Fantasy Football 2014 New Year’s Resolutions

When the regular season ends in the NFL, fantasy football

leagues comes to a close as well.

As 2014 approaches, I’ve conjured a list of five resolutions to

use for the new year.

#1 – Draft more Broncos

If you’ve read my articles, tweets, or heard me on the

radio/podcast, then you know that I’m a fan of the Denver Broncos.

When I was really getting into fantasy football, the Broncos

weren’t great. I told myself to avoid reaching for my favorite team

and draft the best players available. When I would draft guys from

Denver, it would be Kyle Orton in the second-to-last-round or Matt

Prater (or Jason Elam) with my final pick. Then, I got to watch

Peyton Manning throw for a record-setting TD mark in 2013. Trust

me, it isn’t as fun without the fantasy points. I would have

enjoyed this season a lot more if I had reached for Manning, or

even Wes Welker, a round before they were selected. Some experts

will say to not draft with your heart, but as an owner who has

tried both approaches, I advise that you have at least one player

from your NFL team of choice in your starting lineup…or just more

Broncos.

#2 – Get a defense by looking at the schedule for Weeks

1-3

This was the first year that I went with the idea to address my

defense by looking at the first two to three weeks of the season. I

set my sights on New England in most of my leagues. The first game

was rough (scored around five points against Buffalo), but then the

Patriots produced 16 and 12 points in the following weeks. Seattle

was the first defense off the board in 2013, and they only scored

eight more points than New England in the first three weeks

combined. Also, the Seahawks scored only 40 more points than New

England through Week 16, which averages out to 2.5 fantasy points

per week more. Is that enough for you to reach for a defense? In

many leagues the Patriots went undrafted.

#3 – Pass on “career year” players

Matt Ryan, Alfred Morris, Doug Martin, Stevan Ridley, Julio

Jones, and Jason Witten all had stellar seasons in 2012 and

lackluster performances this year. While injuries hindered a few

players mentioned prior, others just couldn’t surpass the

outstanding stat total from last season. Remember that when Antonio

Brown, Pierre Garcon, and Eddie Lacy are available. Obviously,

there will always be exceptions (Calvin Johnson, Peyton Manning,

Drew Brees, etc.).

#4 – Make more trades

Too many times owners get attached to their drafted roster and

refuse to look elsewhere. Part of the fun in fantasy football

leagues is interacting with the other owners, whether it’s via

“smack talk” or trade offers. You’d be surprised what some owners

will click “accept” to on the screen.

#5 – I will avoid Thursday games…other than Week 1 and

Thanksgiving

After adding up all of the Thursday night games on the NFL

Network, the teams averaged a combined 46.3 points per game.

Breaking down that total further, teams averaged around 23 points

per game. With the shortened week to prepare for their opponent and

still recover from the previous week, sometimes the risk just isn’t

worth the chance to cheer for a player in the only game on

television. However, I will continue to start my stud players, no

matter the conditions. Also, I will allow myself to start players

on Thanksgiving, because there are six teams playing that day…and

so I can have someone to root for while the family watches the

game.

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