Football season is finally upon us, but it’s likely that at this point you’ve probably had enough drafting drama to last for a lifetime. Drafting a killer fantasy team isn’t easy, and drafting a killer league in all four of your fantasy leagues? Even less likely. Most of us will be lucky to come out with one or two mediocre teams, and will be even luckier if those players make it to the regular season with a season-ending injury (we’re looking at you, Jordy Nelson). The best thing you can do to make sure your fantasy team is as great as it possibly can be is to ask yourself a few simple questions. Ironically, they’re pretty similar to the questions you’d ask yourself if instead of drafting Eddie Lacy, you were drafting a health care provider.

Did you do your research?

 We’ve all been  there before.  Your computer is  starting to beep  at you, the ticker  is counting  down, and  suddenly you’ve  got just 90  seconds to decide who’s worth taking with your first-round pick. Your eyes are frantically jumping back and forth between Adrian Peterson, Eddie Lacy, Jamaal Charles, or if you’re one of those people who wastes first round picks on quarterbacks just to mess the whole draft up…Aaron Rodgers. You start to panic, and before you know it your time is down to 5 seconds. You do probably the worst thing possible—you close your eyes and just click on someone. Shortly later it’s followed up with a “DID I SERIOUSLY JUST TAKE ANDREW LUCK IN THE FIRST ROUND?!” and a face-palm. It never pays to not do your research, in fantasy or in the real world. Being prepared and knowing your options goes a long way towards reducing that last-minute panic and making sure that you end up with a stellar team.

What is the quality of the services offered?

This is obviously a pretty important factor when you’re drafting your fantasy lineup, but it’s also a huge influencer when you’re trying to decide where to go for an MRI or whether or not to choose someone as your PCP. In fantasy, saying “Oh that person’s a wide receiver, I need a wide receiver, I’ll pick them” usually doesn’t end well. Sure, there may be multiple players available for the position that you need, but that doesn’t mean that they’re all the same skill level. The same can be said for your medical needs. It’s not enough to say “I need an MRI, that place offers MRI’s, let me book one”. All MRI machines are not created equal, and neither are all medical imaging centers. There’s a lot of disparity in quality of services and quality of care, and it’s important to know that the center you choose provides you with the best services available.

Do they meet your particular needs?

You may get to some point in the draft where there’s a player left that you really like. Maybe he’s a rookie running back but he’s had a great preseason and you know he’s gonna have an awesome year. If you’re sitting with 3 running backs already and you’re still short on wide receivers, though, you’d better let him pass. Everyone has different needs, but it’s important to focus your decisions around those needs. Don’t draft a player in a position you’re already too heavy on, don’t choose a medical imaging center that charges you more than you can afford. Understand the reality of the situation, evaluate your particular needs, and make your decision accordingly.

Are you taking your personal feelings into account?

At the end of the day, it’s not just about doing your research, assessing the quality, and evaluating your needs. Whether you’re drafting a fantasy team or a medical imaging center, one of the final most important things you can do when trying to make a decision is to make sure you’re taking your personal feelings into account. In real life, the office staff at one center might make you feel more welcomed and cared for, and that might be something you really value that influences your overall decision. In fantasy, it’s the same thing. Maybe you’ll stick your neck out and draft your favorite team’s defense instead of a slightly better one, just because that team pride and loyalty matters to you. And that’s ok!

Researching all your options, determining the quality of the services offered, evaluating exactly how each option meets your particular needs, but then also allowing yourself to let your personal feelings help shape your final decision, are all things that we as either patients of fantasy football whiz’s should do when drafting our medical imaging center or team. In the end, you’ll be a much happier person.