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10 Stratagies (strategies even) for losing at fantasy sports

10 Stratagies (strategies even) for losing at fantasy sports

by ja on 11/3/2008 11:18:16 PM

If you have ever wanted a list of ways to lose in your fantasy sports leagues then this is the article for you. I suppose you could probably avoid most of these and perhaps help your odds of winning as well. I'll leave it to you to use the list however you see fit.

Disclaimer: I live in the Memphis area. This means I can poke fun at the Griz. It's like family though. Anyone else gives 'em any lip and we're gonna have words.

Ten strategies for playing "losing" fantasy sports. Not necessarily in order:

10) Pick all rookies - I've never really seen anyone do this, but it could be an entertaining just to see if you could actually execute the strategy. I might even participate in an extra league just to see if I can draft the top 12 rookies. If so, I'll let you know how it turns out. I just looked at the top 75 players last year to see how many were rookies. Guess how many. Zero. Durant didn't make the top 75 (he finally broke the top 50 in march), and Oden didn't play at all. So there might have been 1 if Oden had played. That should tell you that your odds of drafting a rookie that pays off is actually quite low. Note: For keeper leagues you can draft rookies, but it's more for the future than anything else.

9) Try to Pick Players from only your Favorite Team professional team - You all know that one guy who picks mostly players from one particular professional team. If you are in a league that plays for money then people usually learn pretty quick. It goes something like this. The first year they get what they wish as far as players go, but with disastrous results as far as wins /losses. The next year they limit it to 3 players from the same team with better results, but still not really having a chance. A limit of two players from any one professional team is probably a good rule of thumb. Note: This is doubly (or even more maybe) true if your favorite team is the Grizzlies.

8) Refuse to trade your injured players late in the season because they might come back... eventually.

7) Pick anyone on the Grizzlies - I'm just teasing - but seriously, listen.

6) Trade Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming for Bob Sura and an injured Baron Davis - I saw this happen once. I might have even been involved. Anyway, it almost broke up the league. Make sure trades make sense.

5) Pay extra attention to player names rather than focusing on player stats. This is ESPECIALLY true in trades. Getting Garnett and only having to give up Maggette and Elton Brand seems reasonable (especially considering injuries have kept Brand's name off the loud speaker) if you just look at the names of the players in the trade. The stats tell another story though. Which reminds me, the Sura/Davis for McGrady/Ming trade that year wasn't actually a bad trade. Sura had a career year and was actually a bigtime fantasy player. Name recognition wise though... not so much.

4) Pick your fantasy squad based on who would "jell" with each other if it were for real. I'm not making this story up. Someone in one of my leagues a couple of years ago went on a rant and blasted the whole league talking about how noone knew basketball and that his team was best because if they were given a whole season they would jell better than any other team. [He didn't win - but everyone got a good opportunity to snicker at him.]

3) Load up on Guards and forget about centers. There are plenty of centers that give great fantasy numbers. You can usually acquire a high quality center off of the waiver wire. Not! [haven't used that one in a long time - Not!]

2) Refuse to use the waiver wire. Everyone will think highly of you for refusing to admit you were wrong when you drafted Marcus Williams. They'll appreciate whatever amount you contributed to the fantasy pot that year too. Besides, eventually his stock will rise. It will probably be right after you waive him - so hang on to him for dear life.

1) Set your lineup once at the beginning of the season then walk away. Come back, check out your lineup once a month or so. It's a lot more fun for everyone playing against weak teams who forget to set their lineup.

Do any one of these items and you are well on your way to the bottom of your league's standings.  Avoid them all, and who knows, you might make the playoffs!

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#81 by Anonymous posted on 10/10/2015 10:07:16 AM
Most important, know your srinocg system within your league. Example, a QB is less valuable in a league that credits him with 3 points per TD and 1 point per 50 yards thrown as opposed to a league that credits him with 6 points per TD and 1 point per 25 yards thrown. Don't assume that the stats from a prior year are going to carry over to the next season. Older running backs that saw a lot of work in the prior year have a tendency to slow down or get injured. Major personnel moves on the offensive line may affect offensive players, particularly RBs and QBs. The loss of two to three key defensive players will affect a defense.Factor in injuries from the prior season. Especially for running backs. Major injuries may cause a decline for at least the first half, if not the entire season for a player. A guy like Ronnie Brown is someone that I'm very cautious about this year.Pass on rookie WRs and QBs. They very rarely do well, and in the case of QBs usually don't even start. Rookie RBs can do well, but look at the teams that drafted them to see if they're going to end up in the dreaded RBBC (running back by committee).Factor in player movement. A good example was Edge James going from Indy to Arizona. His yards per carry, receiving yards, and touchdowns have dropped in 2006 and 2007 as opposed to his last three years 2003-2005 with the Colts. His value is definitely down in a Cardinals uniform.Most people use a formula for drafting like RB RB QB or RB RB WR, etc. I don't. Based on expected points per game, I factor in prior seasons, personnel moves, and whether I think that player can repeat; I'll draft the best player available. I typically draft a RB in the first round, but if the seven RB's on my short list are gone, I'd take Brady if he's still there or Moss. I'm more likely to take two RBs and two WRs in the first four rounds. I've typically waited to draft a QB until round 5. I will skip drafting a QB in round 5 or even beyond if I can't find one that I think is a value pick for that round. Every season, you can typically find a guy like Derek Anderson on the FA list for last year. I drafted Tony Romo in Round 8 last year. Guys like Tom Brady were FA pick ups in 2001, Kurt Warner in 1999, Matt Hasselbeck in 2002. Derek Anderson, Jay Cutler, Kurt Warner, and Jon Kitna were all FA pick ups in my league last year. Its good to have a plan like RB RB WR, or RB WR RB; but don't take a player based solely on position if you know he's not a good value at that spot and have reason to believe you can pick that same player or a comparable one in a later round.Defenses are pretty similar to QBs, in that you can usually wait and draft a good one in the later rounds or pick up a good one off the FA list. Its true that there are usually 2-3 DEF that stand out above the rest, but there were easily more than 12 teams that logged over 75 combined sacks, fumble recoveries, and interceptions. You can also rotate your defense to whoever is playing a weak offense that week. I played with a guy last year that employed the strategy of adding and dropping defenses to start whoever was playing either SF, Buffalo, Atlanta, St Louis, Miami, or the Jets last season. At least one of those teams opponents was available on the FA list every week.I draft a kicker with the last pick in the draft. With your last pick, it makes it easy to drop the guy for someone else without hesitating. I drafted Nick Folk in the last round who ended up finishing fourth among kickers. Other top ten guys like Bironas and Phil Dawson were on the FA list over the course of the season.The other position I place a lower priority on is TE. After Gonzalez, Winslow, and Gates; the rest in the top 12 are fairly close in points per game. I picked Donald Lee of the FA list last year. He finished 9th in yards, and tied for 6th in TDs among tight ends.
#82 by Anonymous posted on 10/10/2015 10:07:18 AM
Most important, know your srinocg system within your league. Example, a QB is less valuable in a league that credits him with 3 points per TD and 1 point per 50 yards thrown as opposed to a league that credits him with 6 points per TD and 1 point per 25 yards thrown. Don't assume that the stats from a prior year are going to carry over to the next season. Older running backs that saw a lot of work in the prior year have a tendency to slow down or get injured. Major personnel moves on the offensive line may affect offensive players, particularly RBs and QBs. The loss of two to three key defensive players will affect a defense.Factor in injuries from the prior season. Especially for running backs. Major injuries may cause a decline for at least the first half, if not the entire season for a player. A guy like Ronnie Brown is someone that I'm very cautious about this year.Pass on rookie WRs and QBs. They very rarely do well, and in the case of QBs usually don't even start. Rookie RBs can do well, but look at the teams that drafted them to see if they're going to end up in the dreaded RBBC (running back by committee).Factor in player movement. A good example was Edge James going from Indy to Arizona. His yards per carry, receiving yards, and touchdowns have dropped in 2006 and 2007 as opposed to his last three years 2003-2005 with the Colts. His value is definitely down in a Cardinals uniform.Most people use a formula for drafting like RB RB QB or RB RB WR, etc. I don't. Based on expected points per game, I factor in prior seasons, personnel moves, and whether I think that player can repeat; I'll draft the best player available. I typically draft a RB in the first round, but if the seven RB's on my short list are gone, I'd take Brady if he's still there or Moss. I'm more likely to take two RBs and two WRs in the first four rounds. I've typically waited to draft a QB until round 5. I will skip drafting a QB in round 5 or even beyond if I can't find one that I think is a value pick for that round. Every season, you can typically find a guy like Derek Anderson on the FA list for last year. I drafted Tony Romo in Round 8 last year. Guys like Tom Brady were FA pick ups in 2001, Kurt Warner in 1999, Matt Hasselbeck in 2002. Derek Anderson, Jay Cutler, Kurt Warner, and Jon Kitna were all FA pick ups in my league last year. Its good to have a plan like RB RB WR, or RB WR RB; but don't take a player based solely on position if you know he's not a good value at that spot and have reason to believe you can pick that same player or a comparable one in a later round.Defenses are pretty similar to QBs, in that you can usually wait and draft a good one in the later rounds or pick up a good one off the FA list. Its true that there are usually 2-3 DEF that stand out above the rest, but there were easily more than 12 teams that logged over 75 combined sacks, fumble recoveries, and interceptions. You can also rotate your defense to whoever is playing a weak offense that week. I played with a guy last year that employed the strategy of adding and dropping defenses to start whoever was playing either SF, Buffalo, Atlanta, St Louis, Miami, or the Jets last season. At least one of those teams opponents was available on the FA list every week.I draft a kicker with the last pick in the draft. With your last pick, it makes it easy to drop the guy for someone else without hesitating. I drafted Nick Folk in the last round who ended up finishing fourth among kickers. Other top ten guys like Bironas and Phil Dawson were on the FA list over the course of the season.The other position I place a lower priority on is TE. After Gonzalez, Winslow, and Gates; the rest in the top 12 are fairly close in points per game. I picked Donald Lee of the FA list last year. He finished 9th in yards, and tied for 6th in TDs among tight ends.
#84 by Anonymous posted on 10/10/2015 10:07:27 AM
Most important, know your srinocg system within your league. Example, a QB is less valuable in a league that credits him with 3 points per TD and 1 point per 50 yards thrown as opposed to a league that credits him with 6 points per TD and 1 point per 25 yards thrown. Don't assume that the stats from a prior year are going to carry over to the next season. Older running backs that saw a lot of work in the prior year have a tendency to slow down or get injured. Major personnel moves on the offensive line may affect offensive players, particularly RBs and QBs. The loss of two to three key defensive players will affect a defense.Factor in injuries from the prior season. Especially for running backs. Major injuries may cause a decline for at least the first half, if not the entire season for a player. A guy like Ronnie Brown is someone that I'm very cautious about this year.Pass on rookie WRs and QBs. They very rarely do well, and in the case of QBs usually don't even start. Rookie RBs can do well, but look at the teams that drafted them to see if they're going to end up in the dreaded RBBC (running back by committee).Factor in player movement. A good example was Edge James going from Indy to Arizona. His yards per carry, receiving yards, and touchdowns have dropped in 2006 and 2007 as opposed to his last three years 2003-2005 with the Colts. His value is definitely down in a Cardinals uniform.Most people use a formula for drafting like RB RB QB or RB RB WR, etc. I don't. Based on expected points per game, I factor in prior seasons, personnel moves, and whether I think that player can repeat; I'll draft the best player available. I typically draft a RB in the first round, but if the seven RB's on my short list are gone, I'd take Brady if he's still there or Moss. I'm more likely to take two RBs and two WRs in the first four rounds. I've typically waited to draft a QB until round 5. I will skip drafting a QB in round 5 or even beyond if I can't find one that I think is a value pick for that round. Every season, you can typically find a guy like Derek Anderson on the FA list for last year. I drafted Tony Romo in Round 8 last year. Guys like Tom Brady were FA pick ups in 2001, Kurt Warner in 1999, Matt Hasselbeck in 2002. Derek Anderson, Jay Cutler, Kurt Warner, and Jon Kitna were all FA pick ups in my league last year. Its good to have a plan like RB RB WR, or RB WR RB; but don't take a player based solely on position if you know he's not a good value at that spot and have reason to believe you can pick that same player or a comparable one in a later round.Defenses are pretty similar to QBs, in that you can usually wait and draft a good one in the later rounds or pick up a good one off the FA list. Its true that there are usually 2-3 DEF that stand out above the rest, but there were easily more than 12 teams that logged over 75 combined sacks, fumble recoveries, and interceptions. You can also rotate your defense to whoever is playing a weak offense that week. I played with a guy last year that employed the strategy of adding and dropping defenses to start whoever was playing either SF, Buffalo, Atlanta, St Louis, Miami, or the Jets last season. At least one of those teams opponents was available on the FA list every week.I draft a kicker with the last pick in the draft. With your last pick, it makes it easy to drop the guy for someone else without hesitating. I drafted Nick Folk in the last round who ended up finishing fourth among kickers. Other top ten guys like Bironas and Phil Dawson were on the FA list over the course of the season.The other position I place a lower priority on is TE. After Gonzalez, Winslow, and Gates; the rest in the top 12 are fairly close in points per game. I picked Donald Lee of the FA list last year. He finished 9th in yards, and tied for 6th in TDs among tight ends.

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