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Drafting Strategy 101 - The Fantasy Stalwarts

Not too long to go before we are ready to launch. That means we should all start thinking about our drafting strategy. This will vary from league to league and a lot of it will come down to the makeup of your competitors although a few of the key concepts will apply in every scenario. Over the next few articles we shall go over the obvious and less obvious drafting tactics. As we have mentioned before, the draft will make or break your season so you had best go in with a plan!

We will kick this off with going over the strategy that will come as a first instinct to pretty much everyone. Basic stuff but important:

The Fantasy Stalwarts

We all know these players. You can rely on them every season to bring home the bacon. They are consistent, fixture-proof, good captain material - the all-stars of the fantasy football world. In salary-cap leagues, they are without a doubt the players present in every squad. If you have them, you are able to keep up with those around you, if you are silly enough not to have them (the differential heroes amongst us), then 9 times out of 10 it leads to you losing serious ground on your rivals.

That entire concept changes dramatically in draft style leagues. The first round or two of the draft pick will be littered with these fantasy stalwarts and for good reason. Load up your priority lists with these guys quick and try and snag as many of them as you can. They are season keepers.

Arsenal 3-0 Man Utd: Gunners need consistency for title challenge

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the way Arsenal took Manchester United apart on Sunday showed why they should be serious title contenders this season but the Gunners' problem is they do not play like that often enough.

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott came out after the game and said they had sent out a message that they are going to have a real go at winning the Premier League.

But Walcott also said the performance was for the fans after what happened at Emirates Stadium in Tuesday's Champions League defeat by Olympiakos.

That illustrates Arsenal's problem. We saw a reaction against United but, to be honest, it came five days too late.

I was expecting that kind of display against Olympiakos after Arsenal were beaten by Dinamo Zagreb in their opening game in Europe and I was amazed we did not get it.

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