As a dad I find it really hard to focus on the important things, like 10 hours of non-stop football on Saturdays and Sundays. It's REALLY annoying... I kid of course. For full disclosure here are my sports allegiances: Boston Red Sox, Tar Heels basketball, Georgia Bulldogs football and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I am also a staunch supporter of the return of the Charlotte Hornets! I'm always objective, it just turns out the TRUTH is always on my team's side. I can't help it.
Some people call me a Half-back, I refer to myself as a Hybrid. One parent from the north, the other from the south resulting in my love for sweet and unsweet tea. Just like most Americans, sports are my escape. Those who cannot do (anymore), critique and debate. So I share my love of sports with you all. GO DETROIT!
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If you listen to our show, you probably know we're Fantasy Football guys. Tank, Seth, and I play in multiple leagues and we have certainly made some mistakes along the way. We are by no means "experts," but we are definitely veterans in the fantasy sports world. So here are some universal guidelines.
Rule 1- Draft with your head and not your heart. I think everyone's "rookie" mistake is to draft players from their favorite team with the hopes of a good year and familiarity with the players. This is a major mistake, especially if you are a fan of a team like the Lions (like me), Browns, Rams, Bucs (like Tank), Raiders, etc. One of the main reasons is that all the players from that certain team would have the same bye week. Other reasons would be if the team is a run first team, your wide receivers usually won't put up consistent numbers and likewise for a pass first team.
Rule 2 - You need to do a little research. Going with a big name veteran is not always the best choice. You have to factor in their age and injury history. You also need to pay attention to bye weeks. There are multiple teams on bye weeks at the same time. You don't want two to three players of the same position who all have the same bye week. If you do, you would be in a tough position of choosing who to drop so you could add another player and hope someone else doesn't pick up your drop off waivers. Ask Josh Michael on our sister station Star 104.3 about that mistake. That being said, you do need to stick with who is consistent, players such as Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson, and Peyton Manning. You know these type of players are going to put up numbers more often than not.
Rule 3 - GO WITH YOUR GUT! Don't put too much stock into what the "experts" say. Remember the saying "Any Given Sunday." The people with fantasy sports blogs and tv spots do know what they are doing, but the "Start'em/Sit'em" segments each week are suggestions based on the past and what they have been doing lately. It is impossible to know that a good player is going to have a bad day against a great defense. If you have a gut feeling about a running back on your roster but the article you read said to stay away from said player because of their history against that team, GO WITH YOUR GUT! I made that same mistake this week with Frank Gore and almost lost to Tank because of it. (I beat him by .6 points, but it would've been a blowout if I had Gore in the lineup.)
This rule also applies to sleepers/young players. Don't be afraid to take a chance on some players that you feel good about. That's why they call them "Breakout Seasons."
As Forrest Gump would say "That's all I have to say about that." Good luck with your teams this season.