September 1, 2018

NFL FANTASY PREVIEW: Top 30 big board + some advice

by Dan Bilicki In: Fantasy, Football

TOP 30 BIG BOARD

Here’s the guys we’d expect to see get taken in the first three rounds of a 10-team draft.

1. Todd Gurley, RB, LAR

2. Le’Veon Bell, RB, PIT

3. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL

4. David Johnson, RB, ARI

5.Antonio Brown, WR, PIT

6. Saquon Barkley, RB, NYG

7. Alvin Kamara, RB, NO

8. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU

9. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, NYG

10 Kareem Hunt, RB, KC

11. Julio Jones, WR, ATL

12. Melvin Gordon, RB, LAC

13. Leonard Fournette, RB, JAX

14. Keenan Allen, WR, LAC

15. Michael Thomas, WR, NO

16. Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN

17. Davante Adams, WR, GB

18. Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL

19. Christian McCaffery, RB, CAR

20. Mike Evans, WR, TB

21. Jordan Howard, RB, CHI

22. A.J. Green, WR, CIN

23. Tyreek Hill, WR, KC

24. Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA

25. Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE

26. Jerick McKinnon, RB, SF

27. T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND

28. Adam Thielen, WR, MIN

29. Travis Kelce, TE, KC

30. Amari Cooper, WR, OAK

BEGINNER ADVICE

If it’s your first time in a fantasy football league, don’t fret, we have some advice for you to get through your rookie season.

-At the draft, you don’t have to fill out your roster spots before strengthening your bench. Just because you already have two RBs and a couple of receivers, doesn’t mean you have to take a QB or TE next. In most cases, that mid-round RB has a higher ceiling than a mid-round QB.

-Wait until the very end of your draft to take you defence and kicker. With the amount of fluctuation year to year with defences and the small overall gap between the elite at these positions and the low-end starters, it’s a safe move to hold off on picking them.

-Average Draft Position and projections are great tools for the draft, but don’t put all of your stock in them. If you have a gut feeling that Player A will outperform Player B, don’t be afraid to pull the trigger just because Player B’s ADP is 15 slots lower. These numbers often take into account very early drafts and players’ roles could’ve changed since those selections took place.

-Bye weeks, surprisingly, aren’t that big of a deal at draft time. In fact, in the long run, it can be beneficial to actually have the majority of your starters off the same week. You will also make trades and pickups in-season that will alter your strategy.

-Please, for the love of all that is holy, pay your commissioner early. There’s nothing worse for you or them than having to hound a deadbeat owner. And if you can’t afford to pay, maybe you shouldn’t be playing in the first place.

-Finally, remember to stay active in your league. We’re not saying that every fantasy player needs to scour the waiver wire every morning and constantly have trades on their mind, but please log in at least once a week to check on your squad. The least you can do as an owner is to set your lineup every week and not have injured, suspended or inactive players suiting up for you. It ruins the experience for others when you quit.

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