5 Fantasy Football Playoffs Tips to Help You Outwit Your Opponent
Did you make it into your Fantasy Football playoffs? Or better yet, are you entering your league’s Final Four this weekend? Have you ever noticed that the Fantasy playoffs are a little different than just your regular season games?
What I mean by that is – you’re not owning players you think have potential for later in the season. You don’t need to have a backup quarterback or tight end right now. You aren’t stocking up at different positions because of NFL bye weeks.
In one way, playing in the Fantasy playoffs is very much like playing head-to-head poker hands, where you face just one person’s poker hand, as opposed to a tableful of players.
With that in mind, I thought I’d share a handful of tips to help you get the extra edge on your opponent in the Fantasy Football postseason.
5 Fantasy Football Playoffs Tips
Since there are different types of rules for different types of leagues (10-team or 12-team, Week 16 or Week 17 championship, keeper leagues, etc.), these Fantasy Football playoffs tips may not apply to all.
1. Figure Out Which Backups Are Drop-Worthy
Look through your Fantasy bench to see which players probably won’t end up making it into your starting lineup over the next three weeks, and consider dumping them. You’ll want to keep your main handcuffs, of course, but a backup quarterback, tight end or defense is unnecessary, since you’ll likely be able to pick up whomever you drop the following week.
2. Check Your League’s Tiebreaker Rules!
Remember that there are no ties in the playoffs, which is likely much different than your regular season rules. So check to see what your league’s Fantasy tiebreaker rules are, and do your best to fill your lineup accordingly. Many leagues use the highest-scoring reserve player as their league’s Fantasy playoffs tiebreaker, so stock up on players with very high floors as your bench. Maybe that means picking up several quarterbacks, kickers or defenses. You should definitely use this strategy during your league’s championship week (unless you’re in a keeper league), when you won’t need backup players for next week.
3. Check Your Starters’ Schedules for the Final Weeks
Your flex player could be looking at a really tough matchup in Week 16 or 17, so do you really think you’ll play him or are you going to go another route? Consider dropping him now, rather than holding onto him as a reluctant flex, and grab good players with good matchups. (Don’t drop your flex player if you think your opponent could use him, though.)
4. Check Your Week 15 Opponent’s Roster
Remember – play your opponent. Maybe there are some players you can use to help offset one of the stars on your opponent’s lineup. If your opponent rolls with RB DeAngelo Williams or WR Antonio Brown, then maybe you should pick up kicker Chris Boswell, allowing you to turn their 6-point touchdowns into 5-point scores because of Boswell’s extra point.
5. Take Away Options For Your Opponent
Does your opponent need a quarterback or a defense this week? Do you have some dead spots on your bench worth replacing? Pick up three or four of the best quarterbacks or DSTs available, even if you don’t need to start them, just to keep your opponent from getting them.
But if you don’t win this weekend, and you have to look to next year, understand that you’re part of more than 90 percent of the rest of the Fantasy world out there. You can always use these Fantasy Football playoffs tips for next year!
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