’ve still had elite running backs that can be acquired in the first few rounds. This isn’t quite the case anymore. Running backs at the top of the draft are filled with risk. It makes sense to acquire elite wide outs, of which there are many, before filling out your roster with average running back talents.
2. Wait on the QB, period.
The quarterback may be the most important position in both real football and fantasy football, but you don’t want to grab one before the 6th round. There are 32 NFL teams. Most fantasy leagues are comprised of 12 teams that start 1 QB per week. This means that there are always solid starting options available even later on in the draft. While your opponents waste third or fourth round picks on guys like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, you should wait until the 7th or 8th in order to get a guy like Kirk Cousins or Cam Newton.
3. Stick to your strategy.
The best thing that you can do as a fantasy football player is to create your own draft strategy. Script out what players you are targeting and which rounds you want them in. Stick to that strategy as best you can and you’ll largely end up with a team that you are happy with. Fantasy players get in trouble when they ditch their strategy in the draft and start following the random variations that live drafting can bring.
4. Don’t overvalue your favourite players.
This is a curse when you are a fan of a talented team, like Dallas or New England. No matter how fun it is to watch Dak Prescott or Tom Brady do work every Sunday, stick to their fantasy value. Don’t be a ‘homer’ and over-draft your favorite players.