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Set your expectations based on these factors

Most fantasy owners base their expectations on a player’s performance from last season. Probably 90 percent of fantasy owners are guilty of this expectation. There are some players that will produce consistent fantasy numbers regardless of their competition. There are exceptions such as Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson, Larry Fitzgerald and other top-tier players.

There are a number of factors that will make a player more or less valuable. They are as follows:  

1.) Their surrounding cast. Is the team that they played on last year different? Has free agency depleted the team’s strengths? Is there stability in their offensive line? Teams that have good offensive lines produce quality fantasy players. Solid offensive lines give their quarterback time to make decisions. Solid offensive lines allow wide receivers time in running their routes properly. Solid offensive lines open up holes for their runningbacks. Do they have quality players on their teams that complement them well? If you draft the only offensive weapon on a team, teams will be game-planning on stopping that one offensive threat.

2.) Their offensive scheme. When selecting players you should consider their offensive coordinator. Has the offensive system been successful? Be cautious of drafting a player, regardless of his position, if the offensive coordinator is installing a new offense. It is safer to draft players that have been in the same offensive system for at least three years.  

Their strength of schedule.

This is a common mistake that many fantasy owners make, simply because they overlook this stat. This is the single most important stat you should always view before you draft a player of any position. Try to avoid drafting a player because he had a great season last year without looking at his strength of schedule for this season. The strength of schedule (SOS) is the single most valuable statistic that all fantasy owners should study. Most fantasy magazines do not provide this stat, but if you Google strength of schedule, you’ll see it is easy to find.  

Winning a championship is hard enough, but it you follow these simple guidelines before drafting it will increase your chances of winning.

If you are like me, you like to stay one step ahead of your competition. Well my fantasy friends, this will help you. Good Luck!

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