Bengals Fantasy Football

Fantasy football: Strategies leading up to your draft

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CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium on December 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium on December 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images) /
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Make sure to handcuff top players

Every season there are top name injuries that derail fantasy football players entire seasons. One way owners can help minimize the dropoff is drafting their top player’s backups. Last season there were huge names across the league that ended up getting hurt. 2016 was a better example for me personally as top running backs were getting injured left and right. Being quick and drafting backup running backs, I was able to win my league.

An example of this would be looking at last season when Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook went down with a season-ending injury. While he likely wasn’t a season-ender for many owners, drafting his backup saved some. While Jerick McKinnon wasn’t the best in the running game to put up high numbers with his 570 yards and three touchdowns in 2017, he made big moves in the passing attack with 51 receptions for 421 yards and two touchdowns. Receiving backs are extremely useful in PPR leagues.

While your handcuffed players backups are not going to put up outrageous stats for you likely, they will likely be better than what is left in the free agent waivers. They are also players that must step up and play a more prominent role for the team to keep moving forward. You can usually grab your handcuff players in the late rounds so be smart and don’t get caught with your pants down when your star player gets hurt this season.

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