You can take several different approaches when finalizing your fantasy football draft board. The nice part if you are in a keeper league is you already have the centerpiece of you team in the player you kept. However, another upside is you know upfront who is not available. I have come up with seven strategies that fit into the management style that suits you best. Your style should be dictated by the player you have, and the position he holds.
The Sure Thing
This manager sets his draft right by the rankings and numbers. He overlooks all rookies and injury comebacks. He always takes the best player available, period. This is a great strategy to use for everyone, as how can you possibly go wrong. Unless of course, you took Steven Jackson ahead of Adrian Peterson. So use some caution.
The Risk Taker
The risk taker does just that. Maybe he lets LT go, in favor of a surge from Larry Johnson. A basic risk, but an all out gamble at least based on statistics anyway. The risk taker never hangs it all on the line, but always has a cushy second option.
The gambler never met a rookie he did not like. Never heard of a knee injury slowing a player down. If your keeper is coming off a major injury and is a running back you should be a little nervous. Basically the gambler looks for TD’s, lots of them. The downside is you miss more than you hit. This manager will take Mike Vick.
The Compliment Seeker
If you have a running back and are looking to pair a quarterback or wide receiver, this is you. This is the style that best suits most managers in every league. No need to load up on players you will not need, victory is all that matters.
If you have a manger in your league that does a lot of research you already know who I am talking about. Do your research but remember, if you look at numbers long enough you will see what you want. Stats can and often do lie, or at least not tell the whole story.
The Diamond in the Rougher
This is a necessary strategy in large leagues. You may find yourself with several late picks, and you may need to take a chance on an Edgerin James or similar type running back.
The Never Enough of Good Thing Guy
This is the type of draft that lets you be the roster buster. If you kept a back, take another, then another, till all the good ones are gone. Then try to strike up ridiculous trades during the season. We all have one of these drafts in us, just be brave.
No matter which strategy you attempt, remember to base your decisions somewhat on fact. Do not just draft players on your favorite team. Ask any St. Louis Rams fan, that never seems to work.