Fantasy 101

Don't forget to set up your Fantasy Football Weekly Lineups - Fantasy Football Chick Be sure to check your player rosters and have them up to date prior to Thursday night's game each week. Sunday Games: Set up your lineups and double check them in the morning if you are playing a questionable player. Really important if you are west coast time as those 10:00 a.m. games sneak up on you. Keep in mind matchups and be aware of, but don't rely too heavily on projected points. Some players come in either way over or under their projections. If your matchup is tough on both ends go with the more skilled player overall and try to stick with the most healthy players too. It sucks to have that guy go down 10 minutes into the game because of his hamstring, which has been bugging him for a month. Good Luck for this Sunday's kickoff!   Last Minute Fantasy Football Draft Tips - Fantasy Football Chick, August 29, 2013 There will be lots of fantasy drafts crammed into this coming weekend as the NFL Preseason comes to a close. Here are some strategies and things you should be aware of as you enter into your fantasy drafts this weekend.
  • It's never too late to do a mock draft, especially for the pick you are assigned and for the amount of teams your league has. Fantasyfootballcalculator.com offers custom mock drafts for the type of league you will be playing in.
  • Know your type of league whether you are in a Standard League or Points Per Reception (PPR) League.
  • Standard Leagues do not add extra points per reception.
  • If you are in a PPR League, these offensive players (RB, WR & TE) will be awarded extra points for every reception they receive.
  • For PPR, make sure you know the value of the extra points awarded as they may vary per position. Example: I just drafted in a PPR league where the Tight Ends get 1.5 points per reception, and the RB's and WR's get only 1 point.
  • If you are drafting for a PPR league, focus on teams where the Quarterback passes/throws a lot (Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan,Tony Romo, Matthew Stafford). Even short passes to their running backs earn PPR points.
  • Take special note of Matt Forte and Reggie Bush who you usually can get 2nd round. They're on course to catch tons of short passes.
  • Beware of how many of each position you need to draft and how many flex positions you have. You many need more reliable running backs or more wide receivers based on the league requirements.
  • No matter how many running backs you need, however, load up on them because they are the ones who get hurt the most.
  • Some leagues let you use Tight Ends as a flex position. If you can secure two higher ranked tight ends this can be used to your advantage in this type of league if your WR's or RB's run weak.
  • Remember to watch your player's bye weeks so you don't have all of your WR's on bye week 9.
  • Check your team's scoring system as to the defense and special teams points awarded. It varies widely throughout leagues. Some leagues award for kickoff or punt return touchdowns and some don't.
  • Study up on position rankings and sleeper lists and check the latest versions of the injury trackers before you draft. I keep links and pages to all of these on my site.
  • Not mandatory, but something I prefer to do is choose a Defense who doesn't have to match up against my main Quarterback. I don't want to earn Defense interception points while my Quarterback is losing points for being intercepted. Or, plan to switch your defense if they face your Quarterback in a particular week.
  • Another personal recommendation and something I try to do is pick only one Defense and one Kicker, both with a late bye week so I don't have to worry about having a bye week substitute until late into the season. By then, I know I can drop another position to pick up a replacement.
  • Study the rookies but be aware that last year's class was exceptionally elite, and the chances you'll find as many gems in this year's rookies as we did last year is rare. Keep expectations realistic.
  • Try to draft running backs who play for a team who relies more on the ground game versus the air game.
  • Watch out for the running backs who are slated to "timeshare". In this case one running back will get the initial carries, but his fellow back will be brought in for the goal line carries and touchdown opps. (David Wilson/Andre Brown, Montee Ball/Ronnie Hillman are examples).
  • Try to draft wide receivers who don't share the field with too many other targets as the points will likely be spread more evenly between the receiving crew. One receiver will have a great week, then the next it will be his teammate's turn.
  • Try to avoid choosing a Quarterback until at least round 5 if you can. You can add more depth at the RB/WR positions if you can wait. If you can draft RB,RB,WR,WR or RB,WR,RB,WR, then do it.
  • Draft a fairly decent backup Quarterback. I know you treasure your Drew Brees, and wonder why you might need another other than for your bye week, but if something happens to him, you don't want to be stuck relying on Brandon Weeden or Jake Locker to get your team through the season.
  • Keep your laptop handy and have all of your favorite reference windows open in different tabs so you can quickly check bye weeks, defense schedules, injury reports, etc.
  • My personal favorite is don't drink and draft. Enjoy some adult beverages once you've drafted your winning team! Better yet, host the draft and get everyone else liquored up while you take advantage of all of their slips and misses.
Have fun and good luck! -FFC       A little friendly drafting and early season fantasy football advice - Fantasy Football Chick, July 25, 2013 Secure two running backs within the first three rounds. The elite running backs will be depleted after round one. The second tier will be gone after round two. If you wait until mid-round two or round three to draft your first running back, you will be deficient in this key position. Wait to draft a quarterback. However tempting it is to grab Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers or even Peyton Manning in round two, 2013 brings brings fantasy drafters plenty of quality, point producing quarterbacks. Rounds four and five can get you guys like Cam Newton, Matt Ryan and Tom Brady. In rounds six-eight you can draft Matthew Stafford, Colin Kaepernick, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III and Tony Romo. At the end of the day, your fantasy points from your top three picks (two good RB's and one good WR) and your second-third tier QB will even out with those who chose Brees, Rodgers or P. Manning and sacrificed a top RB or WR. Watch your bye-weeks during drafting. It's easy to let this slip through the cracks, especially in a quickly timed draft where you may only have 60-90 seconds to make your pick. You don't want to view your draft roster after the fact to see that three of your four wide receivers are all on bye-week nine. Know your leagues' scoring system. If you are in a Points Per Reception (PPR) league, keep in mind that some running backs and wide receivers often perform double duties. For instance, running backs who catch passes or return punts will accumulate fantasy points for these plays which means fantasy points for you. In a standard league, points are not typically earned for these actions. Study PPR rankings versus Standard rankings upon entering drafts to know which players better suit your type of league. Be on Rookie watch. It's a good idea to track some of the rookie progress as training camps start and review how they performed with their college teams. Some rookies might just show some exceptional talent a few weeks into the season. So, if you have a spot for a fourth or fifth running back or wide receiver it doesn't hurt to draft a rookie in late draft rounds for hopes of a breakout. Do the names Doug Martin, Alfred Morris and Andrew Luck ring any bells? Practice Mock Drafting. It's free and there are many sites to experiment with including Yahoo, ESPN, NFL, Fantasy Football Calculator, etc. If you are in leagues where you will not know your draft position until the draft begins, it is important to test out drafting strategies from all pick positions so you be acquainted with the drafting trends. You know if you are eighth pick, you will not get Adrian Peterson or Arian Foster, so practice mocks to optimize the best strategy for your pick position. Wait until the last rounds to draft your defense and kicker. There are a few circumstances where you might want to jump ahead of your team and grab a top defense. I would only recommend this if you are on a league where the scoring system awards more points than typical leagues for defense plays, and the defense is just as key as say your quarterback role. Or you may want to use that top-rated defense as trade bait for a position you are lacking. As far as kickers are concerned, a few stand out over others, but there are enough decent kickers to draft to where this position should be your very last selection. Watch out for "time-sharing" roles. If you have the opportunity to choose a running back or wide receiver who controls the lead position for their team, that player is more valuable to draft than the running back who shares equal time on the field with another fellow running back. You'll get points of course, but if you can own that main guy instead you'll have an advantage. Approach injury-prone players with caution. No matter how well they play when they are upright, there are players who just can't stay healthy for a whole season. These are the players who should enter the field in bubble-wrap. If you are tempted to draft one of these guys just to get as much mileage from the position you can before they go down, it doesn't hurt to draft that player's back up for extra security. If it appears your guy will be out for too many weeks really warming up that bench spot, it might be worth tossing him to the waivers and finding someone more reliable. Don't be that player who joins a league and doesn't manage their team. Stay up-to-date with news on your players and watch out for injuries which lead to a questionable or doubtful status indicating you may want to bench that guy during a particular week. And, obviously, get those players entering a bye-week off your lineup and make sure you have someone to play in their spot. This could be quite the task if you are juggling many teams, so don't drop the ball. Overall, have fun! Partake in some smack talk, don't over-think things too much and go with your gut.  -FFC Fantasy-Draft-Strategy   Courtesy of www.fantasyfootballdish.com

Drafting Strategies

A Winning Drafting Strategy The winning team of my fantasy league last year was not me, sadly, but a smart drafter. This was their drafting order:
  1. Quarterback – Aaron Rodgers
  2. Running back – Maurice Jones-Drew
  3. Running back – Jamaal Charles
  4. Wide receiver – Steve Smith
  5. Running back – Adrian Peterson
  6. Wide receiver – Brandon Lloyd
  7. Defense – Ravens
  8. Wide receiver – Vincent Jackson
  9. Tight end – Fred Davis
  10. Wide receiver – Robert Meachem
  11. Wide receiver – Denarius Moore
  12. Running back – Jahvid Best
  13. Wide receiver – Lance Moore
  14. Running back – Ben Tate
  15. Kicker – Alex Henery
Drafting Strategies First Scenario – You get picked 1st or 2nd (Use this plan if you are 3rd, 4th, or 5th, only if Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers haven’t been taken yet)
  1. Pick a quarterback (Either Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers)
  2. Pick a running back
  3. Pick a wide receiver
  4. Pick a tight end (Only if Graham are available. If not, switch step 4 with 7)
  5. Pick a running back
  6. Pick a wide receiver
  7. Pick a defense (Only if Chicago Bears or your preference is available)
  8. Pick a running back
  9. Pick a wide receiver
  10. Pick a running back
  11. Pick a wide receiver
  12. Pick a tight end (Or a rookie)
  13. Pick a kicker
  14. Pick a running back
  15. Pick a wide receiver
This will give you
  • 1 quarterback (Or two, if you replaced your 12th round pick with a rookie quarterback)
  • 2 tight ends (Or one, if you replaced your 12th round pick with a rookie quarterback)
  • 1 kicker
  • 1 defense
  • 5 running backs (It is best to have more running backs and wide receivers than to have 2 defenses or kickers)
  • 5 wide receivers (Please see the parenthesis in the 5th bullet point)
Second Scenario – You get picked 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th
  1. Pick a running back
  2. Pick a wide receiver
  3. Pick a tight end (Only if Graham is available, if not, switch step 3 with 6)
  4. Pick a running back
  5. Pick a wide receiver
  6. Pick a quarterback
  7. Pick a running back
  8. Pick a wide receiver
  9. Pick a defense (Only if it’s the Chicago Bears or your preference, If not, switch 9 with 10)
  10. Pick a tight end (Or a rookie)
  11. Pick a running back
  12. Pick a wide receiver
  13. Pick a running back
  14. Pick a wide receiver
  15. Pick a kicker
This will put you at
  • 1 quarterback (Or 2, if you drafted a rookie quarterback on round 10)
  • 2 tight ends (Or 1, if you drafter a rookie quarterback on round 10)
  • 1 kicker
  • 1 defense
  • 5 running backs
  • 5 wide receivers
Third Scenario - You are picked 8th, 9th, or 10th
  1. Pick a tight end (Only if Graham is available, if not switch 1 with 2, and 2 with 3)
  2. Pick a running back
  3. Pick a wide receiver
  4. Pick a running back
  5. Pick a wide receiver
  6. Pick a quarterback
  7. Pick a running back
  8. Pick a wide receiver
  9. Pick a Defense (Only if Chicago Bears or your preference is available)
  10. Pick a running back
  11. Pick a wide receiver
  12. Pick a running back
  13. Pick a wide receiver
  14. Pick a tight end (Or a rookie)
  15. Pick a kicker
This will put you at
  • 1 quarterback (Or 2 quarterbacks if you picked a rookie quarterback on round 14)
  • 2 tight ends (Or 1 tight end if you picked a rookie quarterback on round 14)
  • 1 kicker
  • 1 defense
  • 5 running backs
  • 5 wide receivers
 

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