Yesterday, I said winning at fantasy football is simple (not easy). It’s simple because you just need to put a team on the field that can score more (fantasy) points than your opponent. Remember, you have 16 players on your team but only nine in your starting lineup. The points scored by the others on the bench don’t count.
After the draft, you take off your general manager hat and put on your head coach hat. Who will you start in week 1? You’ll probably be going with the guys you drafted in the earlier rounds until they prove to be inferior to other players acquired later. But you also need to look at opponent strength and matchups,
I don’t want to minimize the importance of the draft, but you will not win or lose a fantasy championship with a draft. Last season, my No. 1 pick overall in the draft was David Johnson, and he was injured in the first quarter and lost for the season. Andrew Luck, my drafted quarterback, never played a game in 2017.
The challenge for me last season, in my first fantasy football campaign, was daunting. But I won the championship. I started by losing the first four games of the season. Then, I won the next eight in a row. Along the way, I managed to pick up Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram in trades. I got Carson Wentz off the waiver wire.
You won’t know how good, or bad, your fantasy team is after the draft. They may look good on paper, but the guys you think are studs could be duds. You could also have a rash of injuries. The good news is that there are always undiscovered stars waiting to be acquired on the waiver wire. You must be looking for them.
Win at fantasy football, part 3.