Fantasy Football Basic Draft Strategy

Having a solid draft strategy is a good foundation for success in a fantasy football league. Even if you do not know a lot about football, learning how to draft effectively will be a key to winning your league.


Knowing the players is the most important part, and before the draft, there are some tools you can use to help you.

Cheat sheets are lists of players that usually includes their most recent season performances, their average stats, any previous injuries, and upcoming opponents in which they may have an advantage. They also usually have their ADP, or average draft position. ADP tell you where each player is getting drafted in other leagues so that you do not reach for a player you do not have to.

The player rankings, very similar to ADP, is a list of all of the draft pool players and how they are ranked in the league. These lists are made by experts and are therefore trustworthy enough to get by.

Mock drafts are an essential pre-draft undertaking. Mock drafts will pit you against other owners and computers in a fake draft. This is a good place to test your draft strategy and see which players are available during different stages of the draft.

The Draft

The type of draft you will be participating in is important to be aware of. Will it be an auction draft (a draft in which team owners bid for a player to add to their team) or a serpentine/snake draft (a draft in which the order that teams select is reversed every round)?

In an auction draft, it is imperative that you do not spend all your money at once, since a few superstars can not make up for a lack of depth. There are ways to spend your money wisely at the beginning of the draft that results in multiple stars, but it is more advanced and depends on how much you can run up the value of other players to members of your league.

The most important basic draft tip for snake drafts is to not draft players of all the same position. Even if they are the most highly ranked player available, it is important to diversify your lineup. Moreover, make sure to pay attention to bye weeks. You do not want to draft players who play the same position that have the same bye week, because then you will have no one to start.