How To Win At Fantasy Football

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.

The Questions Around Victorino Over Castillo

The Red Sox announced that prized outfield free-agent acquisition Rusney Castillo will be sent down to the minors, after signing a 7-year contract this offseason.

Thinking along the same lines as the Kris Bryant situation, I was intrigued to see what the Red Sox were willing to do with their crowded and talented outfield also. They seem stacked with talent out on the grass, but the lack of minor league options left the future look murky.

Personally, no offense to Victorino, but I would have loved to see him packaged with a low-end prospect to get our hands on some younger relief or starting pitching.

Teams like the Mets seem eager to ditch some pitching and the Red Sox could use the extra hands. Dillon Gee was a name thrown around early and seems to make sense to add to a particularly unspectacular starting rotation.

For the record, I am still fully against dishing our “high end” prospects on a guy like Cole Hamels; however, the concept of adding one more proven arm to the mix sounds like a winning idea.

Victorino is still a massive question mark anyway. He is batting below .200 Although the best baseball bats are always for him and is still recovering from a back surgery in the offseason, which only makes me more skeptical that he can make an impact for more than ½ a season. I don’t know what he may have said to ownership to get him so much faith, but as a fan, I’m starting to lose it.

At his best, Victorino is a post-season contributor. He is dangerous on the base paths and can pepper the wall when he wants, but then why did we spend so much money to have to best outfield at the AAA level? Castillo joins defensive juggernaut JBJ and our other decent prospect Bryce Brentz to… well, I’m not sure exactly.

If the Red Sox’ goal is to win every AAA game, then they have definitely shown that they have the pockets to do so.

What was spring training but a reason to showcase some talent?

Allen Craig is a starter on a lot of teams, despite having a horrible end of last season, so why didn’t we move him?

His salary is slightly higher than most teams would take on, but if the outfield is so crowded, then why bother keeping him?

Nava is out of minor league options and carries a left-handed bat to bring to the bench that the Red Sox could greatly use, so he is valuable to the team.

Mookie locked down center field, and there’s no surprise that Hanley won left field, so why in the world are we taking a shot on a rehab starter?

Castillo is supposed to be the future of our outfield, no matter where he ends up playing, but he’s not a 19-year old prospect like Kris Bryant. Castillo is 27, and showed up in a big way this spring, putting up José Abreu numbers. At a similar age as Abreu, how long is that window open? If Victorino is out of minor league options, then he is just the odd man out in a system that is a little too stacked on the grass.

In short, out with Victorino, in with Castillo. If there was ever a time to cash in on a hot bat, its when the lineup includes Hanley, Pablo, Ortiz, Napoli, Pedrioa, and Betts.

Fantasy Football Guide

How To Manage Your Fantasy Football Team

In order to be successful in fantasy football, you have to understand that in-season management is the number one priority. The draft is important, but overrated when it comes down to who is going to win your league. When it’s time for the draft, keep in mind that it’s creating value for your team, not getting the best available player at a specific position. For instance, if you already own Drew Brees and Ryan Fitzgerald is available, you take Ryan Fitzgerald. You don’t take Cedric Benson because you need a RB. You can always trade Fitzgerald for a much better RB than Benson.

As far as in-season management goes, you need to be an absolute maniac with the free agent list. You must track every player. When you see a skilled player get an opportunity, you must put in for him before your opponents. Look at Jamaal Charles in 2010 as an example. Even when you don’t need a player, you should pay attention to the free agent list. This way you can steal players that your competitors need. For instance, if someone in your league is desperate for a QB and Curtis Painter just became available, you should grab him even if you don’t need him. This is called playing defense in fantasy football.

Fantasy Football: Tips, Tactics, And Advice

Fantasy football has quickly become one of the favorite pastimes of many people. It is something that people hold parties around and gather each year to participate in. Some people have even made new friendships with people that they would have never known if it weren’t for fantasy football. Given all of these good things that the game does, you probably are interested in playing. However, most of us are not just interested in playing, we also want to know the ways in which we can win. After all, what is the point of doing something like this if you aren’t going to do it well.

Fantasy football is a game that requires you to have the most knowledge. That is knowledge that you are able to collect about players, teams, injuries, and more. The more information you gather, the better the edge you will have against the others. At the same time that you are doing all of this, you also might be interested in looking at some of the blogs and other information that is dedicated to fantasy football. With access to this kind of information, you are sure to gain the knowledge that you need to make the right moves in your fantasy football league.

How To Put Together A Winning Fantasy Football Team

The starting lineup for your Fantasy Football Team is down right the most important. No matter if you’re drafting a Quarterback or Running Back first you need to position yourself down the stretch to be able to draft some other great players down the stretch. Your starting lineup is as equally important and the players you have for your bench. You will never know when they come in handy.

Whether it’s from someone on your team getting hurt and you need another player to fill its spot. Or if the case is that the team of the player you have isn’t playing that week do to a bye game, you need to have another player to fill his spot. You can then take a player that’s already a backup for you or go out and grab a player right from free agency.

The problem with free agency is that after the initial draft, most of the players remaining would there because of being dropped because of injuries or simply because there not starters for any team and therefor no a very good football player. I prefer to pick either a Quarterback or a Running Back first, depending on which league I’m in. These are what I believe to be the two top dynamic positions in playing Fantasy Football.