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Technical Tackling

By Lucas Russell


With the advent of the information super highway, a once obscure hobby has now become much more mainstream.  In the last several years, major companies have developed websites that make fantasy football more accessible to the leisure hobbyist.  The addition of this wealth of information that these providers receive from the NFL statistics databases has caused another problem: information overload.  Now instead of people picking the names of players they recognize, they have years of statistics and game summaries to sift through.  Technical writing techniques can help a person organize this mountain of information into a fun and usable document before draft day.



Not all leagues are created equal.  Before you can decide on a drafting strategy you need to find out what your league’s scoring system is.  The fantasy football website that your team is part of should have a section about the “rules” that your league follows.  These “rules” will tell you what your players will earn points for.  Fantasy Insights notes that there are six basic scoring systems, eight in more advanced leagues, and at least 38 more optional variables that can be set.  The best way to determine which positions will earn you the most points is to either ask someone who has been in your league for a few years or do some math.  When drafting, you will want to use your early draft picks for the top players in positions.  Make a list of each position you need to fill and in order of importance, as discussed above. Make sure you have lines for every position you need to fill on your team; you will most likely have multiple people at certain positions, and you should consult your league rules page carefully.


On your league home page you should be able to find links to player rankings.  Print the rankings pages from you league homepage and then consult two to three other websites for their rankings. Check the lists carefully and


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note all discrepancies between them.  If a player is more than four positions away from the average points on your lists do a more in-depth search.  Most fantasy football websites should have more detailed descriptions of the players.  Make sure to place special markings next to any player that you think is a bad pick.  Print a final clean list and rank each player to what you have determined is the best order to pick. Do this with each position on your roster, only once.  Now go to the NFL’s website and find a copy of the bye week list for the season.  Write the bye weeks next to each player on your master rank list.  This is extremely important because if you pick all of your players in one position with the same bye week, you will have no one to play that week and you will earn no points. 


Have your entire list of players neatly typed and easy to read.  Make sure to highlight any important information so that it stands out.  You will have compiled a list of close to 100 players if you have done your research thoroughly.  Draft day will be hectic and confusing.  Most leagues use a timer of two to five minutes per pick and you will have to balance your time between marking off players that have already been taken and deciding on who you want to select next. Having a clear list and strategy will keep you from making snap bad decisions and passing up players others have missed.


Works Consulted


National Football League. “NFL Schedules.” NFL.com. http://www.nfl.com/schedules (accessed February 28, 2006).


Fantasy Sports Intelligence LLC. “Fantasy Football Rules.” Fantasy Insights. http://www.fantasyinsights.com/fantasy/rules.html (accessed February 28, 2006).