Before you do anything, read this handy little post “How to Play Fantasy Football“. It will give you an idea of what to expect over the course of the season.
To prepare for our fantasy football draft, it’s helpful to imagine creating a portfolio of stocks that you hope will pay off over the course of the year. Only, in this case, you will be picking players, not stocks, and you are banking on them performing well enough to out play your competition (other Conchas) throughout the season!
On draft day you will select up to 14 players. Your goal is to select the 14 best players available. How you do that is up to you, but ESPN makes it easy to make informed decisions by providing player projections.
You can find player projections HERE.
Here is what it looks like:
There is a TON of data out there that mostly nerds like me pay attention to, but for the most part, you will have a solid draft by simply paying attention to the Total Pts Column at the far right.
ESPN automagically sorts by most projected points, so when drafting players, all you have to do is make a decision about who to draft, and from what position.
Going back to our stock portfolio example, these projections serve as a sort of prospectus. Your goal is to minimize risk and maximize returns by picking a well-rounded portfolio of players based only on the info available at the time of the draft.
A Note On Your “Portfolio of Players”:
You can technically pick whomever you want, but to field a viable team you will need to have at least one quarterback, at least two wide receivers, at least two flex players, one defense, one kicker and a whole bunch of bench players who can fill in if someone gets hurt!
How the Draft Will Work:
The ACTUAL Draft:
- About one hour before our draft ESPN will randomize the order of picks. By 2:00 PM Central we should all be online and ready to go for when the draft starts.
- At 2:00 PM Central the draft will be started automatically by ESPN. Whoever has the first pick will be put “on the clock” and have 2 minutes to make their pick.
- Once their pick is made, whoever has the second pick will be “on the clock” and have 2 minutes to make their pick.
- The draft will proceed in this order until all roster spots are filled.
- Eat, drink, and be merry throughout.
- Have a list to work with. Bring a printout of the projections list or be prepared to work through the list on your phone or another device. Things happen fast in the draft, so be ready to go back to the drawing board a few times.
- Don’t let the time limit get to you. You have TWO minutes to make a decision that ESPN pretty much gives you all the information you need to make. If someone steals a player you had your eye on, just go to the next best available player. It’s not personal, it’s business.
- Don’t pick players at random, or by color, or because they play for your favorite team. It’s tempting to pick players because you recognize them, or have a soft spot in your heart for them, but it’s an unsustainable strategy (remember that the goal is to pick a PORTFOLIO that will give you great returns!)
See you tomorrow!