Be an Idiot
Most draft advisers will tell you to
ignore your heart. Don't pick players from your home team or draft guys
because they played college ball at your alma mater. Nonsense. A true
Dallas Cowboys-hater must never draft Tony Romo, for instance, no
matter how late he stays on the board, lest he be forced to root for
the massively overrated QB. By the same token, any Jayhawk fan who
dares draft Jeremy Maclin will automatically have their name forwarded
to KU security, resulting in an instant five-year ban from entry into
the entire city of Lawrence, Kansas.
big fantasy websites host ongoing mock drafts throughout August and
into September. Running through a few of them is incredibly helpful in
getting a sense of how the marquee talents may fall. Beware, though.
Once you actively and seriously participate in a mock draft, a Rubicon
has been crossed. You are now pretending to own a pretend football
team, a level of sports geekery so deep there can be no return to any
kind of normal life.
All Tight-Ends Are Pretty Much Worthless
Brent Celek and Vernon Davis pop to mind, but there are half dozen more
just as unproductive. Consider simply refusing to draft or play a TE at
all, accepting the forfeit each week as a form of protest against the
position's general suckiness and loss of luster since the Golden Age of
Gonzalez and Gates.
Don't draft Terrell Owens. Seriously. Just don't.
And if you draft Kevin Kolb in the first-round, you're insane.
Handcuff Your Fantasy Stud
Yes, it sounds much dirtier than it is. Your first-round pick should
(see Rule No. 1) be a star running-back. But you must prepare for his
off week. If you draft Frank Gore or Steven Jackson, for instance,
you'll want to grab a late-round ball-carrier with a good Week 9
match-up to fill in for him. Just pick-up whatever running back is
starting against Detroit that week. You'll be fine.
No Popular Preseason Sleeper Pick Has Ever Worked, Ever
This means you, potential Jamaal Charles owners.
Take Kickers Seriously
NFL coaches love to indulge their machismo by denigrating
place-kickers, self-destructively according this vital position a
second-tier status. Fantasy football owners do the same at their peril.
Check out, for instance, these top-ranked kickers and play a little
game of "Who Doesn't Belong." There's one factor that makes one kicker
an infinitely better bet than all the rest. Who and why? (Answer Below)
Stephen Gostkowski , New England Patriots
Mason Crosby , Green Bay Packers
Garrett Hartley, New Orleans Saints
David Akers , Philadelphia Eagles
That would be Garrett Hartley. Because of where he plays, of course.
When things get chilly in November and December, kicking conditions
inside the Superdome promise to be a little bit better than those
outside in Philly, Boston, or Green Bay.