MFL10 Draft Strategy
My Fantasy League has hosted top notch fantasy football league management software since the early 1990’s, but in 2013 they began offering a new league format that has taken the fantasy football world by storm, the MFL10.
These leagues only cost $10 to enter and are comprised of 12 teams; rosters are filled using a slow draft format where teams have up to eight hours to make each selection. But the biggest selling point of this format, other than the low price point, is the “draft it and forget it” nature where as soon as the draft is over there is no further management required by owners – there are no free agent moves allowed and weekly rosters are determined using a “Best Ball” format where teams receive their optimal score from the players on their roster. In recent years, My Fantasy League has added options to include $25, $50 and $100 sized buy-ins, but the $10 format has proven to be the overwhelmingly most popular format filling multiple leagues per hour at times during peak draft season. Below are some tips and a loose MFL10 Draft Strategy for jumping into a challenging, fun, and cheap format where you can not only win money, but use as prep for your regular drafts in August.
1. Have a Plan Headed into Draft
With only 20 roster spots and no free agent claims during the season, you need to plan ahead for what your ideal final roster should look like. My experience has led to the following setup being ideal for me: two quarterbacks, six running backs, seven wide receivers, two tight ends and two team defenses – this leaves one open roster spot for either a third quarterback, tight end or team defense, and I just play that position by ear and decide based on whether I feel I need more depth at one of the positions or a good value emerges later in the draft.
Suggested MFL10 Roster
- Quarterback: 2-3
- Running Back: 6-7
- Wide Receiver: 6-7
- Tight End: 2-3
- Defense: 2-3
2. Wide Receivers are Key
You will always see a few MFL10 owners start out with three even four straight running backs drafted in the first few rounds. Do not let their strategy affect yours. Stick to the suggested route of going wide receiver heavy. This is a point per reception scoring format and the relative depth of wide receivers is much shallower than that of the running back position. With the requirement to start three to four wide receivers and only two running backs being necessary, there is the need to have more depth at receiver than at running back.
I would advise having four receivers in the first six rounds of the draft, the available options after that point are poor. Also, with the high number injuries and many NFL teams running a RB-by-committee format, you actually have a better chance of getting lucky with a late pick like Chris Ivory or LeGarrette Blount to get you enough to stay competitive in the Best Ball scoring format than to be heavy on stud RB’s and low targeted wide receivers.
3. Play for Upside
These are only $10 leagues…do not play safe. First place pays $100, while second place gets a free team in 2017, third place gets nada, so go for the gusto.
Wide receivers score in bunches or they are held in check with only a handful of points; while running backs tend to be more even keel in their production – you want the boom or bust weekly scores that receivers will get in this format where you get an optimal score after the fact. Also, invest in some value younger players, especially at running back, who may take a few weeks to work their way into steady jobs, but can pay off greatly for the remainder of the season.
4. Analyze the NFL Schedule
In a regular league, knowing what players work well with other players is not that key, since you have the opportunity to hit the waiver wire if you do not like a matchup in any given week. However, in this format with no waivers and short rosters, knowing which players, in pair, have positive matchups is key, especially at the quarterback and team defense positions. There are numerous locations to find the NFL schedule and fantasy points allowed, so brush up on your Excel skills and create a chart that shows quarterback and team defense points allowed, and use this chart to make your second quarterback and team defense selections. Obviously skill is paramount in fantasy football, but it is not ideal to select a second quarterback who has a game at Seattle when your top quarterback is on bye.
- Check Gridiron Experts 2016 NFL Schedule Page with three layout versions
5. Wait on Quarterbacks
Quarterbacks will be the highest scoring players in this format, but with only four point passing touchdowns and negative two points for each interception, they are not as high scoring as many scoring systems out there.
Coupling that with the requirement to only start one quarterback and the depth available at the position gives you the opportunity to wait until the double digit rounds to grab a pair of quarterbacks.
- Blake Bortles (ADP 10.01)
- Carson Palmer (10.09)
- Jameis Winston (11.05)
- Philip Rivers (11.08)
- Derek Carr (11.10)
- Marcus Mariota (12.02)
- Eli Manning (12.04)
- Andy Dalton (13.01)
- Matthew Stafford (13.06)
- Tony Romo (13.06)
- Kirk Cousins (13.07)
- Matt Ryan (13.09)
Finding a good pair of these quarterbacks, whose schedules work well together, can give you a huge leg up at the running back, wide receiver and tight end positions in the first 10 rounds.
6. Avoid the Highly Drafted Team Defenses
Every year there are a handful of “can’t miss” defenses that owners drool over and select too early in fantasy drafts. While these defenses seem like free points in the bank, they rarely produce as well as expected.
Most of the time, highly feared defenses fall short to live up to the hype and end up being complete busts for their draft positioning. Denver, Arizona and Seattle head up that list this year, all going in the first 13 rounds of the draft – I like all three of these defenses, but you should be drafting your second quarterback and filling our your running backs in this range of the draft. Instead, wait until near round 15 to pick your first defense, then use your schedule matrix to find the second defense that best pairs with your first choice. Many times, the owners who pick the Denver type defense will not take a second team defense until the final round, this is a mistake with the volatility of the team defense scoring. In fact, if you opt to use your extra roster spot, drafting three team defenses in the last three rounds will likely end up as a better scoring combo than a duo of Denver plus a late round defense.
7. Fire Multiple Bullets
Enter a few MFL10 leagues as prep for your regular drafts, there is no better practice than a real league where teams have at least some monetary interest. Mock Drafts have a purpose, but so many of them are completely unrealistic and turn into a joke when half the teams quit after the fourth round. By playing in a few MFL10 leagues, you give yourself the opportunity to draft from a few different spots in the draft order and see how different spots of the draft allow for different choices from the player pool, and different methods of roster construction.
Good luck with your initial venture into the world of MFL10 leagues, and I hope some of these tips will help you succeed in your leagues.
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