Fantasy Football Draft Strategy 2014: Tips and Tricks

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May 10, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receivers Anthony Amos (86) and Jared Green (85) and Greg Herd (10) and Terrance Williams (83) and Darrin Moore (15) participate in a drill during the rookie minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters in Irving, TX. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Draft Your Starting Line Up First

Always draft your fantasy football teams starters first and foremost. It is one of the most important MUSTS of your fantasy football draft strategy.

I’ve heard the contrary before — “Take value over position”.

That is fine if were talking RB2 or WR3.

Don’t draft your fourth wide receiver or your fourth running back if your TE1 spot is unoccupied. While a deep bench is great and all, fantasy football is a game that is purely based on week to week matchups.

If you have four superstar wide receivers and two of them are on the bench while Brandon Pettigrew is your starting tight end, you’ve made a mistake in your draft.

The obvious exceptions to this rule are drafting the kicker and defense. Unless you absolutely “must have” the Legion of Boom, (which is understandable sometimes) than you should be waiting to take a defense until the second to last, or last round.

Special Note: Remember, if a member of your league is “utilizing” the auto-draft feature, than the CPU will automatically fill the starters before moving on to the bench. If you see the CPU take a defense in the seventh-round, DO NOT let if falter your plan of taking one later on.