Planning for your fantasy football draft is crucial. Some managers enter the process with no clear strategy, while others invest months in meticulous research.
My approach to fantasy drafting revolves around selecting the best players when it’s my turn to pick. It’s a somewhat controversial tactic not everyone employs, but it has the potential for significant rewards.
At Pro Football Network, we conduct thorough research to ensure you can confidently assemble a top-tier lineup for your draft.
With that in mind, let’s highlight some essential players available throughout your 2023 draft.
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Who Are The Best Fantasy Football Draft Picks?
Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots
As the president of the Jonnu Smith fan club, it pains me to say this, but Henry could become a valuable option in the New England Patriots offense this year. Bill O’Brien has consistently prioritized the TE position throughout his coaching career, as seen by the significant targets Gronkowski and Hernandez received in 2011. Despite Mike Gesicki’s presence, Henry, on a substantial contract, remains under the radar in fantasy circles. According to Underdog Fantasy’s ADP, Henry is being drafted as the TE25, making him a potential steal in deeper leagues.
Jaylen Warren, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Warren briefly challenged Najee Harris for control of the backfield last season, showcasing his receiving prowess with 13 third-down receptions, ranking sixth among NFL RBs. Warren’s explosive plays suggest a possible 50/50 split in the backfield this season, yet his ADP doesn’t reflect this, making him a steal as an RB4 or RB5 in your draft.
Skyy Moore, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Moore touted as a pro-ready WR, didn’t meet expectations in his rookie season. However, his second year with the Chiefs provides a fresh start. Moore’s skill set makes him a potential target hog in Kansas City’s offense, especially if other receivers face injury issues. His lower ADP this year presents an opportunity for fantasy managers.
Garrett Wilson, WR, New York Jets
Wilson showcased immense talent in a challenging rookie season with poor QB play. Now, with Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback, he’s poised for a breakout season. Expect Wilson to see a high volume of targets, making him a worthy late first or second-round pick in your fantasy draft.
Elijah Moore, WR, Cleveland Browns
Moore transitioned from fantasy darling to sleeper pick but has the potential for a resurgence with the Browns. If Deshaun Watson finds his groove, Moore could exceed his ADP as a top-40 WR, making him a low-risk, high-reward choice.
David Montgomery, RB, Detroit Lions
Montgomery, in a new offense in Detroit, has the potential to outperform expectations. In a role similar to Jamaal Williams, he could see over 15 touches per game, particularly in the red zone, making him a potential league-winning pick.
Justin Fields, QB, Chicago Bears
Fields enter the 2023 season with improved circumstances, including a reliable WR1, an upgraded offensive line, and familiarity with the offensive scheme. His dual-threat abilities could position him as a top fantasy QB, making him a must-have player in your draft this year.
How do I prepare for my fantasy football draft?
Start by researching player rankings, analyzing past performance, and keeping an eye on offseason news and changes in team rosters.
Develop a draft strategy that suits your style, whether it’s targeting specific positions early or focusing on value picks.
Consider using fantasy tools and resources like Pro Football Network’s free offerings to gain an edge in your draft preparation.
What is the significance of ADP (Average Draft Position) in fantasy football?
ADP is a valuable metric that helps you gauge when players are typically being drafted in fantasy leagues. It can inform your draft strategy by indicating when you should target specific players relative to their expected value.
Which positions should I prioritize in my fantasy football draft?
Your draft strategy should align with your league’s scoring settings, but generally, running backs and wide receivers tend to be the highest-priority positions due to their potential for consistent point production.
Tight ends and quarterbacks are important, but their value can vary based on your league’s format and scoring rules.
How can I stay updated on player news and injuries throughout the season?
Follow reputable sources of NFL news and fantasy football analysis to stay informed about player injuries, depth chart changes, and emerging breakout candidates.
Utilize fantasy football apps and websites that provide real-time updates on player statuses and recommended start/sit advice.
What is the key to success in fantasy football?
Success in fantasy football involves a combination of careful draft preparation, in-season management, and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
Stay active on the waiver wire, make strategic trades when opportunities arise, and continuously assess your lineup to maximize your team’s potential.
Remember that fantasy football is as much about enjoyment as it is about winning. Stay engaged, have fun, and may your team thrive in the 2023 season!