One of the best times of the year is upon us and that time is fantasy football draft season. The season is under two weeks away, which means people will be gathering either in person or online for their fantasy football drafts.
There are many strategies you can use to draft a championship team. Some of those strategies will pay off in a big way, while others could wind up being the laughing stock of your league. Obviously, the latter of the two is no good, so let me help you with four basic rules for drafting your teams this year.
1. Wait for a Quarterback and Tight End, Unless..
you can land Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Travis Kelcie or George Kittle. Listen, everyone wants one of those two top-rated positions, but not everyone is going to be able to draft them. If you aren’t able to that is perfectly fine. You can get a quarterback in later rounds that will suit your team just fine. Last year the tight end position wasn’t the most rewarding for players, so those can wait as well. Plus, you can stream either position on the waiver wire.
2. Load Up on Wide Receivers and Running Backs.
These were the two highest positions in terms of points last season, outside of quarterback. More often than not, players will draft any combination of running back/wide receiver with their first two or three picks, unless they land any of the four aforementioned players. Depending on who you draft, you can have two high-caliber backs or receivers, especially if you have the last pick of the round, and your draft snakes back around. The depth of these two positions will be the bread and butter of your success this season.
3. Don’t Worry About Bye Weeks.
Listen, if you draft multiple players with the same bye week, do not panic. Normally, there are 13 weeks in the regular season for fantasy leagues, so if you have to take a loss one week out of 13, it likely won’t affect you too much. The depth of your bench will also play a factor, but when drafting, don’t focus on bye weeks.
4. Draft Your Kicker Last.
A high percentage of leagues will see that one guy (or girl) take the top-rated kicker well before they should. Would it be nice to have a player like Justin Tucker booting balls from 40-50+? Obviously. Is it all that important? No, it is not. You can stream kickers week to week, especially based on matchups.
There you have it, folks. If you follow those four rules, along with doing your research, you should be in good shape to compete for a fantasy football championship and bragging rights amongst your friends.