As you enter the new fantasy football 11Wickets App for Android/iOS, you would be well-advised to take a gander at your competition. It would be helpful for you to understand those who seek the league title that you surely covet. Of course, those of you playing in casual free league might not feel compelled to go overboard with your analysis, but playing against managers with high levels of success warrants your attention. By taking the time to assess your situation, you will better understand the effort it is going to take to claim the title or at least some level of respectability.
Rules for Managing to Win
For the inexperienced and novice fantasy premier league managers out there, these simple rules are designed to enlighten you to things the experienced players have already learned. For those of you who believe you have it all under control, let this information serve as a friendly reminder.
Rule #1 – Manage Your Team
Year after year and league after league, the managers who consistently make the playoffs have one thing in common; They take the time to manage their team on a weekly basis. They always seem to have the best players on their active roster and they never miss a chance to raid the waiver wire for the up-and-comers. Awareness is they key because a player listed as doubtful after sustaining an injury on Friday has tripped up more playoff hopes than you can imagine when the manager missed the opportunity to adjust their roster.
Rule #2 – Stats are King –
Have you ever wondered why your opponent was astute enough to sit his number one quarterback in favor of number two? The answer is he probably took the time to find out his number one was playing against the best passing defense in the league. If that same team’s offense has a great running game to boot, old number one is not going to get the number of opportunities needed to maximize scoring. All that astute manager did was use facts to make a decision that more times than not, works out to their benefit. If you play in money leagues, you are competing against sharpies who use all the tricks. Review your stats and match-ups and don’t select your players based on emotion or loyalty.
Rule #3 – The Waiver Wire in a Sanctuary for Winners –
By week four if not sooner, the injuries will start piling up and the underachievers will be exposed. For every issue, there is a possible solution on the waiver wire that might end up being a diamond in the rough. You should keep a particular eye on #2 and #3 running backs on every roster. The casualty rate for RBs in the NFL sits at about 35%-40% every year. Remember, every opportunity you miss is one you opponent might claim.
Rule #4 – Set Aside Personal Biases –
You might be fiercely loyal to a particular team or certain players. That said, fantasy premier league is not personal, it’s a game. Don’t get in the habit of loading your team with players you love if the facts don’t support your action. Also, you have to be prepared to bench under-performers who stand to put you at a disadvantage every week you include them on your roster. This might come as a shock, but no one except the managers in your league will know you benched your favorite player.
Rule #5 – Get Help When Appropriate –
There is plenty of free advice related to online fantasy football. Much of this advice comes from guys who do the statistical work and don’t mind sharing their efforts with strangers in need. If you are playing in a serious money league, it might even be worth the investment to pay a small fee for weekly advice. You don’t have to know everything. You will improve your management skills if you learn from the advice you get free or otherwise.
Rule #6 – Always Play to Win –
Everyone has been caught in leagues where managers wave the white flag and stop managing their teams once they feel they are out of the playoff race. Don’t be one of those guys. You be the guy who finished last, but cost someone playoff spots the last week of the season by beating someone, not by letting someone beat you. It’s called losing with dignity.
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