Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fantasy Football Draft 2016 Tips and Picks

So last year some guy friends asked if I wanted to be part of a Fantasy Football League and I had heard about it but never participated. I went into it not knowing anything about the draft, rankings,etc. All I mainly remember about the draft is that I chose two quarterbacks in my first rounds (I realized this was a faux pas) and asking one of my co-workers and his friend at weekly trivia who I should take. This was DURING the draft! I ended up getting some solid picks and the more I researched the more I knew who to play each game and guess what? I won my league! Let's talk tips!
Beginner Fantasy Football Tips
1. Quarterback is important. "Experts" say to go draft your QB last but I say pick a dual threat early (basic meaning: a QB that can run with the ball and throw) so you can get more points. I had Cam Newton last season and he was my leader in points almost every week.
2. Pick Wide Receivers and Running Backs first and second. You have to have points to win so it makes sense to choose the players who are scoring the touchdowns, right? It might be tempting to choose players who you recognize from college but if it's their first year I would go more with a proven veteran who's be in the league and has a record. Keep in mind just because a player was great last year in college or NFL even doesn't mean they will repeat success.
3. Look at the updates on injuries. Your fantasy app especially ESPN will send you updates whether a player is out for a game, not in practice, injured, etc. This is especially helpful for choosing your lineup for the games.
4. Remember to set your line-up. Doing a little research and being familiar with teams can go a long way when you are selecting. It's not about favorites, it's seeing who can give you the most points. If you don't set your line-up it will do it for you or keep it set from the week before, it is much better to choose your own or it may not set at all so no points (insert sad face).
5. Defense players are important too! You get points for sacks, loosing yards, etc. and don't discredit kickers. Kickers win games! It's best to have a well rounded team if you can draft that way.
6. HAVE FUN! This is all for fun so don't get discouraged if you lose every game or start to be too braggy if you win every game (maybe a little humble brag). It's a great way to connect with friends, co-workers, family or even just joining a league to see what all the talk is about!
Fantasy Picks for 2016
1. Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers)
2. Aaron Rogers (Green Bay Packers)
3. Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts)
4. Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks)
5. Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers)
6. Blake Bortles (Jacksonville Jaguars)
7. Carson Palmer (Arizona Cardinals)
8. Tom Brady (New England Patriots)** Will be suspended first four games so use back-up pick till he comes back
9. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints)
10. Eli Manning (New York Giants)
Running Backs
1. Todd Gurley (LA Rams)
2. Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings)
3. Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys)
4. David Johnson (Minnesota Vikings)
5. Lamar Miller (Houston Texans)
6.  Devontae Freeman (ATL Falcons)
7. LeSean McCoy (Buffalo Bills)
8. Le'Veon Bell (Pittsburgh Steelers)
9. Eddie Lacey (Green Bay Packers)
10. Johnathon Stewart (Carolina Panthers)
Wide Receivers
1. Julio Jones (ATL Falcons)
2. Antonio Browns (Pittsburgh Steelers)
3. Odell Beckham Junior (NY Giants)
4. Dez Bryant (Dallas Cowboys)
5. A.J. Green (Cincy Bengals)
6. Deandre Hopkins (Houston Texans)
7. Allen Robinson (Jacksonville Jaguars)
8. Jordy Nelson (Green Bay Packers)
9. Keenan Allen (San Diego Chargers)
10. Mike Evans (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Tight Ends
1. Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots)
2. Greg Olsen (Carolina Panthers)
3. Delanie Walker (Tennessee Titans)
4. Jordan Reed (Washington Redskins)
5. Coby Fleener (New Orleans Saints)
6. Travis Kelce (Kansas City)
7. Tyler Elfert (Cincy Bengals)
8. Julius Thomas (Jacksonville Jags)
9. Zach Ertz (Philadelphia Eagles)
10. Gary Barnidge (Cleveland Browns)
1. Steven Hauschka (Seattle Seahawks)
2. Graham Gano (Carolina)
3. Stephen Gostkowski (New England)
4. Mason Crosby (Green Bay)
5. Justin Tucker (Baltimore)
6. Chandler Catanzaro (Arizona)
7. Chris Boswell (Pittsburgh)
8. Dan Bailey (Dallas)
9. Cairo Santos (Kansas City)
10. Brandon McManus (Denver)
Defense and Special Teams
1. Carolina
2. Arizona
3. Seattle
4. Denver
5. Houston
6. Kansas City
7. Los Angeles
8. Cincinnati
10. New York Jets
Sleepers (keep an eye on these)
1. Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago
2. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee
3. Clive Walford, TE, Oakland Raiders
4. Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati
5. Matt Jones, RB, Washington
6. RG3, Washington, QB
7. DeVante Parker, WR, Miami
8. Justin Hardy, WR, Atlanta
9. Paul Perkins, RB, NY Giants
10. C.J. Prosise, RB, Seattle Seahawks
There you have it! Hope these tips and picks help you out and let me know if you have any questions!
Happy Drafting!


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