Preseason football is well underway and real college games start next week… which means your fantasy football draft is right around the corner.
While some have been prepping days and weeks for their draft, most scramble at the last minute to find suitable rankings.
Since I haven’t studied a lick and find myself scrambling at times, here’s what I used to easily prep for your fantasy football draft.
Print A Top-200 Rankings Sheet
This is the easiest way to keep track of who has already been drafted and who the best available player is left on the board. Use this sheet as your go-to to mark off picks as they’re chosen.
Fantasy Football Toolbox has a great Top-200 rankings by position that you can find here.
Study Mock Drafts to figure out ADP
What’s ADP? It stands for “average draft position” and it’s ranking given to the players you want to draft showing on average, when that player was taken.
Since I don’t have time to participate in mock drafts, I used Fantasy Football Calculator, which studies thousands and thousands of mock drafts to determine the ADP for you.
You can sort by your league size, PPR, total draft board, or even down to the position.
After your report is generated, you can print it, download it or just save the website for future reference.
This was a lifesaver at my draft because you’re watching what other mock drafters have already done, who probably care waaaaaaay too much about fantasy football.
Know Which Offensive Lines Are Good – and Which Ones Are Bad
Offensive line sheets are important because at some point in the draft, you will become conflicted on who to take.
But if you know which team has a better offensive line, it makes picking between two players a lot easier.
Back in the day, you used to be able to print out a nice, clean overview of the best-to-worst offensive line sheets. But not anymore since most fantasy sites have moved to a paid option to be able to view the offensive line rankings in a nice format.
So I either had to pay or write them down based off long-form articles I found online.
Needless to say, I wrote them down. To make it easier on yourself, take a sheet of printer paper and write these down as well.
Honorable Mention: Seahawks
BONUS: Use These Free Worksheets On Draft Day
In our free guide on how to play fantasy football, readers were able to snag these worksheets in the back of the book.
Draft Day Worksheet
Use this to fill out your player drafted, bye week, team, and any notes you may have on the player.
Having this will be a good resource so you can quickly glance at what positions you need and what positions you hold off on.
Draft Day Targets
This sheet is ideal for those planning ahead. You can print it out and while you’re getting ready in the morning or eating dinner at night and hear something about a player you might draft, you can write his name down on this sheet along with why you like him.
When draft day comes, take this with you and you have some sleeper picks outside of your Top-200 rankings.
And that’s it! You don’t need a binder filled with data and magazines galore, just a few sheets and you’re well on your way to dominating your fantasy league.
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