This sample was rather large. It had to be 500 words minimum. I had to pick three "expertise" fields and I picked football, humor and video games. I had then had to write 500 words about one of the three using key words and answering a question. The question I had answered was "How will the lockout effect my draft?"
While this is not funny, I will still post it because I have nothing better to post today.
Since the lockout, there have been a whole off season of trades over the last month. While this is exciting and makes for great SportCenters and NFL Tonights, this is not good for pretty much every other aspect of football. The teams suffer, the players suffer, and most importantly, your fantasy team suffers.
Answer to "How will the NFL lockout effect my fantasy football draft?" after the break.
Since your draft is coming up soon you may say to yourself "Self, my fantasy football draft is coming up and all I have to go by is the preseason. This means that I am basically putting my sports knowledge and reputation with my friends on the line based on glorified practice. What am I to do?". Not to fret, for I am here to help you.
Take for example Eli Manning (NYG). Last year he was the 8th highest ranked QB in the league. This year, he lost starting WR Steve Smith to the Eagles, Tight End Kevin Boss and 60% of his offensive line is not the same as last year. How are you supposed to predict how he will do with so many new elements?
The best way for you to not screw up your fantasy football draft is to start research now. Thinking you only have those few drives per game to evaluate your prospects is lazy and will not produce the results you need to win your league's trophy. Here are a few things you should consider before your draft
1. Preseason. I know, I just told you not to base everything on preseason, but preseason productivity with a new team is still an important part of information needed to make an informed decision. The big trick here is to not just look at the box score and stats. You need to watch them play. See how the WR you are hoping to draft interacts with their QB. Just because he had 50 yards and 3 catches doesn't tell you why he didn't have more or if he just got lucky.
2. Post-game Conferences. This will help with finding out if your player is a good fit with the team. If he is happy he will play better, or if he has something to prove (see Terrell Owens '10) he will also play better. This is also the best way to find out if the coach thinks he is important and how much you can expect to see him play.
3. Website Rankings. This seems like cheating on my part but it is true. There are people who do nothing but crunch numbers day in and day out to determine how a player will play on game day. While sometimes they are off, most of the time they aren't too far from correct. But most of this is just buzz mixed with stats. Nothing really to project the future but the past.
4. Your gut. Granted this is the least reliable and the one with that makes the least logical sense but for some reason it works, often. If you just have complete faith in a player and he is still up there 1 or 2 rounds after you think he should of been gone, take him. Remember hearing something about a player practicing 3 months ago like there was no lockout. And you can either take him or a player who has a good reputation and history but didn't train until camp. Go with your gut.
With these tips you are on your way to a solid draft and a good start to your season. Just don't screw it up from here.