Beginner's Guide to Fantasy Football
Section V. - Tools of the Trade
Posted 6/16 by Chris Smith, Exclusive to Footballguys.com
"The will to win is meaningless without the
will to prepare!" -- Joe Gibbs
Once you have a good understanding of your league rules, it is time to begin
the early prep work for your fantasy draft. It can be very daunting for a new
fantasy owner to come up with a great set of fantasy rankings. However there
are excellent tools, features and articles at your disposal that will help you
succeed in this endeavor. This section will illustrate some of those features
Expert Staff Rankings
For the owner that doesn't want to put together his own set of rankings, Footballguys.com
has a great feature to utilize. The Expert
Staff Rankings take the opinions of many of the site's writers and post
them to the net. Each person compiles their selections of the top players at
each position and the picks are then uploaded to the site in an easy to use
format that allows for sorting and comparisons. The feature also takes the average
ranking of each player and it is easy to sort the rankings by the average, the
site's rankings or by your favorite writer's rankings. It can save a fantasy
owner a lot of time to simply take one of the rankings from this feature to
use as his own.
For owners who want to do their own rankings based on projections but don't
have the time to compile their own projections, this is the feature for you.
Footballguys.com spends countless hours poring over past history and analyzing
each team's potential to come up with a strong set of projections.
These projections are tweaked often and it is a simple task for an owner to
take these numbers and adjust them according to his thoughts on each team and
player. This is a solid feature for owners wanting some hands-on action with
their rankings but not having the time or energy to devote hours and hours to
Average Draft Position
A great tool to help owners anticipate when a player will be taken in the draft.
It is very helpful when an owner has a player ranked 7th in his rankings but
the ADP (average
draft position) of the player slots him as being the 27th player taken at his
position. Knowing information such as this can really help an owner determine
when to draft a player and when to hold off for another round or two.
Sortable Target Numbers
For the owner wanting to do all of his own projections; this feature
is a handy tool. It breaks down how many passes were thrown to each player on
every NFL team. Knowing that WR Chad Johnson had 155 passes thrown his way and
that WR Donald Driver had 145 thrown his way really helps when it comes to accurately
Invaluable feature that tracks all of the relevant news for each NFL team.
There is no danger of drafting an injured player, a retired player or even a
deceased player if you visit the Blogger
on a daily basis. Using the Blogger is a must if an owner wants to maximize
his chances of success each season. It would take an owner 50+ hours of research
per week to keep on top of the news in the same way as the Blogger does.
Offensive Depth Charts
Just who is the 3rd receiver on the Baltimore Ravens? Which running back will
back up Deuce McAllister in 2004? If you have questions such as those, you can
check out the News Blogger or you can click on the Footballguys.com Depth
Charts link which is updated frequently.
VBD Applications / Draft Dominator
"Try not to become a man of success but a man
of value." -- Albert Einstein
The Draft Dominator
is the perfect tool to have a successful fantasy draft but we will take a look
at it in more detail when we get to Section VII - Dominating on Draft Day. The
tools are an excellent help for owners looking for an edge on their competition.
For those of you who aren't familiar with the term 'VBD', let me fill you in
on the best thing since sliced bread. Here are Joe Bryant's thoughts on the
idea of VBD:
...This method is something I began evangelizing to the public way back
in 1996 when guys like Keyshawn Johnson, Eddie George and Marvin Harrison
had yet to play an NFL down. It's called the Value Based Draft System (or
VBD for short) and today, you'll find it's the hot ticket among serious FF
Owners. Even among other writers. They say imitation is the sincerest form
of flattery. Lets just say I'm flattered and leave it at that. But my system
has gained wide popularity for one reason: It works.
With my VBD System you'll be able to finally place a tangible value on
these players that makes sense to you. Always before, no one really knew if
a QB throwing 22 TDs / 3000 yards is more valuable than a RB scoring 9 TDs
/ 1000 yards or a WR posting 7 TDs / 1100 yards. Now you'll know.
I'm here to tell you that success in your Fantasy Football Draft is all
about understanding "Peer Pressure". And I'm not talking about being
the last guy on the planet to get a tattoo (that was last year) What I'm talking
about is the surest way I know of to accurately place a value on Fantasy Football
Players for your draft.
In it's simplest form: The value of a player is
determined not by the number of points he scores, but by how much he outscores
his peers at his particular position.
Think about it for a moment. The goal is not to score a ton of points.
You can score a ton of points and still lose. The goal is to outscore your
competition. In other words, the goal is to distance yourself ahead of the
competition. How do you best do that? You do that by selecting players who
outscore their peers, not necessarily the players who score a ton of points
as you fill a roster with a specified number of players at specified positions.
This is extremely important. Copy this and paste it somewhere prominent. It's
the key to success in this game...
you can read this excellent article here.
Other Tools and Features
In a nutshell, anything you may need you will likely find within the Footballguys.com
site. If you need strength of schedule, past statistics, top 200 lists, dynasty
lists, rookie analysis, team reports and/or articles on fantasy football strategy,
all you have to do is sign up and reap the benefits of having a large staff
of fantasy fanatics doing everything to help you succeed in this hobby.
Whether you simply want a list to draft off of or whether you wish to do all
of your projections/rankings yourself, Footballguys.com has all of the tools
and features you will need to make your fantasy season a successful one. Take
the time to visit all of the features we have to offer and determine which ones
you will need to help you get ready for the fantasy season. The next feature
Section VI will give you the secrets on how to prepare for the fantasy draft.