How to Draft the Ultimate Fantasy Football Team
With football season just weeks out, it’s time to think long and hard about your fantasy football team.
The important thing for your draft is to have a complete and well-rounded team, grabbing those top receivers and running backs first. One strategy to keep in mind is to look closely at the players who will get a large number of opportunities this upcoming season. Taking a look at some of the top ranked players for this year’s draft, they’re similar to who we saw on top last year.
David Johnson and Le’Veon Bell are this year’s top choices for the number one draft pick. Johnson was the number one fantasy draft pick for 2016 and not much has changed. Last year he had 16 touchdowns and 4.2 yards per carry. He also averaged 23 touches a game in 2016. He scored double digit Fantasy points in 15 out of 16 games in standard league. You want Johnson on your team, and you want to get him early. Bell is also a top candidate this year, and has had 10 or more Fantasy points in 85.3 percent of his games in the last three seasons. However, if you take on Bell make sure you grab a backup, like James Conner, just in case. Bell held out at the Steelers training camp and may be sitting out for a few weeks.
Among Johnson and Bell, three other top candidates for fantasy are Pittsburgh Steelers Antonio Brown, Atlanta Falcons Julio Jones and N.Y. Giants Odell Beckham Jr. First, Brown is an awesome receiver you need to draft and is definitely worth picking in one of the first rounds. Brown has made more than 10 Fantasy points in 70.2 percent of games in the previous four seasons. In addition to that, now that the Steelers have Martavis Bryant in their offense it will only help add to Brown’s success.
Jones on the other hand fell a bit last year, with his receptions dropping over 40 percent and his yards by 25 percent. He’s still one of the number one receivers for Fantasy and should be taken for your team in one of the early rounds. Looking at Beckham, he’s climbed up the past three years, starting as the no. 6 rookie in 2014 making it to the no. 4 last year. He’ll definitely be one of the top receivers you should snatch for your team. He has made 91 catches and 10 touchdowns for the last three years and is looking to have another strong season this year.
It’s also important to take a look at who will be a risker pick early on in the draft. For example, Ezekiel Elliott has been considered one of the top-three running backs for Fantasy, but is currently suspended for six games. With his appeal pending, it’s possible he’ll miss a significant amount of the season meaning he’d be a risky choice early on in the draft. With Elliot being suspended, this has moved up LeSean McCoy as a running back to draft. However, with the Bills not expected to be great this season, McCoy might get less time with the ball playing from behind. With this is mind, choose McCoy with precaution.
Of course there are always changes from the beginning of preseason, and there still will be some adjustments over the next few weeks. But if you keep these players at the top of your draft and choose wisely, you’ll be on your way to a successful Fantasy season.
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