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Drafts before preseason ends. What to do? (1 Viewer)

andrew11

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Every year our league drafts after all preseaon games have been played. This year, due to schedule conflicts, we need to draft on Saturday August 24th, which is midweek of Week 3! Seeing how most starters play week 3...I would be pissed if one of the guys I drafted hours before, goes down with an injury before the regular season even starts.

I guess their really isn't a way to avoid it, but just curious to hear peoples thoughts on this.

 
You only have the Saturday games left, so not so bad. Also, a lot of people feel that, if you do your homework, there is an advantage to drafting earlier while the sleepers are still sleepers. I would not worry about it too much.

 
When you think about it, it's not that different from a guy getting hurt in game 1. Draft pick gets wasted. Not much you can do about it. Just luck of the draw.

 
Injuries and flops are part of the fantasy football game. We do free agent auction in april, rookie draft in may.

 
Everyone faces the same risk so it's not a disadvantage. As mentioned, it's not much different from a week one injury.

You could add a rule that gives an owner first rights on the waiver wire if they lose a player in week 3 preseason action. At least they have a shot at the replacement for the injured player.

 
Nothing changes in the way of strategy. All owners run the same risk of a player getting injured. My best advice would be to not waste any energy worrying about it. It is really no big deal.

 
It pained me having to Drop Hardesty years ago. Now i'd rather draft early to be ahead of the curve on my sleepers/breakouts.

 
My league always drafts two weeks prior to the start of the regular season. We will be drafting on Saturday, Aug. 24th this year as well. While some of us wouldn't mind drafting on Labor Day weekend, there are others who have family picnics or vacations planned around that weekend and it is always more difficult to organize that weekend vs. the weekend before.

Like others have said, everyone in the league is in the same boat with regards to possible injuries occurring during the final preseason games.

Our biggest obstacle to holding our live draft is timing of other leagues live drafts. Many players in my league play in multiple leagues, with cross participation by several of those players, including myself. Some years have been difficult to organize, others, not so much.

Hell, this year when we get done my leagues live draft, half of us are heading down the road to participate in another live draft. I can't wait!!!! Lot's of fun, food, beer and friends!!

Prepare the best you can and don't sweat the timing of the draft. Good luck!

 
Everyone faces the same risk so it's not a disadvantage. As mentioned, it's not much different from a week one injury.

You could add a rule that gives an owner first rights on the waiver wire if they lose a player in week 3 preseason action. At least they have a shot at the replacement for the injured player.
We open our Wavier Wire the week of the the kickoff games. We used to wait until week 2. Seem to help out the unfortunate souls who drafted a high pick who suffers a season ending injury.

 
It goes both ways. Draft early and sleepers are still sleepers, but you risk an injury or a negative depth chart change. Or you draft later, and the sleepers are now round 3 picks. But you also have the advantage of better knowing who the real starters are.

I personally prefer drafting as close to the regular season as possible. Granted the sleepers might not be sleepers, but no one else is able to grab that same sleeper, who turns out to be a top 25 guy or something.

 

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