2014 Fantasy Football: 5 Early Trends To Stay Away From During Your Draft

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2014 Fantasy Football: 5 Early Trends To Avoid During Your Draft

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Fantasy football is upon us, and everyone will be putting in plenty of hard work, effort and time into their drafts. Take a look at five early trends to avoid so you don't end up at the bottom of your fantasy football leagues.

5. Not Researching Mock Drafts

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5. Not Researching Mock Drafts

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Your turn to draft comes up, and the clock is ticking. Do you take an available Tom Brady or go for a shutdown CB? Unless you do your research via running mock drafts to see a player's ultimate worth, you might make some uneducated impulse decisions.

4. Not Grabbing A Wide Receiver From 2014 NFL Draft

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4. Not Grabbing A Wide Receiver From 2014 NFL Draft

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Many insiders consider the 2014 NFL Draft to be one of the best in history. To not draft a WR from this draft class is ludicrous. Keep an eye out for players like Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Brandin Cooks and Jordan Matthews, all of whom will be superstars this year.

3. Undervaluing The Power Of Running Backs

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3. Undervaluing The Power Of Running Backs

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While the majority of fantasy football owners will go after flashy receivers and clutch quarterbacks, don't undervalue the power of drafting a top running back if the opportunity comes. Players like Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles and Matt Forte will be worth your investment.

2. Not Putting Importance On Defense

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2. Not Putting Importance On Defense

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To this day, the phrase "defense wins championships" remains true. Grabbing any top-10 defense is crucial if you plan to make a run in the postseason.

1. Drafting Players From Your Favorite Team

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1. Drafting Players From Your Favorite Team

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Fantasy football owners everywhere make major mistakes when drafting players from their favorite team due to bias. Do not let personal bias determining which players to draft. Go for consistency. Draft smart by acquiring players who are clutch and due for a breakout year.

Luis Tirado Jr. is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google