Can you see it? The leaves are changing, school is in session, the air is getting cooler, and your starting quarterback is Carson Palmer. You knew it was all over, your team was done four rounds into the draft. Don't be that guy.
Listen, I've been part of countless fantasy teams and being a One-Time Champion, I know my stuff. Whether your league is for money, a trophy, or fun, there is an extreme competitive edge around fantasy football. Friendships, families, and marriages will be in jeopardy this fall, and with my tips I assure you that everyone will fear their matchup against you.
Position position position.
"Hey Dave?" "Yeah my conscience?" "How did you win your league in 2013?" "I drafted late in the first round." When it comes to drafting your players it depends where you stand on that draft order. "Yes! I got the #1 overall pick!" NO! Do not celebrate this. Picking number one is the same as picking number three or even five. Every year there are the 6-8 key players that wrack up and around the same amount of points week in and week out. The point difference between the 1st best running back in Le'Veon Bell and 4th best running back Marshawn Lynch was 60 points. What basically occurs is that picks 1-5 are essentially the same player in regards to points.
What you want to do is draft in a manner that would let you pick as close to the 2nd round as possible. Guess what! You just picked first and drafted Adrian Peterson, well great! But um, when do I get to pick again? Not for another 22 picks! Yippee! Three cheers to nobody left! To avoid this, try drafting in the middle of the first round and space the picks out evenly. You could also take the 12th pick and get back to back choices from one round into the other.
For heaven sakes, Quarterbacks do matter.
"It's a passing league! No matter who you have out there they'll get you points. I'm smart blah blah blah." These are lies! If you read anywhere online that a QB can wait they're morons. Last year 7 of the 10 highest scoring fantasy players were quarterbacks. That's where the points lie, boys and girls. If Aaron Rodgers is on the board late 2nd round, take him. He scored nearly 100 more points than the majority of QBs last season. Touchdowns mean everything, grab a quarterback that isn't only good, but can dish out touchdowns. We're not drafting the QB on the best team. We're drafting the QB that can score 2-3 times a game.
Lastly, go for offensive combos. Double the points, double the fun. Tom Brady to Edelman. Luck to TY. Matty Ice to Julio Jones. When you're drafting try your best to create a combo. Luck throws one deep to TY you've got yourself double the points. Why? Because you listened to me! So in an effort to save some tears from exiting your eyes 4 weeks into the season follow my advise. You might even win the whole kabob.
By Dave Arakelian @DavSosa_