As your fantasy draft quickly approaches, how do you sort through the massive amounts of information available online? Well, if you followed my advice in my earlier article, Draft Strategies: How To Prepare For Your Draft So You Have An Edge, then you are already well on your way to being ready. Whether you have started to prepare or not, getting the correct information about injuries, position battles and training camp surprises is vital to your draft success. Here are some things that will help you navigate the oceans of information and keep you from being crushed on the rocks on draft day.
Read The Dates
All articles should include the dates that they were written. The more current the information, the more likely it will be valuable to you. I recently read an article about what a bust Jason Campbell was going to be and it struck me a little funny. Then I realized it was dated more than six months ago and he was still a Redskin. The bottom line is, get the most updated information possible.
Consider The Source
The team beat writers are generally one of the best sources for information. They are in the locker rooms every day. While the information may be a little skewed toward the home team, their job is to get the most updated information and feed it to their voracious fans daily. Other good sources are large networks, like ESPN and NFL Network, who get information directly from team sources.
Tweak Your Sheets
Continue to update your draft sheets regularly. My recent article, How The Draft Was Won – Finding Late Round Gems, mentioned some players to keep an eye on. While the information about finding hidden gems still applies, some of the players mentioned may not win their position battles (Brian Hartline versus Greg Camarillo and Julian Edelman versus Brandon Tate). Again, the date of the article is important. I guarantee that someone will show up at your draft with players on their cheat sheets that were late camp cuts. Don’t be that guy.
Follow Your Gut Feeling
There are some writers/reporters that I’ve learned to trust over the years and others that I feel couldn’t find their butt in the dark with both hands and a flashlight. Maybe you think I fall in the latter category. It doesn’t matter; go with information from writers that you trust and keep track of writers that think along the same lines that you do. Follow your gut.
A Closing Note
A close friend of mine called me up last night and asked me if I could fill in for him at his draft, because he was going to be out of town. I asked him if he had a cheat sheet and a general strategy that he wanted me to follow. He replied that he hadn’t had the time yet and he would probably stop by the store and pick up a magazine before he headed out of town. You can imagine my reaction if you’ve read my previous articles, which he hadn’t. His name has been left off of this article intentionally, although I still call him my friend. Needless to say, I’ll get him on the right path to a successful draft. I hope your draft is successful as well. Good luck.