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:
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!
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!