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When To Draft Your Fantasy Team

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

As the 2012 fantasy baseball draft season gets underway, I'm having trouble restraining myself from signing up for an early draft even though I've seen the disastrous results in years past. Drafting early is much like playing with fire. There are so many injuries that occur during spring training, so many "what-if's?", numerous position battles, and myriad factors that can dismantle your post-season run before it's even begun. After 11 seasons of fantasy addiction, I'm proud to say I've kicked the habit.

Sure, the urge is still there. It probably always will be. There's nothing like oohing and ahhing over your latest hand-picked masterpiece. Fortunately (or unfortunately), I've learned that the timing of your draft can play a major role in determining your season's success. In fact, I'd argue that this is one of the most overlooked, yet most critical, keys to winning your fantasy championship. While the draft itself is such a small portion of the overall season, your strategy and timing will form your season and the direction of your squad.

My suggestion is to wait until you're within a week of the regular season. Most rosters will be set by this point, the star players start to get some time off to rest up before the regular season begins, and many of the major decisions of players starting the season on the DL will have been made by this point. The smart fantasy owner will better their odds in any way possible, and this is a surefire way to do just that.

An example of what can happen if you don't wait long enough can be found in one of my keeper leagues. I urged our commissioner in last fall's fantasy football season to wait as late in the pre-season as possible for our live draft. We ended up drafting around two weeks before the season. It is a keeper league and I owned Peyton Manning. Our draft ended up taking place two days before it was announced that he had another major neck surgery and was out indefinitely. This was a detrimental blow to my team and I had a major uphill battle all season long. If we would have waited to draft within a week of the season, then this would have completely changed my draft strategy as well as the outcome of my season.

You might be thinking that this gives all the owners in the draft that same advantages. That is true to an extent. However, simply drafting right before the season starts is only an advantage if you do your homework. The player research still has to be done otherwise you'll be in the dark about player statuses. Many default rankings on the major fantasy sports sites don't update on a regular basis in the pre-season, so it is up to the smart fantasy owner to develop their own fantasy draft strategy.

If your goal is to win your fantasy league, then your work begins in the off-season. Preparation ahead of the draft is critical and knowing when to draft your team is an invaluable part of the process. Please bookmark this site and continue to check back often as additional tips, tactics, and advise will be offered that will improve your chances of winning a championship and bragging rights.

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