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The Walking Dead Guide to Fantasy Football

Advice for your fantasy football draft

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Updated: July 17, 2016
Original Release: August 19, 2013

There's a lot to be learned from AMC's The Walking Dead that can be directly applied to your fantasy football draft, but before we go there, let's bring those of you that just joined the free world up to speed. The Walking Dead is a zombie-driven television drama based on the comic book series of the same name. It's packed with action, excitement, and loads of zombie killing goodness, but it also teaches us valuable life-saving lessons for the EOTWAWKI... AND your fantasy football draft. So put the crossbow and bug out bag down and use these lessons from The Walking Dead to help make your fantasy football draft a complete success.

1. Don't be the Mayor of Crazy Town
That's right, we're coming right out and hitting with a big right hook. Understand what Average Draft Position (ADP) is and how it helps you during your fantasy football draft. We don't care how much you may love defenses or your favorite player from college that just entered the NFL; you're not taking either one with your first few picks. Furthermore, don't space out during your draft and not pay attention to what is going on, as it will cost you dearly. Your team will suffer, and you'll be calling out players taken three rounds ago. That's a good way to get kicked out of "The League". Next thing you know, you're on your phone having imaginary conversations with ex-girlfriends and spouses. Not cool.

2. Lock all your family members in the barn
Family members have no place during your fantasy football draft. This is your day, the best day, and you owe it to yourself to carve out a few hours of intense fantasy football goodness without distraction, which can lead to bad picks. Do what you have to do in advance, but be sure that dirty diapers, nagging, and foul odors coming from teenagers have no part during your fantasy football draft. As Hershel showed us, if you truly love your family, you will just round them up and shove them in a locked barn come draft time, which is your time. Enjoy every tense moment and key draft day decision to its fullest.

3. Amputate immediately
It happens to the best of us. You let your guard down just a little, think everything is safe, and then BAM! You get bitten by a whole lot of stupid and make a very bad pick. Look, stop right there, tap into your inner-Rick, and amputate immediately. Don't let your lapse in judgment infect other picks and drag your whole team down. What is done is done and you must move on. Act quickly and decisively. Sure, you're down a leg, but Hershel has shown you can live to fight another day. Too many times we see folks dwell on a bad pick. Get yourself some crutches to stand on by making solid picks in your next few rounds by focusing on what is best for your team, not what is needed to make up for a bad pick. It will take time, but if you keep your focus, your team might just recover by the time the draft is over.

4. Conserve your resources
Good food and drinks are a key component to any quality draft. Have some fun, but don't overdo it because nothing good is coming out of that. The last thing you need is to punch out in your draft, get rushed to the hospital, and come back to your senses only to find a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies... or a fantasy roster that has three back-up kickers. Come on man, keep your focus, you're better than that!

5. Keep a close eye on the Governor
In every draft, there is always a Governor. This is the person that wants complete control of the draft, and he's capable of anything. He'll talk up a good trade mid-draft, might even offer you a nice drink with a smile, but don't fall for it. His game is confusion, and he's setting you up for an ambush. Odds are good he is taking action out of fear you might be thinking about the same player he wants that round. So with your next pick, just look him in the eye and take that player right off the board.

6. Leave the farm
Look, we all wanted to see Rick and company finally leave the farm in Season 2 of The Walking Dead, which seemed to drag on and on... and on. Sure, the farm was good at first, but then it got old. So while your fantasy football draft is one of the best days of the year, when it's over, it's over, and when it's time to go, it's time to go. Don't overextend your stay at your host's house by trying to stretch things out once the draft is over. After all, you would like to be invited again next year. Plus, there's probably a perfectly good prison just down the road where you could jump in and join their live fantasy football draft. Who said the day had to be over?

Your fantasy football draft is step one in the path to realizing your fantasy football championship dreams. Stay sharp. Stay focused. And most of all, stay alive to live to fight another day. If you would like to learn some more tips to help make your fantasy football draft day a complete success, be sure to check out 5 Draft Day Mistakes that Cost You a Fantasy Football Championship.

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