A Guide to Managing Your Draft Prep

Help with figuring out where to spend your time getting ready for your draft

The best time of the year is almost here - your fantasy league's draft day! In order to succeed, you'll need to manage your time well. Here, we'll review how to best prep for your upcoming draft, depending on how much time you have available.

Just find how much time you have until your draft, and follow the instructions there. And good luck!

There Is 1 Minute Until Your Draft

While not customized exactly to your scoring and roster rules, these fundamental draft lists will get you through most any league's draft.

There Are 5 Minutes Until Your Draft

  • First off, don't draft the dude pictured above! Don't draft Andrew Luck either.
  • Now, go to David Dodds' Top 300 Draft List that most-closely matches your league's scoring.
  • Review of the most recent Injury Rounds: Preseason Week X article by Dr. Jene Bramel.
    • Write notes on guys who are injured on your Top 300 Draft List from Dodds.

Again, while not customized exactly to your scoring and roster rules, these fundamental draft lists will get you through most any league's draft.

There Are 10-15 Minutes Until Your Draft

You cut things close, but at least you aren't as bad as those people up above.

  • Go to the Cheatsheet Generator.
    • Select the settings that are closest to your league's parameters.
    • Generate and print out your cheatsheet.
  • Review of the most recent Injury Rounds: Preseason Week X article by Dr. Jene Bramel.
    • Write notes on guys who are injured on your Top 300 Draft List from Dodds.

While not completely custom (unless your league happens to be exactly covered by the drop-down menus), your cheatsheet will be more detailed than the generic Top 300 list advocated above.

There Are 20-30 Minutes Until Your Draft

It depends. Have you ever used the Draft Dominator or any other drafting program? If not, it might be best to use what is described above.

If you've used the program before and/or you're at least a little bit tech-savvy, let's get to the Dominator.

  • Go to the Draft Dominator Online and (if you haven't already) log in with your Footballguys username and password.
    • If you have any issues getting started, here is our Help Guide which contains both written articles and quick videos.
    • Make sure to check the settings and affirm that the draft order is correct.
    • If there is time, do a mock draft or two. Otherwise, make sure you're set for a Real Draft and get to it.

There Is 1 Hour Until Your Draft

You should certainly have time to get set up with the Draft Dominator. But if something goes awry or the real world distracts you, you can always hit the 10-15 Minutes option above.

  • Go to the Draft Dominator Online and (if you haven't already) log in with your Footballguys username and password.
    • If you have any issues getting started, here is our Help Guide which contains both written articles and quick videos.
    • Make sure to check the settings and affirm that the draft order is correct.
    • Definitely do a mock draft or two. Afterward, make sure you're set for a Real Draft and get to it.

There Are a Few Hours Until Your Draft

You have enough time to combine a few of the items listed above and then some. But do the things below in the order they are listed. If you run out of time, you want to have already gotten the earlier tasks completed.

  • Go to the Draft Dominator Online and (if you haven't already) log in with your Footballguys username and password.
    • If you have any issues getting started, here is our Help Guide which contains both written articles and quick videos.
    • Make sure to check the settings and affirm that the draft order is correct.
    • Definitely do a mock draft or two. Afterward, make sure you're set for a Real Draft so that will be ready.
  • Review of the most recent Injury Rounds: Preseason Week X article by Dr. Jene Bramel.
  • Review the Footballguys Staff Rankings to see where the staff consensus is on players you may have doubts about.
  • Look at the latest ADP Risers and Fallers from our Clayton Gray.
  • Read through the newest Training Camp Report.

There Is a Day or More Until Your Draft

You can pretty much sift through the entire site, but here are the essentials:

  • Go to the Draft Dominator Online and (if you haven't already) log in with your Footballguys username and password.
    • If you have any issues getting started, here is our Help Guide which contains both written articles and quick videos.
    • Make sure to check the settings and affirm that the draft order is correct.
    • Definitely do a mock draft or two. Afterward, make sure you're set for a Real Draft so that will be ready.
  • Review of the most recent Injury Rounds: Preseason Week X article by Dr. Jene Bramel.
  • Review the Footballguys Staff Rankings to see where the staff consensus is on players you may have doubts about.
  • Look at the latest ADP Risers and Fallers from our Clayton Gray.
  • Read through the newest Training Camp Report.
  • Read the Perfect Draft from our David Dodds.
  • Read The Master Plan from our Sigmund Bloom.
  • We update and offer new articles daily, so if you have extra time, check out the latest here.

Now, go dominate your draft!