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2014 Fantasy Football: 5 Good Strategies To Adopt During Early Mock Drafts

2014 Fantasy Football: 5 Strategies To Adopt During Early Mock Drafts

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There are many ways to go about planning for your fantasy football draft, and the best way to prepare is through mock drafts. Try out these five strategies to try during your mock drafts to see which team you end up liking best. You might just be surprised with the outcome.

5. Take a WR in each of the first 3 rounds

Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions
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5. Take a WR in each of the first 3 rounds

Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions
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Get three sure-thing top WRs in guys like Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall and Antonio Brown. I think there’s a lot of good value in rounds 4-6 on the RB position. Based off of recent mocks I have done, aim for someone like Gearhart round four, and Bishop Sankey or Frank Gore in round five.

4. Look for veterans at a great value

Frank Gore San Francisco 49ers
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4. Look for veterans at a great value

Frank Gore San Francisco 49ers
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Players like Frank Gore, Ray Rice, and Roddy White are all going much later than I believe they should. While they shouldn’t be drafted as early as they were last year, they will far exceed their current ADP. I really like Gore for his value in rounds 4-5.

3. Take several fliers on RBs

Lamar Miller Miama Dolphins
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3. Take several fliers on RBs

Lamar Miller Miama Dolphins
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If you go wide receiver early and I suggest you do, this will help you load up on running backs later. You don’t need them all to pan out, just one or two of them. Players like Lamar Miller, Terrance West and Jeremy Hill can be had later, and will provide surprisingly good value for your team.

2. Wait on a quarterback

Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys
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2. Wait on a quarterback

Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys
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Take a quarterback late, but don’t wait too long. You need to pick one up in round eight or nine. Tony Romo, Jay Cutler, and Russell Wilson should all be available around then according to their current ADP. If taking Romo or Cutler, I’d suggest taking a backup flier on Carson Palmer simply due to injury possibilities.

1. Be the first or the last to take a tight end

Zach Ertz Philadelphia Eagles
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1. Be the first or the last to take a tight end

Zach Ertz Philadelphia Eagles
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Take Graham in the first round or wait on a TE until the end of the draft. You can get Greg Olsen around round eight, or you can wait until rounds 11-12 and take a shot at a possible breakout guy like Tyler Eifert or Zach Ertz.