There's a strategy for everything, the fantasy football draft is no exception. Understanding strategies and values of players based on their position, the strength of their schedule and the scoring system in place is pivotal to having a successful team.
Quarterback by committee is a draft strategy of taking a decent quarterback later in the draft rather than targeting an elite quarterback earlier in the draft. There are a few key advantages to this strategy. The first being by not spending an early pick on a quarterback you can spend the pick on a more valuable position such as running back or even a receiver or tight end if you are in a league that scores receptions. Another advantage is the ability to assess which of your Quarterbacks have the easier matchup that given week.
Running back by Committee is the strategy of taking multiple niche running backs in later rounds of your draft instead of taking star backs in earlier rounds. Many people in points per reception leagues employ this method and draft running backs who catch a lot of passes out of the backfield because they score many points from catching passes and they will not have to spend a high pick on possible high scoring players. People also utilize this strategy by drafting short yardage running backs and fullbacks who will often score touchdowns on goal line possessions.
Knowing is half the battle, right? Before the draft, there are some tools you can use to help you during the draft. This includes doing research on each player you intend to draft and having backups for all said players in case picks do not fall your way. It also includes projecting whether young players will make a jump in production.
A cheat sheet is a sheet that contains 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.
The average draft position (ADP) is usually listed next to the player in the draft pool. The ADP lists what pick that player is usually taken. If a player has a much higher ADP than you are drafting you may want to do a quick search of the player to make sure there are no issues and reassess from there if there appears to be no problems with said player you may have a steal on your hands.
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. Top tier quarterbacks are usually at the top of the list, along with elite wide receivers, as they often produce the most points in fantasy football.
The mock draft will pit you against other owners (being played by an AI) 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. Although it has its disadvantages such as possibly overrating certain players and giving the member a false sense of where certain players will be drafted
For example, a receiver like Robby Anderson is not considered an elite talent by NFL standards but being a key piece of the New York Jets offense he may be worth drafting early because the sheer volume of targets he will receive and how valuable he is to his team.
Drafting multiple players on a single team, such as a QB and WR to in theory score more points if the team has an easy matchup. This strategy works much better with a very talented Quarterback or receiver on a successful team, than any other pair of positions. The theory is you get points for both the passing and receiving yards and touchdowns instead of one or the other.
It's also important to know what kind of draft you will be participating in. Will it be an auction draft, a serpentine/snake draft, or a straight draft?
Using the pre-draft tips above, you should be able to formulate your own draft strategy.