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Team Management: 6 Tips on Successfully Managing A Fantasy Football Team

   Team Management: 6 Tips on Successfully Managing A Fantasy Football Team

August 13, 2020

It is that time when most of the football fans start preparing for their fantasy football draft.
Drafting and managing your fantasy football team can be difficult and time-consuming. To manage your fantasy football team successfully, you should monitor deadlines, keep an active watch for news regarding your players with sites like lines.com, and accordingly make new acquisitions.

Below are six tips that you should know to manage your team successfully. If you follow these tips, then you will face no difficulty in guiding your team to victory. 

Let’s have a look at the tips.

1- Plan Ahead

Having no real plan on what you are doing or how fantasy football works is not a formula for success in fantasy football.
Be aware of the rules of the fantasy league and scoring system before you start drafting your team.

Make a list of players that you want in your team. Prepare for your real draft by practicing draft strategies in football forums, simulators, or calculators online. You should also plan and set up the first round order in advance to have an idea of the group of players you can pick from in the first few rounds.
2- Know Your FAAB (Free Agent Acquisition Budget) Standing or Waiver Position

In fantasy football, which is generally a season-long competition, players draft their team and compete with the other fantasy teams. Points are accumulated for NFL players based on their real-life performance in a game on the same day.

An undrafted player is considered as a free agent and can be signed by any team on a first-come, first-served basis. But, if a team exceeds the roster limit, then the owner needs to release one of the players.

The player released stands on a waiver position for a period of three to four days. If that player is claimed by more than one team by the time the waiver period ends, then he joins the team sitting the lowest in the standings at the time the claim was made.

3- Setting Your Lineup:

You may have an injured player in your lineup, or your starting quarterback is on a bye week. Owners take into consideration the injuries, match-ups, and players on bye weeks and submit a starting lineup each week.

You should set the lineup for the next week on Monday night after the final NFL matchup of the week.

    • Bye Weeks: As each NFL team has one bye week during the season, thus your fantasy players will not play during one week of your fantasy season. Therefore, make sure to swap a player on a bye week with one of your reserves.

    • Lock Times: Some leagues let you swap players in your starting lineup until their game kicks off. Make use of this option whenever necessary.

    • Playing the Matchup: You need to consider each NFL game while making choices at your lineup positions, other than stud players. It will help you to observe the matchups that are more likely to give your fantasy players the best chance to produce.

    • Pay Attention to Injury Reports: You should utilize and pay attention to every media resource available. It is to get the most accurate information to avoid adding injury-prone players in your league. Staying up-to-date with injury reports will allow you to put the best team for that week against the competition.

4- Get to Your Competition’s Handcuffs Before They Do

You should always have a backup that will likely take over for a team's starter in the event of an injury. The strategy used on the draft day is to stash the backups of the prominent running backs that you have drafted.

Having a healthy and productive player, especially running back, in your starting lineup, is the most important factor in any fantasy football team's victory.

If there are already players in your draft that have more potential than handcuffs, certainly pick them up. But, in the opposite case, grabbing a handcuff is a sound strategy.

5- Trading with Other Owners

You have to be proactive in the trade market.

When a fantasy team has a surplus of players at one position, they look to exchange the player in that particular position to strengthen a weak position.

In such situations, instead of benching the extra players and wasting their production, you should trade them to another team who struggles at that position. In return for your player, demand a good player at a different position where you lack production of the points.

6- Pay Your League Fees

Pay your league fees before you draft if you do not want other team owners to stop managing their teams during the season without the financial incentive.

Making early payment ensures that all teams will remain engaged throughout the entire fantasy season.

Final Thoughts

In fantasy football, players compete with each other. Owners have to draft and manage players to win the league, but that can become challenging sometimes. Therefore, follow these tips to help make your season more successful and more enjoyable.

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