Hey Tobinator44, aren’t we six months out from daily fantasy football? I know this- I am engulfed in fantasy basketball, golf, racing, and dabbling in hockey. All of these sports help to feed the addiction that was started by season-long fantasy football 15 years ago. I can stand up and say that I am addicted (partially because I am too overweight to play real sports), that this is my passion and what I do daily to fuel my competitive spirit. No, I am not suggesting you become Mel Kiper and formulate a draft board twelve months in advance. I’m not suggesting that you study film 23 hours a day like Jon Gruden. What I am suggesting is that you do a little research in the offseason.
Which brings us to The Huddle.
Offseason research is how I excelled at season-long fantasy. I try to find out about offseason trades and transactions before the more well-known beat writers. Season-long fantasy was what I lived for, but unfortunately due to my ADHD issues, the excitement was short-lived. I loved the draft, the camaraderie… and the first five games. Then I would just get angry year after year. These “superstars” I drafted were not living up to their potential. Yeah, I pepped talked them- heck, I even tried to call agents! (I actually did email Steve Smith’s agent about telling him to pick up his game.) Enter four years ago and the revolutionary idea of daily fantasy football.
Whoa, wait a minute, you’re telling me I get to choose my players each week, ugh come again? The idea enthralled me: no more back-to-back games without a TD catch; no more weeks where Vick forgot to put the dogs up; no more Saturday night late dates with Brady and his weekly random (sorry Giselle). It allowed me the freedom to select different guys each week and I was instantly hooked.
However, my strategy hasn’t changed, in-season or during the offseason. I stay ahead of the game by doing research myself. One of the most important things I do during the offseason is to track offseason acquisitions. Whether through trade, free agency, or draft, all of these moves are important for a daily fantasy football player to understand. Take for instance this past 2013 season: Felix Jones helped win me some daily games this year as a Cowboy. Well, next year he may not be a Cowboy. Mike Wallace killed for me a couple of weeks while on the Steelers; Miami may be his next jumping point. All of these offseason acquisitions are important. They help daily fantasy football players get an understanding of depth and allow us to tabulate variance. It is my desire that we don’t see a daily fantasy football tantrum like Kevin from the FX show, The League.
To prevent a Kevin-like tantrum, I suggest you take a little time each week and familiarize yourself with rosters, transactions, depth charts, and anything else dealing with fantasy football. To be successful on a weekly basis, it is important to understand team strengths and weaknesses. And especially important for daily fantasy football lineup-building is understanding the ins and outs of each team (for example, knowing “He Hate Me” doesn’t play for the Panthers anymore). If it’s your desire to become the Mel Kiper of fantasy football, then have at it (not mine), but do spend some time each week honing your craft.
And you know what, a great place to start is right here at Daily Fantasy Radio by reading The Huddle!