FANTASY FOOTBALL STRATEGY

Fantasy football strategy articles, tips, tricks and more.

  • Auction Draft Strategy: The Importance of the Nomination

    Jul 23Michael Wenrich

      Editor’s Note: This is one of our many strategy-related articles from our team of writers to get you prepared for this season. Over the past few years, auction drafts have increased in popularity. If you’re new to auctions, I would suggest you first check out Eric Ludwig’s “Auction Drafts for Beginners” article posted last off-season for a great starting point. One ...

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  • Fantasy Football: 3 Lessons Learned from 2016

    Jun 19Nate Hamilton

    Every year we all think we have it figured out. The truth is, things change in this game so often that we are not always able to predict which draft strategy will work best or which position will provide the most or least value on your team etc… Sure, we do learn some lessons from the previous season and hope that the trend will continue into the next, making us all Nostradamus of fantasy football. ...

  • Fantasy Football Strategy: How To Eliminate Collusion & Tanking

    Jun 9Cory Evans

    Editor’s Note: This is one of our many strategy-related articles from our team of writers to get you prepared for this season. When it comes to fantasy football, there is nothing more frowned upon than the concept of cheating. Such an act is often accomplished through collusion or tanking, which most commissioners attempt to eliminate at all costs. The problem is, league owners tend to bend the rules or search for loopholes in order to succeed. Therein ...

  • Fantasy Football: Tips and Tricks to Mock Draft Like a Champ

    May 26Michael Wenrich

    Editor’s Note: Check out Andy, Mike, and Jason’s latest Mock Draft episode. Hear the guys go through each pick using tier-based drafting, discussing the reasoning behind each choice. It’s an off-season ritual that starts earlier and earlier every year. Not long ago I struggled to find places to complete a mock draft in mid-August. A few seasons ago, it was a big deal amongst a few friends when we could start doing mock drafts on ESPN in ...

  • Fantasy Football: Method to the Kicker Madness

    May 25Kyle Borgognoni

    After the 2016 season ended, I had the pleasure of diving into every meaningful statistic I could find in our popular “25 Statistics” series. But none of the positions quite brought a fun and sobering perspective as the 25 Boom-Boom Kickers for 2016. Here are a couple nuggets to help refresh your brain… Despite being the consensus #1 kicker drafted, Stephen Gostkowski finished as the 9th kicker overall in standard. That is after a dominant run when he finished #1 ...

  • Fantasy Football Strategy: How to Flex

    May 18Cory Evans

    Editor’s Note: This is one of our many strategy-related articles from our team of writers to get you prepared for this season. No, this article is not referring to the strength of an individual’s bicep muscle. Instead, it focuses in on the Flex position in fantasy football. In most scoring formats, this spot is best defined as an additional running back, wide receiver or tight end that can be inserted into a starting lineup. At first glance, ...

  • Fantasy Football: 2-QB & Superflex Strategy

    May 11Michael Wenrich

    Editor’s Note: Find out Andy, Mike, and Jason’s premium QB projections in the Ultimate Draft Kit. Pre-order before it releases on June 1st. Single QB Strategy History As little as five years ago, the “wait on QB” strategy was an obscure strategy for those crazy people who were trying to buck a trend. In 2012, three QBs had first round ADP’s and eight in the first five rounds. After a terrible year for QBs, 2013’s first ...

  • Fantasy Football: Avoid Rookie Wide Receivers

    May 8Keaton Denlay

    Editor’s Note: Be sure to check out Rookie Landing Spots: Reception Perception: Round 1 WRs, as well as Round 2 and 3 WRs. For the casual NFL fan, the NFL Draft may come and go without moving the needle.  Maybe they check in on their local team’s first round pick or watch an episode of Path to the Draft if they can’t find anything else on, but for the most part Rookie NFL players are an afterthought.  ...

  • The Art of the Fantasy Football Late Round Flier: TEs

    May 5Kyle Borgognoni

    We started this series with late round running backs and late round wide receivers that filled late round flier “archetypes” that seem to spring up every year when scouring mock drafts, average draft position (ADP), and early rankings. Before we look at TEs, let’s get on the same page of what we mean by “late round flier”. A late round flier is simply a pick used at the end of your draft with the ultimate goal of finding a ...

  • Fantasy Football: Understanding Tier-Based Drafting

    May 4Michael Wenrich

    “I purchased the #UDK and the tiers helped me kill all three of my drafts!” “Just had my first draft using the #UDK Tiers. LOVE my team!” One of the highlights of last year’s Ultimate Draft Kit was the Ballers’ Tiered Rankings. Comments like those above were all over the reviews and the @TheFFBallers Twitter timeline. On the recent Frequently Asked Questions episode, a listener inquired about sticking with specific draft strategies. The Ballers all agreed ...

  • Fantasy Football for Beginners Pt. 2: Advanced Strategies

    May 3Travis Strickland

    Last year, I wrote a Fantasy Football for Beginners article that was intended be the “Intro to Fantasy Football crash course that I wish someone had written for me before going into my first season”. I thought that for this year, I would follow that article up and touch on some more advanced strategies, concepts, and philosophies that can help a new or more casual player in stepping up their game. Blocking your opponent If you’re ...

  • The Art of the Fantasy Football Late Round Flier: WRs

    Apr 30Kyle Borgognoni

    We started this series with late round running backs and a couple of late round flier “archetypes” that seem to spring up every year when scouring mock drafts, average draft position (ADP), and early rankings. Before we look at WRs, let’s get on the same page of what we mean by “late round flier“. A late round flier is simply a pick used at the end of your draft with the ultimate goal of finding a player ...

  • The Art of the Fantasy Football Late Round Flier: RBs

    Apr 25Kyle Borgognoni

    Here at FootClan HQ, our goal is to provide a number of strategy-based articles which can help you prepare for your fantasy league #footclantitle in 2017. We’re going to embark on a 3-part series looking a commonly used term in fantasy mock drafts: the late round flier. A late round flier is simply a pick used at the end of your draft with the ultimate goal of finding a player with major upside at minimal cost. In ...

  • Fantasy Football DOs & DON’Ts

    Apr 8Cory Evans

    Although it would be ideal to follow, there is no set formula or amount of data mining that can guarantee success in fantasy football. Due to ever-changing variables like injuries and new offensive schemes, it is difficult to predict the future output of skill position players in the NFL. However, there are various rules to abide by in fantasy that can increase the likelihood of success on an annual basis. Below, I review a few ...

  • Frequently Asked Fantasy Football Questions: Part 2

    Mar 30Travis Strickland

    Welcome to the article form of the second FAFQ episode where the Footballers discussed some of the more common questions about drafting, playing, and trading strategies. For questions relating to league formations and settings be sure to check out Frequently Asked Fantasy Questions: Part 1. In the interest of full disclosure, I would like to point out that while some of Andy and Mike’s responses are direct quotes, some are slightly paraphrased for the sake ...

  • 7 Ways to Spice Up Your Fantasy Football League

    Mar 30Keaton Denlay

    Fantasy football has something for everyone.  Whether you are a diehard competitive player or someone who just plays in a casual league with friends and coworkers, we are all in this to have some fun and maybe win a few monopoly bucks along the way.  In order to maximize the fun factor in your league, it needs to feel fresh and interesting while maintaining an element of tradition.   This way you can build rivalries and ...

  • Rethink Your Strategy: Don’t Draft a Defense

    Mar 22Ryan Weisse

    Like most of you, I was recently listening to the FAFQ #2 pod. During the show, the guys talk about roster construction at the draft and made it clear that they do not draft back-ups at 1 starter positions. This practice got me to thinking: “Why draft a defense at all?” So I dug into DEF ADP vs the guys that are being left on the board and the findings knocked me right off of ...

  • An Introduction To Dynasty Fantasy Football

    Mar 20Cory Evans

    For those that are interested in creating or joining a dynasty league, there is no better time than the present to do so. This article is dedicated to overviewing the basic components of such a league, while providing an in-depth introduction as to how the format differs from all other fantasy structures. Inaugural Startup Drafts Similar to that of a redraft league, dynasty startup drafts require an extensive amount of preparation. The main difference between ...

  • Fantasy Football: Top 10 Tips and Tricks

    Mar 20Eric Ludwig

    One of the last season’s episodes of The Fantasy Footballers Podcast detailed several simple steps you can take to maximize your chances at a #FootclanTitle. Follow these 10 Tips and Tricks to help win your fantasy football league. 10. Keep an Eye on the IR The Injured Reserve (IR) spot can and should be used as a free roster spot. Make sure you understand the IR rules, but you can use the IR spot during ...

  • Fantasy Football for Beginners

    Mar 20Travis Strickland

    Be sure to also check out: Fantasy Football for Beginners Pt. 2: Advanced Strategies I chose to write this piece because I’ve seen the amount of joy and excitement that can be incited in an individual who never thought that they would care about fantasy football. It’s a spark that can quickly ignite into a full-blown inferno when they suddenly realize all of the fun they’ve been missing out on all this time. Every year ...

  • Frequently Asked Fantasy Football Questions: Part 1

    Mar 16Travis Strickland

    Below you will find a list of commonly asked questions about the formation and execution of fantasy football leagues. When asking these questions, it helps to keep in mind that in most cases it’s not about who’s right and who’s wrong. There is a reason that there are so many options for how you can set up and design a league. On some of these questions you will find very strong opinions, whereas others are ...