Seriously, stop over thinking your fantasy football draft.
Don’t go for the zero-running-back approach.
Avoid loading up on wide receivers just because you’re in a PPR league.
Whatever you do, don’t be the guy or girl who gets sucked into a run on tight ends.
As is the case around this time every year, there is an abundance of draft strategy available for consumption. You might think that’s a good thing—after all, information is power. But in reality, the biggest factor in your fantasy football draft has nothing to do with the “experts’ opinions.”
It boils down to this: The strategies you read about during those long afternoons at work are cookie-cutter solutions. The only thing that actually impacts how you draft is the list of available players. In reality, your defending-champion cousin in Fort Worth, who is picking one slot ahead of you, determines your fantasy football draft strategy more than any of the experts.
Before you stop reading because I’m basically saying that you can’t control your own draft, hear me out. With the above in mind—that the other teams in your league are the biggest obstacles in your draft—there is really only one strategy to employ: opportunism.
Draft the best player when your time comes. Don’t worry about taking that borderline wide receiver over a more established running back just because you’re in a PPR league. In the end, talent wins.
What good is a team with a met-quota of backs, receivers, quarterbacks, etc. if those players are simply that—quotas. You just need players who will produce.
I know, I know, this seems like an over-simplification of a life-changing event—we can all agree that every fantasy draft is life changing. In reality, although the draft is the biggest single day of your fantasy season, it shouldn’t be a stressful event.
Mark your sheets; highlight your pages; sort your spreadsheets. Before the draft starts, rank players according to research you find. This is the time to listen to experts—let them do the heavy lifting. Use that to help make decisions when you’re on the clock. Treat your draft like gameday. Put in preparation before it starts so you can be ready for whatever comes your way. As I’ve said, when the time arrives, just take the better footballer.
Keep your draft strategy simple so you can do the complex work during the season.