Jul 2, 2007
I did a couple more expert drafts late last weekend, and I’m not thrilled with the results. I think both teams are solid, but I’m not doing handstands. One of the drafts was for NFL.com – one that I imagine will be posted on the league’s official site shortly. My biggest problem in this one was there was some confusion as to whether or not we could start a flex or not. We were instructed to draft at least 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 Flex, etc. But on the league’s official scoring page, it did not list a flex starter. Once again, I was too busy to ask a simple question, and I drafted as if there was no flex starter. There is a flex starter, so that factor probably hurt my team.
So make sure you are completely familiar with your league’s setup in terms of scoring, roster requirements, etc.
Also make sure you’re not distracted when drafting, which was my problem with the other expert draft I did late last week. This one was for FoxSports.com. I’m not making excuses – regular readers know by now that I’ve done well in about 90% of my leagues for like 10 years in a row – but too often I’m way too distracted when I’m doing these things. I’m usually working while drafting, for one, but for the Foxsports.com draft, I had two screaming infants in my face, my other two kids in my grill, and numerous construction people working on an addition I’m putting on my home stomping through the house.
So my basic advice for drafting would be as follows:
Read over your scoring rules carefully, leave no stone unturned.
- Be 100% clear on your roster and starting lineup requirements.
- Try not to do anything but draft because distractions can kill you.
- Try not to have a lot of people around you.
- Make sure you’re computer is set and ready to go for you online draft (restarting right before the draft is a good idea).
- Get to the draft early; don’t want until the last minute.
- Don’t blow off the final few rounds; stay focused.
- Don’t go by the positional rankings used for drafting on site you’re using. Way too many times I’ve been too lazy to cross guys off my own list and have assumed that I can see the best players available simply by scrolling through the available players a little. There’s usually a couple of very good options buried on the list.
I will do my usual recap of these two leagues shortly, but here are my two teams from these leagues:
NFL.com (No PPR)
I will say this was actually a pretty tough draft. The scoring was a little odd in that QBs got 6 points per TD, so I felt the need to get a good one. A lot of the players I’ve seen go down as good values in other drafts were not in this one.
Bulger, Marc QB STL
Brown, Ronnie RB MIA
Henry, Travis RB DEN
Wayne, Reggie WR IND
Moss, Santana WR WAS
Galloway, Joey WR TB
Edwards, Braylon WR CLE
Crumpler, Alge TE ATL
Hanson, Jason K DET
Chargers, DST SD (Points against was HUGE in this league)
Campbell, Jason QB WAS
Morency, Vernand RB GB
Morris, Sammy RB NE
Peterson, Adrian RB CHI
Curtis, Kevin WR PHI
Williamson, Troy WR MINThis certainly isn’t a great team, but I actually do think it’s one of the better teams in the league, at least top-6 out of 12. I will have to work the WW hard in this one, but I’m determined to make this team a winner this year. Notice I have a great WRs corps; that’s because I thought you only started 2 RBs and 3 WRs.
Foxsports.com (No PPR)
T. Brady (Stl-QB)
S. Jackson (Stl-RB)
C. Williams (TB-RB)
W. Dunn (Atl-RB)
T. Owens (Dal-WR) – Still not exactly sure why I tool him late in the 2nd round, I think it’s a TD-heavy league.
A. Johnson (Hou-WR)
S. Moss (Was-WR)
J. Witten (Dal-TE)
O. Mare (NO-PK)
J. Cutler (Den-QB)
L. Washington (NYJ-RB)
V. Jackson (SD-WR)
D. Mason (Bal-WR)
W. Welker (NE-WR)
B. Leonard (Stl-RB)
This team should be fine, but I have little depth at RB, so I will have to work the WW in this one as well. Honestly, another problem in this league was that people were making a lot of poor picks, which can throw a draft out of whack. But if Caddy Williams can be decent, this team should be fine.