Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet 2012: Rankings, Strategy, Sleepers
The 2012 NFL Season is Upon Us and That Means Fantasy Football. Here Is a Fantasy Football 2012 Cheat Sheet With Rankings and Sleepers
With the NFL season approaching, countless armchair quarterbacks are thinking about the 2012 Fantasy Football season. Many seasoned fantasy football veterans have spent years honing their football fantasy strategy. Those of us who are relatively new to this non-sport may struggle with finding a way to get an edge on the guys in your pool.
Here is a brief guide to Fantasy Football cheat sheets, those handy little guides that can get you through a fantasy football draft.
Using Fantasy Football Cheat Sheets
For most novices, the best fantasy football strategy is to keep it simple. Don't feel the need to know everything. It's entirely possible to do well in your league simply by using a few simple fantasy football cheat sheets.
Just about every major sports media outlet offers fantasy football cheat sheets, that is, lists of the top players for you to draft that act as a guidepost. Simply choose the best available player when it comes time to pick a player
In reality, the guys who make these ranking spend countless hours trying to come up with these rankings. Will they be 100 percent right? Not even close. But they'll do a better job than you could and likely a better job than most of the guys in your pool, so feel free to just keep it simple and use a Fantasy Football cheat sheet.
Here are some of the top fantasy football cheat sheets out there:
Here are some ESPN Fantasy Football 2012 Cheat Sheets updated rankings of the Top 300 players as well as lists of players by position.
Fantasy Football Strategy
The problem with simply picking the best player available is that it's essentially passive. In a way, you're allowing everyone else in the pool to dictate the composition of your team.
Draft Strategically With Regards to Position
If you're looking to move on from simply drafting the best players available, you need to think about drafting by position.
If you're looking for a basic strategy guide, Matthew Berry of ESPN offers some tips in his 2012 Fantasy Football Draft Day Manifesto.
Among his tips is to look for a quality quarterback or tight end early.
He also offers some good tips with his Love/Hate column.
Strategy 3 - It's All About Sleepers
-Most fantasy football pools aren't won by your stars, but by the guys you pick in the middle to late rounds. Late picks who have a breakthrough year (like Cleveland's DeMarco Murray or Darren Sproles) helped turn the tide in many fantasy leagues. It's important to look for sleeper picks, guys that fly under the radar and have a good chance of producing big numbers.
Here's NFLs guide to 2012 Fantasy Football sleepers. and deep sleepers.
Yahoo Sports also offers some 2012 NFL sleeper picks.