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7 Steps To Winning Your Fantasy Football League

By Edited Oct 20, 2016 0 0

With the NFL season only a few weeks away, Fantasy Football Drafts are taking over many of the lives of the millions of Americans who play the game.  Year after year this spectator sport has grown bigger and bigger.  What once was a game for the most die-hard of football fans has now become game played by even the unlikeliest of observers.  This year my wife, sister-in-law and mother will all be joining me and the other men in family for our new family league.  So in recognition of some new members to this club of fantasy football I have decided to put together a very easy understand and extremely simple to implement strategy for winning your fantasy league.   It is such an easy to use strategy that you do not even need to know anything about the football players to have success with it. In this short article I will take you through the materials you will need, the preparation you should do before the draft, and what to do once the league starts.

 Oh yeah, and my strategy does not take a lot of time either.  So when you hear about the guy who spends hours a week or maybe even a day preparing for his family football team maybe you can steer him in the direction of this article.  You should only need 30 minutes or so getting ready for the draft and 10 to 15 minutes of upkeep each week once the season has started. 

Step 1: Gather Materials

You will need a few items get ready for drafting your fantasy football team.  I suggest you use 3 different things; a comprehensive Fantasy Football magazine, a player rankings list from an unusual website or blog, and the Average Draft Position list from ESPN or Yahoo mock drafts.  For the magazine you can go to any grocery store magazine isle and they will have several to choose from so just pick one at random.  For the player rankings list, punch the term “fantasy football player rankings” into any search engine you will get thousands of sites to get you what you need.  And the Average Draft Position list can be attained by going to either ESPN or Yahoo Fantasy Football page.  ESPN has a direct link to the list on the front page in the top bar.  At the Yahoo fantasy page you will need click on the “Draft Central” link and then the “Draft Analysis” link.  We will use these 3 items to complete our next steps for preparing and drafting your team.

Step 2: Make a Game Plan

This is your most important step.  This is where you will do the majority of your work.  We will start by taking our player rankings list and a blank piece of paper.  On your blank piece of paper number down 1 through 14 leaving some space between each number.  We will then go down the player rankings list and divide it up in rounds.  For example, if you have 10 people in your league then you will draw a line after the player ranked 10th on your list and everyone above that can be expected to go in the first round, then draw another line 10 players later at 20 and then 30 and so on.  This will give you a visualization of who should be going in each round.  Using this rankings list you will now want to go through and pick a few players that you want to draft in each round and write them down on your piece of paper. 

The point in doing this is to give you an idea of what players are available in each round.  It helps in making a decision between to players.  For example, say it is your pick in the 4th round and you need to make a decision between a running back or a wide receiver  but  you  know from your planning that there are a lot of running backs in the next few rounds that you like but not a lot of wide receivers.  So you would know to take the wide receiver here. 

Step 3: Trial your Game Plan 

Now is when it starts to get fun.  In order to be fully prepared for the draft you will want to do a trial run of your game plan in a Mock Draft.  You can find and join a mock draft fairly quickly at ESPN and Yahoo Fantasy.  All that matters here is that you give your plan a quick run and see if it works.  What you want to get out of this is to find out if the players you thought would be available in each round are actually available.  It will also open your eyes to some other things people are doing that maybe you did not see. 

I like to do 2 or 3 mock drafts in order to get a good feel for what draft position players are going.  If you get this down you will be ready to maximize all of your draft picks and never worry about drafting someone way to early or completely missing on player you wanted because you thought he would go in later rounds.  Granted no draft is ever going to be the same but at least this way you will have a really good idea of when each player “should” go. 

Step 4: Final Adjustments to the Plan

With the information you learned in the Mock Draft you will want to make any necessary adjustments to your game plan.  Also, take a look at that uncommon blog to get an outside prospective on things.  The outside prospective is very important, you do not want to go into the draft with all the same information that everyone else has too from those common websites. 

Step 5: Draft Your Team

If you have done the previous 4 steps then you will be mentally ready for the draft.  Just bring with you the Magazine, your draft plan, and the player rankings list.  Take one last look at the Average Draft Position list just to make sure nothing out of the ordinary has happened.  If you see that one of the players has dropped in the rankings a lot then this could mean that he is injured from a preseason game.  That is good info to know and is hard to keep up with all of it. 

Step 6: Picking Your Starters

Now you have your team and the season is about to start, each week you will need to pick your starters for the week.  Usually this can be done anytime up till 5 minutes before kick-off.  My advice here is, Always Start Your Best Players No Matter What. Most people over think this part and it causes problems.  All you really need to do here is start the best players each and every week.  Do not worry about uncontrollable factors like rain or other bad weather or if they are playing in grass or in a dome.  As long as your best player is healthy then I say you should start that player with out question. 

Step 7: Team Maintenance

 

Once the season is in full effect you will need to maintain your team by making sure all of your players that you have as “starters” are playing that week.  They could not be playing due to injury or a team bye week.  What I like to do is take a look at my upcoming week on Tuesday to see if anyone was injured.  Then I take another look Sunday morning.  If everyone you have as a starter is listed as playing then you are happy.  But if someone is listed as Probable, Doubtful or Out then you will need to put one of your back-up players into his spot. 

Also, keep your eye out for break out players that were not drafted but do not go overboard here.  Often you will have one of your competitors that just picks up any and every player that has a good week.  Trust me, tons of mediocre players will have an occasionally break out game only to never do anything like it again.  If you just sit tight and see if you notice a player who has a few consistently good weeks then you will be ready to pick him up because you didn’t waste your time on grabbing every one-game wonder that may have had one decent week. 

Now you are ready and you can sit back as you win most of your games and laugh as you watch all of your competitors bask in the frustration of yet another disappointing season.  Fantasy Football really can be a simple game if you know how to go about it.  If you just follow these simple and easy steps you will be as prepared as you need to be.  Good luck to you in your fantasy league this year, I hope you win lots of money and even more importantly I hope you take home the bragging rights. 

You will need a few items get ready for drafting your fantasy football team.  I suggest you use 3 different things; a comprehensive Fantasy Football magazine, a player rankings list from an unusual website or blog, and the Average Draft Position list from ESPN or Yahoo mock drafts.  For the magazine you can go to any grocery store magazine isle and they will have several to choose from so just pick one at random.  For the player rankings list, punch the term “fantasy football player rankings” into any search engine you will get thousands of sites to get you what you need.  And the Average Draft Position list can be attained by going to either ESPN or Yahoo Fantasy Football page.  ESPN has a direct link to the list on the front page in the top bar.  At the Yahoo fantasy page you will need click on the “Draft Central” link and then the “Draft Analysis” link.  We will use these 3 items to complete our next steps for preparing and drafting your team.

Step 2: Make a Game Plan

This is your most important step.  This is where you will do the majority of your work.  We will start by taking our player rankings list and a blank piece of paper.  On your blank piece of paper number down 1 through 14 leaving some space between each number.  We will then go down the player rankings list and divide it up in rounds.  For example, if you have 10 people in your league then you will draw a line after the player ranked 10th on your list and everyone above that can be expected to go in the first round, then draw another line 10 players later at 20 and then 30 and so on.  This will give you a visualization of who should be going in each round.  Using this rankings list you will now want to go through and pick a few players that you want to draft in each round and write them down on your piece of paper. 

The point in doing this is to give you an idea of what players are available in each round.  It helps in making a decision between to players.  For example, say it is your pick in the 4th round and you need to make a decision between a running back or a wide receiver  but  you  know from your planning that a lot of running backs are in the next few rounds that you like but not a lot of wide receivers.  So you would know to take the wide receiver here. 

Step 3: Trial your Game Plan 

Now is when it starts to get fun.  In order to be fully prepared for the draft you will want to do a trial run of your game plan in a Mock Draft.  You can find and join a mock draft fairly quickly at ESPN and Yahoo Fantasy.  All that matters here is that you give your plan a quick run and see if it works.  What you want to get out of this is to find out if the players you thought would be available in each round are actually available.  It will also open your eyes to some other things people are doing that maybe you did not see. 

I like to do 2 or 3 mock drafts in order to get a good feel for what draft position players are going.  If you get this down you will be ready to maximize all of your draft picks and never worry about drafting someone way to early or completely missing on player you wanted because you thought he would go in later rounds.  Granted no draft is ever going to be the same but at least this way you will have a really good idea of when each player “should” go. 

Step 4: Final Adjustments to the Plan

With the information you learned in the Mock Draft you will want to make any necessary adjustments to your game plan.  Also, take a look at that uncommon blog to get an outside prospective on things.  The outside prospective is very important, you do not want to go into the draft with all the same information that everyone else has too from those common websites. 

Step 5: Draft Your Team

If you have done the previous 4 steps then you will be mentally ready for the draft.  Just bring with you the Magazine, your draft plan, and the player rankings list.  Take one last look at the Average Draft Position list just to make sure nothing out of the ordinary has happened.  If you see that one of the players has dropped in the rankings a lot then this could mean that he is injured from a preseason game.  That is good info to know and is hard to keep up with all of it. 

Step 6: Picking Your Starters

Now you have your team and the season is about to start, each week you will need to pick your starters for the week.  Usually this can be done anytime up till 5 minutes before kick-off.  My advice here is, Always Start Your Best Players No Matter What. Most people over think this part and it causes problems.  All you really need to do here is start the best players each and every week.  Do not worry about uncontrollable factors like rain or other bad weather or if they are playing in grass or in a dome.  As long as your best player is healthy then I say you should start that player with out question. 

Step7: Team Maintenance

 

Once the season is in full effect you will need to maintain your team by making sure all of your players that you have as “starters” are playing that week.  They could not be playing due to injury or a team bye week.  What I like to do is take a look at my upcoming week on Tuesday to see if anyone was injured.  Then I take another look Sunday morning.  If everyone you have as a starter is listed as playing then you are happy.  But if someone is listed as Probable, Doubtful or Out then you will need to put one of your back-up players into his spot. 

Also, keep your eye out for break out players that were not drafted but do not go overboard here.  Often you will have one of your competitors that just picks up any and every player that has a good week.  Trust me, tons of mediocre players will have an occasionally break out game only to never do anything like it again.  If you just sit tight and see if you notice a player who has a few consistently good weeks then you will be ready to pick him up because you didn’t waste your time on grabbing every one-game wonder that may have had one decent week. 

Now you are ready and you can sit back as you win most of your games and laugh as you watch all of your competitors bask in the frustration of yet another disappointing season.  Fantasy Football really can be a simple game if you know how to go about it.  If you just follow these simple and easy steps you will be as prepared as you need to be.  Good luck to you in your fantasy league this year, I hope you win lots of money and even more importantly I hope you take home the bragging rights. 

 

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