Are you new to fantasy football and don’t know where to begin? You’ve come to the right place! Read this guide to learn about awesome tips to dominate your fantasy football league.
About me: I am a lifelong football fan but didn’t start playing fantasy football until last year. During my first year, my team stunk. I committed all of the rookie mistakes that you could think of. I got better as the season progressed but with such a bad foundation, I didn’t stand a chance to make the playoffs let alone win the entire league. This year I’m halfway through the season, and I’m in second place out of 10 and have the second-most points in my league. Sure some of it might be luck, but a good part of it takes skill also. So without further adieu here’s my guide.
#1: Use your first draft choice on Rob Gronkowski. As long as he’s fantasy-relevant, he is the absolute best choice for your first draft choice. I don’t care who else is available; Rob Gronkowski is essentially a WR1 playing in the TE position. By picking him up you’re practically guaranteed to have the top-scoring TE week-after-week because there isn’t any other TE out there who performs at his level. Antonio Gates comes close, but he’s just not Gronk. While your opponents are scoring 4-7 points with their TEs you’ll be scoring 12-3000 points (3000 points might be a tiny exaggeration but you get the gist). That’s a huge edge over everyone else.
#2: Pick up WRs and RBs. Pick up more WRs and RBs. And wash, rinse, and repeat. These are the guys who are going to be scoring touchdowns and picking up major yards for you, and honestly you can never have enough of them. In my draft I ended up picking up more WRs than anyone else in my league. I picked up 7 of ’em. If there’s more good RBs than good WRs available then pick the RB. Just trust me on this one, it works.
#3: You’ve been picking up top notch RBs and WRs left and right. Fantastic. By about round 10 it might be time to grab a QB. You might be thinking: “But there probably won’t be any good ones left by that time!!” There will be though. You don’t need a Tom Brady or Cam Newton on your team to dominate – Marcus Mariota probably didn’t get picked up on anyone’s fantasy team in the draft across the board but guess what: He’s ranked #4 in total league points right now and STILL isn’t on anyone in my league’s permanent roster as of yet. If I didn’t have Matt Ryan already I’d probably have picked up Mariota by now. (As an aside, I had drafted Blake Bortles because I fell for the hype that this would be his breakout year. Instead he’s only amounted to being the Garbage Time producer of the century, I dropped him in like week 2, and still managed to pick up Matt Ryan who’s currently the highest scoring fantasy player this year. So while everyone else in your league starts scurrying for QBs in like round 5, you keep your cool and wait til round 10 like I said. You won’t regret it.)
#4: In the final 2 rounds pick your defense and kicker. Just yeah.
#5: The most important advice I can give you is this: constantly keep up with fantasy news throughout the season. Checking updates once a day is pretty good but if you could do more than that, even better. Guys are constantly getting injured or going from complete unknowns to fantasy all-stars all the time. And let’s not forget Bye weeks. If you keep up with updates, you’ll be ahead of the game when that Jamaal Charles guy goes on IR and you’re able to pick up some dude named Spencer Ware to start as your RB1 effective immediately. So yeah.
That’s about it. Very basic advice for new fantasy football players. Leave a comment if you’d like!