- In general, draft players in the order of their VBD scores (highest to lowest) on the “Step 2 – Player Rankings” worksheet.
- Click the Rank Players button again on the day of the draft. Projections are updated regularly. So, you want to work with the most current data.
- Be very careful when considering a QB or TE for your first draft pick. Even if the Draftomatic ranks a QB or TE high, consider drafting the next RB or WR, especially if the VBD difference is small. (The few exceptions include Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers.)
- In the early and middle rounds, don’t overload on QB’s or TE’s. The Draftomatic might rank some QB’s and TE’s high, as other teams snatch up RB’s and WR’s. This causes a glut of QB’s or TE’s. Remember to use your qualitative judgement, in addition to the player rankings. It’s okay to skip players on the Player Rankings, if you have a good reason. (Personally, I don’t draft backup QB’s or TE’s. QB is the least injured offensive position on the field; RB is the most injured. So, I prefer to have plenty of backup RB’s and WR’s instead.)
- Don’t be first to draft a DEF. Next to Kicker, DEF is usually the least valuable, and most replaced position. As a result, DEF is not included in the Draftomatic. Instead, keep this list of DEF rankings handy during your draft. Then, pick from it once the run on DEF begins. You’ll be fine not picking the first DEF in your draft, and perhaps better for it.
- Draft your kicker (K) last, if at all. They are the least reliable, and most replaceable, of all positions. As a result, K’s are the least valuable of all positions. (Personally, I don’t draft K’s. Instead, I’ll pick one up from free agency after the draft, but well before the Kickoff Game. I prefer to draft an extra RB or WR in reserve, then drop the least promising one for a free-agent K.)
- If you have a Facebook account, click the “Like” button at the Facebook page of Fantasy Football 101. Next to drafting well, assembling a strong starting lineup is paramount. Fantasy Football 101 is a virtual oracle when answering the important question of “Whom do I start this week?”
- Throughout the season, try to trade up the VBD rankings. In other words, offer to trade your players with lower VBD scores, in exchange for players with higher VBD scores. You’re competitors are not privy to your Draftomatic Player Rankings. So, they won’t know the ingenuity behind your offers. This works really well right after your player had a good week, as people like to get in on an imagined hot streak. (This is how I traded away Lance Moore for Marques Colston, and netted an additional 40 fantasy points last season.)
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