Fantasy Football Draft Tips

First things first, let me introduce myself. I’m @DFF_Shane. I currently play in 45 + fantasy leagues. My leagues run the gamut from Dynasty, Redraft, Devy, Keeper and Best ball leagues. I play in a variety of league types: Point per reception(PPR), .5 PPR, Offense only scoring and IDP leagues. I am part owner of a Dynasty Football Fantasy site.

Additionally, I am a writer, editor and content manager for that site.  Born and bred in Philly, I’ve lived in Kensington, Olney, and the Northeast. I’m Philly through and through. Fantasy Football is one of my great loves, and it’s on my mind every waking moment of the day. I hope to help you cash out in as many leagues as possible this upcoming season and maybe even take home some championships. That’s enough about me, let’s get to it.

Fantasy Football Draft Tips:

  1. Know your league settings:
    1. Do you get a full point for every reception? What are TDs worth? How many wr/rbs/te do you have to start? If you don’t know the rules, you can not draft accordingly.
  2. Prepare for the draft:
    1. Don’t be that guy who shows up asking to see other people’s fantasy magazines.(Side note: Don’t use magazines, the data is already outdated by the time you buy it).
  3. Make sure you follow football and fantasy football sites on Twitter or Facebook:
    1. You can find out breaking news on suspensions, injuries and depth chart changes as soon as they happen. Use social media to your advantage. The faster you are aware of something, the quicker you can act on it by submitting a waiver claim on a player, cutting a player or offering a trade to a league mate.
  4. Wait to draft a Quarterback:
    1. Assuming you play in a 10 or 12 team league, you can wait until at least round 10 and still find a mid-tier starting Quarterback. The difference in scoring between the QB1 and QB15 doesn’t justify the cost associated with drafting a QB early.
  5. Rookie running backs are great picks later in the draft:
    1. The name of the game when it comes to running backs is availability. The NFL is a war of attrition and by extension so is your fantasy football league. Though a rookie may not be 1st on the depth chart in September, there’s a better than zero chance he will come November.
  6. Construct you roster with diversity:
    1. Ensure you have both high floor players and high upside players on your team. If you own Ty Hilton(high upside) make sure you pair him with a receiver in the Jarvis Landry(high floor) mold. This allows you a chance to score consistently enough to be competitive but also provides the opportunity for those high scoring weeks we all love.
  7. Decide what you’re playing for:
    1. Is this a league that you play in just for fun? Do you play hoping to win at all costs? Think about your answer and aim for that goal.
  8. Have fun!
    1. We’re playing a game based on a game that’s at its essence a children’s game. If you find yourself ignoring your family and yelling at the television like it stole your hoagie you need to relax.

That’s all for today. I’m excited about the upcoming fantasy season and hope you are as well. I want Fantasy Land to be your sounding board for all things fantasy football. If you want to discuss start or sit options, trades, league settings or just want to commiserate over a terrible week, I’ll be here for you. Please comment below and/or reach out to me @DFF_Shane. Make sure you are following @SportsArePhilly for everything Philly sports related!

Shane Manila

I am a writer, editor, VP of content and part owner of
I play in 29 dynasty leagues, 4-5 redraft leagues. In the real world I’m…..nah that’s no fun. I love fantasy football and talk about it all the time.

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