The NFL season is well under way! If you’re like us, fantasy football is the perfect way to inspire a little competition away from the field. We have a couple leagues here at the office where respect is won and lost. I’ve done a little scouting and thought I’d share some of the draft strategies I’ve uncovered. Maybe one will help your team next year.
Auto-draft and focus on trash talk (Jon Dokulil)
The key to pulling this off is not letting losses get in the way of your trash talk. The only auto-drafter in our top league, Jon is sitting at 4-1 with four very demoralized opponents. This strategy has actually produced a consistent winner over the last three years.
Only draft NY Jets (Erik Person)
Three years ago, we all lived and died with the Jets every week. We didn’t have any other NFL partners (or many partners in general) to cheer for. Erik still chooses this route. Generally not a good fantasy football strategy.
Interesting name lineup (Sarah Armstrong)
This strategy leads to the chronic overvaluing of Sebastian Janikowski. If you don’t see previous performance as an indicator for success, choose your team this way. Sarah won her league’s regular season with this strategy last year.
Draft for the playoffs (David Graff)
For all his sports knowledge, our CEO did not understand the power of the underdog. After dominating the regular season last year, his team lost to an overmatched 8 seed in the first round. This year he has reversed his strategy completely. At 0-5 he is setting himself up nicely for a low seed, assuming he doesn’t completely miss the playoffs.
What’s your strategy?