Last Weekend To Prep For Your Fantasy Draft

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You know the old saying, no news is good news, and it seems recently this resonates even deeper in the world of fantasy sports. There are no new devastating injuries to report, no big announcements of NFL MVPs being released (or signed), and no new COVID-19 super-spreaders or team-wide infections that we know about.

Instead, fantasy managers can rest assured that, at least for today, the focus should be squarely on preparing for your fantasy drafts as we enter the final weekend before kickoff.

Whether you are a seasoned veteran or brand new to fantasy football, being prepared for your draft is essential. Not only will that preparation help you win, but it also makes the season more enjoyable when you have confidence in your team. It’s about far more than printing out a top 200 list and crossing your fingers.

We are here to help with that with the 2021 NFL Draft Guide.

Cheat Sheets

Speaking of a top 200 list, of course, we have our expert rankings for all scoring platforms but the 2021 NFL Draft Guide allows you to get much more out of those rankings. Not only can you assign end-of-season fantasy points, but you can also view the value of those players for salary cap leagues. Or both, if you want to. You can sort by rank, name, position, team, bye weeks, dollar value and fantasy points. You can also download the list to Excel or save it as a PDF. Do you just want to focus on one position group? You can choose to view only that position.

Customize

Not every fantasy league is a cookie-cutter, out-of-the-box PPR, half-PPR, or NPPR format. You could have bonuses, only eight teams in your league, or extra penalties. Your roster may include a flex spot or even more than one flex spot or be a Superflex. The options are sky high and it’s hard to rely on basic research when you have a unique league. Under the “Customize” tab, you have the power to see just how your specific scoring can change the rankings and then have an edge on your league mates.

League Sync

Another powerful feature is being able to not only customize rankings based on your league’s scoring but you can import your leagues from multiple platforms. Not only do you have the ability to update rankings based on your scoring, but once you import your team under League Sync you have your very own personal fantasy football advisor.

You get a lineup advisor to help you create the best lineup each week, player comparison tools, available players on your waiver wire, projections, and even a trade analyzer. There’s nothing worse than waffling back and forth on a trade decision and wondering, “Did I make the right choice?” It’s panic-inducing. The trade analyzer can help you navigate those decisions and put yourself in the driver's seat instead of at the mercy of social media. You also can get a draft analyzer and news that pertains specifically to your team.

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Mocks

Most of us know how valuable mock drafting is and the mock draft simulator is a tool that everyone should use. As flexible as it is, it may not fit your needs if you are in leagues that aren’t traditional.

The Draft Guide has those options.

Formats like Best Ball, Superflex Dynasty, and IDP are becoming more and more popular, but preparing for those drafts is a lot harder when there is less information available. The Mocks section offers mock drafts for those formats and even for Salary Cap drafts. Practice, after all, makes perfect.

Tier Breakdowns

By far, the most powerful tool you can use to help you draft is the tier breakdowns. This can be a little confusing if you aren’t familiar with how best to use them.

Players are organized by position then further broken down into groups called “tiers”. The players in each tier are projected to score a similar number of fantasy points. Within a tier, the players are ranked to give you an idea of who could score a little more than their counterparts in the same tier.

This is an incredibly powerful tool to use. Instead of straight rankings that give you a list with little context, the Tier Breakdowns allow you to identify where certain players fall in relation to other players in that position group.

If you have ever missed out on a guy that you absolutely had to have, you may have gone into conniptions and made a terrible pick right after that. This is referred to as the dreaded “draft tilt”. Tiers can help you avoid this. I know, it hurts when you miss your guy, but find his tier and select another player within that list and feel a little better.

Tiers are also a great way of identifying players who may have fallen in the draft but yet are in a higher tier than other positions at that ADP. For example, RBs in Tier 3 include both D’Andre Swift and Kareem Hunt. That means they are both projected to score a similar amount of points by the end of the season. Swift is going early in the 3rd Round of the average 12-person PPR draft, while Hunt is not being taken until the 5th Round. You can wait for nearly two rounds before taking a player who may score a similar amount of points.

This also helps when you are in the murky middle rounds when you’re just not sure who to take. Search their name in the position tier breakdown and see where they fall to help you make that important decision.

While they are my favorite, these tools are not the only features available in the 2021 Draft Guide. You can research odds, betting, dynasty, IDP, and you also have access to season-long tools with NBC Sports Edge+. Your fantasy season doesn’t finish with your draft, and neither do we. You will have access to experts who evaluate the ever-changing dynamics of fantasy football with updated rankings, projections, start/sit advice, and more like betting, odds, and DFS.

Make sure you check out NBC Sports Edge+ before you draft this weekend. There are way more tools and options for the season and even tools for other sports than I can list here. Make sure you use promo code EDGE15 to get 15% off an annual subscription but act fast because this offer ends Wednesday, September 8.

Click here to learn more!

Good luck in your drafts and have a safe Labor Day weekend.

Quick Hits/Injury/COVID-19

49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk has not yet resumed practice with a hamstring injury. ... Giants RB Saquon Barkley has a "strong chance" to play Week 1. WR Kenny Golladay returned to practice after his lingering hamstring injury. WR John Ross is on IR with a hamstring injury. ... Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb was activated from COVID-19 Reserve. ... Buccaneers RB Giovani Bernard is dealing with a mild high-ankle sprain. ... Colts activated QB Carson Wentz, C Ryan Kelly, and WR Zach Pascal from COVID-19 Reserve. WR T.Y. Hilton and QB Sam Ehlinger are being added to IR and will miss at least the first three weeks of the season. ... Falcons sign RB Wayne Gallman behind RB Mike Davis. ... Patriots WR N'Keal Harry was placed on IR with a shoulder injury but is expected back in a few weeks.