We play to win. For all fantasy football players, this is the sole purpose of our existence: We play to win. Unfortunately, winning in this complicated game is not as simple as the experts would make it seem. It is an ongoing struggle, starting from round one of your draft, and continuing every single week until the very last point is scored.
The most crucial step in your journey towards winning your fantasy football league is having a strong draft. This can only be accomplished through thorough research; whether that consists of eyeballing your own statistics or reviewing the opinions of the experts, is up to the player. Having a strong draft is about more than knowing whether you’re drafting Michael Vick or Adrian Peterson with the first pick. Have a list of potential “sleepers” handy; these are the guys that could lead to a championship.
Once you have a team assembled, it is important to regularly troll your league’s free agent pool. There will be gems to be found once the season is underway. As stars succumb to injuries, backups will become key starters in your lineup. Check the waiver wire every day, and be sure your team is the first grab to these unsung heroes.
Trading takes practice. Negotiating is a skill you must develop through repetition. Overvaluing your players can be helpful in convincing another player that what you have is what they need. Additionally, studying the needs of other teams in your league as compared to your own resources is key. Don’t offer someone Steven Jackson for Matt Schaub if he has a backfield committee consisting of Maurice Jones-Drew and Michael Turner; he has no reason to accept this trade. But if you happen to notice that his trio of wide receivers is headed up by someone like Sidney Rice, maybe an offer of Steve Smith or Mike Wallace for Schaub is something he would consider.
These strategies and more will help you to dominate your league. Whether you win or lose, continuing to practice is crucial; before long, a well-designed strategy will translate to wins.