Your fantasy football draft strategy ranks high in how your overall season will be and although it seems elementary talking about strategy there are several things to know before your team is “on the clock”.

 First off, it is important to know where you will be drafting in your upcoming draft.  Typically, leagues will release the draft order and from that point on the research begins.   You’ll become keenly aware of “mock drafts” and “ADP” or average draft position.

 When doing a mock draft it is important to find a site that is very active where your mock draft is performed by other persons and not a computer.  Normally, computers pick by rank and you want to get the biased based knowledge that people will bring to the draft.

 So by doing mock drafts you’ll start to get an idea of what players and what positions will “land” at your spot throughout each round of the draft.  This will give you an opportunity to strategize around certain players.  Keep up with the news as pre-season injuries will vastly effect an ADP of a player.  Why is ADP important?  It is important because you don’t want to draft a player in round 2 that has been going in round 6 of pre-season mock drafts.  This is called “reaching” and it is expensive in terms of wasting a pick.

 Next is to make sure you know the rules of your league(s).   Knowing passing touchdown is worth six points will definitely impact the first two rounds of the draft and depending on your draft position you may miss out on a high-end quarterback.    Even more important is knowing if you are in a “PPR” league or points per reception.  This is when you are awarded points for every reception so your research should naturally take you to those receivers with the most receptions; not necessarily worrying about yardage.  So check your rules so you can target players that fit.

 Another important aspect of any draft is knowing your competition.  Obviously this is hard to do if you are new to a league but for those who have been in the same league for years this is vital.  If you are in front of someone that always drafts running backs for the first two rounds then you might have an opportunity to steal a pick.  If you know the majority of your league has a trend of drafting quarterbacks late then you can gamble and wait as well.

 Research, research, research.   This may not help you in the first half of the draft but it certainly will in the latter.  Knowing personnel team changes, coaching changes, and offensive and defensive coordinates changes all have an impact that should factor in to your draft strategy.

 If you follow these simple guidelines you should walk away from your draft a potential contender for the season.  Just remember, and a golden rule I follow, you want to start a run not end one.  What that means is you want to be the first to pick up a quarterback (or any position) which ultimately puts the draft into panic and the following teams begin to pick a quarterback (or that position you drafted).  You started the run, which should mean you got the top pick of that position.

Good luck in your fantasy football draft and I hope you’ve found this strategy successful.