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The Importance Of Fantasy Draft Focus

February 23, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 139

Previously, I've touched on the concept of focusing on winning certain categories while ignoring others. This is a critical tactic that I employ in every draft I participate in. In fact, I don't know how you can make educated picks without having some sort of predetermined focus. No one should go into a draft thinking that they will finish the draft with a completely well-rounded roster. That's nonsense. Your focus should be on stacking up players in 60-70% of the scoring categories in your league. This is just a little over half of them. Making your team as elite as possible in these categories will typically overwhelm the average fantasy manager who's built a team of mediocrity.

All to often, managers get sucked into the public perception of taking a certain player because he's being hyped up in the media or lost 15 pounds. To me, history proves everything. Take a look at what they've done in the past. While there are always up and down years, an adequate amount of research will determine if the player is legit and has a legitimate shot at a repeat performance. There are always exceptions to the rule, but all we can do as fantasy owners is maximize our odds through preparation.

I tend to stay away from rookies, or even 2nd year players in many cases unless my research really convinces me otherwise. 2nd year players often see a sophomore slump while rookies are simply headline grabbers. They haven't proven anything and rare is the exception to this rule. Stick with players who are in or near the peak of their careers. For the most part, the quality of their team doesn't mean much. Every year, some of the best players in any sport are on non-contending teams.

Now back to category focus. This is where you pre-draft fantasy research comes into play. Find the scoring categories you want to focus on and cross-reference that against roster positions. You need to make sure your researching correlating stats such as homeruns and rbi's or passing yards and touchdowns. The positions that include the fewest amount of players that match up to the categories you're focusing on should be given priority. Don't necessarily take them with an early pick, but be sure to note when it is getting close to their average draft position. The goal is to get the top-tier players that match up with the categories you''re focusing on.

I've found that many times this means that I'm not focusing on the glory stats like homeruns or rushing yards. I'll pick other focuses like batting average, runs, and stolen bases or receiving yards and touchdowns. Many times it can help to go against the popular belief as most other managers will be following that train of thought. Use this to your advantage to build a team full of players that will punish their deficiencies.

In head-to-head formats, you only need to take one more category than the other team to consider it a win. Over the course of the season, this method is almost guaranteed to get you into the playoffs. And as they say, once you're in, anything can happen.

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