The Golden Rule of Fantasy Football

By Chris Conger

If you are like me, and most of you are, you will forget the number one rule over all others in fantasy football…it is not real NFL football! Let me give you a quick example of what I mean.

If you owned a real NFL team today, and that team was in the Super Bowl, would you rather have Robert Griffin III or Big Ben Roethlisberger? Now on your fantasy team RG3 is by far going to give you more value, even at a higher risk. But in real life…give me the guy who’s been there!

I see fantasy football drafts where the owners are Dallas Cowboy fans. They draft Dez Bryant, Tony Romo, Miles Austin, and any other Cowboy who may put a jersey on any given Sunday.

It happens every year in at least 60% of my drafts. I can promise you that it has only worked one time…yes I did it with the Indianapolis Colts in 2009. I ended up with Manning, Wayne, Clark, and Collie. I assure you this was not intentional, but it just worked out that way. (I say it worked because I won the league)

Emotional and loyalty have no place in fantasy football! Draft on numbers and potential. One of the keys to success in fantasy is keeping up with the players going into the league. This is especially important if you have a keeper league.

We all knew Adrian Peterson was going to be a stud, and he is. The same is true with AJ Green, Trent Richardson, and Andrew Luck. So what if you get one year they don’t perform? In a good keeper league they could ride you to the promise land for years to come.

Just check out the combine every year and you will see players that slip through the cracks even though they outperformed the media machine that is the SEC or Big 10.

If you take anything from this make it this. It’s called fantasy for a reason, and I love it! Good luck and sleeper of the week is a good one this week. It will be in my “Pick-em” later this week. Don’t worry, you won’t need a waiver to claim this gem.

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