We are about two weeks away from the fantasy season. Some of you haven’t drafted yet, and some of you already have key players with season ending injuries.
Okay, you can panic now.
Fight the tears a little longer and try to give this a read. Your season isn’t over…yet. Victor Cruz in 2011, Doug Martin in 2012, Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014. These guys were the hot pickups of their respected year, driving many fantasy teams towards the playoffs. The waiver wire is where champions are born. Every season you can count on at least one player to rise from the bottom, and in a matter of a week they can go from 0 to 80 percent owned.
“But Dave you make it sound so easy, I’m not a fortune teller!”
Cool your jets young man! Ill help you out. Want to find this year’s stud? You have to watch that waiver wire every day, simply go to the owned percentage button and see who everyone else is picking up. Search that player on Google and look deeper into their roll on the team, where they stand in the depth chart and, of course, what team they play for. My strongest piece of advise is to not pick anyone up unless necessary until week 3 of the NFL Season. There is a reason for this! Chances are, no one in your league is as patient as you are. They’ll be making the mistake of picking up back up RB’s waiting for an injury to happen.
As they make the roster moves you will slowly make your way to the top of the waiver wire. Week four rolls around and some stud is catching touchdowns with his feet. He’s all over ESPN, NFL network and the CBS pregame analysis. And guess whose teams he’s on now? Yours!
Another piece of advice, look deeper into the stats of a player before picking them up. It’s easy to look at receptions, touchdowns and yards, but dig deeper. If he’s a running back, how many carries is he getting, how many yards, is he injury prone? For a WR, look to see targets per game, the more the merrier, and the more targets results in a higher chance for receptions.
Lastly, every year there is one person in a league who drops a great player out of frustration due to their lack of production. Don’t give up so easily, wait it out and it doesn’t hurt to leave the guy on your bench while he heats up on the field. Instead drop someone less valuable, don’t try to be the bold gambler in the league.
Play it safe and you’ll succeed.
By David Arakelian