The first week of the fantasy football season is only two weeks away and people everywhere are scrambling to put together their week one lineup. Here are five things to remember before hitting the submit button on your roster:
5. Be Conservative Early – Every year owners try to out-think their week one lineup. If you drafted Philip Rivers to be your starter, then start him. Do not change your mind at the last minute and take a shot with your backup Jake Locker. Try to remain conservative early and take shots more as the season wears on because being too overzealous could prove to be counterproductive.
4. Watch Matchups – It is always advantageous to watch the NFL schedule throughout the season. If you have a running back who is playing the San Francisco 49ers’ defense, than it would obviously be a wise choice to look for a better option. Just make sure to be mindful of matchups because someone on your bench could be playing an embarrassing Oakland Raiders defense.
3. Hold Off on Starting Rookies – There are only a couple of NFL rookies in the history of the league that have started putting up fantasy numbers from week 1. If you have enough depth on your roster, wait until week two or three to throw your rookie into the fire, even if the NFL has already broken that golden rule.
2. Do Not Get Carried Away with Free Agency – I have several friends, one in particular, who will completely abandon the majority of their roster before week one is even underway. It is true that free agents can win championships, but in moderation. There is no need to ditch your veterans because they are simply not producing right now. Owners should be patient and wait until at least week two to make any brash moves.
1. Remember to Have Fun – Fantasy football is, by nature extremely competitive, but it has recently started to get out of hand. Some owners will not talk to their weekly opponents while some will even go as far to not communicate with owners in their divisions for the entire season. We have to remember that fantasy football is fun, not a 16-week ulcer. It has to become fun again, otherwise there is no sense going through the motions that some fantasy draft have become.
Good luck this season and remember that it is all in good fun.