As we enter Week 9 of the NFL season, here’s a look back on my fantasy football draft, strategies, and current roster as I make a push for this years FFL Playoffs.
I’m in a PPR format fantasy football league at work and for the past 3-4 seasons, my team has absolutely sucked.
My first couple of seasons were great. I had a good stretch, and throughout three seasons, I finished in the Top 3 each year and came away with one title during that span. After that, it was all downhill from there.
Last year I saw a resurgence in my team as I finished in the Top 3 again after a long drought. I made the playoffs but saw a first-round exit as I came up short and was just 0.9 points away from advancing to the second round.
Some people get a little stir crazy when it comes to prepping for the draft, and when I first started playing, I was one of them. Over the years, I’ve tried different strategies entering the draft, but I’ve come to the realization that the more I prepared, the more likely my team was doomed for failure.
Eventually, I think the birth of my son ended up helping me realize that I no longer wanted to spend countless hours simulating mock drafts, scenarios, and possible outcomes. So this year, I decided I was going to take a simplified approach.
My office would typically host a lottery to determine the draft order and commence the draft just a few days before the season opener. This year I got the third overall pick, and my strategy was pretty basic. My goal was to keep things simple, not play favorites, and select the best players available when it was my turn to pick while focusing on drafting a Top 10 player in each position.
Each league is different but in theory, it can be applied to any league. I looked at the league leaders from the previous season and broke it down by position. Once I had the list sorted by position, I targeted the Top 10 of each position. In a 12-team league, it does come in handy to know the tendencies of other owners in your league, so I’ll admit there was some strategizing but not much.
Instead of going for all the big names (like most novice fantasy players do), I filled each starting roster spot with a player who had a high value from the previous season. Now, the downside to this is that you can never expect a player to perform the exact same way they did the season before, but when it comes to fantasy football, there are tons of players that are sure bets when it comes to their consistency and production on the field.
Not only do we utilize a custom PPR format for scoring, but we also utilize the Offensive Player Utility (OP) spot which allows us to play two quarterbacks in any given week.
In a 12-team league quarterbacks come with a premium. However, owners often end up pulling the trigger on big name quarterbacks that don’t necessarily have the best value. So the goal here is to roster consistent quarterbacks (that aren’t injury prone) as they will most likely be your highest point produces every week.
So far, this season has been fun to watch, and luckily for me, I haven’t been forced to make too many changes (due to lack of production). I’ve been able to stay aggressive for the most part, and only utilizing waivers to survive bye weeks, and improve my team to add depth for the backstretch of the season. So with that said, here is a look at the roster I originally drafted and my current roster.
Current / Playoff Roster
Kirk Cousins, MIN
Matthew Stafford, DET
Todd Gurley II, LAR
Mark Ingram II, NO
Chris Thompson, WAS
Latavius Murray, MIN
Mike Evans, TB
Robert Woods, LAR
Marvin Jones Jr., DET
Zach Ertz, PHI
Greg Olsen, CAR
Heading into Week 9, my team is 7-1 and currently in first place. I think the real reason why I delayed this post was that I didn’t want to jinx my team (although I’m knocking on wood as I type). We’re halfway through the season, I’m on a 7-game winning streak, however I just barely won my last matchup. I try to go into every week with little to no expectations, but this is a cash league and I would be lying if I didn’t say I’ve got my eye on that grand prize.