Let me start off with a little background on myself before I outline the Top Ten Do's and Don'ts of Fantasy Football. I have been playing Fantasy football forever, at least it looks that way; just ask my wife. For at least the last decade, I have consistently made the plays, and have won it all the last 2 years in a row, in fact 3 out of the last 5 years.
I provided these same tips to my business partner about 5 years ago; he has followed them and they have helped him win it all a couple of times, as well as being a consistent division and play winner. I believe they will work for you as well.
Fantasy Football's Top Ten Do's and Don'ts
1. Do not Get Drunk at your Draft; save it for after you make your picks.
2. Do be prepared for the Draft and every week during the season
3. Do not get caught up in over analyzing the preseason to death; It's basically a show place for borderline players. Many will not have fantasy impact; so calm down and do not get too excited about preseason stats.
4. Do not Draft a quarterback in the first Round
5. Do not draft Tight Ends, Kickers and Defenses too early in the draft; these positions should be taken near the end of your draft.
6. Do look for quality back ups and sleepers in the later rounds take a calculated risk on a difference maker in these rounds
7. Do not draft all you favorite players from the same team; big mistake! One key injury could cost you the entire season.
8. Do not make bonehead trades that are so one sided that it dislikes the balance of the league
9. Do make sure you set your line up each week; nothing ruins it for the rest of the league more than someone who fails to set their lineup; by leaving players in the lineup when those players have a Bye week. That just sucks; if you can not commit do not sign up.
10. Do have Fun, that's what it's all about!
Know Your Fantasy Football League's Scoring System
A key factor in Fantasy Football that many overlook or completely ignore is your league's scoring system. Not knowing your scanning system hurts your player and position selection at draft time. You need to know where your most points will be coming from in your leagues' scoring system in order to draft the right players.
For example: if your league is giving more points to the running game instead of the passing game. Then it does not make much sense to draft a great passing QB. You should focus on a RB early in the draft.
So take a few minutes and get to know the scanning system. Assuming that Fantasy scoring will be the same as regular NFL scoring would be a big mistake. What if in your league you only get 1 point for a passing touchdown and 6 points for a rushing touchdown; would not that be good to know? Especially before the draft!