The fantasy football season can be a slog. You try to do whatever you can to improve your team each week and then you move on. Sometimes, it’s important to take a step back and reevaluate our principles. What is the big picture for your team? Here are some things to consider.
What is your record- If you’re sitting at 3-5, you should manage your team differently than you would at 5-3. A 3-5 team needs to drop players like Mike Williams and Rashaad Penny. Sure guys like that have upside, but you don’t have time to wait for it. You need to aggressively pursue the Peyton Barber, and Frank Gore type players. If your 5-3 it’s a different story. Someone like Kerryon Johnson should be a lot more valuable to you. You can afford to wait on a guy who could turn into Sony Michel.
How many playoff spots does your league have- For example, I play in a 12-team league with only four playoff spots. That matters a lot. Each week in the regular season becomes so crucial when so few teams get in. It’s much harder to stash players like Williams and Penny in leagues like this. You need to win. I have another league that is a 10-team league with six teams making the playoffs. I love my team, but I’m currently at 3-4 because I own Keenan Allen, Odell Beckham, and Rob Gronkowski. Am I worried in this league? Not at all. I know Beckham, Allen, and Gronkowski all have massive games ahead of them. Plus, only four teams will be left out of the playoffs. No need to do anything drastic. Make sure you know your league’s playoff format.
What’s your philosophy– Now more than ever, fantasy owners have to make a philosophical decision. Are you going to chase talent or opportunity? I’ve written about this before, but I’ll give the speech again. The current NFL landscape has a lot of talented players sitting on the bench in favor of veterans that are usually worse football players. I’m a big fan of buying into the talented players on the bench. I generally believe talent will win out. This is why I have Patrick Mahomes and Michel in every league I play in. The Nick Chubb believers were just rewarded in a similar situation. Betting on talent is always a good strategy.