So you've just finished your fantasy football draft. Now what? Do you just set up your starting lineup and then watch for sixteen weeks?
Some people say a draft contributes to half of a fantasy football victory. I am here to tell you that saying is crazy. The draft contributes only about 25% to your victory in my opinion. You might think I'm the one who is crazy, but I have a method to my madness.
Here is a breakdown of what goes into a championship:
25% - Drafting a strong team.
25% - Finding trades that will improve your team.
25% - Knowing the best players to play each week depending on match-ups!
25% - Using your bench space for waiver gems and denying your opponents. (Our Dominator Service is very handy for this)
Quarterbacks make bad decisions when under pressure by the defense. Put pressure on your opponent and he may start to make bad decisions.
Be a waiver-wire hawk. If you are watching a game and you see Adrian Peterson go down to a high ankle sprain, there is only one thing that should go through your mind.
"Is Chester Taylor a free agent?"
Even if you aren't sure of AP's injury, you're better off safe than sorry. Being the first to your waiver wire to pick up backups to injured stars will drive your opponents crazy! Make sure you know the backup to every starting running back in the league so you know who to get in case of an emergency. Don't be afraid to even watch football with your laptop right next to you!
When you have a stud on your bench with no place to play on your team, trade him! One of my favorite strategies is pointing out flaws in an opponent's team to help trades move along. Say one of the owners in your league is starting an unreliable QB. Let him know! He may agree with you and ask you if you have an extra QB to trade him! Success! If he doesn't want to trade right away, start picking up every QB that performs well each week...it'll start to drive him nuts when he cant get his hands on a reliable QB and he may give in to trading for your backup QB.
To win a fantasy league, it's important to use every advantage you have. Don't let a guy sit on your bench for 12 weeks because he has a "chance" to take over for a guy in case of an injury. Instead, use your bench to deny your opponents of valuable free agents! You might be the most hated owner in your league but being liked within your league doesn't earn you points!