Fantasy Football Advice
Fantasy Football Draft Tips
It's late August as I write this, so you're probably preparing for your annual fantasy football draft. Here is a free list of fantasy football advice and fantasy football draft tips. These tips should help you in your preparation for the draft, as well as keep the right mind set during your fantasy football draft.
If you've been playing fantasy football for several years, some of this advice is a good yearly reminder. It's been a year since you last competed against your local fantasy football league and you've had a few beers since then. New players should pay even closer attention, because you don't want to spend your whole first season learning these lessons the hard way.
Fantasy Football Draft Tip #1: Draft Runners Early and Often
Top ten fantasy running backs are worth their weight in gold. The main reason is that a good runner is consistent and predictable. These guys get the ball 20-30 times a week, while receiver might get the ball thrown their way 5 to 10 times.
With three or four times more touches, running backs are naturally going to be more consistent than wide receivers. Runners score more touchdowns. Runners get yards on the ground and in the passing game. Star running backs simply get more production.
Scarcity is the other reason you have to draft running backs early. Look at the numbers.
In an average 12-team league, each team starts 2 running backs. That's 24 runners, while there are only 32 starting running backs in the league. So 75% of the running backs in the NFL will be started any given fantasy football week.
There are similarly only 32 starting quarterbacks, but most leagues only require that only 1 quarterback will be started any given week. That means that a little more than 35% of the starting QB's will be started in a league.
Most leagues require that 2 wide receivers be started, but NFL teams have 2 starters apiece, so there are 64 starting wide receivers in the NFL. Once again, only a little over 35% of NFL receivers will be started in an average fantasy football league.
This means that most fantasy football teams can get a decent quarterback and wide receiver corps. But not all teams will have productive running backs, because some teams will be starting players in the bottom 50% of the league in effectiveness. You almost certainly need a runner in the top 10-15 to contend in a fantasy football league. If you have two top ten running backs, then you're going to be one of the most consistent and competitive teams in the league.
The conventional theory is to draft RB-RB in the first two rounds of a fantasy football draft. That is the foundation of a draft strategy, sort of the beginning of fantasy football wisdom.
Fantasy Football Draft Tip #2: Start Runs on Positions, Don't End Them
Don't follow the runner-runner strategy slavishly, though. At a point, a high level of production is no longer there at a position, so you might as well try to make up the difference at another position.
For instance, if you select towards the middle or end of the 2nd round, you might see 18-20 running backs gone off the board. At that point, the running back quality is getting thin, so the final 12 guys or so might all be about the same. If that's the case, you might as well wait another round or two to take a shot on a guy, and draft a difference maker at another position.
It's usually better to draft the 3rd rated player at one position than the 20th rated player at another position. Occasionally, it's better to grab that stud receiver instead of robotically drafting a mediocre running back.
(You'll find more fantasy football advice and more fantasy football draft tips on the 2nd page of this article, Fantasy Football Tips.)