I’ll be the first to admit it, I didn’t have much of a clue about anything when it comes to fantasy football this season. I’ve been so consumed elsewhere in sports (this basketball offseason has been the most fascinating in years), and baseball, I’ve put off doing any sort of research at all this year……until now. Just recently, I sat the (you know what) down and started reading and doing some mock drafts for football season. There are some deep names that I can get into, but overall, these are some of my findings:
1) Wait on tight end: Other than Gronk, who really needs a tight end early? It’s the most volatile position out there with about anyone doing anything on any given week. I mean, you could wait mid rounds and still draft teams best receivers (Jordan Reed, Greg Olsen could be viewed as their teams’ best catchers) or wait even later and draft a guy like Charles Clay (who else will they throw to in Buffalo?)
2) If you miss out on the 2 elite RB, it’s going to be okay. Getting a top 10 RB is important, but it can be obtained in rounds 3-5, no problem. In fact, drafting a WR in the first 2 rounds, then pairing them with the likes of DeMarco Murray and Melvin Gordon isn’t out of the realm of possibility and would be a solid start to your draft. Also, don’t forget about Ezekiel Elliott and Darren McFadden. If you can get them as your RB2 (combo), that’s a tremendous way to field your team. Draft the situation, not the player.
3) Wait wait wait on QB. You don’t need to draft one early, even if they are elite. The point per difference for every QB is so minimal, yet the difference in other positions is bigger. Let someone else draft Rodgers early, and then you can load up on elite positions elsewhere……then, you come in and draft Derek Carr or Matt Ryan and surprise the field.
4) Draft WR early on. PPR or not, it is a pass happy league, and those who catch beat out those who run. Get them early, because if you don’t, you’ll need to get lucky with some sleepers later on. I’d rather rely on skill than luck, and try and get sleeper/handcuffed running backs instead.
5) Unless your league offers bonuses for distances in kicks and defensive achievements, it’s a good idea to wait until the final rounds. Of the two positions, I’d say draft a defense first, but it’s okay to stream both positions every week. I like indoor kickers and outdoor defenses. An indoor kicker has little wind resistance and an easier time for kicks, while outdoor defenses can use the weather to cause fumbles or wind aided ball movement.
And there you have it