Irrespective of your age or gender, fantasy football is an engaging and interesting game which requires not only some time, but also lots of planning, strategizing and passion. To ensure you have a memorable season playing your favorite game, here are some fantasy football tips worth taking into consideration, these include but are not limited to the following;
First and foremost, ensure that during drafting, you draft with your head and never your heart, this is specifically related to picking players simply because they play for your favorite team or for a team that you think or believe is really good. For example, if you are a staunch supporter of Chicago Bears but know that their offense is weak, then there is no need of spending a first round pick on any of their players. On the other hand, if you are not a fan of Vikings or Packers but you know they have good players then it is prudent to get their players if they will help you.
It is also important not to draft players who even though were previously quite good but have tapered off in terms of production a tad too early. Even though a player was previously a top pick, if he has gone down the pecking order, take your time and pick the player much later.
Another tip is that a player in a bad team isn’t necessarily an awful or bad fantasy player and a player in a good team is not necessarily a good player as well. Keep in mind that if a player plays for a team with a gaping defense then chances are that the team will constantly be playing catch-up. This argument though dose bode quite well for quarter backs but not as much with running backs. This is so because running backs tend to be more stable when the team they are playing for is competitive and ready to burn the clock, secure and maintain a lead.
Always remember that when you are drafting, it’s all about scoring points and this is why choosing or taking running backs the first 2 or 3 picks can seriously jeopardize the entire season. As a matter of fact it may be in your best interest to ignore a WR or QB when everyone else is going heads over heels on backs.
It is also important to be on the lookout for guys who will most likely over-achieve or surpass expectations when compared to their current ranking position and come out from nowhere and have a good season. An important tip in this regard is that these guys are usually found typically much later in the draft and this usually tends to really bolster the team of the owners who were able to grab them. This usually demands for more research and you need to take your time and read widely on the same. Always keep in mind that most guys in the first or second round usually tend to under achieve when compared with where you picked them from initially.
You should also make sure you draft the best player available and desist from filling your roster in order. Most people, not knowing any better will go ahead and draft a QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, TE, K, D, QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, K in that order. A good strategy though is usually to make sure you get your third RB before you get kicker. It is important to note that the value of a player is usually not determined by the number of points he amasses or scores but by how much he beats or outscores his colleagues or peers at that particular position. In this regard, it is important to take into consideration the scoring system of your particular league and do lots of research before you make these kinds of decisions.
During your last few draft picks, it is advisable to pick some long shots. Make sure you don’t waste these last picks on veterans who may still be hanging around and who have consistently scored a few points a game. Bite the bullet and take a chance in drafting a backup running back or even a rookie quarterback and see how it goes, you are likely to be pleasantly surprised with how they pan out as the season runs its course.
Lastly, make sure you have some fun. Chances of being caught up in a cycle of over-analysis are usually quite high. This is your hobby; don’t drain all the fun out of it by stifling everything with math and numbers. The whole reason why you are playing fantasy football is to have fun, make sure you have lots of it.