Fantasy Football 101

It’s been a long run, but the wait is finally over. Fantasy Football is back in action this week!

.....if you’ve drafted a team prior to week 3 of the preseason, shame on you. Stop being so thirsty....

Let’s admit it... the best part of fantasy football is the draft. Whether you conduct a live draft at your local B-Dubs or you sit in your underwear at home panicking as your online draft clock winds down, fantasy football drafts bring thrills to everyone.

Before you donate your cash to the future champion of your league, here’s a few tips on how not to suck this year.

If this is your first year, Understand the difference between Fantasy and Reality

Don’t be that idiot that drafts Tom Brady with the first overall pick. Do some research, learn the scoring system and the object of the game.

Join a league that’s right for you

if you’re playing fantasy football this year just for shits and giggles, join a shits and giggles league. Don’t put up $100 to play a game that you have no knowledge on. You’re just donating money.

Also, you can completely ruin a league. All it takes is for one novice team to make a stupid decision (like trading or dropping a star player because he had a bad week) to imbalance a league. Vice versa, If you’re a hardcore heavyweight that’s blood thirsty for championships, stay away from novice leagues. There is no way you can strategically dominate when everyone does unpredictable shit.

Create a draft strategy

Seriously. Most drafts only allow one minute per round to pick your player. Don’t go into a draft assuming that you’re gonna wing that shit and take home the crown. sit down for a minute and think about how you want to structure your team. Do you want to draft a stable of Running backs in your first few rounds? Or are you going to corner the market at wide receiver?

You could probably freestyle the first 4-5 rounds but after all of the obvious players are off the board, you can’t blindly pluck players off the board just because they are next up on the player Rankings. Do some research, see who’s good but not a household name, and snatch them up with a maniacal laugh.

Remember the Date of your draft!

This should be an easy one, but year after year I hear friends bitching about how they forgot the date and became victims of the autodraft.

Unless you want a blind old lady from Kazakhstan who has never heard of American Football to pick your team, I suggest you set a reminder on your phone.