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Your Draft Day is quickly approaching, are you ready?
For your sake, I hope you did your homework and aren't simply going to print out someone else's rankings. You need to develop your own draftboard, specific to your own league scoring rules, not use a generic list.
Here's why that is so important.
The latest fantasyfootballnerd.com rankings has Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner rated at No.14 overall. There's nothing wrong with that position based on his 1,371 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns last season...unless you are participating in a PPR (points-per-reception) league.
Turner is not known for being a good receiver and his statistics show it. In 2010 he caught just 12 balls all season for 85 yards. So all told, Turner combined for 1,456 yards from scrimmage.
Compare those statistics to Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy who only ran for 1,080 yards, but added 78 receptions for 592 yards and two scores.
In standard leagues, McCoy edged Turner by just four points - 221 to 217. In PPR leagues, however, the Eagles running back crushed Turner by a 70-point margin (299-229).
In a generic ranking, McCoy and Turner are similar backs with similar value, but in PPR leagues, it's no contest, the Eagles running back, despite running for 291 few yards, is the clear choice.
The morale of the story is; don't rely on anyone else to do your "grunt" work for you.
Here are a few other ideas which you should consider employing before you walk into your draft...
Gather as much information as you need, whether it is through Internet sites like this one or magazines, pay or free. But don't bring too much information into the draft room. With pages and pages of data in front of you, you spend more time trying to find a name than paying attention to the flow of the draft. Have a list of all eligible players and put a few notes there. This shouldn't be more than a couple of pages at most.
Get involved in one-or-more mock drafts prior to your most important draft. It helps you get a grasp on what other owners are thinking, who is being overvalued and who is undervalued.
Pay attention to preseason this year. This in contrary to my annual rule of ignoring everything except injuries, but because of the massive free-agent player movement this season, you will need to see how all the new teammates mesh on the field.
Do make sure your league commissioner is strong and fair. Nothing can destroy a league faster than a "questionable" trade being allowed or an owner bypassing a gray area in the rules. On the other hand, if lineups are do at 12 p.m. and a lineup arrives by e-mail at 12:03 with no advantage being gained in the delay, sometimes the intent is more important than ruling with an "iron fist." We're all here to have fun.
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