Sean's Fantasy Football Draft Strategy Guide

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November 20, 2011; San Francisco, CA, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) catches a touchdown pass between San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers (22) and defensive back Reggie Smith (30) in the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Cardinals 23-7. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

Fantasy football has become almost as popular in recent years as the actual sport of football. The growth of this game has been increasing at a dramatic rate. Many people play each year either in online leagues, in leagues with friends, or play in leagues for big money. It does not matter which of these types of players you are, but there is a few guidelines that should be followed to conduct a successful fantasy draft. Whether you are an expert or a novice, these guidelines will help improve your fantasy football draft this year and hopefully allow you to create a team that will take you to the big dance. Let’s take a look at certain factors that come in to play during a fantasy football draft, and what you should do to maximize your team’s potential.

Preparation

Do yourself a favor and don’t show up to your fantasy football draft with a magazine that you just pulled off the shelf of a convenience store on your way to your draft location. It is important to prepare ahead of time by creating your own draft list. You can use plenty of online references to help you out with this list. Check certain sites like espn.com, nfl.com, or profootballfocus.com. Use their guides to help create your own. Chances are, you will not agree with the order that they rank players. That is fine. Re-order the list in the way that you would draft these players.

Having your own draft guide is just one part of this equation. You should also take part in fantasy football mock drafts online. You can do this on websites like espn.com, nfl.com, or cbssports.com. Take part in as many of these mock drafts as you possibly can. This will allow you to gain knowledge about when certain players are going off the board and which players seem to be undervalued or overvalued. This may be the best tool to make your fantasy football draft successful.

Running Back / Running Back Is Dead

Once you start your fantasy draft there are a couple of key things to keep in mind. First of all, the old school fantasy football draft strategy was to take a running back back to back with your first two picks. This strategy is still used by many players, however, it is strongly recommended that you steer clear from this. This strategy worked in the past because an elite running back could easily carry you through a season. Now, it is a pass happy league which is driven by quarterbacks. Drafting an elite quarterback in the first or second round will be a great boost for your team. Recent research has shown that an overwhelming percentage of teams that make their fantasy football championship game has had an elite quarterback on their roster.

It is still very much acceptable to draft a running back in the first or second round as there are many elite RB’s to choose from in that area. But drafting two of them could be a devastating move as it is very easy to reach for a second one early on in the draft.

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