The ONLY Guide You’ll Ever Need to Dominate Your Season-Long, Fantasy Football League

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!

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I love credit cards!

I remember seeing a Money magazine post appear in my Facebook newsfeed a few weeks back. It had a list of the top few reasons why credit cards are awesome or something along those lines but what really caught my eye was the number of comments. It had so many! I clicked on the comments section and saw nothing but credit card bashing. It was like the credit card was the geekiest kid in school, and “he” was getting jumped by a bunch of haters!

I guess that’s part of the reason I was inspired to write this post. Most of the people hating on cards seemed so misinformed; I would imagine they all experienced horror stories with credit card use. As an avid credit card user, I’d like to break down my reasons for why I think credit cards can be powerful when used responsibly and why they shouldn’t be bashed on!

  1. Credit cards can help you keep track of a budget. Think about it – if you give yourself a monthly budget for all of your expenditures, you can see how well (or NOT so well!) you stayed on course using your monthly credit card statement and online banking tools to track your financial activity. If you find yourself going over budget, you can adjust your spending accordingly. The key to good credit card use is to not use your card’s credit line as a loan for something you otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford. Since most credit cards have ridiculously high interest rates, it’s in your best interest to only use it up to a balance that you know you’ll be able to pay in FULL every month.
  2. Credit card perks are awesome! Assuming you’re following the first tip and paying off your balance in full every month, you’re essentially getting paid BY your credit card company to buy the things you’d normally be buying anyway. For example, I use my cash back credit cards to pay for practically everything. I always pay off my balance in full every month, so at the end of the month I get charged no interest (win!), and I increase my cash back bonus. If you’re spending $1000 a month on items and using a 1% cash back card, that’s $10 you’re getting paid per month and $120 per year just from buying things you were going to buy anyway.
  3. Credit cards help you build credit. If you use your credit cards responsibly, you can build a great and long payment history. The keys here are managing your credit card utilization rate, making payments on time every month, and keeping derogatory marks to a minimum. The truth is, most people need a good credit history because one day they’ll most likely need to borrow money to buy a big-ticket item (i.e. a house, a car, etc.). Without good credit, it’s just not financially responsible to buy any of those things because borrowing rates will be too high, which could cost you more in the long run!

There are other reasons I can think of as to why credit cards are great, but these are the big three I can think of. One day I’ll have to write a post about credit score factors!

Have other reasons why you love credit cards? Any reasons why you hate them? Comment below!