Late August means it's time for family vacations, melanoma checkups, and your Fantasy Football draft. Before you start panic-selecting second string running backs in the middle of the first round, read over these DO's and DON'TS and get on the path to FFL dominationEric Karabell Is Satan's Minion:
DO: Check TheHuddle.com
as often as possible. FFL expert and author of , Mark St. Amant swears this site will satisfy the most rabid FFL geekDON'T:
Check TheHuddle.com at work if you enjoy having a steady paycheck.For Successful Draftniks:DO:
Spend three to four hours per day working on your team. A casual FFL-er (read: a normal human being) is a cow in a pirahna-filled lakeDON'T:
Draft when you're tanked. If you're serious about winning, leave the inter-round bong hits to the other GMs.Customized Preparation for the Truly ObsessiveDO:
Use Thrillist's Pre-Draft Worksheet
to pre-rank players based on the scoring system employed by your personal league. The perfect way to get an edge and finally learn Excel.DON'T:
Show up with the same Yahoo/ESPN/Fox cheat-sheets as everyone else. You'll look like less of a moron if you show up with a bag of hair and no pants.
And if you're convinced that you're already an FFL god, sign up for the World Championship of Fantasy Football
in Las Vegas. A $2,000 entrance fee could win you $200,000 -- enough to hold next year's draft on a yacht, or pay for a therapist to help you rejoin society.