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February 23, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 155

Years ago, I used to drop out of fantasy league after league until I could get into one where I had the first overall pick in the fantasy draft. If I was one of the last positions in the draft order, then there was no way I even had a chance at winning the league. Well, eventually I just sick of this process and decided I'd just make do with the cards I'd been dealt. I wish I would have figured this out sooner.

Your draft position is something that I believe has little overall impact on the quality of your team. While the top few overall picks of the draft will allow you the chance to snag the cream of the crop, you have to remember that most draft orders snake. Snaking drafts are when the managers draft in order in the first round and then reverse from there on out. If you have ten managers and you have the 2nd pick in the first round, then you would have the 9th (19th overall) pick of the second round. Once a draft gets past the first couple of rounds, then your position has no impact at all.

However, your strategy will change depending on if you pick in the middle of or near the beginning or the end of a round. Let's use the same example from above. If you are the 2nd pick, then you will have a lot of time on your hands to figure out what direction you want to take your team based on who you took with your first pick. However, you're going to have two quick picks coming up as you will have pick #19 of the second round and then pick #22 (2nd pick of the 3rd round). I'll explain about "directions to take your team" a little further on.

If you are 5th or 6th in the draft order, then you are right smack in the middle. You'll feel a nice even flow throughout the draft and be able to better predict who will be available since you'll only be waiting nine turns before you pick again. It is easier to do quick follow-up research on the best of the available players and really narrow down on who will fit best on your team.

Earlier, I mentioned taking your team in a certain direction. You should have multiple goals in mind before your draft starts. I stand by my long-held belief that a balanced team equals a mediocre team. You should focus on having more strong categories than weak categories, but adding players to simply balance out your team isn't going to get you anywhere in your draft. The first few rounds of your draft should be in harmony with each other.

In fantasy baseball for instance, if you start out drafting a 40 homerun/year slugger and then proceed to draft a bunch of speedy guys after that, what good are that slugger's home runs going to do over the course of the year? They will become meaningless unless you draft a bunch of sluggers who all hit homeruns, drive in RBI's, and score a lot of runs. So, mold your team based on your first few picks in the draft. Many times I will take the best player available early on and let that decide my team's future.

Take a deep breath this year when you see you are picking dead last. With a solid fantasy draft strategy in place, your draft position is of little importance in building a team to win your league's fantasy championship. Be sure to sign up for more free advice on building a championship-worthy fantasy team.

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