Preseason football is well underway and real college games start next week. So that can only mean one thing….
Fantasy draft season is here!
While some have been prepping weeks in advance for their draft, most scramble at the last minute to find suitable rankings.
You don’t need a binder filled with data and magazines galore, just a few sheets and you’re well on your way to dominating your fantasy league.
Print Out a Top 200 Rankings Sheet
This is the easiest way to keep track of who has already been drafted and who the best available player is left on the board. Use this sheet as your go-to to mark off picks as they’re chosen.
Fantasy Football Toolbox has a one sheet printable Top 200 rankings that you can find here.
Study Mock Drafts to figure out ADP
ADP stand for “average draft position” and it’s ranking given to the players that shows on average, when that player was taken during numerous mock drafts.
Since I don’t have time to participate in mock drafts, I used Fantasy Football Calculator, which studies thousands and thousands of mock drafts to determine the ADP for you.
You can sort by your league size, PPR, total draft board or even down to the position.
After your report is generated, you can print it, download it or just save the website for future reference.
This was a lifesaver at my draft because you’re watching what other mock drafters have already done. And let’s be honest, these mock draft people probably care waaaaaaay too much about fantasy football. Therefore, use their passion to fund your bank account and draft a winning squad.
Know Which Offensive Lines Are Good–and Which Ones Are Bad
Offensive line sheets are important because at some point in the draft, you will become conflicted on who to take.
But if you know which team has a better offensive line, it makes picking between Vincent Jackson and Victor Cruz a lot easier.
Back in the day, you used to be able to print out a nice, clean overview of the best-to-worst offensive line sheets. But not anymore as most fantasy sites have moved to a paid option to be able to view the offensive line rankings in a nice format.
So I either had to pay or write them down based off long-form articles I found online.
Needless to say, I wrote them down. And to make it easier on yourself, take a sheet of printer paper and write these down as well.
Honorable Mention: Raiders (11), Eagles (12), Texans (13), Vikings (14), Jets (15).
Honorable Mention: Rams (27), Chiefs (26), Jaguars (25), Lions (24), Colts (23).
Offensive Line Rankings via ScoutPro [pdf link]
DON’T FORGET TO PICK A GOOD TEAM NAME!
I cannot underestimate the importance of picking a good fantasy team name.
Don’t be lame. Pick a name that’s going to speak to your personality.
Here’s a good starting point to get a good fantasy football team name.
Have some common decency when it comes to draft day
BONUS: Use These Free Worksheets On Draft Day
In our free guide on how to play fantasy football, readers were able to snag these worksheets in the back of the book:
- Draft Day Worksheet- Use this to fill out your player drafted, bye week, team and any notes you may have on the player. Having this will be a good resource so you can quickly glance at what positions you need, and what positions you hold off on.
- Draft Day Targets. This sheet is ideal for those planning ahead. You can print it out and while you’re getting ready in the morning or eating dinner at night and hear something about a player you might draft, you can write his name down on this sheet along with why you like him. When draft day comes, take this with you and you have some sleeper picks outside of your Top 200 rankings.