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Fantasy football 2019 draft cheat sheet

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Searching for sleepers? Not sure what to do with the No. 1 pick? Have questions about strength of schedule, how to choose between the top tight ends, which players are being drafted too high, or what novel drafting strategies might give you an edge? Or just need a printable top 200 list? You’ve come to the right place.

Fantasy football draft season is just about finished, and The Washington Post again is primed to provide answers to your pressing questions. From a detailed breakdown of the best possible picks for Rounds 1 to 3 at each draft position, to regularly updated player rankings, to our annual Perfect Draft, The Post’s fantasy football cheat sheet has all the insights you need to dominate draft day. And there’s also something new this year: rankings of the top 200 potential picks, complete with both season-long and weekly projected point totals.

The cheat sheet will be updated over the remainder of the NFL preseason.

Last update: Sept. 4

The basics

The Perfect Draft

Start with a look at what the optimal rosters would look like for every squad in a 12-team point-per-reception league if every owner selected the best possible player at every draft spot based on our 2019 player projections. This post has been updated with the news of Andrew Luck’s retirement and Lamar Miller’s season-ending injury. (Read more)

Beginner’s Guide: The best picks for Rounds 1 to 3

Seeking a script to help guide you through the all-important early rounds? We’ve optimized each draft slot to account for player potential, positional scarcity and injury risk — three key factors that help determine your fantasy fate — and explained the potential value of each pick. With the early rounds scripted, you can concentrate on finding steals in the middle of the draft. This has also been updated with the Luck and Miller news. (Read more)

Who should be the top pick?

Want more data before deciding how to handle the top few picks of the first round? Here’s a breakdown of the most likely choices. (Spoiler: Take Saquon Barkley first and Christian McCaffrey second, while Ezekiel Elliott returns to the No. 4 position after agreeing to a massive contract extension.) (Read more)

The top sleeper candidates for 2019

Snagging several players who can provide more value than you’d expect is a surefire recipe for fantasy success. Jordan Howard and Curtis Samuel make our list of potential sleepers. (Read more)

Use these fantasy football draft tiers so you’re not stuck on the clock

These positional groupings will help you make difficult decisions. (Read more)

The lazy person’s guide to fantasy football drafts

Forget to study? Here’s a simple round-by-round blueprint, one that mostly steers clear of sleepers and high-risk players to focus on solid, no-frills performers. (Read more)

Last-minute fantasy football advice

Here are a few takeaways from the final weekend before the regular season starts, including a warning about the Chiefs and a special plug for Austin Ekeler. (Read more)

Player rankings

Next-level rankings: Season and weekly scoring projections

For the first time, The Post has added weekly point projections (using PPR scoring) to its draft rankings, based on a player’s role in his team’s offense and the projected difficulty of weekly matchups. The top 200 players are ranked. (Read more)

Printable Top 200

Here’s an easy way to take our rankings to your draft. (Read more)

Top 50 keepers

In a league that allows owners to keep players from one season to the next? Need help finding keeper prospects? Here’s a ranking of the top 50 players for keeper leagues, where young players like Josh Jacobs and D.J. Moore will be prized picks. (Read more)

Positional rankings (QB | RB | WR | TE )

Des Bieler ranks his top choices at quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end. (These rankings have also been updated to reflect Luck’s retirement and Miller’s injury.)

Draft day debates and top strategy tips

Start/sit Week 1: Austin Ekeler up, Julio Jones down

It’s not too early to start setting your Week 1 lineup, and here is a provocative argument to consider benching one of the NFL’s star receivers. (Read more)

Two high-volume running backs you can grab after Round 1 of your fantasy football draft

If you miss out on one of the obvious must-drafts in the first round, Joe Mixon and Chris Carson should get plenty of touches. (Read more)

Five rookies ready to make an impact in fantasy football

Veterans aren’t the only players that can help you win a fantasy football championship trophy. You might consider Bears running back David Montgomery, plus these other four rookies. (Read more)

Use this defensive strategy to get a huge edge in your fantasy football league

The best “available” fantasy football defense for each week of the 2019 season, starting with the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1. (Read more)

Don’t worry about drafting a fantasy football kicker. Use this strategy instead.

Try something different, maximizing your scoring by selecting a different kicker nearly every week. This streaming kicker strategy will point you toward Jason Myers of the Seahawks in Week 1, although we also have more conventional rankings. (Read more)

Five fantasy football players to upgrade based on the NFL preseason (and one to downgrade)

Second-year Arizona Cardinals receiver Christian Kirk has helped himself with a strong preseason, and he isn’t the only one. Here are four more players to move up your draft board based on preseason results. (Read more)

Six players shooting up draft boards

The average draft positions for these four running backs (including Chris Carson) and two wide receivers (including Josh Gordon) have risen quite a bit over the past month, and with good reason. (Read more)

Draft George Kittle, not Travis Kelce, as the top tight end

Neil Greenberg’s schedule-adjusted projections for the season give Kittle the edge over Kelce, which could offer you a major advantage. Here’s why. (Read more)

Five draft picks helped by a soft early schedule

Stockpiling victories early in the season is a recipe for a triumphant ending. Here are five players who could outperform their draft slots by helping you get off to a quick start, including some Rams receivers. (Read more)

How to win your fantasy football draft using the Zero RB strategy

The Zero RB strategy advocates steering clear of running backs until the fifth or sixth round of a draft. Then you’ll need to pick up backs like Latavius Murray and Darrell Henderson. (Read more)

Players to avoid

The riskiest fantasy picks by round

It’s buyer beware for owners of Patrick Mahomes (Round 2), Devonta Freeman (Round 3) and these 12 other potential draft picks. (Read more)

Four players going higher than they should be in fantasy football drafts

Misplaced optimism starts as early as early the second round. And Eric Ebron was on this list even before Andrew Luck retired. (Read more)

Do not draft these players in fantasy football

These players’ average draft positions are simply too high to stomach. Yes, there are stars on the list, such as Todd Gurley and A.J. Green. (Read more)