Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/6/12
Each league is different, but the more you know about which players other people are taking and avoiding, the better you can gauge how you’ll go about building your team. If you see a player going 15 slots higher than his current ranking in every draft you’re doing, chances are this is something you should pay attention to, even if you’re not really interested in that particular player. Knowing who other people are interested in can allow you to take some of the players you want in rounds later than you expected. On the other hand, if you’re noticing that a particular player you really want is going at pick 20 rather than pick 30, you may need to consider reaching for him if you’re dead set on getting that player. I’ve been doing a large quantity of mock drafts and have been taking notes on players that are being taken much earlier or later than anticipated. The majority of drafts I have done are for 10-team leagues (the ones that haven’t been were larger; 10-team leagues are the sm...
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