During the dog days of summer, while the temperature is consistently flirting with triple digits, the football season feels a long way away. But changing leaves and pumpkin spice is closer than you think.
Football is just around the corner. And that means it’s time to prepare for your fantasy football live draft.
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When it comes to Atlantic City sports betting, fantasy draft day is like a holiday. The day of your live draft should be full of the food, drinks, music, and friendly banter with your buddies that makes for a great casino sports betting experience. But you also want to win. We’re here to help with some tips for picking a team that dominates your league.
#1 Know the Type of Draft
First things first, whenever you bet on sports in Atlantic City, you want as much information as possible. In a fantasy draft, the first bit of information you need to know (before player stats, positional value, or anything else) is the type of draft your league will be using.
There are two main types of fantasy drafts you’re likely to see:
And so on. So while having the first pick ensures you get your top choice, your next pick won’t happen until everyone else in your league has drafted twice.
As for strategic differences between the two types of drafts, snake drafts encourage you to rank players based on how many points they’re likely to score and the depth of the position, then draft the best players available.
Auction drafts require a bit more work upfront as you need to know how much you value each player as part of your overall bank. If the auction drives a player’s price above your valuation, you may have to pass on the player or risk overpaying.
#2 Know Your Scoring System
Knowing the type of draft your league uses will majorly affect your strategy. Knowing the scoring system your team uses won’t have quite as marked an effect, but it’s still important.
There are two main types of scoring systems:
- Standard – A basic scoring system that awards points to QBs for passing yards and passing touchdowns while subtracting for interceptions. Points are also awarded to rushing yards and touchdowns and receiving yards and touchdowns. Points are subtracted for fumbles.
- PPR – PPR is similar to standard scoring except you also gain points for every reception a player gets. This allows pass catchers to earn more points for your team than in a standard system.
Both systems will also award points to kickers and defenses, but they won’t be affected by the differences in the system. The main strategic advantage to consider here is that in a PPR league, a pass-catching running back becomes more valuable than they would be in a standard league.
Those extra points per reception can add up, so it’s worth looking for RBs that also get involved in the passing game.
#3 Understand the Value of Positions
It’s draft day. You and your buddies are hanging out at the casino, having a good time. It comes time to start the draft and one of your friends is on the clock. They decide to use their first-round pick on the Buffalo Bills' defense.
It’s now your duty to make fun of this friend for the rest of the day.
You see, the mistake your friend made in this hypothetical is that they didn’t understand the value of different positions in fantasy football. It’s not that the Bills won’t have a good defense this year. It’s that a good defense is unlikely to win you many points in fantasy.
To make sure you’re a formidable foe, here are some tips about fantasy value:
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