If you want to stay one step ahead of your fellow owners, do yourself a favor and keep track of every draft pick that is made, so you can see how each owner’s roster is shaping up.

It requires extra effort, sure, but since when does anything of value come easy?

If you’re keeping track of each team’s positional breakdown, you can avoid drafting a player too early.

For example, let’s say that you hold the third-to-last pick in a given round. That means there are two teams who pick after you for that round. Additionally, those same two teams will pick before you in the following round of a snake draft. Meaning: there are four picks that you have to sit and wait through.

Are you with me so far?

Let’s say that you are looking at drafting both a quarterback and a receiver in your next two picks, and that you decide to take the quarterback first. However, sometime in the next four picks, that receiver you had your eye on was taken before your next selection.

Heartbreak city, right? Could it have been avoided? You bet!

What if you looked at the rosters of those two teams who picked after you and realized that both of them already had their quarterback in place? There would be no need for you to draft that quarterback when you did because you would be in no danger — or very little danger — of those two teams taking that quarterback. Instead, you could have taken the receiver you wanted first, waited for those two teams to take four non-quarterbacks, and then get that quarterback you wanted four picks later.

It pays dividends to keep tabs on the other teams in your draft!