Uhh, it’s the 10 draft commandments
What, uhh, uhh
Cuh can’t tell me nothin bout this fantasy, uh-huh
Can’t tell me nothin bout these receivers, these QB’s
To my commissioner cuhs
Cuhs on the internets I ain’t forget you, cuh…
Draft running backs back to back cuhs, word up
Been in this game for years, it made me an animal
It’s rules to this isht, I wrote me a manual
A Step by step booklet for you to get
Your draft on track, not your team push backed
Rule Nombre Uno: never miss your draft
This is the foundation of your season. It accounts for probably 50% of your success during the year.
While an auto draft may give you a balanced team – autopick will overdraft a kicker or a team
defense (which you should only draft in your last two rounds) or give you Lance Kendricks (who?!) as
a second TE. You will miss out on a solid bench player with starter upside (see: Morris, Alfred – 2012
Attend the draft. Get your targeted players. Draft Kickers and Defenses last. Talk some trash to your
opponents at the same time. It’ll be fun, trust me.
Number two: Never let ‘em know your next move
Even better, have a next move. Research draft strategies. Are you going old school (two running backs in
the first two rounds), progressive (tight end/QB in the first round), or best available player (value based
drafting)? It does not have to get too technical, but a little planning never hurt nobody… (insert the 12
There are countless resources (paid and free) for information; it will help you win (no one sets out to
lose their league, right?). You’ll have more fun, your league will be more competitive, and you’ll find you
enjoy the NFL a bit more.
Here are some good resources:
Twitter has countless people to follow (Matt Waldman, Sigmund Bloom, Evan Silva to name a few). Get
active and use your resources.
Number three: Never refuse to draft no-bod-y
Don’t be a homer. Skins fans, look for Romo to put up big points for you despite his propensity to turn
the ball over.
This applies for any draft-worthy player on all 32 teams, no matter who your squad is.
Number four: I know you heard this before – never get high on your own supply
Here’s a story: the year was 2008. It’s draft day for my 12 team fantasy league. One guy (let’s say his team
name was “Bellicheck’s Hoodie” to protect the innocent) gets the 4th overall pick.
Here is his draft (warning graphic content below):
Round 1 (Pick 4): Randy Moss – WR, New England
Round 2 (Pick 16): Tom Brady – QB, New England
Round 3 (Pick 28): Wes Welker – WR, New England
Round 4 (Pick 40): Laurence Maroney – RB, New England
Round 5 (Pick 52): Benjamin Watson – TE, New England
Round 6 (Pick 64): Stephen Gostkowski – K, New England
Round 7 (Pick 76): Patriots Team Defense
Tom Brady would go on to blow out his knee in the first game.
You can guess where “Bellicheck’s Hoodie” placed that year.
Don’t be that guy (or gal).
Number five: never go and draft without practice
Try a few mocks. It will help you get a feel for where players you are targeting are getting drafted. It will
help you test out your strategy and see where your people draft your targets. Trust me, you will benefit
from having a plan and some (simulated) experience with live bullets.
Here are some sites:
Remember: you play liked you practice.
Number Six: your league scoring rules, get it
In other words, KNOW THEM! The scoring format (Flex WR/TE/Rb, Yards per completion, Points per
Reception [PPR], etc…) should shape your draft.
If your league allows a flex WR/RB/TE, then draft an extra running back or receiver early. If you get
rewarded points per reception, keep that in mind when drafting running backs.
Not knowing your league scoring will set you behind the competition. It only takes a minute.
Seven: this rule is so underrated / keep your family and fantasy completely separated
Have fun but don’t overdo it. Know your limits and take it one week at a time. I once played in 10
leagues at one time. That was not a fun time, as you can imagine.
Number eight: never have to wait for the computer
Get mobile. Sign up for leagues that have a good mobile app to manage your roster. They are often
quick and easy and keep your team competitive while you are out and about. My personal favorite is
Yahoo! but NFL.com, CBS Sports, and ESPN all have decent mobile apps.
Number nine shoulda been number one to me / Don’t blow off the rest of your draft because you
missed on RG3.
Have a plan b (or c or d). Yes it sucks, someone sniped your top target a few picks ahead of you. But
remember, one player will never make or break your draft.
Try not to reach for a player because of a run on a position or missing a target, either.
Number ten: a strong word called commitment / Strictly for live men, not for freshmen
Follow these rules you’ll have mad bread (or chips) to break up/
If not, double digit losses, on the wake up…
Gotta go gotta go more leagues to blow up, word up, uhh
Stay active in your league. This makes up the other 50% of your success. Active managers who set
their line ups on before games, play the waiver wire, wheel and deal players give themselves the best
shot at winning the league.
Play the match ups and trade/look for undervalued players who may have had a recent rough patch but big
As a general rule, it is better to be early than late to pick up players on waivers that blew up the week
before. Also, trade to improve your team earlier than late in case it does not pan out.
Good luck this year – here’s to second place if you’re playing against me.
Fantasy King, Diwigit Blizzard aka D-Wight the deputy.