Fantasy Football 2013 Draft Day Strategies: Style of Play

By Tristen Challe
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Articles and previews on individual players are a dime a dozen when it comes to fantasy football. There’s all kinds of information on players like what to expect this season, their numbers from last year, and new additions to the team that boost their value.

As you enter the fantasy football draft this year, you know what players you have your eye on to be your go to guys, only looking to draft these individuals.

Although this is indeed a great draft strategy, another approach would be to head into the draft knowing what style of players you want to acquire on your roster.

This can be quite the rewarding strategy.

But let’s say you take option one, hoping to draft the players you spent countless hours researching. When some of your top players on your power rankings list are gone, what do you do? Scrambling through your notes and scouring the internet for who you should now take, the clock ticks down to its final few seconds and you end up drafting a player you had no plans on picking. After cursing aloud multiple times, you move on to the next round only to repeat the same process.

That’s not the kind of draft one would like to have and most likely won’t result in winning your league championship.

The idea I’m pitching for you is option two, drafting a specific style of player. No matter which round the draft is currently in, knowing that you want to have, let’s say a running quarterback, you can look at the guys on the board and take the best available running style quarterback.

This strategy simply transfers from position to position. You want a running back that will slam it down opposing defenses’ throats and run over defenders? Well when you find yourself on the clock and want to take a running back, you now know the type of player you want and simply need a name to associate it with.

This eliminates all the scrambling to find who you researched would be a good pick and all the unnecessary notes piled up to the ceiling. The only thing you need heading into the draft is what style of player at each fantasy position you want to roster on your team.

As your draft goes on and the other players in your league are flipping through draft guides faster than Usain Bolt running a 100 meter dash, you can simply sit back and relax until the clock is on you. This simple draft strategy can take your team to unseen levels and take out all the stress that goes along with fantasy draft day.

Tristen Challe is a Fantasy Writer for Rantsports. Follow him on Twitter @TristenChalle

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