I hate to break it to you but by this time next week, summer will be over. For some that is a cause for concern but I am excited for the fall. It’s not for the fact that pumpkin spice lattes are delicious (they are) but because football is my wheelhouse. This time of the year is where I make my money and if you follow my lead you will too. I am bringing back the FanDuel weekly article and will also give my favorite picks for DraftKings each week.
In addition, I am in the works of coming out with a new football podcast. Finally, I want to be available to those who have questions about their own fantasy teams. If you have questions about your upcoming draft or who you should start on a given week, do not be afraid to ask. I have already gotten a bunch of snaps on our account (thesportschill) asking thoughts on which round certain players should go and how much of a difference standard league are from PPR. I am more than happy to help.
A few things to note before heading into your draft this week:
1. Do a few mock drafts – If you go to fantasypros.com, there is something called a draft simulator. You can put in your draft position, the format of the league, and not have to wait like you would in ESPN or Yahoo. This will undoubtedly prepare you for the roller-coaster that you will deal with on draft day. Also it will give you the best opportunity to quickly simulate how your team would turn out if you were to use different strategies. I highly suggest it.
2. There is a legit top 3 – Year after year running backs become less and less important. Teams are throwing the ball at a higher propensity and even the so called “locks” at running back have a higher risk of being injured. By no means does that indicate that Gurley at 4 or David Johnson at 5 is a bad move. But minimizing risk is the name of the game and I think Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, and Odell Beckham Jr. are the safest options.
3. The Le’Veon Rule – Le’Veon Bell is suspended for the first three games of the season. If you are the guy that drafts Le’Veon Bell in the second round (which I will not object to) you MUST spend and mid-round pick and lock up Deangelo Williams. Last night in my first live draft of the season, Deangelo was scooped up in the 8th by the Bell owner. That was in a PPR draft so in other formats you will need to pounce on him earlier. At then end of the day, having the best backfield in football with a 2nd and a 7th will benefit you greatly.
4. Do not reach on Quarterback – Every year there is the guy who takes the #1 play-caller extremely early. I beg of you not to be the guy that takes a QB in round 1. There are so many guys this year that have the opportunity to be elite. In fact, there are 13 guys that I would be more than willing to start off the season with. For this position more than any other, you want to wait for value.
5 Tier 1: Gostkowski……….Tier 2: Everyone Else – If you’re not reaching in round 13 or so for Stephen Gostkowski of the New England Patriots, wait on your kicker until at least the second to last round. There are plenty of other things to do in rounds 13-15. Handcuff your running backs and take a shot in the dark at your favorite rookie wide receiver, because kickers are a dime a dozen.