FF Draft Tips & Tricks

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When it comes to this game, your draft will go a long way in determining you final standing, but it is not the only factor. For this article we will assume that it is a standard head to head re-draft league with a live draft, and your draft position randomly selected. Here goes, followed by another great recipe for chicken wings.

 

Know your Settings

How many teams are in your league? What is the point system? How many roster positions do you have? The answers to these questions will determine what player you select, and they will be factors when deciding between two or more players when it is your turn to select one. For example, if your league awards points for simply catching the ball, you may want to select a backup WR over a backup RB.

 

Do your Research

Who are the starters? Who is hurt? What kind of offense is the team running? What happens if a player gets hurt? You don’t have to spend hours finding this out, just don’t be that manager who picks a player that is out for the year, or has lost his starting gig.

 

Know the Schedule

Every team has a bye week, some teams are better than others, this is a given. Don’t be that manager who drafts a RB1 & RB2 with the same bye week. There are different opinions on this, like maybe punting one week, but keep in mind that it might cost you a spot in the playoffs and keep you out of the money. It is also important to know when your leagues playoffs are, and take a look at the NFL schedule to see what team your player will be playing that week. It might just help you make a decision. This can get complicated and can be time consuming, but it is good to know.

 

Print out and Refer to a Cheat Sheet

Again, this can take time and money, but it is nice to have the information in front of you at your draft. Don’t be that manager who asks to see someone’s rankings. Have you own, print them out. Don’t’ try to use a laptop and surf when it is your turn. You will just run out of time, get stressed and ultimately make the wrong choice because you were rushed.

 

Have a Plan

Many people have many different theories on drafting. Some like going RB,WR,RB,QB. Some like going RB,RB,WR,WR, yet others like picking their top players at each position, RB,WR,QB,TE. There is no golden rule. Your plan will depend on where your draft position is, just remember to make one when you know where you will be drafting.

 

Have Fun

Remember it’s your team and you are going to be following these players all year. Because of this, don’t afraid to draft the players you like and root for.

 

Don’t get Pressured

Somebody might want you to take a certain player, or not take one. Don’t listen to anyone. If your favorite player is available, make the pick. It is better to draft a player you like a round too early than not get him a round too late.

 

Forget the Past, Trust your Instincts

Don’t count on last years stats, if you think a player is due for a breakout season, go for it. It is your team, don’t rely to heavily on what happened in the past.

 

Pick the Player who is Younger or the One with More Upside

The risk will be worth it. It will be more exciting for you to root for your players than be disappointed when they don’t live up to expectations.

 

Don’t be Afraid of Trades

You are not going to draft all of the players you wish for. This is where you can use trades. The key to fantasy football is collecting difference-makers that give you an advantage over your opponent on a weekly basis, bottom line. If this means parting with a player that is currently ranked higher than the one you want, it’s ok.  It may work, it may not, but it will be fun finding it out.

 

Be a Waiver-Wire Hawk

Sometimes managers drop a player you want, sometimes a player isn’t drafted and is playing great. Sometimes a player gets hurt. This is the game of fantasy football. You HAVE to play attention each week, almost on a daily basis to know what is going on, and be ready to act. The managers that stay on top of things and make the needed changes are the ones that win the money. Don’t be that manager who picks a team, loses a couple of games and quits. They only people that like this person are the teams on top of the standings.

 

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Maple Chicken Wings

INGREDIENTS:

3 to 4 pounds chicken wings

1/3 cup terriyaki sauce
1/2 cup lite soy sauce
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon black pepper
1 1/2 cups maple syrup

PREPARATION:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Place in disposable large baking pan. Add maple syrup, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper, toss to coat.

Place pan on baking sheet and bake approximately 1 hour, tossing every 15 minutes. The liquid will gradually evaporate the longer you cook it. After 1 hour, increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees. Turn wings and coat evenly and cook additional 45 minutes.

 

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