By, Adam Miller
Once again, here you are. Another season lost, another season wasted. Another season filled with stress, anxiety, head scratching and “what ifs.” Yes, you know what I’m talking about. Fantasy football. Well, lucky for you I will enlighten you on how to master the game.
I know what you’re thinking, “He’s just another guy who thinks he knows all the answers on fantasy. He’s just gonna load me up with stats, but that won’t help. It never does.” Well I assure you I will not go Matthew Berry on you. Instead, I’ll give you my record of proven success. I’ve been in two fantasy football league’s for the last five years. In those five years I have won four championships and have never missed the playoffs. So if you don’t want to listen to my logic, don’t listen to anyone’s.
If you still reading good for you, you’re on the path to success. So, I’ll address this position by position to make it simple:
Believe it or not, this is one of the least important positions when it comes to fantasy. When drafting a quarterback always wait until at least the fifth round. My philosophy is this: with so few skilled positions averaging over 15 points per game, why waste a high pick on a position where nearly everyone averages 18. You want proof? My last three championship runs featured Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan and Phillip Rivers as my starting Quarterback all picked in the 7th round.
This is where you use two of your first three picks. Unfortunately, this position is the not very fruitful with talent. Believe me when I say the best thing you can do is pick a safe Running Back like Adrian Peterson, Le’Veon Bell and Jamaal Charles. Take it from my experience not to pick someone you have a “good feeling” about (I hate you Jeremy Hill). My second bit of wisdom for this position is to draft a rookie Running Back. THEY ARE PRODUCTIVE. David Johnson, Thomas Rawls and Todd Gurley are proof of this. Please take this advice.
If you’re feeling risky, this is where you spend your first pick. If you do, follow this formula: WR, RB, WR, RB. Or the opposite if you pick a Running Back first. In my mind there are really only two receivers one could take with their first pick. Antonio Brown and Julio Jones. Their production speaks for itself, but outside of them do not touch a receiver first round. In the middle rounds, pick a “sure thing” receiver who is just steady and guaranteed to get you some points. Guys like Jeremy Maclin, Larry Fitzgerald and T.Y. Hilton come to mind. Finally, pick someone you have a good feeling about at this position. For me, that was John Brown and boy it is pay off.
IF IT’S NOT ROB GRONKOWSKI DO NOT TAKE ONE EARLY. Take a tight end late. And I mean really late. These last few years I’ve take my tight end in the 8th and 9th rounds. In those years I’ve gotten the likes of Jordan Reed, Julius Thomas and Tyler Eifert. If you can get a tight end that averages 12 points per game you are more than good. Especially if you follow my guidelines because then it will just be the icing on your very balanced, fantasy football plate.
The other two positions you can fill as you see fit, but remember that kickers are people too (seriously they are really important). So don’t pick any slacks!! Thank you for your time, and you’re welcome for your next championship.