Joe's Fantasy Football Philosophies

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Aug 10, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (42) runs with the ball during the game against New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott (57) at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE


Fantasy Football fanatics are always looking for an edge, reading information, studying depth charts, and reading injury reports. It’s a small-scale version of running an actual team. Fantasy Football has grown into a huge hobby among football fans.

I have played Fantasy Football for 17 seasons, and  I look forward to it every year. I’ve won leagues a bunch of times, and I’ve also finished last more times than I care to admit. I understand what a lot of other fantasy players feel when they get that email about renewing their leagues and/or teams in a league. It’s like Christmas time! You make a list, you check twice, then three times, then four times, then five times, you get the idea. I would not call myself an expert by any means, but I like to think I know a thing or two about it. So here are my little tidbits I want to pass along to you.


Limit your teams

I know this is going to be difficult for some of you, but I learned this the hard way. I used to be in as many as 10-12 leagues per year. I was spending far more time making moves and adjustments than anyone should. Last season, I dropped down to 3 teams. I was able to focus and pay better attention to all of my teams. Previously, if one of my teams was doing poorly, I would just write them off. Last year, I was on top of things with all 3 teams and I wasn’t spending a ton of time trying to keep up with them. The result; I won 2 leagues and came in 4th in the other. Not too shabby.


Aug 10, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber (10) congratulates kicker Mike Nugent (2) after kicking a field goal during the first half against the New York Jets at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE


Be in a league that drafts late

What I mean is try to be in a league that drafts after final cuts. A couple of days after final cuts gives time for the dust to settle, depth charts to be finalized, and you know all of the preseason injuries. One of my leagues drafts mid-August every year. I love the league, but they refuse to draft after that. The league that I run, this year’s draft is September 3rd. It’s only a couple of days before the season starts, but all of the major roster moves tend to have already been made.


Make a list of targets

I started this a few seasons ago and I have noticed a difference. I make a list of players I would like to get at every position. I don’t pick just the top 5 from each list, I make my own. As I draft, I keep the list next to me. I have yet to have a draft where I did not land at least one of my targets from each position. It helps to keep you focused. If the top 2-3 players at a certain position on your list are gone, there’s no need to panic. You still have solid players that you can target later on.


Stick to your draft plan

No drafts will ever be the same. Don’t let that throw you off of your game. Stick to your plan and move on. If you were planning on taking a RB in the first round, take the best available RB with your pick. Just because there is a run at a position does not mean that you need to stray from your plan and reach for a player as a knee jerk reaction. Wrinkles are always going to be thrown into the mix. Sticking to your plan will help ensure that you are happy with your draft. No matter what happens, stay the course and keep crossing off those targets.


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