As you get closer to entering your 2011-12 Fantasy Football draft, there are some things that you need to remember, even if you’re a savvy manager with loads of fantasy trophies on the shelf! Here are a few to consider:
- Knowing the scoring system
Each league has their own blueprint. Some are very basic and some get a bit more intense. For example, in standard formats, points are awarded for points scored as well as yardage. In other more custom leagues, 6 points are garnered for passing TD’s instead of the more common 4. PPR (points per reception), points for return yardage and for scoring plays, which cover more than 40 yards, are just a few. Be mindful before selecting your league or you just might be in for a long season..
- Stay active on the waiver wire
If you want an edge in any fantasy league you must pay frequent visits to the waiver wire. From my own experience, I have the greatest success when, at the end of a season, at least 50-60% of my team were acquired from the waiver pool and not the draft room. Picking up new additions to your league should come more naturally (and often) in Fantasy Football than in most other sports as the injuries come faster and more furious on the gridiron than on a baseball diamond. If you’re in several leagues, check several times a week to see the moves that other mangers have made. You’ll be surprised how many pickups you can acquire that way.
- QB’s, Kickers, and Team Defense
Just like some of you out there who rush to pick up an elite closer in the 4-5th round of your Baseball draft, some will lasso in a QB in the 1-2nd round. As a rule of thumb, and depending on your leagues format, no position player is more instrumental in giving you a winning season than a RB…or two. You can pick up a serviceable QB such as Matt Shaub, Josh Freeman, Matt Ryan, or Joe Flacco who should all be available in rounds 7 and beyond. Same goes for Kickers and your Team Defense. Kickers should easily be your last draft selection..period! Like the closers in baseball leagues, you can always swap for a ‘hot’ Kicker during the season.
Good luck to all this season!!.