2014 Fantasy Football: Don’t Panic Over A Poor Draft

By Adam McGill
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There are a couple owners that simply flip out over having a bad draft every fantasy football season. Whether it be due to an unfavorable draft position or a handful of poor picks, there is always one guy that starts to panic as soon as the draft is over. Just because a person has a bad fantasy draft, though, doesn’t mean that their season is completely over. There are several ways to break back into the pack and start winning some fantasy matchups.

The most obvious way is to work the wire. Last season alone there were more than a handful of free agents that ended up becoming reliable fantasy options. No one pegged Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno as a number one fantasy back, but he shockingly finished as the fifth-best back in fantasy in 2013. He was a free agent in 99.9% of fantasy leagues this summer and the former first round pick was one of the best value picks of the 2013 season.

The same can be said for players like QB Nick Foles, RB Zac Stacy, WR Josh Gordon, WR Riley Cooper, WR Keenan Allen, TE Jordan Cameron, and TE Julius Thomas. They were free agent pickups or were drafted very late last summer, but they all ended up finishing near top of their respective positions. There is always value to be found on the wire and it is the easiest way to make up for a couple lackluster draft picks.

Another way to rebuild your team is to orchestrate a blockbuster trade. Some leagues allow trading future drafts picks, while others do not, but either way there are plenty of ways to work out a deal. Simply identify the team needs of your opponent and make a serious run at a couple players. A deal can always be made, the trade wheel just has to start moving first.

The bottom line is that a poor draft doesn’t necessarily mean the end of your season. There are plenty of ways to get back on top of the fantasy pyramid and it only takes only a little hard work.



Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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