Whether you are a newbie great ball game or simply want a refresher on the basics, following Field Yates’ 10 rules will ensure that you leave your draft with a solid team, ready to compete for the league championship your.
There are many opinions that my good friend and former colleague Matthew Berry have shared over the years that are well worth our time to go through.
My favorite might just be his suggestion for anyone who plays fantasy football to bring in someone new to the game each year. While it can feel like everyone you know plays fantasy football, it’s both invigorating and satisfying when you can find someone who hasn’t had that experience and take them away. together.
And if you are one of those who are new to this great ball game thing, you are at the right place!
As far as we can, we’ll outline what you need to know about crafting your fantasy team.
1. Draft for value
Here’s the first and foremost rule I can share: your draft is about finding value. If you’ve never played fantasy football before, the players with the highest average scores are also the names you’re most familiar with: the midfielders. You can look at Patrick Mahomes or brave catstats of (both real and virtual) from last year and thought: “Hey, Brady is the fourth-highest scorer in all fantasy games, I’m putting him in eighth pick and here it is a steal!” Not too fast.
While Brady is GOAT, he’s also a midfielder – a position that contrasts with the real world of fantasy football because it’s easy to find one. The top 12 midfielders in terms of goalscoring averages last season scored at least 18.8 points per game. Only a total of three backruns score at least 18.8 fantasy points per game and you’re good to go at least twice a week and only once in midfield, making top defenders much more valuable. It’s a matter of supply and demand: the quality returns, the wide receiver and the front end are harder to find than the quartet, so prioritize them early.
2. Specifically, give priority to those running backwards
Every year is different in fantasy, but the most relevant challenge you will face in fantasy is struggling to find reliable backrunners. A total of 29 runs scored at least 150 points in the 2021 season, compared to 44 passes. The value of a returning elite stems from a number of factors, including a persistent lack of them year after year. Furthermore, an elite player running back has a better chance of scoring a kill in any given week than any other position on the field; The last time a narrow or wide shot led the league in points (actual) between non-starters was Randy Moss in 2007. If you could get your hands on it. Jonathan Taylor or Austin Ekeler Soon, your list is well-formed.
3. But don’t forget about the receiver
While in an “all things equal scenario” I’d like to put an elite running backwards from any other position, wide receivers are also extremely important! What you’ll notice is that in the first two innings, most picks – if not all – run backwards, collect wide and sometimes close tight. Keep this in mind: backtracking and wide receiver are the only positions where you right Play at least twice a week.
There is a greater need in any league for the wide receiver and backrunner than your midfielders, full-backs, free-kicks and defensive/special teams (each of which includes only a starter, although a tight finish might be your flexibility), so there is an inherent value in the receiver wide and running backwards that must be taken into account. And if you play in a tournament that uses points-per-receipt (PPR), the receiver will have a chance to enter the contest, as you are awarded one point for every catch that the player accumulates in a given game. game. The definition of a ball receiver’s task is to catch the ball, so those points can pile up!
4. And yes, you can be patient in midfield
Even if you’ve never played fantasy football before, you’re probably familiar with the popular school of thought from many fantasy experts: don’t rush to pick a midfielder. We emphasized in Rule 1 that there are a lot of quality midfielders in fantasy football, even if there are project people at a higher level than the rest (e.g. Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen). But every year there are quarterbacks who exceed pre-season expectations, and if you’re using an early round pick – a second round, for example – on a quarterback to skip a wide receiver or run back, basically friend version need that quarter will have leaps and bounds better than average.
Although we’ve seen historic quarterback seasons late in the year – Mahomes and Jackson’s first full seasons at the start saw both win MVP awards – seasons Those awards came in years when no one expected them to be the best QB imaginable, so you didn’t pick them up early. You can get Mahomes or Allen or Jackson early and be perfectly fine – a great quarterback won’t hurt you – but you can also wait and find a player in round 10 or 12 that proves to be capable of coming upstream. incredible: players such as Justin Fields, Trey Lance and Derek Carr come to think.
5. Kicks and defenses come last
When you’re working on your draft, it can be hard not to define your starting lineup. And while you may think to yourself that your starting players – and potentially in your squad for weeks if not injured or bye – are in any case more valuable than the players you play. backup, but it’s not. Fantasy football is unpredictable by design, but defenses and kickers are just as special. I’m here to tell you the next person you meet, who has predicted that the Cowboys will be the best imaginary defensive team in 2021 will be the first. There’s no pre-season buzz about them. Not available.
Virtual points for defense are predicted based on things that are difficult to predict (grounding by defensive/special teams), so the defense just needs to increase in size during the season. Furthermore, the Cowboys averaged just 9.6 fantasy points per game last season, a far cry from an outstanding performance, despite being the highest scoring team in the NFL. In the extremely rare case of absenteeism, the advantage you are gaining if you correctly guess the top-scoring defense by outlining them early will be offset by the cost you pay.
Kickers are the same in that there are always unpredictable highlights every year (Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson was the top scorer last season after almost no pre-season buzz), while top scorers simply don’t give you a big advantage (Carlson only scored 10.1 points per season). battle). The prudent way to play is to be patient and just wait until near the end of your draft time and get your favorite kicker into your hands.
6. Stacking on the bench
So, if you’re wondering where you’re going after running home early and picking up the wide receiver, the answer is… get right back to the well. The best value in the middle rounds would be players who in a perfect world would hardly play for your squad. What do I mean? Well, if you completely squashed the first four or five picks, those could be your weekly starters in reruns and wide picks. But given the fickle nature of fantasy football, it’s hard to beat all of your early picks, so having strong depth is essential. Given that you’ll need at least four backrunners and wide receivers in your squad each week (and up to five total), those positions are already essential to your squad. Performance factor in weekly struggles, injuries and goodbyes and you’ll need a deep bench at those points to make sure you can power through the patches.
7. And target increase
Fantasy football is not a game where you are rewarded for finishing halfway. You play against a different opponent every week, but ultimately your luck will be at their best if you have a roster that has a legitimate advantage. As you make your draft selections, keep that in mind. Here’s an example: if you consider the Ravens’ second-year wide receiver Rashod Bateman destined for a breakout this season, he showcased a much higher upside down play than – as an example – AJ Green. Roll the dice, rotate for the fence, shoot for the stars. Whatever high reverse analog you want to use, do it.
8. Know the rules, know the jargon
This may seem too obvious to mention, but a gentle reminder: it’s important to know the rules and know a little bit of jargon. The standard settings for an ESPN tournament can be found on your league information page and your starting lineup will include one midfielder, two running defenders, two wide receivers, one curve ( can be any RB/WR/TE), a tight finish, a kicker and a defensive/special team. But it’s important to know if the league you’re playing has any settings modified or even more rudimentary distinctions, such as whether it’s a PPR (points per successive) tournament. pick up) or not. The easiest way to get more information: just ask!
Learn more about Tournament rules and scoring settings here.
9. Your draft date list is not your final list
We could do something completely different about the fundamentals of giving up rope management, but I’ll start by reminding that it’s an essential tool for any successful manager. . So much so that we are here to remind you that the group you drafted is distant from the team you will match at the end of the season. The only certainty for all fantasy football rosters is that there will be changes, be it because of struggling players, temporary fills, free rope additions or deals. translation during the season. So while drafts are your starting point, be prepared to be dynamic.
10. Have fun!
Fantasy football can turn out to be an extremely competitive endeavor. I have been at fault in the past and will certainly commit the crime again in the future to put so much emotion into the way a game plays out when in reality it’s almost all out of my control. We only have 18 Sundays of the regular season to enjoy during a given NFL season, so instead of letting the early-season blues frustrate you and make you wish you hadn’t signed up play fantasy football from the beginning, just remember this is a game we should all play for fun. Enjoy it!
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