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Friday, July 15, 2005

Tips for a Successful Draft Day


Just thought we would pass on some draft day tips since we will soon be entering the Fantasy drafting season...


1. Know your League.
This is probably the most important tip. If you know your league rules, scoring system, prizes and how it all works that is your first step.

2. Pre-Work.
Research everything, everything. Participate in mock drafts follow player / team news, check the rankings and cheatsheets, evaluate sleepers and busts create your own cheatsheet and crib notes on strategy - look at the average draft positions in leagues that score similar to yours.

3. BE PREPARED on draft day.
Bring your league fees, cheatsheets, magazines, pen / pencil (more than one), clipboard or hard book to write on, hi-lighter(s), folder to keep things private, drafting grids to keep track of your players. For the more technologically advanced leagues - bring a laptop, assuming your drafting site has a hot spot.

4. Fade into the background.
Actually there are two schools of thought on this, one is to fade into the background and the other is to annoy the hell out of the other owners by commenting on their picks, suggesting picks, throwing out false information on injuries, arrests, etc. Doing that may work for some, but typically you will do better to stick to business and keep a watchful eye on the other owners and know more than them. Know what they have drafted, what they need, etc. it may prove beneficial when your pick comes up and you know they need something.

5.Check your Bye Weeks.
There is nothing worse than finishing the draft and then noticing that you have bye week issues. I am not suggesting drafting by this alone - if there is a valuable player on the board, you have to take him. I am suggesting that if there are players on the board and you could go with one or the other then check the bye week.

6. Evaluate your draft position.
Yes, evaluate it based upon who you want to take in the next round - like chess, plan your moves ahead of time. Perhaps you know the next player you want will be gone by the time you pick again - think trade - moving up to get value while sacrificing other picks is a notable method to build the best team, just be careful not to give too much.

7. Draft the best players you can.
Don't team build. You've probably seen this before - a guy takes QB,RB,WR,TE then starts to get the second player at the positions needed. Draft the best guy on the board. Don't reach too early for your sleeper picks either.

8. Beer is your friend.
You can have one or two, but don't drink until the work is done. Get your buddies refills quickly. The more they drink the more bad picks they will make. Make sure to keep the fluids flowing and you will get them wasted, force them to use the facilities and end up with a better team.

9. Checking it Twice.
Make sure you double check your drafted team back to the draft board and the commish. Ensure you have all the contact information necessary for the season - you never know who you will be wheeling and dealing with.

10. It's supposed to be Fun!
Too many of us treat this as if it is a business. Many are uber-competitive. Winning is great, but it is about fun first. Getting too serious over anything fantasy leads to bad results. Remember to 'Keep it Real'.

Rankings, Sleepers and Busts all arriving next week...

24 Comments:

Anonymous trench said...

whoo! Im ready for the season. Have 3 leagues to run! Cant wait!

7/16/2005 10:25:00 PM  
Blogger David R. Mark said...

Can I add another rule -- be flexible with your draft-day strategy. There have been times when I went into a draft with a specific 1-2-3 pick plan, only to have it get completely screwed up.

Don't say "No way I'm drafting two WR with my first three picks," because if you have a choice between a 10-TD WR and a 4-TD RB, you have to know what to do.

7/16/2005 11:40:00 PM  
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7/17/2005 07:23:00 AM  
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