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Touchdown Turnaround | 3 Fantasy Football Tips

Over the years, I’ve become a football fan by default. I mean, have you met my husband? For those of you who haven’t, he’s a die hard Steelers fan. Like Steelers bedspread, Steelers wallpaper, the works. We’ve been together almost 9 years (8 years dating and almost 1 year married!) so I’ve picked up a tolerance of the sport along the way.

I participated in my first fantasy football league in college. I’d like to think I crushed it (because I actually won!), but Josh will argue that it was all him. This year, my coworkers started a league, “The League of Leagues” and I’m ready to go all in and WIN again! Here are my tips to totally dominating your Fantasy Football League:

Fantasy Football League Tips

Do your research

It’s been awhile since I’ve played the game–so first things first, I’m doing research. Watch ESPN (they always talk about who’s who in the NFL and will go over who you should pick for your fantasy team), read articles on who the top picks are and who has already been injured or suspended, and talk to your football obsessed friends (not in your league).

PRO TIP: Some players are still ranked high in the pre-draft rankings even though they’ve been suspended for the first 6 games–here’s looking at you Ezekiel Elliot and you too Doug Martin (4 game suspension).

Don’t leave it up to “Auto-draft”

Auto-draft can be helpful when it gets to the later rounds of the draft and you have no idea who to draft. However, keep in mind the first tip! I’m going in with a list of players that are injured or suspended so I either don’t pick them OR pick a back up that I can put in while they’re out (see below tip). My league is also implementing a penalty for the overall loser so as to scare people away from setting it and forgetting about it!

Beginner Fantasy Football Tips | NFL | Fantasy Football


Baby BYE BYE BYE (Watch the BYE weeks)

Bye weeks can be a good thing, but only if you’re vigilant. You don’t want to draft two quarterbacks that have the same bye week. You’d be SOL if you do–you won’t have a quarterback to play and lose out on points you could’ve earned. It could make or break your season. (Note: Sure, you can pick up players throughout “the season” but it’s better to do it the right way the first time!)

All in all, if you’re not a football fan before entering into a fantasy football league, you’ll probably be one when it ends. You’ll WANT to watch every game to make sure your player is getting points for you.

Do you have any tips to add? Let me know because I want to WIN!

P.S. If you’re NOT in a fantasy league and you don’t really like football, you’ll still want to read this post!

  • Corey Wheeland

    I’ve never done fantasy football, but I know people who do, and they absolutely love it!

  • Candy Kage

    To be completely honest I have never don the fantasy football thing. Know some people are big into this I just don’t have the time or desire. I do love watching football on tv and we cheer our favorite teams.

  • steph parrell

    I actually have no idea about football at all. It is not something that is very popular in my corner of the world, more of a hockey kind of place. BUT I always here about fantasy football and wonder what it is this all about. Sounds pretty cool!

  • I’ve never played fantasy football (don’t know enough about the players), but it sounds fun!

  • Marina Penedo

    love this! It’s not just a mans game ya’ll! Go girl, love the tips and I will definitely be sharing!

  • I have never played FF but it sounds fun! I definitely need some strategy tips to get me started!

  • Miss ALK

    I know nothing about Fantasy Football but just this week my boss mentioned starting this league- now I will feel educated when he talks about it haha!

    xoxo A

  • My friends get SO into their league and I’ve avoiding joining for the past few years. I’m pretty into Bachelorette Fantasy League though!

  • Yesterday I literally was just talking about starting a league this year…so your post couldn’t have come at a better time!!!

    Grace |

  • Neely

    So pumped for fantasy football to start!

  • ahhh i’ve always wanted to get into FF!

  • I’m a huge football nut!! I have been wanting to play fantasy football but have yet to do it. Great tips!

  • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

    Great tips, but fun fact: Nick’s aunt WON their FF league on autodraft ? (Not by choice obviously)
    I’ll have to send these tips to Nicky!

  • Haha any kind of football is religion here in west TX!

  • Adriana

    These are such fun tips! My brother and his friends have always been SO involved in the fantasy football craze and I secretly love it too! 😉

  • Such great tips about FF! Now I am ready for the season to start! 🙂

    Diary of a Debutante

  • Yay! I’m so excited for fantasy season. I started in a league with my husband and his friends a few years ago and it helps me get so much more into the sport!

  • I’m more a soccer fan. And I didn’t know about this until my boyfriend explained me about it. This seem so awesome!

  • Thena

    I’ve never done a league before, but it does seem like a lot of fun!!

  • Rachel Lavern

    My husband was also a football fanatic but I survive. To this day I don’t know what fantasy football is.

  • thesophiadiaries

    hahaha while I appreciate you writing this post, this post is 100% irrelevant to me xD it’s cool that you’re not writing about the typical stuff though!

  • Anna Hubbard

    The only experience I have with fantasy football is from my 8th grade math class, and my team won, but I honestly have no idea how! These sound like great tips though!

  • Kelsey H

    I definitely needed this post! My boyfriend always wants me to join his fantasy league and I have no idea what I’m doing. Thanks for the tips! xo

  • Amanda K

    I don’t watch much professional football, but I do go to college football games.

    Amanda ||

  • This is all good to know cos THIS girl is CLUELESS when it comes to football…haha! Even tho my hubby is a sports guy. I clearly have to get my ish together!

    Coming Up Roses

  • Never actually done this, but I might start now. You make it sound like fun.

  • I’ve never done fantasy football before- it goes WAY over my head haha. Love these tips, though!

  • Trecee Hutchinson

    These are great tips if you’re like me and have never done Fantasy football before! Great post!