Draft Strategy

When to Start Ignoring Your Rankings

By Matt Schauf 7:31am EDT 8/5/14

Fantasy football rankings are awesome ... until they're not.

We pride ourselves on putting forth the most accurate preseason numbers in the industry, but the fact is that you can't simply follow those numbers come draft time. Sure, they work great for ranking pretty much all the players in starter range. But if you draft strictly by the projected numbers, you'll leave a lot of upside on the table.

That's because accurate projections require taking the entire team into account. Increasing the numbers on 1 player means that you either need to take them from somewhere else or raise the totals for the whole team. So it's difficult to pump up, say, a high-value backup RB without downgrading the starter in front of him.

So this article will tell you when it's time to look past the rankings, stop taking the next guy on your list and start pursuing some potential difference-makers who could take you from playoff berth to championship.

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