How To: Draft your fantasy football team

Draft your fantasy football team

Don't let fate decide the makeup of your fantasy football team. Participate in a live draft with these tips.

You Will Need
* Knowledge of your fantasy league's rules
* A computer with internet access
* A "cheat sheet"

WARNING: Several states officially bar all gambling, including pools in which the organizer does not profit. Know your local laws before organizing a pool involving money.

Step 1: Know the object of the draft

Step 2: Do research

Just because a player performed well last season doesn't mean he'll do well this year. Consider his age, his team, lingering injuries, whether he's known for being erratic, and whether he'll be a free agent at the end of the season.

Step 3: Create a 'cheat sheet'

If you don't have the first or second pick, include several alternatives in case the players you want are taken.

Step 4: Draft a running back twice

If you're deciding between two players at the same position, take their home teams' location into account, and err on the side of those who play in warm weather or in domes.

Step 5: Draft two WRs

Step 6: Get a QB

Step 7: Get more RBs and WRs

Step 8: Choose a tight end and another QB

Step 9: Choose kicker and defense last

Step 10: Fill any holes

Fact: Fantasy football generates over $1 billion annually in entry, online-service, and fantasy news fees.

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