The Fantasy Football Commandments

If you play fantasy football, I promise this blog is for you. Personally, I was bounced from my fantasy football playoffs due to injuries. It sucks. I lost money. I wasn’t happy, but there was a silver lining in all of this.

In the moments after losing, I thought to myself, “how can I make sure this never happens again?”. My solution was to create the 10 Commandments of Fantasy Football, and I would love to share them with the world:

  1. Trust yourself- I put this one at the top because second guessing always screws me over. Fantasy football has the most would’ve, could’ve, should’ve’s then almost anything. Stick to your gut and roll with what you think is right.
  2. RB’s that can catch are the best thing to have- This is geared towards PPR formats, but catching the football out of the backfield gives a running back a huge advantage over others.
  3. Fade away from two-headed backfields- I don’t like headaches and backfields without a featured guy give me some bad ones. I know it is unrealistic to have none of these guys on your roster, but RB’s that split-time put up plenty clunkers. You can’t trust them.
  4. Grab a competent tight end- There are the stud tight ends you want in Ertz and Kelce. After that? Tough scene. Grabbing a tight end that can give you points week-in and week-out gives you a big advantage.
  5. Rookies take time so wait- D.J. Moore, Nick Chubb, Baker Mayfield. All guys that took a little time to hit fantasy relevance. All rookies. Give younger players some time to step up.
  6. QB should be drafted later- This isn’t always true. If Pat Mahomes is available in the 5th round of next years draft you take him. Still, top ten quarterbacks are pretty easy to come by. Phillip Rivers average draft position was around the 12th round but was quarterback 6 before the start of this week!
  7. Look for guaranteed volume- The more opportunity to touch the ball, the more opportunity to score points.
  8. Unproven skill players depend on offense- The guy I thought of when I wrote this was Titans wide receiver Corey Davis. The offense isn’t the greatest, Marcus Mariota is injury-prone and inconsistent. This factors into what Corey Davis can do on the field despite the fact that he was targeted on nearly 30% of all Titan passes this year.
  9. Don’t be bias- Don’t draft your favorite player. Draft the right guy that’ll help you get to the championship.
  10. Injury history does matter- Take this one with a grain of salt but pay attention to what has happened to guys in their career. For example, Marquise Goodwin was a popular pick to start the year. He has been hurt so often that if everyone knew his history he probably would’ve been drafted in the 12/13th round rather than the 7th.

-Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)

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