I once played in a fantasy football league with a pretty intense dude. He reached into the baseball cap we were passing around the draft room and pulled out a crumpled piece of paper with the number 11 on it, before letting fly a string of expletives. As the first round of our draft unfolded, at least three times he slammed his fist on the table and cursed as another player he coveted was drafted before his pick. By the time it got to his turn, he crumpled up a sheet of paper and threw it demonstratively on the floor. “Well, so much for that plan!” he exclaimed before taking about 15 minutes to make his first pick.
Sound familiar? It might, if you play in a league with owners who are ill-prepared to adjust their draft strategies on the fly.
Show me a fantasy football owner whose draft strategy fell perfectly in place and I’ll show you a liar.
Things happen during a draft that no owner fully expects.
For starters, these are novice football minds. These are not NFL general managers that you are drafting against. A fellow owner — or two, three, four — will make a stupid pick that turns some heads in your draft room and shakes up everyone’s draft boards.
Or, conversely, perhaps an owner winds up stealing a player you had your heart set on. How do you respond?
You should always enter a draft with a strategy in place, but you must have flexibility to adjust on the fly so your entire team doesn’t go into the tank if the draft doesn’t go your way.