People around the world have begun preparing for their fantasy football drafts! I have some very important things for you to think about! Follow these 5 basic rules, and you'll have a great chance of winning your league in 2011!
1) Pay attention to BYE weeks. If you drafted your 2 starting RB's and they both have bye week 5, for example, then you can't even think about drafting any other RB with bye week 5, no matter how attractive the pick may be. Unless, of course, you plan on trading one of those RB's before week 5 comes around. ALWAYS STAY ON TOP OF THE BYE WEEKS.
2) Never draft a kicker before the final round! If your league requires that you draft 2 kickers, then you draft them both in the final 2 rounds! If you draft a kicker before the final round, you're telling the rest of your league owners 1 thing... "I give up on this draft"! DRAFT KICKERS IN THE FINAL ROUND(S).
3) Don't draft too many players from the same team, try to diversify your portfolio, so to speak! Listen, if you draft Aaron Rodgers for example, and then you also get Greg Jennings, then end it there with Packers players. Don't go after any of the Packer RB's. Don't grab Finley as your TE. Just leave the Packers alone at that point. I like the QB/WR or QB/TE combo, these are always nice to have. What I don't like is a RB/WR combo. For example, if you draft LeSean McCoy AND DeSean Jackson, what are the chances they're both going to have big games in the same week? It's just not likely, so it's best to diversify, and to use a played out phrase, "don't keep all your eggs in one basket".
4) Be smart, and grab your "handcuffs" whenever it's humanly possible! For example, I have a friend who drafted Kevin Kolb last season, and he failed to take a late round flier on Michael Vick. As you can probably guess, somebody else snapped up Vick in Free Agency, and my friend continues to cry about the fact that he didn't grab Vick as a handcuff! An example for 2011? If you draft Michael Vick, grab Vince Young in the later rounds. If you draft Knowshon Moreno as a starting RB, grab McGahee in the later rounds. If you draft Maclin as a starting WR, maybe you want to grab Steve Smith (formerly of the Giants) in the final rounds.
5) Draft MOST of your "core" Starters before you go after Backups. For example, if you get Adrian Peterson as your RB1, and then you get somebody like L. Blount as your RB2, you have every reason to believe that you'll only need 1 decent backup RB to get you through those 2 bye weeks (week 9 for AP, week 8 for Blount). So you need your starting QB, your 3 starting WR's, and your starting TE before you start thinking about getting a backup RB. Focus on the "core" starters, that's 2 RB's, 1 QB, and 3 WR's. Or, if you use a Flex player, then obviously factor in that Flex (be it an RB, WR, or TE) player accordingly.
That's it, folks, 5 things to keep in mind while you draft! GOOD LUCK!