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Fantasy Football – 5 Tips for Picking a Winning Team

Fantasy football is a fascinating game, it’s incredibly easy to learn but a lot harder to master. It’s also a fun way to have a few bets, and it’s an exciting way to test your skills as a manager or owner of a team. Drafting a winning line-up requires in-depth knowledge of the game, the various players, their ability to interact, and their overall suitability to the season strategy you have in mind.

Obviously, fantasy football involves an element of luck, just like any other form of betting, such as playing poker. Experts swear by betting, but fantasy football gives you complete control over building a winning team. Granted, it’s not always easy, so here are some top tips for drafting a winning fantasy football team.

1. Ranking players

Be smart and thoroughly research players you might want before you consider drafting them. Examine the statistics for each potential pick, check for injury updates, and watch game footage. Fill your key offence positions first, before drafting defense players. Consider drafting ‘contract kids’ who are eager to prove themselves and don’t yet have a fat million-dollar contract in their pocket!

2. Betting

There’s nothing like learning the game the hard way. Experts swear by betting, even a little money, on games to make sure you take it seriously and learn the necessary lessons. Fantasy football novices often make a lot of mistakes, but when there’s real cash at stake, the learning curve is faster.

3. Trading smartly

At some point, you’ll be able to make trades. Be smart and patient when considering trading; wait a few weeks, and don’t be too quick off the mark to discard players whose performance might be a little inconsistent, such as in the case of wide receivers, as they have a tendency to do this.

4. Tracking stats

The team you end up picking will probably be somewhat biased, even if you don’t realise it initially. Track the game and player statistics and figure it out. Is your league skewed towards the quarterbacks or the running backs? And your team?

5. Consistency

Your team doesn’t have to be blindingly brilliant every game, just consistently good. Do not rest. Be consistent in your efforts. There’s no place for complacency if you’re serious about winning at fantasy football.

Make it a point to watch the games every Sunday and Monday, to continuously learn and also have some good fun and excitement. That’s what it’s all about, after all. Fantasy football is a great way to blow off steam, especially with good friends. Go ahead, make your draft picks, and have a blast!

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