Create Your Own Football Team: Insider Tips and Tricks for A Successful Fantasy Football Season

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The first key to success in any fantasy football league analyst’s mind is to have solid running backs. If you get great running backs in the draft then you will be off to a great start. Running backs give the most scoring opportunities for fantasy sports team owners.The average yards per carry are very important in picking a good running back as it shows the consistency of the running back. Just remember the downside is that they are more prone to injury than other players are. Make sure that you're running backs are durable and are healthy. Now, how do you put yourself in the best situation to whereas if you are running back gets injured you have a fantastic backup plan. There are different theories for having backup plans in place. One strategy is called double dipping, and it is where you draft your running back’s back up on the same team so that if your lead running back gets hurt you know that his backup will get the ball and get runs. You should be asking yourself some critical questions when doing research. For instance, is your running back a superstar with a bad back up? Does the team with your running back have a great offensive line?Does your team use the running back very much? Or are they a pass first oriented offense? These factors come into play when you create your own football team and decide whether to pick a backup on the same roster or going to another team with a more run prone offense. Whoever is in charge should let you know your specific league's rules, such as do you get points when the running back gets his long runs from besides from behind the line of scrimmage.

You need to know how the points in your league are scored when it comes to touchdowns. Touchdowns are the hardest statistical data to keep consistent year in and year out. However, this factor adds value to a quarterback. Many people like to take a quarterback and put the best quarterback wide receiver combo together. This is an inconsistent strategy. It is not often that easy. You are lucky to get a great combination of receiver and quarterback, but having them on the same team can be an issue. Ultimately, if you look at the stats, every team has its off day. If you have two players on the same team working in a direct relationship which count towards your overall success in the league, if they have a bad team (which they most likely will) you just lost a massive amount of points with two players instead of one. Think of situations that can drastically affect the outcome of a game that are out of the players’ control. Off the top I can think of a game in the rain, or windy gusts with snow fall. That sort of thing happens and so if you couple a QB and receiver going through that same situation, it could really hurt you in the end.

Preparation for the draft is key. You need to have your draft board and have a plan in place and calmly make decisions at the right times and address. Do not have team loyalties overpower facts! To simplify it, do your research and focus on which players can bring the most points to your team on the ranking board. You always need to have a backup strategy. You cannot be so stringent that you only have one set plan and nothing else.

Be very observant as you go around from draft pick to draft pick when you create your own football team. Make sure that you know what positions your competition needs on their rosters. This way you may be able to wait for a higher graded player for a later pick and intercept one of your competitor’s needs earlier on in the draft, putting you in perfect position for trading on your terms later down the road. As far as the pick you held out on, you know that it will be there because there is not a demand for that position. Be on your toes, valuable situations and players may arise based off a collection of different draft picks. Always be prepared for a completely new outlook and strategy in picking your players, and ultimately, your team.

Keep a lookout for a player’s age. This is often an overlooked stat. In the game of football, one year can make a difference. Just because you had a great last couple of seasons, if you are going on somewhere in your mid 30’s, you may see a major drop off in gameplay. The second sleeper stat, often overlooked, is the injury history of the player. A player who has injuries recurring to the same location on that athlete’s body makes him injury prone. These type of players should be not looked at as a valuable option. A great example of this is Brian Westbrook. Injuries that are a random one-time occurrence, in most cases, are not as big of a problem in the stock of the player.

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