Fantasy Football Advantage
Fantasy Football Advantage is a website started in 2004 and became a resource for quite a few fantasy football players. We came across the site through a link on KFFL and were intrigued by some of the articles. While the players references are over 10 years old, the strategy is still very applicable. So, we decided to resurrect the site, giving credit to those authors that originally wrote the content. Some of the more interesting articles are below, meanwhile here's a draftkings promo code for you.
Five Rules That Have Lead Me to Championships
First off let me preface this article by giving you a little background on my success and why I believe these rules have some merit in Fantasy Football, especially for newer players.
I have only been playing Fantasy Football for three years (that is not a great deal of experience). Three seasons in a straight redraft league and three seasons in a two keeper auction style league, both are 12 team leagues.
In six total seasons of FF I have: two championships, two third place finishes and a fourth place finish. Only once have I failed to make the playoffs. With all of the luck involved in FF, injuries, suspensions, players resting late in seasons, etc… These 5 rules are the backbone of what has allowed me to be successful.
1. Do your own homework.
What I mean by this is try to accumulate as much information as you can and develop your own judgment as to where to find fantasy success. Don’t blindly follow a magazine or website ranking for your draft. This does not mean that you should ignore the opinions of fantasy resources such as magazines, websites, league mates, training camp reports and so on. I do just the opposite really. I accumulate as much of this information as I can and then develop my rankings or projections based on an overview of all the information. The more you know the better your projections will be. Occasionally you will find a single nugget of information that will dramatically change your outlook on a player or team, but generally I have found that taking a broad spectrum approach will give better results.
2. In the first four rounds of your Draft, go for consistency over upside.
I rarely draft rookies or unproven players in the first four rounds of a draft or overpay for these players in an auction format. There is an old saying in FF that you can not win your league in the early rounds, but you can certainly lose it. I believe very strongly in this rule. Your first four picks are the core of your team and should be your bread and butter for scoring (barring injury). If you want sleepers, pick them up in the later rounds. Otherwise you are reaching for them and will not get any value for your pick. I really like looking at Average Draft Position information and Mock draft information to determine when I will pick a player. Generally, if the ADP on my sleeper moves into the first four rounds, I no longer consider them a sleeper and won’t draft them.
3. Don’t stop doing the homework just because your draft is over.
I believe that more championships are won through free agency by staying on top of NFL events as the season progresses than can be won at your draft. 3 years ago I was able to get Dominic Davis off of waivers in week four, just before he exploded onto the FF radar and became a top ten fantasy back. This was the key to one of my championships. Equally important, if your season goes 16 weeks, do your homework for 16 weeks. Two years ago I was able to get Larry Johnson in week 15 when both Priest Holmes and Derrick Blalock were injured. A lot of the team owners in my league had become satisfied with their teams and quit doing waiver moves. Again I won a championship.
4. Don’t be too Stubborn with your opinions on players or teams.
The key here is realizing that the NFL is a very volatile league. Things change very quickly. No matter how sure I am about how a player or a team will perform, I always keep an open mind. No one on my fantasy teams is untradeable or uncuttable for a good free agent pickup. I agree that pulling the trigger too quickly on a nonperforming player can kill a fantasy team, but you will always lose out on the best free agents and trade opportunities if you are not willing to cut players loose.
5. When in Doubt, go with the running back.
No, you can’t win your league with 16 running backs on a 16 player roster, but in general, running backs have more value in FF than any other position. The reason here is twofold. First, due to the limited supply of starting running backs in the NFL, fewer are available as the season progresses. Second, most scoring systems value running backs higher than any other position for scoring. There are exceptions to this rule, such as start 2 Quarterback leagues or leagues that are weighted heavily for QB or WR scoring. I’m not saying you that you should always draft running backs in your first two rounds of your draft. Nor am I saying that you should draft your backup running back before your starters at other positions. Generally though, when all other things are equal I will always emphasize the RB position over all of the others.
None of these rules are set in stone, there are always exceptions, but I’ve found they really have helped with my consistency in Fantasy Football.
Waiver Wire Strategy
In this section we are talking about the free agent wire. To some this might seem like a know brainer, but to others this part of fantasy football remains a mystery. The wire can be the one thing that brings your team to the championship, but it can also be the thing that hamstrings your team.
First things first, if it ain't broke don't fix it. That is the truth of fantasy football. If your team is rolling and you have by weeks covered and no one injured I would suggest steering clear of the wire. Some owners feel the need to pounce upon players they think will bust out no matter how their team is doing. I don't suggest this. While if you lose someone to injury you will end up spending too much money in transactions. Another reason you don't want to do this is because if you have all these players you like and think will have a big week you will have an extremely hard time picking a starting lineup.
The other extreme is to draft a good team and then watch them play the season. No matter what happens this owner won't spend another dollar on a free agent move. They think for some reason that they drafted the best team ever and won't make a move to improve their team. This is diffinatley not the way to go.
When it comes to the wire you have to find some middle ground. If you team is doing well, but you have some injuries you will want to look for players that will get you points every week. I don't think it is in your best interest to take chances on flyers in the free agent pool.
I don't think that is the best use of the wire. If you have a running back and someone drops his backup, I would think about dropping someone and picking up the backup for the handcuff.
I do suggest you always keep an eye on who is being dropped and added in the free agent pool, so if someone you have ends up injured you will be prepared and know who you have a shot at.
Trades in fantasy football can either take you to the top of the ladder or strand you on the bottom of the barrell. Trades are an important part of fantasy football. Trades don't have to take place for a team to succeed. You can pick up playable free agents and win your league. But since fantasy football is all about fun, I would suggest making a trade or two.
Trading is kind of like playing poker. You need to feel out your other owners in the league and look for someone who has something you want. Once you have your sights on the guy you want to trade with send out a feeler. Don't propose exactly what you want because then you will have no bargaining power.
Also when making trades don't be afraid to throw in some extra players and mix it up a little bit. Trading one player is fun, but trading 4 players is exciting. You don't want to screw over the other guy. You want to do a deal that is fair to both owners. Taking advantage of guppies is fine, but don't send them someone who is out for the season or retired or next year you will find yourself sitting out of the league watching.
When someone sends you a trade offer look it over carefully. Check into the players they are wanting to give you and check on their injury status. If you think the trade is fair and want to do it let them know. That is not usually the case, but you can usually make a counter offer of something you want and vice versa.
Trading in fantasy football isn't as neccessary as free agent pickups, they are more. Fun there is no better feeling than trading away someone your opponent thinks is a stud only to have them flop for the rest of the year . On the flip side of the coin the player you got explodes and goes on to lead the league in scoring for the rest of the year.
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