You can write brilliant prose and put in column after column, hour after hour and day after day of labor for fantasy owners, but in the end they seek one simple thing: A draft day road map.
They really just want one printable page we so aptly have come to know as the cheatsheet. Most fantasy football drafters don't need anything else.
We will submit you should have a copy of your league rules -- you never know what strange quirks might lay there -- a blank sheet to write your picks on and a printout of a reliable fantasy website's average draft positions.
The last of those items in the fantasy drafter's tool belt might be even more important than updated rankings. Not only does it give you a pretty close representation of what one man's rankings might look like, but also the wisdom of the crowd laid out for you on how your draft might go.
Don't take one writer's word for it, take everyone's.
In case you still want one set of instructions to guide you, here are this writer's final preseason fantasy football rankings for 2011:
EMACK'S 2011 TOP 200
QUARTERBACK RANKINGS, TIERS
RUNNING BACK RANKINGS, TIERS
WIDE RECEIVER RANKINGS, TIERS
TIGHT END RANKINGS/TIERS
DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS RANKINGS, TIERS
KICKER RANKINGS, TIERS
Eric Mack writes fantasy for SI.com and will outline all the news and nuggets game-by-game every week of the NFL season in his Fantasy Football Fast Forward. You can mock him, rip him and (doubtful) praise him before asking him for fantasy advice on Twitter @EricMackFantasy.
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