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5 Ways To Improve Your 2014 Fantasy Football League

5 Ways To Improve Your 2014 Fantasy Football League

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Fantasy football has become such an intense event that playing in a standard format league is just not as fun. There are so many ways to make your league unique, whether it is adding positions, adjusting stats or changing up the draft. Here are five ways to improve your 2014 fantasy league.

5. Play with Individual Defensive Players (IDP)

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5. Play with Individual Defensive Players (IDP)

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I started playing with IDPs five years ago and have not looked back. Not only does adding the position(s) to the roster to help you learn more about defensive players, but trades become easier to complete as well. The bigger the roster, the better the chance of making more trades.

4. Change the Payout Structure

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4. Change the Payout Structure

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Leagues begin to lose credibility when the bottom feeders give up on the season and do not even update their rosters. So, instead of paying the Super Bowl winner, runner-up and regular season winner, throw in some dough for the weekly points winner. Keeps all teams interested, even through the playoffs.

3. Have a Maximum Number of Add/Drops Allowed

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3. Have a Maximum Number of Add/Drops Allowed

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There is definitely some luck involved in fantasy football, but there is also a ton of strategy. Having a maximum of 25 add/drops makes owners choose extremely wisely.

2. Give Points To the Defense If Their Team Wins

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2. Give Points To the Defense If Their Team Wins

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Starting team defenses are usually drafted late and sometimes even taken after bench players are selected. Adding a stat that gives the defense five or 10 points for a team victory would only enhance the value of the position.

1. Start 2 Quarterbacks

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1. Start 2 Quarterbacks

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I feel this should be a necessity in all standard leagues. The most important position in the NFL is almost minimized in fantasy football. In most standard drafts, owners are able to wait until the 6th, 7th, 8th or even lower rounds to draft guys like Matt Ryan, Russell Wilson and even Tom Brady in 2014. Adding a second starting QB would alter drafts drastically.