If you have the opportunity to pick your own draft spot, the best draft position in fantasy football is near the beginning/end of the round (but not the first/last pick in a round). For instance, in a 12-team league, the positions with the greatest advantage are picks 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, and 11.
In snake drafts that utilize a reverse draft order for the following round, drafting near the beginning/end of a round allows you to narrow down which players might be selected among your picks each round. For example, if you hold the 10th pick in a 12-team league you could skip specific players in favor of others if you know the owners drafting between your picks do not need or want the player you intend to draft five picks later in the next round.
For instance, assume your pick is approaching in the eighth round (8.10) and you are considering a quarterback and a wide receiver. The two owners picking between your eighth (8.10) and ninth (9.03) round pick both already have their starting quarterback. In this situation, it is easy to see why you should wait for the quarterback and select the wide receiver, even if the quarterback is higher on your board.
Drafting in the middle of the round (5, 6, 7, and 8) doesn’t provide the same advantage. Yes, it’s still possible to attempt to predict the next 8-12 players selected between your picks but it isn’t going to be nearly as easy or accurate. With the first and last spot in the draft (1 and 12), there isn’t much thought needed at all since your picks are back-to-back and your following selection is nearly two full rounds later. The first and last position causes owners to reach for targeted players and a solid run through 22 picks at any position could leave you with a handful of unappealing options.
What do you think is the best draft position in fantasy football? Let me know in the comments!