At this stage of the draft season, the first sweat after you join the draft lobby is all too familiar. Will Loki bless us with a draft slot that allows us to select a member of the Power 5? I don’t remember a time when the 1.01 tier stretched quite so deep. Unfortunately, when you miss out it can seem like you are starting from a deficit. But the money has been paid and the draft must go on.
It’s important to remember that a draft is about a lot more than your first selection. I was fortunate to win the inaugural FFPC Best Ball Tournament last year and it still shocks me how little help I got from my first three picks in week 17.
Dalvin Cook and A.J. Brown scored just 4.3 and 6.1 points respectively which thankfully didn’t crack the starting lineup. Justin Jefferson’s 11.8 points ended up being critical but were hardly what you expect from the second-round pick of a tournament-winning lineup. The takeaway is that it’s the entire lineup that matters and not just your early picks.
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Of course, we don’t want to put that kind of pressure to hold up our entire lineup on our picks in round four and beyond. If you miss out on getting an early draft slot, it’s important to identify the other Round 1 players most likely to outscore them. These players have more question marks than the players going in the early first but carry massive ceilings.