Chances are if you are reading this article late on Sunday during week one of the NFL season your fantasy football team may not be looking so hot. Not to worry, if you follow my column you are a “Fantasy Football Rookie” and it takes time to get the hang of things. My job is to help ease the pain and advise you on how to formulate a plan for your next attack on the unsuspecting team you face during week two. Below you will find a few pointers that will get you back on track or if you already have everything under control use these tips as a refresher course on Fantasy Football basics.
Do Not Set Your Line Up and Forget About It
It’s very common for novice fantasy football players to visit their roster once a week, select the line up, and never come back until game day. Chances are if you are just getting into fantasy football you are not a die hard fan who eats and breathes nothing but the sport. It’s easy to make snap decisions and walk away. If you care about winning, this method of choosing your line up absolutely will not work. I recommend watching Sports Center or at least browsing some NFL blogs or websites daily. Why not grab the iPad and do it when you are eating breakfast, or hit the computer right before bed? Finding 10 minutes a day to dedicate to your team will go a long way. Injuries are real and they do happen to key players. Be prepared and up to date then act accordingly.
Game Day Line Up Changes
If you have neglected the above beginner fantasy football recommendation and you think you can jump in right before the first kick off, you are wrong! First off many newbies forget that there are often Thursday games. This costly error can be detrimental to your entire week. Miss some serious points from your stud quarterback? Good luck beating your opponent! I am not saying avoid game day line up changes, I am advising only make educated moves and spend some time researching your players. Even if that means a little less Madden time on the Xbox or PlayStation!
Understand the Power of Trades
Now I know it’s only week one, but understanding how trades work in Fantasy Football is vital to your success. Just because you are new it doesn’t mean everyone else in your league is. There are sharks ready to feed on your team. Watch for them closely. They will be the first to offer you a trade. They will try and be your friend, act like they are helping you out. Do not forget they are your opponent and nobody wants to be a loser even if they are new to the game. This does not mean you need to avoid trades. If you are soft in a position it will become evident in the next few weeks. Do not go crazy and start searching out trades now, it’s to early. But be ready when the time comes. Our company offers a really valuable tool that is completely free. When the trade offers come in or you are on the hunt for a new player. Visit the homepage of Trade Fantasy Football and submit your question. You have serious fantasy football experts at your disposal, why not use them?
Monday night there is another game on and if you are waiting for the last of your team to finish enjoy the game. If you are set for the week and took a beating, be sure to keep your head up. I imagine most fantasy football rookies are ecstatic even if you didn’t win. You’ve just discovered an ultra entertaining and addictive new hobby. With my help and some of the other experts on our staff you’ll be dominating your league in no time!
Web developer, marketer, and entrepreneur by trade - when approached with the project I was excited to be on board. The only problem, I don't know all that much about fantasy football. In my younger days I played Defensive Line in Europe but a background smashing heads doesn't really help with racking up fantasy football points. Last year was the first time I have even attempted to play FF. Learning the basics and doing research prior to the draft made me realize Trade Fantasy Football fills a void. My point of view as "The Rookie" may help other beginners. I imagine as time progresses my role as an "expert" will evolve...but until then feel free to learn along with me.