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There are very few things as rewarding as winning your fantasy football match up. We’re sure actually playing in the NFL plays better, but fantasy football lets us eat pizza at the same time — so we’ll focus our efforts here. Fantasy football is the cyber extension of the most popular sports league in the United States, the NFL. In fantasy football you create your team of players in order to watch them rack up points en route to defeating your opponent. Winning in your league is all about drafting the right way. Whether you are drafting in snake format for your DFS line up at DRAFT or building a line up for a season long league, your goal is simple: to win. Here are our suggestions for fantasy football drafting in 2017.

Build Your Own Drafting Board

There is a delicate balance that you have to walk between confidence and compliance. Fantasy football experts genuinely know more about football than you, but even the best of the ‘experts’ are only right around 50% of the time. This means that you have to listen to their advice while also following your own gut and doing your own research. Build up your draft board using a composite of advice from trusted sources and your own private research — you’ll be better off for it.

Focus on Best Player Available

Draft strategies go out the window as soon as the draft actually begins. Whether you are using the ‘Zero RB’ approach or stocking up on only running backs, be prepared to pivot away from your strategy depending on how the draft goes around you. So with this in mind we advise that players always focus on drafting the best talent available. Quit worrying about positions and focus instead on picking the players with the most
pedigree and value. If you selected Odell Beckham Jr in round 1 and see Mike Evans available at the turn of round 2, you have to grab him — even if you wanted a running back in the second.

Late Round Picks for Sleepers

Don’t bother filling out your roster with a kicker or back up QB with your late round picks. Instead, you want to focus on using these draft slots on players with high ceilings. In the last round you might have the opportunity to get Zay Jones or Marlon Mack — two rookies with big sleeper potential. Rather than grabbing a kicker or a D/ST, grab these sleepers and hope that they pan out so you can trade them or start them later on in the
season. This is where your real drafting research will come into play. Get ahead of your opposition by plunging the depths of NFL rosters in order to get the leg up when it comes to sleeper potential.

Ignore Last Year — For the Most Part

Every year the NFL changes dramatically. One season a guy like Nick Foles will look like the future of the Philadelphia Eagles. The next year he’ll end up benched and incapable of holding a roster spot. Variance is the spice of life but in the fantasy football draft room it can end up killing your team. Don’t over-draft based on a single year’s worth of statistics. Guys like Melvin Gordon or Jay Ajayi are not worth their first round draft grade.

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