I understand what you are saying. It’s the middle of the season. Your fantasy soccer team is on track to win your championship. You’ve read the Yahoo cheatsheet daily. You may have spent hours looking at the ESPN Fantasy Football Rankings until your eyes are blurred. Your team could be heading straight for the basement. Your fantasy football team has failed despite your best efforts. You showed up to the draft. You purchased the Athlon fantasy soccer guide. The best fantasy football draft software was yours. You had every fantasy football cheatsheet and fantasy soccer rankingssheet. But it didn’t work. Don’t despair. There’s still time.
Before you go to the cellar, take a moment to read this article and to review some mid-season fantasy football tips. Perhaps you can help your fantasy soccer team get on the right path to success. If you’re the one operating your fantasy football team and are on the right track, there might be some tips that can help you make the season a success. These tips are far better than reading fantasy football rankings.
These are my top five tips for fantasy football teams in the middle of the season to get ready for fantasy football playoffs.
- Your fantasy football team is ready. This sounds ridiculous, but it is common sense. You’ve been monitoring your fantasy football team throughout the season. If you have been making changes to your fantasy football team, then you are probably on the right track. If you’re not, remember that many fantasy football owners have given up at this stage. They’re tired of constantly changing their lineups and reading fantasy soccer rankings. You will be able capitalize on their late season laziness. You can simply check your fantasy football team, make the necessary changes (e.g. benching injured players, etc.). This will allow you to pick up a few wins that you might not have otherwise.
- Take a look at the NFL schedule to see who is eligible for play-offs and remove them from your fantasy football team. Each year I witness a team that was a strong contender in one of my leagues being destroyed by a lack of preparation. A lack of planning is a grave problem for serious fantasy football players. Many fantasy soccer owners believe they can operate using Yahoo fantasy football ranks, ESPN fantasy league rankings, CBS SportsLine fantasy league rankings, Athlon Fantasy football rankings or another publication’s fantasy football rankings. At this stage of the season, it is important to look at the schedule. It is quite clear that the Colts will win AFC South this season.
Your fantasy football schedule should be reviewed at week 14, 15, 16 and 17. Compare your fantasy football playoff schedule to the NFL schedule. Take a look at who your running back is. Look at who you have as a wide receiver. These players are on teams that are absolutely guaranteed to make the playoffs. To illustrate, I’ll give you an example. A few years back, Donovan McNabb had an amazing fantasy football season. However, the Eagles secured their home field advantage and Donovan McNabb had already been having a great season. My friend in a league I am in saw his fantasy football team collapse because McNabb was benched by the Eagles. This is not something you want to happen to. Take a look at the NFL standings to see who will be benched and make plans to remove them from your fantasy football league’s roster.
- This is Tip Number Two. Take a look at the NFL schedule to find backups for your team. If you notice that certain teams have locked up home-field advantage (or are making it to the playoffs), take advantage! Grab his backup if you know that the running back who will start the season is going to be out of the lineup. If the team’s starting wide receiver will be out of the playoffs, you can grab his backup to provide depth. Even if you don’t need the player, it might be beneficial to grab him anyway to stop your fantasy footballcompetition.
- Analyze the competition. This is what differentiates the best fantasy soccer owners from average fantasy football owners. Many fantasy soccer owners don’t plan ahead. They do read fantasy football rankings every week. They don’t think beyond the next week. As you approach championship weeks (weeks 14, 15, 16 and 17), it is important to look at the potential competitors. You should identify their weaknesses. You can grab his backup if a wide receiver you own is playoff bound. You can stop your fantasy football rival from filling that niche.
- Know your league’s deadlines. One league I’m in has a trade deadline which has passed. It is possible to make a major trade in the final days of the season. You are still responsible for your team after the deadline. Make sure you know the deadlines for your league and agree to the terms.
It is useful, but it is not enough to read fantasy football rankings and cheat sheets or bench injured players. It is important to be proactive and strategic. Fantasy football is like chess. You must think like a chessplayer. Analyze your opponents to stop them from moving. These guidelines will help you to defeat your late-season competition, and be ready for the playoffs.