We’re all busy. Or maybe we’re all lazy. Either way, we understand that a draft kit containing 100-plus pieces of award-winning content (imagine a big smile with a “ding” sound) is a heavy lift if you draft in, say, two hours. It’s more of a GIVE ME THE BEEF!! Stop with the overly long intro to this!! situation.
We’re here to help.
Below, please find all the essentials for a quick draft primer, from rankings, to a customizable cheat sheet, and just a few things in between.
Enjoy, good luck, and remember that autodraft is perfectly fine for the first couple rounds — unless you’re in a SuperFlex.
The 2023 Draft Kit Express
1. Jake Ciely’s 2023 fantasy football rankings — Standard, PPR, half-PPR
Jake’s award-winning projections can be found here, with players tiered and a column showing where he differs from all the experts posting on FantasyPros. If you want to download a spreadsheet of it, there’s a button on the top right of the widget that will give you an excel doc.
2. The customizable-to-your-league cheat sheet generator
Based off Jake’s projections, this allows you to tweak scoring rules to fit your league, as well as tweak Jake’s numbers (for instance, if you believe Dalvin Cook will emerge as the Jets’ starting RB, you can adjust his rush attempts up and it will re-sort the rankings for you). Very important: read the instructions. A couple bad entries on the sheet could mess up the overall ranks and send you into a draft day spiral.
3. Funston’s Big Board
4. One breakout for every NFL team
Gary Davenport and Renee Miller each give you a breakout per team
5. The latest injury mailbag
Greg Scholz from Inside Injuries answers your fantasy football injury questions. The link above is to his Aug. 23 column, but his archive is full of the mailbags from throughout the preseason.
6. Inside info from our beat writers: One tidbit to know for each team
This is a fantastic glimpse inside the minds of our NFL writers, who have been following the teams closely all preseason.
7. Mock drafts
Renee Miller’s “all the strategies” mock draft shows what your team may look like if you employ certain buzzy strategies.
Jay Felicio’s archive has all the expert mock drafts we’ve done so far this preseason.
8. The draft kit (unabridged)
We have over 100 columns and they’ll fit every need you have. Expert analysis on everything you can think of. SO if you have a little extra time, take it for a spin and discover just how deep and weird things can get!
9. The draft sheet
We commissioned this to spice up the typical “my roster” page. Enjoy!
Good luck everyone! We hope we’ve helped this preseason, and we will be here all in-season with weekly rankings, waiver wire advice (including a new column devoted completely to drops) and more!
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