Unless you are a professional fantasy football statistician who gets paid a living wage to to follow the lives and game stats of all 1,696 or so NFL players, there is a good chance that you do not have enough time to find out all the little factors that might effect the performance of your players. Some people like to pick their favorite players and just stick with them even though their best years are behind them. Some of these people might get lucky and see their players have a resurgence like those who took Peyton Manning or even Tony Romo. Not many experts were listing either of them very high this year but they are toping the charts this season after a few years of nothing but misery for their previous owners. There are also some of those who will pick players from their favorite team and hope for the best. If you are a Broncos or Seattle fan you would be doing pretty good. You can still chose a few players in this manor but be prepared to sit your favorites if they are not going to perform as well as you would like them to if you want to be winning your fantasy games. Of course you only need to beat the guy you are up against this week, so if he forgets to swap out his bye-week players you can throw in a few sentimental picks just to show your support. I will help you find a better Fantasy Football Strategy for pick players for your line up.
If you want to win every week against some smart team owners you are going to have to bite the bullet and pick some players from teams you love to hate if they are going to give you points. My first year I traded away some really good players just because I couldn’t bring myself to cheer for them in real life. Although I still want their team to lose, I have come to terms with the fact that I need the best players from which ever team they are on if I want to win. I am not a complete football freak like the stereotypical fantasy football owner. I know the top names like Adrian Peterson and Peyton Manning, but I never heard of Jamal Charles until he was picked for me in the automated draft, and he was listed as the 3rd to be picked this year behind Peterson and Arian Foster. I know we can go on for weeks discussing the pre-draft preparation and the nuances of how the various draft options are better for certain leagues, like the snake draft vs auction, but my league used an automated draft so we will skip this. There is a way to select certain players you refuse to take and ones you will try to get before other positions are chosen, so you CAN manipulate your automated draft a bit, and this takes a little research too, but be careful, Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster were listed as the 2 top scorers where Peyton Manning and Tony Romo were listed WAY down on the list pre-season, but the first few games showed that pre-season predictions might not always pan out the way you might expect.
When you decide to do some research for your fantasy team, you might want to find places to go where someone else has already done most of the work. There are a ton of websites that are designed to help you find the best line up for your team and give you the best suggestions for who to start. I would love to be able to give you the best advice for your team but I just don’t have the time to do all the research necessary to do that. I will however show you where to go and how to use some of these sites to your best advantage. I have found that even the best, most well paid experts only get their picks right 66% of the time. This is a little better than a coin flip, so when you see that 2 of your players are listed neck and neck, go with your gut instinct if there is only a few positions difference. You will want to think about the defense they are playing against, and maybe even pick the guy from the team you like at this point. But if one is listed in the #2 spot and the other is in the #38 spot you should generally pick that guy in the #2 spot. Also keep in mind that NO ONE can predict an injury, you never know when RG3 will run for extra yards and have his knee blown out by a hit, but you might really pay attention to high risk players like Mike Vick who loves to scramble vs someone like Peyton Manning who loves to stay safe in the pocket.
Now that you have some idea of how things work, you should head over to my article on how to use various websites to your advantage. Although there are some that are really good at predicting the best players for the week they have some drawbacks that usually require some supplemental sites to help with other decisions like who to pull off the wire and who to hang onto for a few weeks when your star QB has a bye or is going to be playing a really tough defense. Above all remember, this is all about having fun so don’t stress out too much and only put in the amount of effort to keep it fun, and don’t forget, it is a lot more fun when you are winning!