Draft mistakes you’re about to make in your non-standard league

There are myriad scoring variants in fantasy football, and each comes with its own pitfalls. Scott Barrett highlights some common ones.

| 12 months ago
(AP Photo/Butch Dill)

(AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Draft mistakes you’re about to make in your non-standard league

I might suffer from a mild form of seasonal depression. When it’s the spring or summer and the sun is shining, I’m always in a fantastic mood. I’m optimistic, light-hearted and just thoroughly grateful to be alive. When it’s autumn, I maintain most of these high-spirits, but they fade as the weather grows colder. Once winter hits, I’m miserable. Ornery like a geriatric war veteran whose grandchildren never come to visit. I have some methods of combating this, however. What’s worked for me the past few years is playing in more than a dozen fantasy leagues every year. I consume, or rather overwhelm, my mind with waiver-wire adds and start/sit decisions. Of course, when football season ends, it’s rough, but typically I’ve made enough money from these leagues to not be too down in the dumps.

Last year, I played in 14 redraft leagues. I made it to the championship in a whopping eight of them. It’s not a surprise that the leagues I did best in are leagues with unconventional scoring systems. I find these are the easiest to gain an advantage. Depending on the competition of the league, many of your opponents will either not pay close enough attention to the scoring changes or they will overreact to the unconventional setup. It’s really hard to find specific rankings for leagues with two tight ends or leagues where carries are worth fantasy points if you’re not a PFF subscriber.

Don’t be one of the guys in my league who are constantly handing me their hard-earned cash come December. Here’s a list of common draft mistakes made in unconventional leagues. (Click here for all of Draft Mistakes Week.)

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Scott Barrett is our Senior Fantasy Analyst and one of the main hosts of our Fantasy Slant podcast.

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