No. 5: Understand the Fantasy Football Market
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This sounds a bit cliché, but it’s oh-so true.
Just like the actual NFL Draft, fantasy football drafts are market driven. There are up years and down years, and 2018 will be no different.
This season, tight ends are on a thin market. Only three — Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz — have an average draft position (ADP) in Round 4 or higher in 2018. These guys are going to be major point-getters this season but will negate your ability to use, let’s say, a third-round pick on a top wide receiver or running back.
But as fantasy drafts go, there will inevitably be a mid-round run on tight ends once the big names are gone. And especially as your competition has filled out WR1, WR2, RB1 and RB2 slots, or any combination thereof.
You can avoid the panic by determining the market value.
Washington’s Jordan Reed (8.04 ADP) should flourish with quarterback Alex Smith under center. And Reed is projected to go a full round later than the Tennessee Titans’ Delanie Walker.
Both are safe picks and are quality starting TEs in a standard format. But Reed provides the better value.