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It is way too early to talk fantasy football. The NBA playoffs are still going on, Tiger Woods is about to continue his chase of Jack Niclaus at this year’s U.S. Open, and the pennant races are just now starting to get good in Major League Baseball. Wait a minute, I’ve just received word that the NBA playoffs are in fact over, Webb Simpson won the U.S. Open (who?) and the division races are pretty much over in Baseball before the All-Star break so I guess it’s that time.
Not to mention every year fantasy football fans are not as prepared as they should be for their respective drafts. They rush to stop at the nearest gas station before their draft to pick up any magazine that says fantasy football on it and then show up to their draft babbling about how they’ve been preparing for weeks to get ready when all they’re really getting ready for is writing a check the eventual winner of the league will readily cash. Lack of preparation demands eventual mistakes, whether it’s because the guy in front of you takes the player you were so dead set on drafting that you can’t recall your cheat sheet once you’re on the clock, or because once you do have the cheat sheet you didn’t bother to look at until 5 minutes before the draft you find yourself drafting 3 wide receivers in the first 4 rounds because they were the “best available players.” The fact of the mater is getting a few reps in over the summer studying projections and reading mock drafts, particularly mine, could help potentially erase a few of those mental errs you are bound to make on draft day.
Using the same standard scoring system that applies to most leagues that scores 1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving, 1 point for 25 yards passing, 6 points for all touchdowns, and 2 points for any 2 point conversion, I will walk you through 10 rounds of a 12 team snake draft that will only include position players. After which I will post rankings of Kickers and Defenses and tell you the potential rounds they are worth giving up a pick for. The starting lineup in this league is 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, and 1 D/ST. Now without further adieu, team A is on the clock. (Original team name, I know)