The biggest NFL draft weekend in NFL history is upon us. But there won't be any television coverage or analysis from Mel Kiper Jr. or scenes from the Dallas Cowboy War Room or disappointed Jets fans. And It won't be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York. But rather it will be held all over the world among the five million people who play fantasy football.
This past April, I wrote a column offering advice to all NFL teams on what I would do in the draft and how I might best position myself to acquire what I thought were the most coveted players. Since there are more fantasy fans than actual teams, I thought it would be only fair to offer some fantasy advice for your big weekend. So settle back, take good notes and always trust your instincts.
On a side note here: The other day I was on
So, here is some of my advice to all of the fantasy football draftniks ...
After you've familiarized yourself with this year's talent pool, you need to start formulating a game plan that outlines the players you deem draft worthy, plus the guys you want nothing to do with (like
Group each position (excluding kickers) into several different tiers and have your results outlined on your cheat sheet for draft day. Use color codes and letters, to help rank your players. When you show up at your buddy's house you'll be two steps ahead of the game because your mind will be thinking about high value players to build your team around, and the other guys will be thinking about what time the pizza arrives.
1. By all means, DO NOT DRAFT A KICKER UNTIL THE LAST ROUND. The kicker position is unstable and unpredictable. There is absolutely no reason to waste your 15th-round selection on one when you could get the same value in the 16th round. Use your 15th-round pick on someone like
2. Protect your investment and handcuff your top RB. Drafting
3. Take players with a high upside. Once the second half of the draft arrives, fantasy football players tend to get tired and sloppy. They see
Remember, trust your instincts and have fun. And like all drafts, it is very important to get quality with each pick. So have a great draft.
OK, so this is my last fantasy football comment for the season, but you have to love the seriousness of the league Calla was in. But what does appeal to me about fantasy football is the intensity and the passion and for someone like myself who grow up playing Strat-O-Matic baseball. I admire those qualities.
The NFL is not fair, and no one ever said it was before we all entered the league. But in the case between quarterbacks Smith and
This is well overdue. By playing just two games, the preseason might actually mean something in the overall preparation for the season, thus allowing the fans to get their money's worth from all the games. And who could ever argue about more "real" football?
• If I were the Cincinnati Bengals, I would prepare for
• If I were the Chicago Bears, I would be very nervous about my investments. Last year Chicago ranked 29th in the NFL in yards allowed on first down and so far this summer, it appears the Bears might be even worse. The Bears have spent big money on the defense, extending the contracts of
• If I were the Washington Redskins, I would be very nervous about how my offensive line has played the past three weeks. With every starter over 30 and very light on depth, the Skins will be challenged to block the very rugged defensives lines of the NFC East. By the way, I don't like how the Redskins have looked at all this summer.
• If I were the San Diego Chargers, I would find a way to get the ball to
My best wishes to my friend and mentor, former Giants GM