10 Mistakes You’re Going To Make In Fantasy Football This Year
The NFL season is in full swing, and that means your life is already being consumed and ruined by fantasy football. All those hours of research and mock drafts have either paid off handsomely or proven to be a complete waste of time. The fact of the matter is that there will be oversights along the way. To help you through your fantasy season, here are 10 mistakes you’re probably going to make.
1. Drafting a Quarterback Too Early
It may seem tempting to take an Aaron Rodgers or Andrew Luck early in the draft, but there are always quality starting quarterbacks you can take in the mid to late rounds, too. You’re giving up drafting a star wide receiver in exchange for a quarterback that’s not going to do any better than a Ben Roethlisberger or Carson Palmer who’ll be just as effective.
2. Ignoring Your Running Back’s Handcuff
That stud running back you had to have is either going to get hurt or lose a bunch of his goal line carries to that random ninth round backup you completely ignored. And of course the backup’s big breakout week will be the one when you’re playing the guy that owns him. The best thing you can do is draft the backup late and, at the very least, stash him away to keep your points from being stolen. How many people who drafted Jeremy Hill regret not grabbing Gio Bernard? A lot.
3. Assuming You Don’t Need to Work the Waivers
Last year, halfway through the season I grabbed a little known wide receiver named Odell Beckham Jr. Turns out that free agent pickup would lead to me winning my entire league. So many owners fall in love with their lineup and refuse to make any changes despite poor performances or bad matchups. Don’t be afraid to bench a big name if it’s not working out.
4. Constantly Tinkering with Your Lineup
Don’t overthink things. The more “fantasy experts” you listen to, the more you’re going to regret everything when you lose by two points because some random guy on a blog swore that Sam Bradford was definitely going to outplay Tom Brady. Don’t do it. Don’t listen to it.
5. Joining Too Many Leagues
You think you’re going to have a better chance of winning and have more fun by agreeing to join everyone’s league, but what’s actually going to happen is that every game is going to be a source of frustration. How? Because you have Peyton Manning in one league, but you’re playing against him in another, and two of your opponents have Demaryius Thomas and the other has Denver’s defense. You don’t know if you should cheer or cry every time someone scores a touchdown. In the end, you just hate football.
6. Drafting a Bunch of Players From Your Favorite Team
Look, I know you love the Eagles, but you can’t draft every single player in the Philadelphia organization. If they have a good game it might work out, but on their bye week you’re not going to have enough players to set a lineup. Unless they score 67 points per game, you’re probably going to lose. Plus, it’s bad enough watching your team lose, but if they lose AND you fantasy team loses at the same time, that’s just torment.
7. Neglecting Your Work to Focus on Your Fantasy Team
At first it’ll start on your lunch break, but then it’ll slowly start easing its way into your work time. You’ll miss everything said in meetings because you’re trying to figure out what wide receiver is going to be worth grabbing in Dallas. Suddenly your boss is calling you in because you accidentally sent him a trade offer during a finance call.
8. Bailing on Family Events to Send Out Trades
Next your family starts to suffer. You can’t come to your daughter’s recital because it’s on a Thursday and your tight end plays that night. The entire Sunday is shot and Saturday is out because you have to watch college football to figure out who to draft next season. Monday has at least one game and waivers clear on Wednesday, so between that and work you’ve got 15 minutes per week to love your spouse and children.
9. Locking Yourself in a Basement to Study Footage
Eventually it’s become too much to try and maintain a normal human existence and manage multiple fantasy football teams. That’s when you make the decision to live in one of those bunkers like doomsday people construct. You make sure there’s internet and satellite TV, and now you don’t have to ever worry about missing another injury report again. Who cares if it’s only a $20 league and you used to be a respected member of the community? This is your life now.
10. Letting Fantasy Football Destroy Every Aspect of Your Entire Life
Your family has all but forgotten you. Friends are a distant memory. You vaguely remember what the sun feels like on your skin. Matthew Berry is the only voice you’ve heard in months. When you close your eyes, you see point projections and sleeper predictions. All is lost. You’re gone forever.