Late-Round Sleepers for the 2018 Fantasy Football Draft

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We are just mere days away from the start of the 2018 NFL season and that means another year of fantasy football. Another year of being a couch potato GM and picking a team that proves to your friends that you truly have the smartest football mind that they know. Everybody knows to draft Todd Gurley or Le’Veon Bell if they have the chance. The first few rounds of a fantasy draft are relatively easy. But it is the late rounds that can make or break your “fake” football team. Those players that you draft in the later rounds could end up being stars and propelling you into the playoffs and fantasy football immortality (at least in your neighborhood). Just remember that Alvin Kamara, the 2017 Rookie of the Year, was drafted in the 12th and 13th rounds last season.

Here are eight guys (two at each of the “real” positions – I stream Kickers and DST from week to week) that you should consider selecting in the late rounds of your upcoming draft. With all of the great research and news coverage out there, very few true “sleepers” exist anymore. I prefer to think of them as value picks. For the purpose of simplicity and click bait, we’ll call them sleepers, but they are really value picks. These players provide a great deal of value relative to where they will be drafted. Continue reading “Late-Round Sleepers for the 2018 Fantasy Football Draft”

11 Tips for your Fantasy Football Draft

Preparing for your upcoming fantasy football draft can be fun but it can also be very confusing.  There are a lot of people giving you advice and some of it may be conflicting.  I tend to listen to a lot of people and then use my wisdom to filter and process the information.  At the end of the day, you want to pick players that you feel good about.  Most of the time, there are enough players (even in the later rounds) that you will like and feel comfortable with.

Last year, I won my fantasy league despite drafting last, trading away Ezekiel Elliott and having Tyrod Taylor as my top quarterback.  Those are some huge obstacles to overcome but I did it to win another season-long league. Here are 11 tips that might help with your draft-day preparation as you seek to gain an edge on your competition.

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ESPN Fantasy Football Champion

Christmas night brought my team (“Michigan Go Blue”) a season-long fantasy football championship.  Going into the Championship weekend against a team that had defeated me handily earlier in the season, ESPN’s analytics had the game as a coin flip.  Fortunately, my team saved its best performance for when it mattered most.  Scoring 210 points was 30 points more than any previous league team scored in any week during the year.  Despite the GM of “Michigan Go Blue” making a rookie mistake and the draft gods not cooperating, a Championship Trophy was hoisted in the Bechler household.  Well, actually there was no trophy but a Tiger Woods fist pump did ensue.

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