Fantasy Football 101: A basic path to success

Dec 11, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) points against the New Orleans Saints during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the New Orleans Saints 16-11. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Another season of fantasy football is once again upon us! Before we delve into projections and fantasy statistics for the upcoming season, it is important we take a look into the basics of what builds a great fantasy football team from the bottom up.

As an avid fantasy football player myself, I like to have a strategy when going into a draft. There are three key things you need to consider when evaluating before you pick a player.


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When you first look at a player, you always want to see their overall total from last year, and the breakdown of their games. A consistent player is every fantasy owners dream. There is no better feeling than going into a matchup every week knowing that a guy or two on your team is going to give you a good amount of points every week.

Ex. Tom Brady, Mike Evans, LeSean McCoy

Situations They Are In Now

Teams in the NFL are constantly changing in some way, shape or form. Just because a player performed well last year, doesn’t mean that they will put up the same numbers this year. It is important to evaluate these players by the current role and situation this year. We’ve seen guys like Julius Thomas go from fantasy royalty to irrelevant because of a new role or team. Some players who are on a different team with some high risk-high reward value are players like Jeremy Maclin, Jamaal Charles and Eddie Lacy.

Setting Expectations

Being a player on consistently good teams almost always means a good statistical season. It’s important to note other players on the team, rather than one specific person. For example, if you have Brandon Marshall on your team you might want to set your expectations now that his teammate is one of the best receivers in the league right now. Some players to take note of like this are Victor Cruz with Kevin White and Markus Wheaton jocking for the starting spots. Alshon Jefferey with Torrey Smith in town, and the obvious Brock Osweiler doing everything he can to hold off Cody Kessler and the rookie DeShone Kizer.

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