Fantasy Football Super Bowl Week: Tips on Winning and Celebrating
In the video above, Lenovo's Fantasy Online College details the types of trophies that should be handed out when your league is finished for the 2015 season. You should always consider having a league championship trophy, in my opinion. The money comes and goes, but the trophy is an eternal symbol of your championship acoomplishment. In one of my leagues, for many years, we had a “Trophy Fund” in which everyone donated a few dollars, enough to pool it all together and buy a nice trophy for the champ. Consider that for next season, but in the meantime, here are some championship week tips and recommendations on how to win it all, and how the champ should act after he takes the title. We'll use the trophies from the Fantasy Online College video as a guide to taking a trophy and reveling in victory properly. If you win your league title this year, take some of the funds and buy a trophy for yourself so you have an everlasting reminder of your Fantasy Super Bowl season. I do it almost every year.
The Log Cabin: Presented to the guy who does not prepare properly for his league title. I know this is a holiday week, but you have to limit the distractions and make sure you don't miss anything important. You can clear Friday for Christmas celebrations, but the weekend has to be devoted to doing everything you can to win it all. At the same time, that does not mean you take too much time to overthink things. Just make sure you block off enough time to make the proper decisions. Having a Fantasy Super Bowl during Christmas week is a delicate balancing act, so schedule yourself properly.
The Hug Award: This goes to the Fantasy owner who does tireless research. This is an award you may want. But then there is the other side of a hug. You may need one after you make a move that you will regret. This may include benching a player who is listed as probable because you are worried about his health status, when you really shouldn't be concerned at all. Or making a lineup decision based on who the other team has, when you should simply be focused on your own squad. Don't bench a Fantasy superstar based on a tough matchup, or you may ultimately need a deep hug for consolation.
The Complaint Box: Don't cry and whine about how worried you are about the outlooks of certain players in your lineup or who the other team has. All you can do is set your own best possible lineup and then hope for optimum outcomes. Remember you can only control who you start and sit based on the most logical information available. Once the game starts, you just have to hope for the best and know that you did the best job possible to put yourself in a position to win. Once the games kick off, only the players decide what happens from there. Stop stressing and know that you already did the best you could to get to this point.
The Golden Lenovo: I'm not getting my laptop done in all gold. But if I do win it all with a handsome payout, I may treat myself to a new one. If you win the rewards, get yourself a jersey of the player that was most responsible for helping you win the title. Or even better, make a donation to the charity of his choice and tell him about it on Twitter. Too many Fantasy players take to Twitter to tell players the negatives. If you win your championship, thank them on Twitter and donate to their preferred cause. That is indeed winning with honor.
The Decker: This one is my favorite trophy in the video for its humor, but also illustrates a very important point. Eric Decker is the type of player who you have to lock into your lineup in Fantasy championship week with no second thoughts. He is the perfect example of a player who is the backbone of a Fantasy title squad. He has scored in 10 of 13 games this year and went for 100 yards in one of the weeks he did not score in. There is no way I am reserving him when the championship is on the line, no matter who he faces. We always discuss Fantasy superstars that you cannot bench in your Super Bowl week. Well, there are also the guys like Decker that do not quite have the superstar pedigree, but are so sturdy in production that they have to remain in your lineup to properly complement the major luminaries.
Simply said, as I have been preaching all week so far, this is not the time to let the pressure get to you. Don't overthink things. If you are waiting on injury news to make a decision, you will likely know everything you need to by the weekend. When in doubt, always go with the healthy guy. Don't worry about who your opponent has, because you cannot control that and need to focus on your own lineup first and foremost. Don't approach things any differently than you might in any other week. The worst thing you can do is get panicky and force yourself into a decision you will regret. You did your best to get here, now trust that you will do your best to finish the job.
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