Whether you're a hardened fantasy football veteran, a first time owner or a causal player the fantasy football advice we provide at The Huddle helps you manage your roster. Below are our top 5 fantasy football dos for the season:
Know your league's scoring system. This may seem like a no brainer, but you would be surprised by the number of fantasy owners who aren't familiar with their leagues scoring system. Fantasy football leagues can have radically different scoring systems, and understanding your scoring system can have a tremendous impact on the success of your roster moves.
Take bye weeks into consideration. Bye weeks can be a silent killer. For example, say you have five starters from four different teams that all share the same bye week. When that bye week comes around you will then have to start five of your backups, which can put you at a serious disadvantage.
Upgrade your starting roster whenever you have the chance. Often times, fantasy owners spend the bulk of their time adding depth to their bench. While this isn't a bad practice, it is important to not hesitate at the chance to improve your starting squad. Whether through trades or free agency, it is important that you keep an eye out for available talent.
Protect your star running backs. One of the easiest ways to add roster security is to acquire your star running back's back-up. Back-ups may spend the entire season on the bench, but it’s worth the roster spot to protect your team should the injury bug bite.
Stay up-to-date with NFL news. Between injuries, depth chart changes, free agents and trades, the NFL landscape is constantly changing. Staying current with the latest NFL news can greatly improve your fantasy football performance.
Fantasy Football Don'ts
The majority of fantasy football advice focuses solely on what to do during the season, but it is equally important to know what not to do. Below are our top 5 fantasy football don'ts:
Make roster decisions with your heart. We all have our favorite players and teams, but just because you wear a player's jersey every Sunday doesn't make him the better player. Make sure you use your head when making roster changes.
Fall in love with rookies and sleepers. A fantastic college career doesn't directly translate to a productive NFL player, and a bench full of sleepers may cause your dreams of league dominance to turn into a nightmare.
Ignore your league's free agents. Neglecting to monitor your league's waiver wire could have you missing out on a player that could really improve your team. Keeping an eye on your league's free agents can be a great way to improve your roster's depth and even upgrade your starting squad.
Neglect to update your roster every week. This may not be the most earth shattering piece of fantasy football advice, but with the growing number of Thursday night games it is becoming easier to forget to update your team. Getting in the habit of updating your roster the same time every week can be a great way to prevent this.
Forget to have fun. Remember it is all a game, and while the goal is to win, it shouldn't come at the expense of having fun. Whether you are in a league with your family, friends, coworkers or complete strangers being polite and friendly is always a plus.