Fantasy Football Season is upon us again, and there are many issues to consider for this season. One of the biggest early decisions is who to draft in the early rounds of the draft. I would like to take this time to share with you my strategy on when I draft players and why you should draft your players at certain times during the draft.
The early rounds of the draft are the most important rounds for your fantasy team. The decisions you make with your early picks can make or break your team. Rounds one through four are very important, and you should draft carefully according to your place in the draft.
Your first pick in the draft should always be a running back or wid e receiver. In a points-per-reception league, the WR position grows in importance. In most seasons, a running back should be selected in the first five to seven positions in the draft. If you draft later than seventh in the first round, you might want to consider drafting a wide receiver in the first round. In round two, you want to draft a wide receiver or running back. I would only draft a quarterback in round two if you selected a wide receiver in round one. In most seasons, you do not want to draft a quarterback early unless he is one of the top two or three quarterbacks in the league.
Your first four picks should be wide receivers and running backs. Do not draft a tight end or quarterback earlier than round five unless you pick up an elite quarterback. After the first four rounds, start filling up the positions on the rest of the team. I recommend filling all starter positions first before filling up the bench. Do not fill your kicker or team defense slots until the last two rounds of the draft. You can pick up better kickers and team defenses during the season.
Finally, pick up sleeper picks in the last rounds of the draft. Do not select benchwarmers or handcuff players in most situations unless you play in a really deep league. This will give you a better chance to win if an entire team is bad.