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2014 Fantasy Football: 5 Ways To Avoid Being ‘That’ Guy

5 Ways To Avoid Being 'That' Fantasy Football Guy

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Every Fantasy Football league has that one person who just doesn't quite get it. Here's how to avoid being 'that' guy in 2014.

5. Attend the Draft

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5. Attend the Draft

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The whole point of fantasy football is that you’re allowed to draft the players you think will do well that upcoming season. What’s the point if you don’t even draft your team? You’re living out someone else’s fantasy. Also, it ruins the draft for others who have to wait for the timer to count down every time your team is up. If you absolutely can’t make it, set your pre-draft rankings so you don’t take two kickers by the 10th round.

4. Draft-Day Etiquette

Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
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4. Draft-Day Etiquette

Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
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So now that you managed to show up for the draft, don’t assume you’ll get everyone you want. Look, everyone has a list of players they want, meaning chances are, there’s some overlap on those lists. If you want Giovani Bernard, you’ll probably have to reach for him. The last thing anyone wants to hear is “Ah man that was my guy!” Your guy -- as if no one else noticed his potential last year and had him high on their boards? Don't be naive.

3. Unsportsmanlike Trading

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3. Unsportsmanlike Trading

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How do you decide whether a trade is respectable or not? Before you click “Finalize trade offer,” ask yourself, “Would I accept this trade if I were the other party?” If you want Calvin Johnson, you’re going to have to give up more than three average receivers, because if you’re getting a marquee player, you’re going to have to give one up.

2. Don't Make Excuses

Joique Bell, Detroit Lions
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2. Don't Make Excuses

Joique Bell, Detroit Lions
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After a tough loss, don’t go on feeling the need to tell everyone why you lost. No one cares that you would have won the game had Joique Bell not taken Reggie Bush’s goal-line carry in the fourth quarter. It’s fantasy football. Accept that stuff happens and set your lineup for next week. Which segues into the final way not to be 'that' guy.

1. Set Your Lineup

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1. Set Your Lineup

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Don’t be the Taco of your league (for those who watch “The League”). If you are reading fantasy football posts and don’t watch “The League,” I don’t know what you’re doing. It doesn’t matter if you missed the draft; no one will accept your one-sided trades and you’re 0-4. One empty lineup ruins the integrity of the league, so just set it!

Chris Lehman is a New Orleans Saints Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisBreezy91, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google