Fantasy Football 2013: 10 Things You Need to Know Before Your Draft

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NFL Draft 2013

draft
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Kickoff is a little less than two months away and the only thing football fans are more excited for than week one is the NFL Fantasy football season. Many relationships are tested, and brains are jumbled with stats and strategy techniques throughout this trying and glorious time. Last season is just a distant memory; this is a new opportunity to prove that this season you are the best. Spouses are put on the back burner and friendships are strained through smack talking and poor sportsmanship. All gloves are off to make sure that you are the one holding the bragging rights, or better yet the trophy as Fantasy Football Champion.

But before victory or even the draft can occur, there has to be preparation. Remember when you put in your top running back to play in his bye week? I bet your friends do. I want to help make sure that the embarrassment you felt doesn’t happen again. No Fantasy veteran goes into the game empty-handed. Whether you are a seasoned vet or this is your first time around, I have compiled a list of things that I think you should know before you start your draft. All are important for bettering your chances of beating your competition and making them feel bad about themselves while reminding them every day that you are the champion. Even if some of these things seem obvious, it’s still important to think about and add them to the checklist in order to ensure your ultimate success.

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Participate in Mock Drafts This Season

draft
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Participate in Mock Drafts. They're not only good experience and practice, but you'll get a good handle on how to deal with surprises. It also allows you to come up with a Plan B if your draft pick isn't in your favor.

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Utilize Your Key Players and Stack Your Bye Weeks

Witten
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Utilize your key player and pay attention to bye weeks. One of the worse things you can do for your ranking is to have more than one key player out on game day.

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Consistently Check the Injured List

Redskins
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Check it before you set your players for game day. Better yet, check it daily. Make sure that you have a game plan for when your lineup is suddenly on the bench.

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Know the Major Trades

Wes
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Know what happened in the offseason. Research the trades so that you can make the best decision in your lineup.

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Consistency is Key

raiders
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Before picking players who rank in the highest points, check to see if they are doing it every week. It's better to have a player that regularly has 20 points a game rather than one player that gives you 50 points a couple games in the season.

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Know Your Competition

do that.
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

One thing that will help you win is to know your competition. Know if they're fan biased, as that will help you know who to play and who you could possibly trade to get a better roster.

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Use High Yielding Players for Leverage

breezy
Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Pick up that extra player; he could be useful later.

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Don't Forget your QB

rogers
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

This might be a no brainer, but your QB could be the difference between a championship and a crying self pity party.

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Be Careful About Using your Top Picks on Wide Recievers

bear down
David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

There are a lot of good wide receivers out there. Just maybe hold off until your fourth pick.

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Running Back is Key this Season

peterson
Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Great performing running backs are scarce. I would say use one of your first two picks on a running back, because they'll put out high points and everyone will be after the few good ones that are out there.

1 of 11

NFL Draft 2013

draft
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Kickoff is a little less than two months away and the only thing football fans are more excited for than week one is the NFL Fantasy football season. Many relationships are tested, and brains are jumbled with stats and strategy techniques throughout this trying and glorious time. Last season is just a distant memory; this is a new opportunity to prove that this season you are the best. Spouses are put on the back burner and friendships are strained through smack talking and poor sportsmanship. All gloves are off to make sure that you are the one holding the bragging rights, or better yet the trophy as Fantasy Football Champion.

But before victory or even the draft can occur, there has to be preparation. Remember when you put in your top running back to play in his bye week? I bet your friends do. I want to help make sure that the embarrassment you felt doesn’t happen again. No Fantasy veteran goes into the game empty-handed. Whether you are a seasoned vet or this is your first time around, I have compiled a list of things that I think you should know before you start your draft. All are important for bettering your chances of beating your competition and making them feel bad about themselves while reminding them every day that you are the champion. Even if some of these things seem obvious, it’s still important to think about and add them to the checklist in order to ensure your ultimate success.

2 of 11

Participate in Mock Drafts This Season

draft
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Participate in Mock Drafts. They're not only good experience and practice, but you'll get a good handle on how to deal with surprises. It also allows you to come up with a Plan B if your draft pick isn't in your favor.

3 of 11

Utilize Your Key Players and Stack Your Bye Weeks

Witten
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Utilize your key player and pay attention to bye weeks. One of the worse things you can do for your ranking is to have more than one key player out on game day.

4 of 11

Consistently Check the Injured List

Redskins
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Check it before you set your players for game day. Better yet, check it daily. Make sure that you have a game plan for when your lineup is suddenly on the bench.

5 of 11

Know the Major Trades

Wes
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Know what happened in the offseason. Research the trades so that you can make the best decision in your lineup.

6 of 11

Consistency is Key

raiders
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Before picking players who rank in the highest points, check to see if they are doing it every week. It's better to have a player that regularly has 20 points a game rather than one player that gives you 50 points a couple games in the season.

7 of 11

Know Your Competition

do that.
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

One thing that will help you win is to know your competition. Know if they're fan biased, as that will help you know who to play and who you could possibly trade to get a better roster.

8 of 11

Use High Yielding Players for Leverage

breezy
Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Pick up that extra player; he could be useful later.

9 of 11

Don't Forget your QB

rogers
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

This might be a no brainer, but your QB could be the difference between a championship and a crying self pity party.

10 of 11

Be Careful About Using your Top Picks on Wide Recievers

bear down
David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

There are a lot of good wide receivers out there. Just maybe hold off until your fourth pick.

11 of 11

Running Back is Key this Season

peterson
Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Great performing running backs are scarce. I would say use one of your first two picks on a running back, because they'll put out high points and everyone will be after the few good ones that are out there.


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