Fantasy Football 101: How to draft a league

Yahoo Fantasy expert Matt Harmon shows you how to draft your Yahoo Fantasy Football team so you can prepare your league for the upcoming NFL season. Don't have a fantasy football league yet? Create or join a league:

Video Transcript

MATT HARMON: Welcome to "Fantasy Football 101." I'm Matt Harmon, very serious fantasy football analyst here at Yahoo Sports. Today we're talking about drafting. Drafting is certainly the most fun, and probably most important part of fantasy football. When it comes to drafting, there's a lot of different approaches, a lot of different strategies out there.

Find the strategy that makes the most sense to you, but don't forget about drafting for your flex. What the hell is a flex? A flex is where you get to put the extra running back, the extra wide receiver. If you're really desperate, you could put a tight end in there. There's all kinds of different options. Just make sure you check your league settings, your scoring settings, so that how to best set up your team for success.

All right, you're hyped up for your draft. But let's just say there's a conflict that comes up and you can't make it. Well, then you're going to go on auto drafting. What is auto drafting? That's where the computer decides for you, where the computer makes every single pick for you. That's fine. Again, if there's a conflict out there, you can't make your draft, things happen.

Let's say you do have to go on auto draft though. We do have pre draft rankings that the computer will then pick for you. The pre draft rankings are a compilation of a variety of different rankings by bozos like me. Maybe you don't want that. Maybe you want to be in control of your own destiny. Well, good news for you, you can create your own pre draft rankings so that way, you are still in control of your own destiny. That sounds a little bit better to me, if you do have to go on auto draft.

All right, now that the draft is loaded, let's enter in the live draft. And when you're here while you're waiting for the draft to actually start, this is where you can check out our draft board, our chat feature. Hey, hop in there and talk a little smack to your friend. Actually, better yet, check in on your friends. Go to the draft board, check out the settings, get refreshed on your league rules and all that.

Now there is going to be a time limit on every pick, because if you do not pick within this time limit, the player is going to be picked for you. And you don't want that. You want to be in control of your own destiny. However, as we've said before, life happens. Say you got to go to the bathroom, you got to leave your phone behind.

You can put the highest rated player in the queue, the player that you want, so that when you come up if you're not there to make the pick, that's the guy that's going to get drafted for you. So you drafted a great team, you're going to crush everybody, and everybody's going to wish they were by the end of the season.

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