As the NFL season is set to begin in a month, most football fans are also preparing for another season of fantasy football. Fantasy football has been one of the most popular hobbies for all casual and fanatic football fans. Winning a fantasy football championship is almost as important as rooting for the favorite team to win a Superbowl for many people. Becoming a consistent winner at fantasy football requires dedicating a large amount of time to research and keeping track of a variety of player and team updated weekly. One cannot be a consistent fantasy football winner without sifting through countless amounts of magazines, websites, and radio shows to acquire data and information that can provide an edge over opponents. For casual fans, learning the following rules of thumbs can help transform them from a good fantasy football player to a consistent fantasy football champion.
1. Stats are the most important thing.
The most important thing in fantasy football is stats. The best players for fantasy purposes are the ones who can accumulate stats. Real life winning or losing does not determine how well a NFL player is at fantasy football. For example, a quarterback can lead his NFL team to 13 wins over a season but still be among the worst quarterbacks in fantasy football. The important thing is to aim for players who produce consistent, high quality stats.
2. Depth is important.
Injuries are inevitable in football. Every year, some of the top players suffer devastating injuries. Fantasy football players must prepare for these injuries by adding players at every position to provide depth. Handcuffing a superstar player with their backup is one common way to add depth. An important mistake from many fantasy football players is to stockpile superstar players and forget to add backups or high quality players as depth in case of injuries.
3. Scanning the waiver wire weekly is essential to winning.
Every NFL football team has lineup changes throughout the week. Thus, fantasy football owners make lineup adjustments by adding and drop players. Sometimes, players who seem to have no value for another fantasy owner may be a breakout star or a starting player for another fantasy owner. Staying on top of the waiver wire and watching which players become available is crucial to winning a fantasy football championship.
4. Making trades with other fantasy owners can help strengthen weaknesses on a team.
Understanding the strengths and weaknesses on a fantasy team can help benefit an individual’s team. By finding the weakness on another team, a fantasy owner can offer a player who benefits the other owner and strengthens their own team at the same time. Fantasy football championships can be won on a well timed and though out trade with a willing owner.
5. Go with the gut feeling.
No matter how much researching and studying a person does, sometimes fantasy football comes down to a gut feeling. Choosing to start or bench a player can come down to how a person feels on Sunday. All signs and research may suggest benching a certain player because of a tough matchup or difficult weather, but a person’s gut feeling may tell him or her to start the player anyway. If the results are good, then it will see like a great decision. If not, it can make an owner look foolish.