Are you ready for some football? Football season is approaching with the speed of a rocket ship. Preseason is two weeks in, and the regular season is just around the corner, which means Fantasy Football owners will be lining up for mock drafts in preparation for their own big event.
The question I have every year for my fantasy team is: who will I pick first overall? I play in a twelve team league, head to head, regular scoring matchup. It all depends on which draft position I fall into. Each year I try to pick a top five running back. What’s my reasoning you ask? Because after the top five there is drastic drop off. And I don’t necessarily feel the same way about the QB or WR positions.
If I have a late first round pick, that is where it can get a little dicey. I like to sit and wait to see what others do, maybe get a feel for the flow. But if RB’s fly off the board, then my thought process is to load up on the other skill positions, instead of being scared into picking a mediocre back with a first round pick. That may not be other people’s view point, but if all rock solid backs are gone I would rather get the number 1 or 2 WR than 10-12 RB.
I typically wait until round five or six to draft a QB. Don’t get me wrong I would love to have Andrew Luck or Aaron Rodgers, but they typically don’t stick around that long. After the top 2-3 QB’s there isn’t much difference in fantasy points from those guys listed at 4-10. Plus it is a lot harder to get value picks with WR or RB later, if you decide on a QB early.
The middle rounds can be where your draft is made or broken. Do you take the chance on a proven veteran, or risk it all on an unproven rookie with a ton of potential? I myself, am a bit of a gambler, so I sometimes take those chances on the young rookies. Some years have paid off, but some have not.
Then there’s the dreaded, “You picked my guy just before I was going to pick him,” game. You think that guy who is “big secret” is going to last until the sixth or seventh round. Guess what, everyone in your league probably has a Fantasy Guide, there aren’t too many secrets left. My advice, if you like a guy, pick him before anyone else has the chance to.
Defense and kickers should NEVER be taken before the final two rounds. Just my opinion, but I don’t see the value in taking the two least specialized positions. Anyone who doesn’t do this, wastes their picks. Not much difference between these two positions, especially the defenses. Since teams change their schemes and coaches so often, you don’t really know what you’re going to get.
Anyway enough ranting, everything of course is just my opinion. I hope you’ll are excited about Fantasy Football as I am. Let’s get it on!