Fantasy Football Draft Tips

Aug 22, 2008

With fantasy football drafts in full swing this weekend, I wanted to offer you a few pointers to aid you in your selection process.

-  Be prepared.  Do your homework.  Know who’s hurt, including lineman who help your QB/RB/WR succeed.

-  Stay calm.  Part of being prepared is knowing ahead of time who you want to take.  If there are three picks until yours, decide on three guys you’d be happy with.  When it comes your turn you’ll be able to calmly select your guy.

-  Don’t get sucked into a run.  If the Tight Ends are going like hot cakes don’t snag a guy that isn’t in the tier that’s being drafted.  For example, if Antonio Gates and Jason Witten have been taken, it’s OK to take Kellen Winslow.  It’s not OK to take Chris Cooley though when he’ll be available a round or two later.

-  Don’t draft a Kicker early.  They are such a crap shoot.  There is a difference between the top Kicker and the average kicker, but uncovering the top Kicker can be tricky.

-  Don’t get too drunk.  It’s OK to have an adult beverage (assuming you’re of age and not driving over the limit) or two.  However, don’t get to that goofy stage when you’d just as soon take David Garrard in the third round as you would hit on your friend’s slighly unattractive sister.  You have to live with this team all year.  Wait until after the draft to booze it up.

-  Eat before hand.  Again, you want to concentrate on your draft.  You shouldn’t be hitting the taco dip or thinking about how Taco Bell will be on the way home.  Limit your distractions.

-  Don’t tip your hand.  I know you want to talk fantasy and impress your friends, but they don’t need to know your sleepers.  Keep your info to yourself.

-  Listen.  There will be information available if you listen to your leaguemates.  Let them tip their hands. 

-  Avoid being too much of a homer.  It’s OK to take one of your guys as a tie-breaker.  However, don’t go taking Sidney Rice in the 5th round because you’re a Vikings fan.  Use your head.

OK, there you have it.  These tips won’t guarantee you fantasy success, but they put you in better position to succeed this year.

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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Brad
    August 22nd, 2008 at 3:31 pm #

    Solid points that I will keep in mind as I draft.

    Good work Lester.

    bwsmith25 (from sportingnews)

    P.S. The site looks great, I have bookmarked you on my blog.

  2. LestersLegends
    August 22nd, 2008 at 5:14 pm #

    Thanks Brad.

  3. Karmic Boomerang
    August 23rd, 2008 at 12:48 am #

    Great tips. My draft is on Sunday and I’ll be sure to distance myself from the taco dip and the brewskies…..oh look, Taco Bell has something new…..DAMN!

  4. LestersLegends
    August 23rd, 2008 at 6:42 am #


  5. Chuck
    August 25th, 2008 at 9:54 am #

    What’s wrong with Sidney Rice in the 5th? Ha. I was a homer last year and took Adrian Peterson in the 4th round. That worked out OK.

  6. LestersLegends
    August 25th, 2008 at 10:00 am #

    There are exceptions to the rule Chuck.

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