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If there is one thing I learned this summer, it was that you can never do enough mock drafting.

I know I say that every year. It always is the first bit of advice I give to a new fantasy football player. But even if you have been playing for ages, mock draft prepare you for the fantasy football season like nothing else can do.

I used Fantasy Football Calculator again this season for my mock drafting. It is an easy-to-use site with a number of useful features. I also signed up for a premium membership this season and wanted to share some thoughts about it with you, so that you can consider it before next season.

The reason I signed up for the premium membership was to use the Draft Calculator during my 16-team work league draft.

Pros: Helps you track your draft, making it easy to see runs on certain positions. Color-coded positions augment the tracking. Easy to find players in the draft list. Saves your draft to your profile so you can look at it later. Also imports your team to the Lineup Calculator, which could be useful for making tough start/sit decisions.

Cons: I wish there was a way to create a PDF or print the draft sheet afterward without having to do a print screen.

Overall, I enjoyed using the Draft Calculator to keep track of my draft. I think it really helped. I definitely will use it again next year, and you should consider it as well!

Fantasy Mailbag

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Dylan Reynolds I’m interested in what you guys think about Tony Romo’s outlook this year – and what do you think about a mid round pick strategy – starting with receivers/QB and picking Blount as my RB1. Standard scoring, except QB’s get 6pts for TD’s…

I will start with Romo: Love him this season. Of course, like Matthew Stafford’s surging fantasy value, it all hinges on health. If Romo stays healthy, he will be an elite quarterback. I like waiting on RBs if and only if you can grab two elite wide receivers early. Otherwise, I would grab a better RB1 than Blount even though I do like him and think he will have a good season. Wait on QBs in a league that gives you six points per touchdown and grab a guy like Stafford, Matt Ryan or Big Ben.

Here are today’s great reads:

  • With the emergence of running-back-by-committees, I stopped believing in handcuffing your stud running backs. But I sort of am back on the bandwagon again after seeing Arian Foster go down in preseason action. Am I just being reactionary? There are a few other running back handcuffs to consider investing in this season. [SI.com]
  • Predictions, advice and random rambling by none other than Matthew Berry. Once you get past the fact that he works for ESPN, you can enjoy his work. [ESPN.com]
  • Six players to love and/or hate heading into the 2011 fantasy football season. [Fantasy Knuckleheads]
  • Larry Fitzgerald got paid a few weeks ago. Then Michael Vick. Frank Gore too. And now, finally, Chris Johnson has gotten paid. Fantasy owners can breathe a huge sigh of relief just one week before the start of the regular season. [The Big Lead]

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