An Expert’s Cheat Sheet to Dominating ESPN Drafts

Aug 17, 2021
An Expert’s Cheat Sheet to Dominating ESPN Drafts

I know what it’s like to experience mediocrity in your home fantasy football league. You incisively analyze the draft process and nail your values, you pick through the weekly waiver wire to find scrubs who will blossom into stars by the end of the season, you break down the matchups and make the best starting choices you can. Yet, you fall a few wins or few points short of playoff glory. I understand; I’ve been there.

Here’s the thing, though: you don’t have to go it alone. We here at 4for4 provide rankings and projections, an ADP tracker, a “Draft Do’s and Don’t” tool, and our extremely useful ADP Bargains tool to help you secure every edge possible in knowing and understanding your ESPN league. I myself used each of these to find ways to squeeze out every possible bit of value out of your upcoming ESPN draft, and that’s what we’ll get into shortly.


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Before any of that, though, remember all the draft guides in the world pale in comparison to both knowing your league mates and understanding your league’s scoring system fully. When that draft clock is ticking down, knowing your friend is a huge Cleveland Browns fan and will overdraft their players—or that ESPN standard leagues allow you to start one QB, two RBs, two WRs, one TE, one FLEX, one Kicker, and one D/ST—is crucial to help you keep on top of the draft. The strategy tips and draft ideas I offer up below are not one-size-fits-all, and you might see trends emerge in your draft I don’t even touch on.

Stay flexible, stay aware, but keep these guidelines in mind and you will finally (or again) reach the ESPN fantasy football promised land in 2021.

What this article includes:

  • The Quarterback Market is Sharper Than Ever
  • Beware of Positional Runs
  • Last-Round WRs are Major Values
  • Fill Out Your RBs in Rounds 8-11
  • Don't Reach on TE
  • A 16-round draft cheat sheet that includes information from 4for4’s ADP Bargains tool and players I am planting my flag on.
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