Of course, planning has always preceded winning. And, Fantasy Football is not any different. So, a good plan starts with a firm, set of resolutions.
To help you do better this season, here are a few resolutions that have gotten me going great guns already:
Most successful fantasy owners go into their drafts with a specific strategy, and the right tactics to carry it out. That’s good. However, make sure you stick to your strategy no matter what. Average draft position (ADP) is a great tool to use as you prepare for your drafts, but no draft is going to follow it to the letter. Opportunities will be presented to you that you didn’t expect, while others that you planned to have at your disposal will be taken away. That’s why your strategy needs to be nimble.
As of late last December, the top-five teams in yardage through 16 weeks were the Patriots, Saints, Steelers, Eagles and Chiefs. Joined by Rams and Jaguars, these teams had most of the top-10 QBs, RBs, WRs and TEs (6, 6, 3 and 3 to be precise!). Also, some of those players, like Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, were always going to be among the best fantasy players, and required hefty draft capital. Others, however, like Mark Ingram and Tyreek Hill, were available in the middle rounds, meaning any owner wisely targeting strong offenses could’ve ended up with them at what turned out to be a bargain price.
Antonio Brown is a beast. He caught 101 passes for 1,533 yards and nine touchdowns in just 13 games last season. And yet, four running backs—Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Elliott, Le’Veon Bell and Leonard Fournette—scored more points per game than him in standard-scoring leagues.
Whether you play in a traditional league or a superflex league (which you should be doing), one of the most valuable players you can find is a late-round quarterback who puts up QB1 numbers.
The first kit you need for yourself is trust. And this final resolution brings us full circle. Resolution No. 1 stressed that you should not hew to a pre-set strategy, and that anything can work so long as you end up with the right players. At the core of that is the trust you must have in your own convictions. And hey, don't you forget your other kit - I mean the physical one!
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