Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Fantasy Football Snake Draft Strategy for Beginners

So it's your first year playing fantasy football and you don't know where to start....? Well if your reading this, your staring in the right place. Most first year players like yourself will typically be playing in a standard 10 to 12 man league with a snake or serpentine style draft. This means that that your draft position will most likely randomly selected and you will follow a draft order like this: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1,1,2,3,4... and so on until all rosters are full hints the snake draft nickname.
Now the most important thing you need to do before your draft is find yourself a player ranking sheet. This is very important because you need to know when to select the right players when it is your turn to draft. You can do this by going out and buying yourself a fantasy football magazine with a list of the top ranked players. Now days you can find a reputable magazine at gas stations, grocery stores or anywhere else magazines are sold. Or you can save yourself 5-10 bucks and go to our helpful tools page and find a bunch of different fantasy football player rankings from all the major fantasy football sites and print them off and use those as your draft guide. It is also very important to remember that ranking sheets differ so make sure to look at your league rules and settings and find a ranking sheet that matches up with your league.
So now you have your list of players to work from the next step is to not over think your draft strategy. You have a list of players ranked from number 1 to 200 and these players are their for a reason! Now nothing is a guaranty and a lot of things can happen throughout the season but these rankings offer you a great starting point to determining a players value during the draft.
Keep in mind the number one thing you will have to deal with during the year is injury's but it's part of the game, bummer I know. I don't think I've made it through a whole season without one of my top players missing a considerable amount of time. So what I'm trying to say is stick to the list of top ranked players at least through the first three to four rounds so that you can set your team up with a great base of star players. In the fifth and sixth rounds you can start straying from the list a bit for sleepers and guys you prefer because most of the players drafted at this time will be hit or miss. But keep in mind that this is also a great time to stick to your ranking sheet because other team owners will now start reaching for sleepers and favorites passing on the higher ranked players which you can then select for good value. Now another important thing to remember is to be careful when showing favoritism to your favorite players because yes some of them are worth drafting early but do not let your heart blind you from their actual ranking. So don't let favoritism for your home team tempt you into picking a player to soon. I know it's tough to let some of them go by but trust me its not worth it to risk your season to cheer on your favorite guy.
As for draft strategy... I typically select running back and running back in the first and second rounds. Then grab a Quarterback or Wide Receiver in the third whoever is higher ranked because remember I like to stick to the list of top players and grab the best player available. In the next three rounds I'm looking to get the best three wide receivers/ TE's or grab my QB if he was not taken in picks 1-3. Next round I would be looking for a defense than a kicker and the rest of the rounds to fill up my bench spots. Now you can fill some bench spots in the early rounds and use them as trad bait if the right players at available.
I don't know how many times I've played in a league where first time players end up winning their league. I believe it's because first year players don't over think the strategy and stick to the list because that is all they know.

So again stick to a reputable list of top ranked players and don't let favoritism get in the way of picking the players you know you should have picked and you will be off to a good start to your first fantasy season and becoming a fantasy football BEASTHOUSE!Good Luck.
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