5 Fantasy Football Tips From an Annual Champion

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5 Fantasy Football Tips From an Annual Champion

5 Fantasy Football Tips From an Annual Champion
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

It’s that time of year again where fantasy football leagues are beginning to draft or will draft sooner than later. It’s being called dungeons and dragons for jocks; however, so many people participate in leagues today. It is amazing and sort of amusing in that fantasy football actually costs companies billions of dollars annually from people actually drafting and updating their rosters throughout the season either on work computers or smart phones.

This series of five simple tips from someone who knows fantasy football will hopefully continue to bring on success in 2013. While everyone has their own “cheat sheets” in who can be steals and such but these methods are proven and they work. These are for standard rules leagues and not so much for those leagues that have Individual Defensive Players or IDP as they are often called.

Most of these will seem like common sense; however, it seems like that several people tend to omit this and the teams seem uneven and also if a serious injury happens to a key person. Then all of a sudden, their team is in a downward spiral and they wonder why are in last place since they didn’t bolster depth at a specific position in the draft.

All and all, I hope everyone has the best of luck in their fantasy league drafts in the 2013 season and if you’re playing for money, win big! If you don’t win big, please don’t come to me and place the blame on me as I didn’t pick your team.

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#5 Kickers Can Wait Until The Last Round

#5 Kickers Can Wait Until The Last Round
Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

This should be common sense, especially in smaller leagues like eight or even 10-team leagues. A kicker should not be called upon to win you a week. If it does, well, then you drafted poorly.

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#4 Look For Second-Year Players

#4 Look For Second Year Players
Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

A second-year player can be a downright steal since most of them don't adjust to the speed of the game until late in their rookie campaign. They are considered steals because most will fall to the later rounds than the established stars.

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#3 Know ADP

#3 Know ADP
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

ADP: A report that lists NFL players by the average slot they were drafted in fantasy football drafts. The source can be mock drafts or real ones. ADP is a useful draft preparation tool. It uses data from every draft in the last seven days.

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#2 Take Two Halfbacks in the First Four Rounds

#2 Take Two Halfbacks in the First Four Rounds
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Most fantasy leagues are running back happy so if you want elite talent at that position, you should take them early and often. After the first couple rounds a lot of the higher end backs are gone, but don't let up and get a lot of of them for depth and also injuries happen so why not have legit back ups that can always be trade bait for better position players.

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#1 Wait on a Quarterback

#1 Wait on a Quarterback
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest flaw that people do is take quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees in round one or early round two. As Alton Brown would say, your patience will be rewarded as I've seen players like Robert Griffin III or Matt Stafford go in round eight or nine and sometimes later.

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5 Fantasy Football Tips From an Annual Champion

5 Fantasy Football Tips From an Annual Champion
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

It’s that time of year again where fantasy football leagues are beginning to draft or will draft sooner than later. It’s being called dungeons and dragons for jocks; however, so many people participate in leagues today. It is amazing and sort of amusing in that fantasy football actually costs companies billions of dollars annually from people actually drafting and updating their rosters throughout the season either on work computers or smart phones.

This series of five simple tips from someone who knows fantasy football will hopefully continue to bring on success in 2013. While everyone has their own “cheat sheets” in who can be steals and such but these methods are proven and they work. These are for standard rules leagues and not so much for those leagues that have Individual Defensive Players or IDP as they are often called.

Most of these will seem like common sense; however, it seems like that several people tend to omit this and the teams seem uneven and also if a serious injury happens to a key person. Then all of a sudden, their team is in a downward spiral and they wonder why are in last place since they didn’t bolster depth at a specific position in the draft.

All and all, I hope everyone has the best of luck in their fantasy league drafts in the 2013 season and if you’re playing for money, win big! If you don’t win big, please don’t come to me and place the blame on me as I didn’t pick your team.

2 of 6

#5 Kickers Can Wait Until The Last Round

#5 Kickers Can Wait Until The Last Round
Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

This should be common sense, especially in smaller leagues like eight or even 10-team leagues. A kicker should not be called upon to win you a week. If it does, well, then you drafted poorly.

3 of 6

#4 Look For Second-Year Players

#4 Look For Second Year Players
Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

A second-year player can be a downright steal since most of them don't adjust to the speed of the game until late in their rookie campaign. They are considered steals because most will fall to the later rounds than the established stars.

4 of 6

#3 Know ADP

#3 Know ADP
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

ADP: A report that lists NFL players by the average slot they were drafted in fantasy football drafts. The source can be mock drafts or real ones. ADP is a useful draft preparation tool. It uses data from every draft in the last seven days.

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#2 Take Two Halfbacks in the First Four Rounds

#2 Take Two Halfbacks in the First Four Rounds
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Most fantasy leagues are running back happy so if you want elite talent at that position, you should take them early and often. After the first couple rounds a lot of the higher end backs are gone, but don't let up and get a lot of of them for depth and also injuries happen so why not have legit back ups that can always be trade bait for better position players.

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#1 Wait on a Quarterback

#1 Wait on a Quarterback
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest flaw that people do is take quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees in round one or early round two. As Alton Brown would say, your patience will be rewarded as I've seen players like Robert Griffin III or Matt Stafford go in round eight or nine and sometimes later.


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