Nailing your first round fantasy football pick


As 2013 draft day approaches, most people spend a great deal of time obsessing over their first pick of the total of sixteen choices that must be made. It’s true that the first-round pick will lay the foundation for the rest of your team and it’s very important to get it right. Although it is very important to master the first round of your draft, the process does not have to be stressful or complicated.

The first step is to put less importance on focusing on a specific player in the first round, but instead focusing on one type of player. This helps because unless you have the overall first pick, you never know if a certain player will be available to you when it is your turn in the order. If you base your research and your team’s goals on landing a certain player, you could be set for disappointment and will have to struggle to go in a different direction on the spot. This year there are two types of recommended players to consider for the first round.

Stud running backwards

As with most seasons, entering this year’s fantasy year, top-level stud racers are limited. There are several running backs who have the potential for great seasons, but they also carry too much risk to be your first pick. If your league’s scoring system places a solid emphasis on RB’s position, then it’s hard to pass up the following players if they’re available:

1. Adrian Peterson

2. Arian Foster

3. Ray Rice

4. Doug Martin

5. Jamaal Charles

6. Trent Richardson

7. Marshawn Lynch

Although the previous runners are as safe as they seem, the nature of the position still carries an increased risk of injury. If you are looking to secure a more reliable option each week, or if your league has a high value in the WR position, such as the PPR scoring format, then elite wide receivers may be the best for you. The following are the players to target as elite quarterbacks:

1. Calvin Johnson

2. Brandon Marshall

3. AJ Green

If you have a back-round pick and all of the elite running backs are off the board, and you’re just not comfortable taking a catcher in the first round, then all is not lost. The advantage of this situation is that your first and second round picks are close to each other. You will be able to catch two great players to form the nucleus of your team. The following players are the next level of fantasy greatness. You should consider choosing the available one of the elite quarterbacks:

– Aaron Rodgers

– Drew Brees

By following this approach to round one writing, your team will be well set up for future rounds. Don’t let your first-round strategy get lost because of last minute investigations or listening to another player in your league on draft day. Be the guy who recruits a smart, trustworthy stud to lead your team.

The name of the first round writing game is simple. Choose the player with the highest scoring potential but at the same time is the most reliable week after week. Try not to get sucked into the current flavor of the week, a flashy runner based on training camp or preseason results. When it’s time to start scoring points, the name won’t matter if they’re not producing wins for your fantasy dream team.

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