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Fantasy Draft Mistakes

February 23, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 141

Wow, where do I begin? I've made so many mistakes in past fantasy league drafts that I've lost count. Today, we'll review several of the mistakes I and many others have made in hope that you will avoid the same pitfalls. While it is always fun to laugh at the computer screen at the expense of someone else' draft blunder, it's not quite so funny when we're the one making the questionable move.

The first mistake is drafting players because they're on "your" team. For me, that was the all the Detroit teams including the Tigers, Lions, Pistons, and Red Wings. While I'm all about supporting the hometown team, it shouldn't be done at the detriment of your fantasy season. In fact, I love when I end up with players from my hometown clubs as it helps me keep track of their season and the team all the better. The problem occurs when we place additional value on those players and end up drafting them much earlier than they deserve.

This goes for any fantasy sport. For instance, in last fall's fantasy football draft, one of my buddies started snatching up every Lion's defensive player they could get their hands on. First, he didn't even have the offensive portion of his roster filled out yet and, secondly, defensive players stats count so little towards the overall point total that everyone else waited until the last picks of the draft to take those positions. Needless to say, those Lions were dropped off his roster a couple of weeks into the season.

Another common mistake is honing in on one specific category. The most glaring example of this is the Saves category in fantasy baseball. I use to stack up closers in the draft and would end up with five or six, one time I drafted eight of them. Yikes! They pitch very few innings and subsequently don't accumulate many strikeouts or contribute much to lowering ERA or WHIP. Not to mention that annually there are about 15 closer changes throughout the league. Unless I can take a good value pick on a top-end closer that has locked down the position and consistently performed at a high level for several years, I'm holding off on closers until later in the draft and still taking two or three at most.

Starting pitchers, for example, contribute significantly to innings pitched, wins, strikeouts, ERA, and WHIP in most standard format leagues. The point is to win the most categories, not just one or two otherwise you aren't going to get very far. I strongly suggest that you put off drafting for saves until the second half of the draft unless you can get a great value at that point in the draft.

One mistake that I'm proud to say I've never been a part of is the drafting of worthless positions like kickers or catchers before the last round or two of the draft. Based on my decade + of experience in fantasy drafts, you are always going to have the manager who takes the "best" kicker, catcher, etc well before anyone else had even considered doing so. Just breathe a sigh of relief and target that week on your schedule for a bye week because that guy's team ain't going nowhere. These positions are easily replaceable off of the waiver wire with little drop-off in production.

In summary, please take these lessons to heart. Keep your professional sports team loyalty in perspective, don't get caught up in specialty players that only contribute to one or two categories, and definitely refuse to get caught up in the hype of drafting low-value positions too early in the draft. These tips should help steer you in the right direction in your upcoming drafts. Please subscribe to Fantasy Draft Strategy to read more tips, tactics, and advice.

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