The Foolproof Fantasy Football Snake Draft Strategy

Use this strategy in your upcoming snake draft to put yourself in the best position to win your league!

There are many ways to draft a fantasy football team. A lot of leagues are moving to in-person offline drafts, keeper leagues or auction drafts, but the most popular and useful way is still the snake draft.

A snake draft, if you're unfamiliar, is a style of draft where the draft order is either manually or randomly selected. Let's say you're in a 12-team league. Your teams will pick 1-12, then 12-1, then 1-12, then 12-1 and repeat until the draft is over. The team selecting 1st and 12th will always get two picks in a row, but then will have to wait 22 picks until their next opportunity to snag a player. (Try a daily fantasy snake draft on iOS or Android)

Typically, in a snake, you want to avoid picking first, 10th, 11th and 12th. The results usually do not favor teams in those draft positions. Historically, the third, fourth and fiftth draft position has been the sweet spot to pick from in a standard 12-team snake draft. Don't get me wrong, you can win from anywhere. Anything can happen in fantasy football, but just know that if you're in one of those less optimal draft positions, it's going to take some great GM moves over the course of the season to help offset your potentially lousy draft.

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No matter where you pick though, it's good to go into the draft with a game plan. Here's a foolproof snake draft strategy that will help you choose the best team possible and win bragging rights over your league.

ROUND 1

Draft a Running Back or a Wide Receiver.

ROUND 2

Draft a Running Back or a Wide Receiver.

ROUND 3

Draft the best RB on the board.

ROUND 4

Draft the best WR on the board.

ROUND 5

Option 1: Draft top-tier Tight End.

Option 2: Draft the best player on the board, regardless of position.

ROUND 6

Option 1: Draft a top tier Quarterback.

Option 2: Draft the best player on the board, regardless of position.

ROUND 7

Draft the best player at the position you feel you're weakest at.

ROUND 8

Option 1: Do you have a QB? No. Start to look for one.

Option 2: Do you have a QB? Yes. Do you have a TE? No. Start to look for one.

ROUND 9

Option 1: Do you have a QB? No. Start to look for one.

Option 2: Do you have a QB? Yes. Do you have a TE? No. Start to look for one.

Option 3: Draft the best player at the position you feel you're weakest at.

ROUND 10

Draft a sleeper skill position player at RB, WR or TE.

ROUND 11

Option 1: Still no QB? Nope. Draft one this round.

Option 2: Consider an elite defense early.

Option 3: Draft the best player at the position you feel you're weakest at.

ROUND 12

Option 1: Draft a sleeper RB or WR.

Option 2: Draft a rookie you think will have a breakout year.

Option 3: Consider an elite defense now or you'll miss them.

ROUND 13

Draft the best player at the position you feel you're weakest at.

ROUND 14

Draft the team defense with the highest point projections left on the board.

ROUND 15

Draft a kicker on a team with the highest-powered offense left on the board.

Use this strategy in your upcoming snake draft to put yourself in the best position to win your league! Better yet, you can win real money playing daily fantasy football on Draft (iOS or Android), which features a weekly snake draft instead of a salary cap draft system.


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