Posted February 13, 2017
The 2016 season has come and gone, and as our favorite Self-Help authors keep telling us, “make sure you learn from your mistakes”.
This is the time of year where I reflect on the season that just ended to figure out what I can do to be better moving forward in managing my dynasty teams and making decisions with my weekly line-ups.
Here are 5 lessons I learned the hard way:
- Play your STUDS!!! I’m sure you’ve heard this countless times, but we all still try to get fancy or outsmart our opponents. Most of the time we end up outsmarting ourselves when we don’t play our studs. There is a reason we drafted them early and that they hold so much value; put them in your line up unless they are injured.
- Set your line ups early in the week and DO NOT change them unless injury occurs. I can not tell you how many times I have gone against this rule and it cost me that week, and even a couple championships. When you first look at your line up on a Tuesday, your mind is fresh off the previous weekend and you are most likely looking at them for the first time. Once Friday, Saturday and even Sunday morning roles around, you’ve already spent countless hours over-analyzing and that’s when the mistakes happen. Don’t do any last minute changes you are going to regret.
- When deciding between two players on a given week that are very close, look at the following to help you make the correct decision:
- who plays for the better offence?
- what game is projected to be higher scoring by Vegas’ over/under lines?
- who has been getting more targets the last few games? (WR/TE)
- Don’t force a trade or settle for a trade if you’re not getting what you want. Sometimes it pays to be patient, instead of taking the only offer you have on the table for a player you want to move. This past season I moved Delanie Walker at the trade deadline for Marvin Jones. Not one of my proudest trades, most possibly one of my worst. I could have held out and moved Walker in the off-season since his value should hold being the top target in Tennessee. However, at the time I was so worried about DW’s age and figured I was selling high and buying low….I was buying low alright (sigh)…that I took the only offer I had and has regretted since. If you don’t feel you’re getting enough in deal, do not accept the offer.
- Stick to your guns and draft players you believe in and like. There is nothing worst then drafting a player you didn’t believe in prior to your draft, or don’t like, only to have him get injured or fall flat and kill your chance at a trophy. Go down with a team you believe in and players you like; it will make fantasy football more enjoyable overall.
These are some lessons I learned the hard way over this past season. Hopefully after reading this, you can avoid them all together.
What lessons did you learn from your 2016 season?