Fantasy Football Chronicles: Maneuvering Through The Season

Posted: October 10, 2010 in Uncategorized
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The NFL has just reached the first quarter mark of the season. For many fantasy football owners who are currently struggling in their leagues this is the time to ask themselves “Do I stay patient and wait for some these players who haven’t produce to come around? Or, should I try to trade some of my guys to try and improve my team?”

Although the season may seem like it just started don’t forget that for many fantasy leagues  their playoffs begin in week 13. So for many people the halfway mark is approaching fast. It’s probably coming even faster for those individuals who are at the bottom of their league standings.

It isn’t quite  panic time yet; however a team can’t afford too fall too far behind the team with the last spot in the playoffs. It’s important to stay at least within 100 points of that team.

Arian Foster is the biggest surprise so far this fantasy season

 It’s never too early a make a trade. It’s important though to apply good trading principles and research all of the players targeted in the potential trade.

 This is important if an owner wants to receive good value for a pick. If your roster has four good running backs please trade one of them now! A running back is only as valuable as his last game. One game could diminish his value not only because of production but also because of  injuries. Trade one of those running backs and try to boslter the depth of your roster with another potential good player.

There is also an opportunity for an owner to try and trade for an underachieving player.  There are many of these players that are out there that are available on many fantasy teams.  Many owners are frustrated with these underachievers lack of production and they are willing to part ways with these individuals for the right price.  This is a great time to inquire about these players since normally the asking price would be too high.

Fantasy owners should feel really good if they own Peterson

  If you decide to trade for one of these players make sure you do your homework! Find out why they are not producing and look the rest of their schedule to see if they have any favorable matchups.  If they do and you feel like they will  produce  up your standards eventually then by all means get them on your team!

Another element that many fantasy owners miss out on is the waiver wire. This is a huge part of the game that should be watched on a consistent basis. Many of these players are often overlooked until they have a good game and then they are gone.  There are many hidden gems available right now!

 Perfect example; last year my team was struggling at the wide receiver position. None of my starters were putting up any decent stats on a week to week basis. I needed a wide receiver really bad. Miles Austin was slept on and forgotten about for many fantasy owners. It wasn’t until he had one  breakout game early last year that people really paid attention to him.

Peyton Hillis has been fantasy football treasure found on the waiver line

 Immediately after the game I went to add him to my team and but it was already too late.  He was already claimed by another owner. That haunted me for the rest of the season as I watched him soar up the league standings with a player from the waiver line.  After this I vowed to never let this happen again and so now I religiously watch that waiver line.  Don’t let this same mistake happen to you.

Don’t hesitate to make the right move that could steer your team in right direction.  Make the right trades, research favorable matchups for your team, and watch the waiver line. Follow these tips and you should stay in contention for the fantasy league championship all year long.

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