With regular season football just weeks away everyone is scrambling for the winning strategy for this year. Since there are myriad draft strategies all over the net, I’ll give a few tips to help you DURING the season. I hope this helps.
The Truth is Out There
There are plenty of websites that can provide you with accurate and up-to-date information. If you cannot decide which running back should get the nod this week, look at the stats of the defense that each one is facing. Sure Joseph Adai is a monster, but if the Colts are playing a defense that has been tough against the run he might not be the one to pick. If the Cowboys are playing against a team that does not allow many red-zone scores you might want to bench Marion Barber III for a back with a bit of an easier matchup.
Watch the Wire
No, Omar isn’t going to provide you with the inside information. Keep your eyes on the waiver wire. Fantasy football is all about getting large contributions from unexpected players. People always take chances on unknowns and then drop them before they show any signs of development. This means you should be checking your waiver wire to be the first person to snag that third-string receiver that just became the second receiver due to injury.
If Charlie Sheen and Forrest Whitaker aren’t available in your league Chester Taylor should be. If you want Adrian Peterson (of the Minnesota Vikings) it is a must that you acquire Taylor. I know he’s AP AD but he can’t REALLY run all day. He will get spelled and when he does, Chester is always a threat. You don’t want AP to get all these rushing yards and have his backup get the touchdowns, do you?
The unsung heroes of the running game are the fullbacks. Many teams do not give their 3-backs much attention, but who gets the free trip to Hawai’i when the tailback makes the Pro Bowl? Do you think it was a coincidence that Mack Strong’s retirement and Shaun Alexander’s plummet in production came around the same time? Or how about the fact that Lorenzo Neal has blocked for 1,000 yard rushers for 7 consecutive years? It would be a good idea to put some effort into picking up Willis McGahee because Neal just signed with the Baltimore Ravens. Look for Neal on the sidelines in Honolulu.
Limit Your Muses
A common mistake made by fantasy owners is hearing a bit of information about a player and making a quick decision based on that tip. This does not always pay off. You have to make sure you listen to the same people all of the time. If you trust Matthew Berry then don’t let John Clayton make you question your moves. Don’t hop from pundit to pundit. If you like to listen to the (now unemployed) Sean Salisbury, keep track of his opinions. I found out that if he says Larry Johnson is going to have a big game you should bench LJ. If he thinks the Dolphin’s defense is going to surprise people this week, start your running back against them. Make sure you learn how to judge the opinions of your muse.
Strength of Schedule
To borrow a phrase from Woody Paige, “LOOK AT THE SCHEDULE!” If a team is facing a tough group of teams then it might not be a good idea to put too much stock in an offensive player that plays for said team. However, a team with a weak season will have high numbers on the offensive side. The Patriots, Chargers and Raiders have the weakest strength of schedule, so Darren McFadden, Chris Chambers and the platoon of Laurence Maroney and Lamont Jordan are all players that could be over-looked but of a soft schedule. On the converse end, the Steelers, Colt, and Jaguars have the strongest strength of schedule, so look for their linebackers to put up big number since the defense will see a lot of time on the field.
The Gift of Gab
Stay up to date with the latest on the workhorses and role players of your team. If the smallest thing happens you should know about it. The Gab network keeps your as (if not more) up to date than any other site on the net. As long as you keep checking back you’ll never fall behind. Leave comments on the team gab pages so the writers know what you want news about. Comment on the stories that matter to you as to show the writers interest. In the words of Jerry McGuire, help [us] help you.
If this didn’t help you then you are far beyond my fantasy prowess. Leave some tips for me and the other readers. We’re not in the same league(s) as you, so what’s a little help going to hurt?