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2019 Fantasy Football Vampire League Draft

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Velcome to the 2019 Fantasy football season (sorry for my bad Dracula impression. Yes, I know this is written but trust me it is a horrible impression).

Let’s answer the question you’ve been asking yourself since you click on this article. What the hell is a vampire league?

Here are the rules of the vampire league, all drafters have to wear sparkling body glitter and find a boring girl who loves chewing on her shoulder (that’s right folks, an outdated Twilight joke, only the most current content here).

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For real, here are the rules for vampire leagues. One player is the vampire, he or she can not draft; they have to build a team with the waiver wire. The people who draft a team can not use the waiver wire or trade for the whole season. The team you draft is what you’re stuck with for the season. If a Fantasy owner loses a week to the vampire, the vampire gets to take a player from that person’s starting lineup and trades the loser a player of the same position.

These are the basic rules for the vampire league, feel free the modified it any way you want. My vampire league decided to allow trading among the drafters, so there is a least one way, owners can improve their teams.

Those of you, who are the vampires in you leagues I’ll be doing a weekly article giving you the best waiver wire options for your upcoming matchup each week on Tuesday. So come back when the sun goes down (Damn that’s a corny joke if you can call it a joke).

Here is the draft (nine-team, which is for ten team vampire league) done with veteran Fantasy players.

2019 Fantasy Football Vampire League Draft

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TeamRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4
1Saquon BarkleyJoe MixonAntonio BrownRobert Woods
2Alvin KamaraTyreek HillTravis KelceAmari Cooper
3Christian McCaffreyJuJu Smith-SchusterMike EvansJosh Jacobs
4Ezekiel ElliotOdell Beckham Jr.Adam ThielenChris Carson
5David JohnsonTodd GurleyKeenan AllenPatrick Mahomes
6DeAndre HopkinsMicheal ThomasDevonta FreemanLeonard Fournette
7Davante AdamsDalvin CookKerryon JohnsonDamien Williams
8Julio JonesNick ChubbAaron JonesGeorge Kittle
9James ConnerLe’Veon BellStefon DiggsJulian Edelman

TeamRound 5Round 6Round 7Round 8
1Zach ErtzMarlon MackDeshaun WatsonJarvis Landry
2David MontgomeryJames WhiteJosh GordonMatt Ryan
3Brandin CooksPhillip LindsayOJ HowardDede Westbrook
4Melvin GordonAJ GreenTevin ColemanAlshon Jeffery
5Chris GodwinDerrick HenryMike WilliamsTarik Cohen
6Mark IngramTyler BoydEvan EngramBaker Mayfield
7Tyler LockettCalvin RidleyDJ MooreAustin Ekeler
8Cooper KuppKenny GolladayMiles SandersRobby Anderson
9Sony MichelTY HiltonAaron RodgersHunter Henry

As you can see the approach to the first part of the draft doesn’t change from a regular league. It isn’t until the later rounds when one can see different approaches taken. Some Fantasy owners were taking two defenses and two kickers; some Fantasy owners drafting one defense and kicker. The later rounds are where drafters need to focus because if they fail to build a good bench, it will wreck their season.

Drafting Tips For Vampire Leagues

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Tip Number One

Draft only one defense and kicker. Do not sacrifice the depth of your running backs and wide receivers to make sure you have a backup defense or kicker to cover bye weeks. Just take the zero, but make sure you don’t draft a team that has a bye week the week you play the vampire. Try to draft a defense and kicker with the same bye week, so you’ll only have to worry about missing a defense or kicker for one week.

Tip Number Two

Grab a least one running back handcuff. Not many of the drafters in the draft took a handcuff, which I found odd. Not only does taking a handcuff, provide insurance for your team, but it also prevents the vampire from snagging elite production from the waiver wire.

Check our running back depth chart here.

Tip Number Three

Don’t construct a team full of players from only one division, or draft three tight ends. You would think that would go without saying, but you would be surprised how many times this happens.

Good luck and have fun this year.

About Travis Argo

I'm a die hard fan of teams that constantly disappointment me every season. So, I write about fantasy sports to forget my sorrows. That's hard sometimes because I'm a Pacers correspondent for Fantasypros.com. I also recently graduated with honors from UNCC. Go Niners...I guess.

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