With week one upon us, another draft prep season has officially come and gone. It has been filled with all the usual risers, fallers, and injuries that always make fantasy owners go crazy around this time of year. Here are some takeaways both specific and general from this draft prep season.
Continue to wait at quarterback- I have officially determined that there is no such thing as waiting too long to take a quarterback. There are just too many of them. It’s pretty simple. Wait wait wait.
People are way too concerned with opportunity- Value is determined by two key factors, talent and opportunity. I don’t know about all of you, but I want to win. Finishing fourth doesn’t really do a whole lot for me. Keeping this in mind I have undergone a philosophical change. I’m done with opportunity. Give me the talent. I’m done with guys like Peyton Barber. I could care less about all the touches he’s in line to get. Give me Rashaad Penny, even though he may get no work the first four weeks. You can have Jamaal Williams all day long. I don’t care one bit about the fact that he could have the Packers backfield all to himself for the first few weeks. Give me Sony Michel who is miles ahead when it comes to talent. In the past, I have tried to build winning teams by minimizing risk and always taking the safe guy. Not anymore. I’m now considering upside with almost every pick. This may result in more sub .500 seasons for me, but I guarantee you it will also lead to more championship seasons.
Wait to have your draft- Drafting in early or mid-August should be illegal. Heck, I had drafts last weekend and it seemed early. You need to wait until the weekend before the season for two reasons. First of all, it’s not fair to the Jerick McKinnon and Derrius Guice owners. Whoever they were just had a top picked ripped away, and their season may have gone with it. You need to let the injury dust settle before you draft. Secondly, you need all the time possible to gather information. At least good owners should want that. I get it, fantasy football keeps groups of people together and that is more important than the actual game. Just wait if you can. It really makes the draft more even and sets your league up for a more competitive season.