The first step to having a successful fantasy football season is to have a successful draft. But it doesn’t end there. The decisions and moves you make following your fantasy football draft can have a huge impact on the outcome of your league. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when developing your post-draft fantasy football strategy:
Don’t panic. You may not have secured that draft day dream team that you had been fantasizing about, but that doesn’t mean your season is over.
Keep an eye on breaking fantasy football news. Injuries, sleepers and slumps are a part of every fantasy football season. Staying up-to-date with NFL news can help you recover from a less-than-perfect draft day.
Pay attention to your roster. Make sure that you’re aware of depth chart changes, bye weeks, injuries and your roster composition before making trades or moves in free agency. It’s important that when you make moves they actually help your team—don’t just go after a name.
Be patient. It’s all right to send out some trade proposals and swap some of your later draft picks for free agents, but don’t go too crazy. Before the start of the season, it’s highly unlikely that you will find someone on free agency with more upside than the players you drafted. And when it comes to trade negotiations, don’t start with your best offer. Leave yourself room to negotiate and you may be rewarded by obtaining the desired player for less than expected.
Upgrade your starters whenever you have the chance. Many fantasy football team owners spend their time adding depth to their roster. While this isn’t a bad thing, don’t hesitate at a chance to improve your starting squad.
Know the basics of your fantasy football league. This may seem like a no-brainer, but understanding your league’s scoring system and how free agency works can have a huge positive impact on the execution and success of your moves.
While it’s completely possible to recover from a poor fantasy football draft, the best strategy is not to put yourself in that position in the first place. That’s why The Huddle works hard to provide you with the tips, advice and resources you need to have a draft day advantage over the rest of your league.