The Sentinel’s Fantasy Football Tips

It’s football season, and more importantly Fantasy Football season. The Sentinel understands that most of you could care less about a blowout game between the Tennessee Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs.

However, you fantasy football players definitely want to know if you should draft potential superstar Alex Smith, or if Chris Johnson will have another 1000-yard season. While the staff here can’t answer those questions, we can give you some do’s and don’ts for your lineup this year. Football FSPA

Do know your league rules.

Know your waiver wire policy, position maximums, scoring system, roster requirements and league bylaws. The most common mistake is an owner not realizing his or her league is a point per reception league. For example, the value of Darren Sproles of the Saints is different in a PPR (Point Per Reception) league than he is in a standard scoring league. He may not get double-digit touchdowns, but he is going to make up for it by catching 70-80 balls.

Do draft two running backs in your first three picks.

There’s a degree of risk with this theory, as running backs are prone to injury. Look at this year’s number one ranked player Adrian Peterson’s hamstring history. Despite this, productive and reliable rushers are at a premium, and as more and more teams go to two, three, and four RB offenses, neglecting to secure that primary rusher would put you at a huge disadvantage.

Do pay attention to by-weeks.

This year, during week eight, the Ravens, Bears, Texans and Colts, among a few others, are all not playing. On paper, a starting lineup including Ray Rice, Brandon Marshall, Andre Johnson and Andrew Luck looks pretty enticing, but when you get to week eight and you’re starting backups galore, you basically have given the week to your opponent.

Don’t set a lineup full of sleepers.

Sleepers are called sleepers for a reason. The biggest misnomer in dealing with this subject is that many people confuse a sleeper as a sure thing. For those who don’t know, a player is conferred a sleeper due to the belief that he might produce at a high level, one that’s exponentially more bountiful than his draft position dictates.

Owners often stockpile sleepers once their lineup is set, or pickup sleepers very early in the draft. Both are recipes for failure. Stockpiling can sabotage your late season chances. When injuries mess up your previously “stacked” lineup and your bench is a bunch of unruly underperforming no-names, you will be red meat for your opposition. Picking up “sleepers” early in the draft is a high-risk low-reward scenario. Just because a rookie can be a top 15 rusher does not mean he will be. Save sleepers for the fifth round; don’t waste a pick.

Don’t pray for a comeback.

Due to the physical nature of the football, it’s unlikely that an older player will have a superb season after a setback. For most players, one injury leads to rapid regression. Peyton Manning and Tony Gonzalez are extraordinary exceptions. Keep this in mind when looking at Carson Palmer, Ben Roethlisberger and other older players.

Don’t draft Tim Tebow or Aaron Hernandez.

Take this advice to heart, but take it with a grain of salt. The biggest mistake you can make this season is becoming a rankings slave. You may in fact pick up the year’s sleeper on the waiver wire, or draft three quarterbacks in your first three picks and win the league. Either way, have fun and good luck!

— Will Bloomer, Sports Editor

Posted by on September 5, 2013. Filed under FSPA,Sports. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry