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Fantasy Football Primer: Dos and Donts

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It’s here. It’s finally here. As many of you surely know, last night’s season-opening Packers-Seahawks clash did not just kick off the NFL season, for many of us, it also served as the harbinger of fantasy football season. 

It’s an exciting time to be a football fan, but before you jump into your favorite La-Z-Boy and hunker down for the season, we wanted to provide you with a few helpful tips on how to make your fantasy football season a real success.

The most important aspect of fantasy football to remember is the season doesn’t end with the last pick of the draft. Week-to-week roster tinkering is as much a part of the game as the draft is.  So, use these hints to gain the upper-hand on your fantasy brethren and make this fantasy season a championship season. Without any further ado, the dos and donts of fantasy football.

Don’t: Get too attached to your players. If I’ve seen it once, I’ve seen it 1,000 times, fantasy owners fall in love with their own teams and refuse to make trades that could them make the playoffs or win a championship. Think of your players as values. If you can attain more value from another player either via trade or a waiver wire pickup, do it. And don’t look back.  

Do: Know your league’s rules. There’s nothing worse than logging on to your computer Friday night to pick up a bye-week filler only to find out your lineups locked before the start of Thursday night’s game. An incomplete lineup is the best way to cost yourself fantasy points. Give yourself a chance to win every week by knowing the setup of your league. 

Don’t: Bench your stars. You drafted Adrian Peterson in the first round for a reason. Just because Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams has a juicy matchup against the porous Chicago rush defense doesn’t mean you should find a spot on the bench for your superstar. Don’t get cute. The choice is Adrian Peterson every time.  All other things equal, you bet on talent, not matchups. 

Do: Make starters a priority. Having good depth can help early in the season with overcoming bye weeks and injuries, but when those fantasy playoffs roll around, make sure you’ve used all available assets improving your starting group. Depth doesn’t win fantasy championships. Stars do. 

Don’t: Make last-minute changes. I know, I know. There was this one time you put in a player a few seconds before lineups locked, and he had an amazing game. Do you know why you remember that happening? It’s because it so rarely does.  Instead, treat your fantasy teams like you tell your kids to treat their homework. Get it done early. That way if something happens later in the week, you’re ready with a backup plan. Thorough research beats out last-second

guesswork almost every time. 

Do: Remember to have fun. This is fantasy, after all. Everything you need to know about how serious you should take your fantasy football season is in the name. Playing fantasy football is a blast because it’s a great way to get to know your co-workers, connect with friends and relatives who live far away or to stay in touch with those high school buddies. I promise, if you remember to have fun playing this year, it’ll be your best season yet. 


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