It doesn’t matter if this is your first year in fantasy football or if you’ve been doing it for over 20 years. We all need to be reminded about some basic “do’s and don’ts” when we get ready for the upcoming season. Below are five points that you should make sure you DO during the upcoming fantasy season.
Know your league’s scoring system
It sounds silly, I know, but you’d be surprised how many owners (even experienced ones) neglect to fully understand the scoring rules for any league they’re involved with. There are as many different scoring systems out there as there are leagues, and knowing the rules can greatly affect how you draft AND how well you manage your roster throughout the season.
Know a player’s bye week
If you don’t pay attention to the bye weeks of the players you are drafting and managing, they can sneak up and bite you in the behind. For example, let’s say you have four players from three different teams that all have the same bye week. When that bye weeks hits, you’ll have to start four of your bench players, most likely putting you at a serious disadvantage.
Upgrade your starting roster when you have the chance
Too may times, owners become complacent with their starting lineups, and focus their attention on strengthening their bench. I recommend that you pay attention to both; focusing just a bit more on improving your starters. Check the waiver wire every week. Many owners will draft two quarterbacks and two tight ends to cover for bye weeks, then drop one of each after they’re no longer needed. This can be a good way of finding better starting talent later in the season. Finally, don’t be afraid to approach an owner about a trade. A good league is one that sees a fair amount of trades taking place, and it just makes the whole fantasy experience that much more fun.
Protect your star running backs
Add security to your roster be acquiring your star running back’s back up. Although they may spend the entire season riding your bench, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your biggest investment is insured. This is especially true if your star running back already has an injury history (i.e. Todd Gurley).
Stay up to date with NFL news
Whether it’s injuries, changes to depth charts, free agency or trades, teams in the NFL are changing on an almost daily basis and it’s imperative that you stay current with what’s going on. Doing so can only help you manage your team better.
Now that you know what to do, it’s also important to remember what not to do!! Read on for five fantasy football don’ts.