It’s difficult not to start a “big-name” at every position. Even with the bye weeks/injuries, you hope you have drafted well enough to have the majority of your fantasy football line-up equipped with superstars.
Below is a roster that I wouldn’t mind starting week 8. This roster is full of late round picks, waiver wire pick-ups and willingness to both invest and wait on rookies, and be the last to draft a quarterback during your draft.
More than ever, big names that have carried FF teams to the promise land are either banged up or underperforming. Fantasy football is being won with a mixed bag of vets, rookies and waiver wire snags. You can no longer base your draft strategy off of drafting elite players only. Your last third of the draft is as important as the first third of your draft. You better scout the waiver and grab a player who either showcased their skills in the pre-season, are next in line on the depth chart and a have been given the role of starter due to an injury. It’s hard once the bye weeks begin; you are forced to drop some respectable names on your bench to pick up a one week fill-in.
I used to try and draft a team that weren’t on the same bye weeks and would allow me to keep my team in sync once the bye weeks began. What I found were injuries completely disturb this strategy. Think about this. When your fantasy football draft is over, the owners typically labeled as having the best draft are those who have the most recognizable names and not the owner who spent multiple picks on rookies who he/she envisioned would produce by week “x” of the season.
It’s about getting into the playoffs with fantasy football. Once in the playoffs, having players who are producing are what you are looking for. David Wilson of the NYG last year was nothing more than a return specialist. Once Bradshaw went down, Wilson became a viable option, and actually helped me to win the championship in my one league.
It’s hard to ignore the projected stats that fantasy football sites give with your weekly line-up. Starting players based on match-ups and how you feel that specific team will game-plan is what separates the good and great fantasy football owners.
TE- J. Thomas
FLEX- L. Bell