Fantasy Football Strategy Tips (continued)
After the draft/auction
- Analyze your roster by position to identify your team’s strengths and weaknesses. Also analyze as many of your competitors’ rosters as time permits to determine their strengths and weaknesses. This will give you a big head start in initiating and evaluating potential trades.
During the season
- Designate each player on your roster as either someone you will start all the time (except for his bye week) or someone you will start only in case of an injury or an extremely favorable match-up. Generally, it makes much more sense to play favorable match-ups for Quarterbacks, Running Backs, and Defenses than it does for Wide Receivers, Tight Ends, and Kickers.
- If you find yourself in need of an additional Running Back, don’t panic and put yourself on the wrong side of a lopsided trade. Once the inevitable injuries and benchings occur during the season, additional Running Backs will emerge. Some (but not all) will prove to be better than the man they replaced – it happens every season!
- When evaluating potential trades, make sure to include the deal's impact on your entire roster, not just the players directly involved. You should include
- Players directly involved in the deal.
- Players remaining on your roster whose roles will change as a result of the deal (i.e. – starters moving to your bench and vice versa).
- Players who will be added as free agents or cut as a result of the trade. If time permits, perform a similar evaluation on the rosters of the other teams involved in the deal to gauge its probability of being accepted as currently proposed.
- Don't overreact to players who perform much better or worse than expected early in the season (particularly the latter)! Consider what the player was expected to do before the season began, not just what he's done season-to-date. The earlier in the season you are, the more weight you should give the expected results versus the season-to-date results in forecasting the player's results for the rest of the season.