Thursday, August 13, 2015
Fantasy Football Draft Construction or Destruction Part 4
Written by NOThinkingGuru
Please remember folks that when you draft in a high stakes league people are willing to put more money into a draft than your home town drafts. Since it is a higher amount they can lose, it is more likely they will take it more seriously. They will do their research. When you read a magazine, read something online, hear from a podcast, or even satellite radios fantasy channel, or wherever you hear a fantasy nugget you need to write it down. Then when you get the time do your research and YOU decide if this is something you agree with or disagree with. If you agree then add it to your tool box but if you disagree then throw it away. Take responsibility for YOUR fantasy team and it's decisions.
You need to understand that most of these people are called fantasy experts. Most of the guys I know who are in more drafts than I am laugh when they hear the word expert being thrown around on twitter. Especially since these so called experts are not in many drafts, (fewer than 5) and the drafts they are usually in are not for money. Most of these people have their degrees in journalism, (I wish I had a degree in journalism so I could be doing what they are doing) but then I would not be that good at fantasy football.
I’m great at problem solving. Fantasy football to me is a huge puzzle that changes from year to year. I’m not saying these people are wrong about what comes out of their mouths and keyboards, all I’m saying is if you hear something good simply write what you heard down. Then go do the research yourself. I can’t stress this enough. Every draft I have been in is different. You never get the player you want in every round. If you plan ahead and have 10 back up plans before the draft, when the real draft takes place you will be able to adjust on the fly.
For those of you who want to know why my name is No Thinking it is because in a draft I make my picks almost right away. Right before it’s my turn to make a pick I will have players I want cued up and when it is my turn I just take the next man up. If you think about it too long then you will second guess your first instinct. When you create your cheat sheet use someone's cheat sheet to start. (HERE IS AN EXAMPLE FOR 2015) Now do your research to adjust those rankings based on your scoring system. Also don't rely on last year’s numbers. Very few players repeat the previous year’s numbers but most of them that do are being drafted in the 1st and 2cnd rounds.
NFL teams don't draft based on algorithms or combine numbers. They rely on scouts that they trust to watch not only the games but also the game’s film. The combine was created to evaluate players from smaller schools that did not get the TV time as the bigger schools. If a NFL team sees a player flash at the combine from a smaller school then the NFL team will go get the game film of that player. If you have a question about a player or team read what the scouts are saying. I like to use scouts with a good track record. Look at their articles from previous years. I’m not going to say Good Luck drafting but instead go outsmart and out study your competition. Remember our motto: Don’t just win, DOMINATE!