Fantasy Football Draft Strategy 2014: Tips and Tricks

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Know Your Leagues Scoring System

It may sound basic, but it can prove pivotal. Different leagues have different rules for scoring and starting lineup composition, so be sure you are aware of the specific settings of  the league for which you are drafting.

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If it is a points-per-reception league, then running backs who don’t catch a lot of passes, such as Alfred Morris, will be devalued a bit, while passing-down backs, such as Danny Woodhead, should move up your ranks. Also, since quarterbacks are almost never on the receiving end of passes, they are losing points to everyone else, and thus lose some relative value.

Speaking of quarterbacks, check to see if your league gives six or four points per touchdown pass. If it is the latter, then quarterbacks who run, such as Colin Kaepernick, will have increased value compared to more stationary guys like Tom Brady. Are quarterbacks docked points for interceptions, and if so how many? Penalties for picks could limit the appeal of an interception-prone QB such as Jay Cutler.

 A Few More Things To Remember:

  1. Don’t overpay for defense – We touched on defense briefly earlier. Don’t take one too early. Their values rise and fall regularly throughout the season, so there is a chance that you may end up trying more than one before the season’s end.
  2. Rookies can and will disappoint – Every year we all look for that new superstar that could come into the NFL and take the league by storm. Fact is, that rarely happens and most are overvalued. Rookies take time to develop, so don’t expect an immediate impact.
  3. Don’t wait too long – If there is a guy you really, and I mean really want this year, then don’t wait too long. Fantasy football is for fun, remember?

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