The common myths of fantasy football

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There are some common misconceptions when it comes to fantasy football. For instance, the idea that you need an elite quarterback to help guide your team, or that not drafting a kicker is a smart idea. In reality, it’s all about consistency, making sure your team is filled with consistent, but not elite players.

In a PPR league, it’s important to draft wide receivers or dual-threat running backs early. The trick with this is, you need to find players who get a lot of receptions. Sure, yards after the catch are great. But if you get 5-7 receptions per game, those are solid points per matchup. Players like Ty Montgomery, Danny Woodhead, and James White are all versatile players who can gain both receiving and rushing yards.

For people not in PPR leagues, I would suggest doing the opposite. Find players who are great at yards after the catch, or players who can break tackles after the first point of contact. These types of players include Golden Tate, LeGarrette Blount, and Doug Baldwin.


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Next, quarterbacks are not as instrumental to your team’s success as receivers and running backs! Do not make the mistake of taking an elite quarterback early in your draft. Sure, having Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady on your team certainly gives you a slight positional boost over your opponent every week. But why get someone like that when you can settle for the average players in the league like Andy Dalton or Alex Smith?

Players like these won’t put up flashy numbers. However, they will give you a good amount of points to help your team. I know you’re probably thinking I sound crazy. But if you do the math, more receptions by more players will get you more points almost always over any elite quarterback in the league.

Second, drafting kickers and defenses is essential to a good fantasy team. I hear fantasy football players all the time saying they will pick a kicker and a defense on a week-to-week basis. As unimportant as you may think these positions are, they can actually be a game changer for you every week.

A strong and consistent kicker such as Justin Tucker and Stephen Gostowski will give you a fair amount of points just based on their talent alone. Combined that with the teams they play for and they will have plenty of opportunities to get you points. As is true with defenses, such as the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, and Carolina Panthers. These defenses are all stacked with studs and have been consistent units the last couple of years.

Hopefully these small, but important tactics can help provide you with a strategic way of going about your fantasy draft this season. Good luck and happy drafting!

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