|It is that time of year again. Time to get
down to business. Time to prepare for the single most important
day of the fantasy football year. A day that will help determine
if your fantasy season will be a glorious success or an abysmal
Notice I said "help determine" success or failure.
Needing a great draft to win your fantasy league is like saying
you need to win the state lottery to be happy in life. You don't
need it, but it helps. So, let's do our absolute best to
have a great draft, and that is exactly what the FF Today Draft
Plan is designed to do. It will help you plan, prep and execute
a great draft.
We have already begun and will continue to publish pre-season
content that will form the entire FF Today Draft Plan. Published
items will fall under one of our main Draft Plan steps or concepts.
This document will server as the foundation, explaining what we
are trying to accomplish. Each of our content pieces that form
the Plan will link from this main Draft Plan page.
We understand that some of these steps may seem obvious to you,
but we have a great range of rookie to seasoned veteran fantasy
players in our virtual midst. Feel free to pick and choose the
areas of the plan you want to focus more attention on. It also
never hurts to have a refresher; to read what seems obvious and
make sure you are maximizing the benefit of each step.
Onward and upward, here is the 7 step FF Today Draft Plan:
|1. Know Your League
| This is the step that probably seems
the most obvious of the entire Plan, but how many fantasy
players actually take enough time to know the intricacies
of their particular league? Your league's rules, lineup and
roster requirements, scoring system, free agency, etc. - All
of these things have an impact on how to best build a winning
team in your particular league. The more you know the rules,
and understand the sometimes subtle influence they have, the
better advantage you will have. This is where customization
of stats, rankings, projections, news, players, etc. comes
into play. You can create multiple league profiles with the
My FFToday feature allowing
you to customize this information to your league rules and
requirements. An important first step to winning your league
My FF Today
With A Passion - Tierney
The Commish 101 - Shutters
|2. Team & Player Evaluation
| The biggest and most important step
in the entire plan. People can talk draft strategy until they
are blue in the face, but when it comes down to it, all the
strategy in the world is not going to help you if the players
are not evaluated correctly. With news and training camp reports,
player evaluation is a constant process of analysis, decision
making, re-assessing and adjusting.
|3. Project Performance
| Projecting performance is the process
of turning the player evaluation into something we can use;
player projections, rankings and draft cheatsheets. This is
where the nitty-gritty work, the stat projections are developed,
and the Cheatsheet Compiler
shines. Whether you are a number cruncher or not, you still
need to have a hand in this step to make sure the final rankings
jive with what your own player evaluation is telling you.
There will a constant back and forth between steps 2 and 3
of the FFT Draft Plan with updates throughout the pre-season.
you've done steps 1 through 4, so you think you're ready to
draft, right? Not quite. Practice
does make perfect, right? Why not try some different draft
strategies before your big day or get a feel for how others
evaluate the players you covet. No matter the specific reason,
practice, practice and more practice can be a tremendous benefit
to fantasy players. Mock drafting, studying average draft
position ("ADP") data or even running through a few trials
of our Draft Buddy software
before it counts is worth the time invested.
Draft Buddy - includes
June Mock - 12 teams, 15
rounds, typical performance scoring
Value Of A Mock
Draft - Dies
|7. Crunch Time - The Draft!
| This is what we've been eagerly waiting
for! However, the draft is yet one battle in a season long
war. There are some post-draft steps to undertake, like identifying
the strengths and weaknesses of the teams in your league,
scoping out the best available free agents to get a jump on
the competition. Many of us are in multiple leagues, so review
the results of one draft draft to prepare for another.
That is our blueprint to success; a guide with the sole purpose
to help you win your league. We've had success following this
plan, beating other top "experts" in our business
the 2002 FF Champs Challenge the 2003
Fantasy Shootout, the 2004
Fantasy Shootout, and the 2006
Fantasy Shootout just to name a few. By following the
FF Today Draft Plan, we believe you will be successful too!