When going into a nfl fantasy football draft, if you want to excel at your draft, you will need a strategy in place as well as practice.
We will first discuss some main strategies, which you can use as the core of your drafts, and then I will explain why you need to practice and how along with where you can do so. Leave any comments please if you have had experience in these subjects.
Draft Strategy #1 Best Available Player
While this probably should be the #1 and most popular strategy, many people traditionally in standard leagues will go ahead and place more emphasis on getting the stud running back in the first round. However, while this may be ok in a 10 team league, you may get a much better value in your 2018 draft, even in a standard scoring league, if you look else ware after a certain number of stud guys have been taken off the board.
For example, if you realize that with the 10 pick overall ADP, or Average Draft Position if all players selected running back for whatever reason you could end up with LeSaun McCoy or Dalvin Cook as your first round pick and #1 running back.
Would not this sound much better in a snake draft, or draft that run with the person with the 10th pick also having the 11th pick, and then going backwards?
You could actually pick the best Wide Receiver in the draft, and the pick Cook if you believe he is worthy of that pick with the #11 pick.
Or let’s say, more realistically that Antonio Brown as the overall adp WR usually taken first comes off the board and you have the 9th pick overall. While Cook and Brown would maybe both be taken, you could certainly make due with the potential of Devonte Freeman and Jordan Howard with the 12th pick, while grapping DeAndre Hopkins, who is at times, being drafted as the #1 overal WR in many draft formats.
Draft Strategy #2 Favor WR’s for low risk
Let’s face it, all RB’s are high risk when it comes to drafting them high. While the same could happen to a WR, there is much more significant risk for the RB position, so you could certainly to a WR with your #1 pick, and if you feel there is not a guy worth it at your 2nd pick at the WR position, you could look to see if the best 2 TE’s are perhaps available off the board. Who would those be? Rob Gronkowski as a higher injury risk with great upside, or the safer option in Travis Kelce. But in a 10 team league, you might be able to grab Kelce in the 3rd round and get another really good WR. Just see how your draft goes. You can take many guys at running back who are rookies, 2nd year players, fill in players when guys get hurt, and over the hill runners who could see significant playing time.
Draft Strategy # 3 Drat RB’s High and often
This 3rd strategy is one that I could recommend but I won’t Simply because even in standard scoring leagues there is simply too much value at other positions, as mentioned to ignore and just draft RB’s with your top 3 or 4 picks. Also, most leagues allow you to play only RB’s with maybe a flex. While it may be fine to take 2 running backs in the fist 2 rounds, your 3rd rounder should then hopefully another position of value, unless you are able to utilize a flex spot, which allows usually a RB, WR, or TE.
How to Practice your Draft?
The only free way to practice drafting is through a free site draft such as yahoo. I don’t really know if other sites offer free practice draft rooms, since I do not play on espn, or others. If you intend to use Draft.com This site has an adjuster similar to Yahoo, in which you can pre-rank your top players.
Its an excellent format and place to play for special discounted free play by clicking on the link provided above, including the best ball games, allowing you to draft players where all of the players you draft score from week to week, without having to worry about benching. Just draft, and hopefully win Cash!