Hey, friends, congratulations to those of you still playing this weekend. Whether you finish the season with a win (there can be only one) or you finish as runner up, your accomplishments deserve celebration.
The football season is a 17-week grind, but as you winners know, the fantasy football grind doesn’t begin in Week 1 or end after Week 16.
If you’ve made it this far without grinding in the offseason, buy a lottery ticket because the stars have aligned for you.
Now, our standard leagues in their final week. A lot of owners, even grizzled veterans, get the sweats setting a championship lineup. Here are seven rules to follow to put together your best lineup.
1. Don’t get cute, play your big guns regardless of matchup
Across the fantasy football world, there are experts who make this their battle cry each week. Most owners follow suit. However, facing a stacked team on the other side, potentially with jellybeans on the line, some players might start to out-think themseleves.
Look at what LeSean McCoy did two weeks ago against the worst RB matchup of the week and what Jamaal Charles did last week in a less-than-stellar matchup (remember he ran for only 20 yards on 9 carries).
2. When breaking a lineup tie, trust your gut
Hey, champ, you’ve made it this far. Like I said in the intro, that means you’ve probably done (and are still doing) a lot of homework. It means you’ve made some shrewd moves.
You know what you’re doing.
I could see a scenario where a player drafted a stud RB, picked Frank Gore later then, during the season added Shane Vereen and Andre Brown off waivers.
Remember, you know what you’re doing. The player or matchup that stands out like a blinking light, that’s the one you should start.