Fantasy Football Draft Tips
In this Aug. 2, 2016, file photo, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott carries the ball during practice at the NFL football team’s training camp in Oxnard, Calif. Elliott is among several first-round picks, not including quarterbacks, that are intriguing potential impact players for their new teams. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)
It’s almost football season and that means it’s time for fantasy football leagues to start drafting. Year after year people suffer from making the same draft mistakes which can cost them from winning there fantasy league.
Here are a few tips for fantasy owners to on how not to repeat the mistakes that so many others have made in past fantasy seasons.
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Drafting a player because of his name and not his current game. People make the common mistake of drafting players do to their past accomplishments and not the state that they are currently in.
For example last year Peyton Manning’s average draft round was 4, which is bad because Manning had his worst statistical season throwing for only 2,249 passing yards, 9 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
A player who can fall into this category in this year’s draft’s is Arian Foster. He is on a new team this year, also coming off of a torn Achilles and turns 30 on August 24.
Watch out for drafting quarterbacks in the first round. Ever since the rise of the air raid offenses in the NFL this has made the quarterback position extremely deep in fantasy.
For example these two late round drafted Quarterbacks Blake Bortles and Carson Palmer finished fourth and fifth in scoring on ESPN point scoring at the quarterback position last season. This was ahead of high round quarterbacks like Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers.
How to draft injured or suspended players. Going into this years fantasy draft there are multiple fantasy stars that will have to sit out the first couple of weeks because of injury or suspension.
The important thing about drafting hurt or suspended players is to make sure that you draft their backups as insurance.
For example Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’veon Bell is suspended the first four weeks of the season, so if you draft him make sure to draft his backup DeAngelo Williams.
Be careful where you draft rookies. It can be incredibly tricky on where to draft rookies because typically most rookies are hit or miss.
An example is Todd Gurley of the L.A. Rams had one of the best fantasy season out of all NFL players last season having 1,106 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns as a rookie. On opposite note, fellow first round drafted rookie, Melvin Gordon of the San Diego Chargers, struggled throughout the season recurring only 641 rushing yards and 0 rushing touchdowns.
This years top rookie coming out for fantasy football is Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott who is ranked fourth on ESPN’s Matthew Berry’s 2016 fantasy top running backs list.
It will always be a toss up on who to choose and who not to choose for this upcoming 2016-17 NFL season, but if you follow these few tips your fantasy team could go into a positive direction in the world of fantasy.