Last year was the first time I decided to be a part of a fantasy league. It started off pretty well as I was in first for the first few weeks, constantly making my guy friends angry being the only girl in the league. Then, as the season got important my quarterback (Kaepernick) started to fail on me. I made some trades, some guys got injured and before you know it I was in about 5th to last place. I was happy I wasn't dead last but bummed I didn't win. This year will be my year. I've learned some things, did some research and I will be placing in this league.
The major thing I learned from last year was if you don't have some good running backs you probably won't have a good season. A good quarterback, some wide receivers and a tight end will help, but if you don't have solid running backs to form your team then the season will be a little tough. I'd like to think of them as the foundation of the team. My first round pick was a quarterback and that was a mistake, so this year I will steer in a new direction and pick a running back first. Without further adue here are some important things to think about before you enter your fantasy draft.
1. Your first round pick
Although a quarterback is a smart decision if you want someone like Peyton Manning or Drew Brees who averaged around 350-400 points last season, a running back may be a better first round pick. If your first to pick in your draft I'd go with Manning, Brees or Rodgers to lock in your solid quarterback, but if you're further down in the order these are some Players to consider; Marshawn Lynch, Eddie Lacy, Adrian Peterson, Lesean McCoy, and Jamaal Charles are all obvious top picks for this season as they averaged around 200-300 points in the 2013 fantasy season.
Your first round picks or any of your picks aren't going to matter if you haven't taken a look at the injuries list for the preseason. Some of your "star" running backs could already be looking at some injuries heading into the season. A lot of them may be minor injuries like a pulled hammy that the player could most likely play through, but some of those injuries could also be reoccurring and put a damper on the season.
3.Match-ups and Byes
When picking players in your draft make sure you look at each of their byes. You don't want to draft 2 or 3 important players that all have the same byes. That will shrink your roster and you'll have to find backups that may not be as strong and you could be looking at a low scoring week that may affect you in the end. Match-ups are also a good thing to look at when picking a defense. For example, New England's first 5 games are some pretty strong match-ups and could rack up some good points if you pick their defense. Also if a team plays a "not as strong team" it might be an offensive game and that could affect the points the defense will score you if they don't have the chance to perform as much.
Also, iIm pretty nervous because Stephen Gostkowski was my kicker last year and he is ranked the #1 pick for kickers this year and he was definitely someone I was looking to pick up. A kicker may not be the most important to pick and definitely isn't a first round pick, but they do come in handy when some of your other players don't score you the points you thought they could week to week.
Hope these were some helpful tips. I'm third to pick in my league this year and i'm nervous and excited but have decided a running back will be a good first round pick to hopefully form my winning team. Good luck to all of you participating in fantasy leagues and may the odds be ever in your favor!
PS - Was anyone else shocked by the fact that Tom Brady didn't rank in the top ten for quarterbacks? Although he wasn't top ten he's one of the strongest QB's and I know most of you will still pick him up first or second round because he shows up and performs.