Fantasy Football season is back once again as owners will begin the process of creating an unstoppable line-up for the 2016 season. Here is your complete draft strategy for major success.
Ladies and gentleman, it’s time for another season of fantasy football. Wives, please don’t punish your husband if they forget to take out the garbage, pay the electric bill, or ignore how your day went. They’re probably busy drafting their fantasy line-ups. Mothers, if your child forgets to do their chores, finish his homework or fails a test, cut them some slack. They’re probably busy searching the web for draft strategies.
With that being said, it’s time for avid fantasy footballers to prepare for another season. It’s not just a game, it means much more than that. It has become a yearly lifestyle and even a tradition for most. One of the biggest obstacles almost everyone faces is knowing what position to draft during each round. Have no fear as this complete draft strategy will give many fantasy owners a great chance to win their league.
Stock up early on running backs and receivers. Line-ups consist of two starting wide receivers and two starting running backs with the choice of an additional receiver or running back for the FLEX. When it comes to running backs and receivers in fantasy, it’s just like cornerbacks in the NFL, you can never have too many.
Usually it’s best to draft running backs and receivers in the first four rounds and then consider a quarterback or tight end in the fifth. Given the deep depth of quarterbacks this year, hold off on a quarterback until the sixth or seventh round. Running back is the most important position in fantasy football as you gain points per every yard they rush. Always select a running back in the first round and then swap back and forth between backs and receivers until the sixth round.
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By the time you reach the sixth round, you should have about three running backs on your roster, you don’t need a fourth just yet.
Look at whose on the board for the quarterback and tight end positions.
If they’re already chosen then don’t panic, like I said the QB depth in fantasy this year is deep.
You don’t need Aaron Rodgers or Cam Newton as your QB to win your league as long as you have solid running backs and receivers. Personally, I’ve won leagues with Andy Dalton and Michael Vick as my quarterback all because I had solid running backs and receivers. Look at the tight end position as well.
Rob Gronkowski and Travis Kelce will most likely be gone but Martellus Bennett, Gary Barnidge, Kyle Rudolph and others will be available. Whichever position you chose, the following round, select the position you did not choose last round. If you chose a quarterback in the sixth then select your tight end in the seventh or vice versa.
Once you reach the eighth round, it’s all about adding depth to your roster by selecting the best player available. Try and make sure you have at least two quarterbacks on your roster so when one is on a bye week, you have a replacement. These late rounds are just as valuable as the first few rounds. This is where you discover where those sleeper picks are. Without a doubt, guys such as Corey Coleman, Braxton Miller, Ladarius Green, Donte Moncrief, John Brown and others will be available in the later rounds of the draft.
Oct 8, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Indianapolis Colts receiver Donte Moncrief (10) signals for a first down after a reception during the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
You may think it’s crazy, but once you reach the 10th or 11th round, don’t be afraid to draft your kicker. They are vital to everyone’s line-up as many games have come down to that final three points where if your kicker makes that game winning field goal, he’s your hero for delivering victory.
After that, select your starting defense. You can’t go wrong with the reigning Super Bowl winning Denver Bronco defense, the Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks or even the New York Jets. Don’t be afraid to stock up on extra kickers or defenses in case you have too many players on a bye and you need to drop someone in order to pick someone up off the waiver wire.
The last thing you want to do is drop one of your starters or sleeper picks and risk the possibility of someone with a better waiver to add them to their rosters. If you find yourself in that situation, drop one of your extra defenses or kickers, especially if they already surpassed their bye week and add a key player off the waiver wire.
Once your fantasy football draft is completed, you’ll have that unstoppable force of a roster that will guide you to winning it all. Follow this draft strategy and your team will be headed to greatness.