How to win your Fantasy Football League
You know the struggle of Fantasy Football League players. It requires skill and a lot of luck. Because you cannot control the thunder that the football gods send “any Sunday”, it is your blood, sweat and tears (aka endless hours spent reading articles like these) that will make you a fantasy champion.
Let’s say you have analyzed the player rankings and decided that you have the best draft strategy since 1974’s NFL Draft. The Steelers got John Stallworth, Jack Lambert and Lynn Swann in one go.
Whatever format you choose, the important thing is to get the best bang for your buck. Do not fill your roster with the most highly ranked or expensive players. Draft players who provide value for projected points totals.
A final note about scoring: If you like high-scoring affairs with your friends, consider PPR (points for reception). This scoring twist will change the way you approach your draft.
Six tips for choosing a fantasy football player
Check the ADP of a player
You won’t waste a valuable draft pick on a bum that you could have drafted two rounds earlier and for less money by using the average draft position.
Don’t draft trade bait
This is not a good move unless your league is known for making trades. There are no need for three quarterbacks and no one will trade Russell Wilson for David Johnson. Choose the players you need and not those that someone else might need.
Don’t dismiss injuries or other issues off the field
The ability to play is the key to a player’s worth. Avoid drafting someone with a long list or questionable suspension.
Last chance to save the foot
One player in my league was a kicker/kicker during the first round. His wife took him to Ruby Tuesday’s for a dishwasher. He finished the season with 12-12.
Remember: Bad teams equal bad players
Some players (Isaiah Crowell), on bad teams (Cleveland Browns), can be tempting – don’t be a statistic whore. Sometimes, lower-volume players (Spencer Ware), on exceptional teams (Kansas City Chiefs), are more reliable.
Draft players with high numbers of targets in PPR leagues are more likely to be selected.
Standard leagues don’t have a lot of boom-or-bust receivers like Torrey Smith. You should avoid players who fit this description unless they are a regular contributor of yards and TDs. Focus your attention on the top RBs that catch passes from the backfield (Le’Veon Bell or Melvin Gordon).
Five best tips for creating a fantasy football roster
You now have 15 to 16 reliable workhorses that you can count on for fantasy glory. These weekly game strategies will help you keep your ship afloat, while managing your team from the comfort of your own couch.
Focus on the key matchups
Some defenses are more effective against the run than others. You may be torn between two flex player. Try to decide which one is more favorable.
For bye weeks, plan ahead
You should know if you have three RBs in the same bye week. Although you shouldn’t have known it going into your draft, keep an eye on the waiver wire weeks ahead of time and make sure you have enough guys to plug in during that bye week.
Pay close attention to the NFL schedule
You can play on Thursdays and Saturdays depending on the season. Set a reminder and make sure you check your calendar to remind yourself and plan your lineup.
How to deal with injuries
You can grab the handcuff of the top performer (the player at the next position on the depth chart) and place the injured player on the WW. However, only if there are injury reports that he will be back before the league’s postseason starts. Hansen recommends that you don’t waste a waiver pick if your league’s waiver order isn’t based on standings. This will allow you to move up the waiver order which will be useful when a star player emerges.
Avoid flashing in the pan
Fantasy players make the biggest mistake of buying up WW guys who have had a big week. Before you make a mistake and waste your time on a one-hit wonder, read the advice of experts.
The NFL’s 6 best value players
Hansen shares his top picks for each skill position based on early draft positions:
- QB, Tom Brady (New England Patriots)
- RB Ameer Abdullah and Detriot Lions
- WR: Sammy Watkins, Los Angeles Rams
- TE, Jimmy Graham (Seahawks)
- D/ST Kansas City Chiefs
- K, Stephen Gostkowski (New England Patriots).