As my first post on BCC, I felt the need to address a part of football that has been forgotten since the lockout. This my friends, is Fantasy Football, and any fan would agree that it takes the NFL to a new level. When fantasy draft time comes around, you don't want to be left high and dry, picking Chad Henne as your starting QB in the later rounds.
The fantasy draft can make or break you, from picking Sidney Rice in the later rounds (what a steal) to taking Arian Foster in the first round and laughing at all your friends later. Though I'm not ESPN'S Matthew Berry and do not get paid a king's ransom to make fantasy football predictions and rankings, I have quite an extensive experience in this department. So here are my most important Fantasy Football tips you should take note of next season:
1. Running backs are the bread and butter of your team. Having an abundance of quality backs isn't the worst thing.
2. You can wait on a quarterback until later in the draft. Sure you might be settling for Joe Flacco or Eli Manning, but the difference isn't tremendous between them and Tom Brady if you took advantage of other positions.
3. Do some research on your tight end. If you happened to know that Marcedes Lewis's yard production and role in the Jaguars' offense increased every year, you may have had a hunch he'd break out last season. If you didn't, do some research-that extra 50 yards and a touchdown a game can make all the difference.
4. You can win your games every week if you worry about your defense after the draft. Take a defense, but play the matchups on waivers, it actually works.
5. Gene Smith's BAP approach to the draft can be used for fantasy football as well.
6. Wait until the last round to get a kicker. the 0.5-1.5 ppg differential between kickers isn't going to make a real difference.
7. Have fun with it! Have a party, share your draft board with your friends, and grab some snacks. After all, this is supposed to be a fun time isn't it?