With the start of the 2015-16 NFL regular season coming up, it is about that time to start organizing your annual fantasy football league. Whether you are new to fantasy football, or a battle hardened veteran, extensive research is the key to hoisting the league trophy at the end of the year. That is why we here at Central Valley Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram have put together your complete guide to this year’s fantasy football draft.
Whether you’re looking for a breakdown of fantasy football fundamentals, who are this year’s top players, savvy sleeper picks, or even the perfect location for your fantasy football live draft, this guide has you covered.
Fantasy Football Basics
If you are new to fantasy football, then there are a few basics that you will need to know before diving into your draft. First, you need to join a league. Random leagues are available on ESPN.com and through Yahoo’s fantasy football website, but for the most rewarding fantasy football experience it is best to form a league of friends and family. Fantasy football is all about bragging rights after all.
Creating a league is fairly easy through the above websites, and the sites will provide you with a default set of rules that most fantasy leagues use. A standard league will have anywhere from 8 to 12 teams, and if you want to make it really competitive, you can set an entry fee (normally $20 to $100 for beginner leagues) with the proceeds going to the league champion. Most leagues require an even number of teams, so that every team has a matchup each week.
Set a draft day and time, and do your research on players’ average draft position to prepare for the big day. You can choose to do a live draft, consisting of all team owners gathering at one location, or a remote draft, with all owners drafting from their own homes. We recommend the live draft, because it gives team owners an initial time to talk trash and get a feel for their competition, but remote drafts are easier and more convenient for the busier football fans.
Live Fantasy Football Draft Locations in Modesto, California
If you choose to do a live draft, you will need a venue. A house will work for a live draft location, but for the best fantasy football experience, hosting your live draft at a sports bar or restaurant is a must.
Take your new 2015 Dodge Challenger to your local Modesto sports bar, bring in all of your fantasy football magazines, set up a big white board to write all of the picks on, and enjoy building your team amongst friends with a few cold ones.
When scheduling your live draft, be sure to contact your desired venue beforehand to ensure they have room for your party – they may even set you up with a private room to draft in! These are just a few of our favorite local sports bars in Modesto to host your fantasy football draft at:
2020 Standiford Ave. Modesto, California
Phone: (209) 521-1644
Buffalo Wings and Rings
3020 Floyd Ave. Modesto, California
Phone: (209) 551-9464
108 Sports Lounge
3119 Atchison St Riverbank, California
Phone: (209) 869-2456
Buffalo Wild Wings
3401 Dale Road Modesto, California
Phone: (209) 530-9464
Fantasy Football Top Picks
There are plenty of competing philosophies when it comes to fantasy football drafting. For example, although quarterbacks often will be the highest scoring players on your team, because there are so many quarterbacks that will score well, their value is diminished and their draft position lowers.
Most people will draft running backs in the first and second rounds, because the amount of productive running backs is very low. On the other hand, position can only raise draft value so much.
The best players in the league will normally go very early because they are “sure things” in the points department. Unlike at Central Valley Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, where you always have first pick of our incredible inventory, having the first pick in the fantasy draft isn’t always a good thing, as it means you will be picking last in the second round.
Top 5 Fantasy Football Picks in 2015
When value at the top of the draft is similar, it is better to pick later in the draft so that you can get a high value in the first and also high value in the second round. With that said, let’s take a look at the players set to be taken early for 2015:
1) Marshawn Lynch: RB, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch has been one of the top fantasy running backs for 4 straight years. He also plays on a perennial Super Bowl contender which always helps. The team’s acquisition of Jimmy Graham may take some touches out of Lynch’s hands, but touchdowns reign supreme in fantasy football, and nobody is better at punching it into the end zone than Marshawn “beast-mode” Lynch.
2) Le’veon Bell: RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’veon Bell finished last season with 4.7 yards per carry on 290 attempts and 8 rushing touchdowns while also posing as a threat in the passing game in only the second season of his career. He will be sidelined for the first three games of the season due to a suspension, but Bell represents one of the most exciting up-and-coming rushers in the NFL. With a high carry load and value in the passing game, Le’veon Bell comes in as number 2 on our list with extra value in points per catch leagues.
3) Jamaal Charles: RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles is no stranger to the top of fantasy football drafts. He has been one of the most productive running backs in football over the last 3 years with his breakaway speed and big play ability. Kansas City relies heavily on their running game, and Charles looks to get a lot of action both on the ground and through the air. Charles could be considered one of the safer picks in this year’s draft.
4) Aaron Rodgers: QB, Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers has become one of the more recognizable faces in football due to his commercials, but what got him those commercials in the first place was his performance on the football field. Rodgers is great at extending plays with his elusive scrambling abilities, and his vision and accuracy are unparalleled when throwing the ball. Rodgers has a strong line and a dynamic set of receivers, making him a safe bet for big numbers every week. This year’s quarterback class is a little thinner than usual so taking a quarterback this high might end up paying off in the long run.
5) Odell Beckham Jr.: WR, New York Giants
Odell Beckham broke out in his rookie year for over 1300 yards receiving in just 12 games. He scored 12 touchdowns by using his blazing speed, unbelievable hands, and crisp route running to consistently break away from defenders and get open down the field. Beckham is still young, so his value isn’t backed up by many years of production, but the explosiveness and talent Beckham displayed in his rookie year are enough to earn him a spot in this year’s preseason top 5.
Top Fantasy Football Sleeper Picks in 2015
Now let’s take a quick glance at a few of this year’s sleeper picks that could possibly be great values in later rounds:
1) Jeremy Hill: RB, Cincinnati Bengals
2) CJ Spiller: RB, New Orleans Saints
3) Nick Foles: QB, St. Louis Rams
4) Danny Woodhead: RB, San Diego Chargers
5) Kevin White: WR, Chicago Bears
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