1. Pick players with easy matchups in the playoffs and early in the season.
Just as in the NFL, players performing well in fantasy football playoff games lead to more championships.
Playoff fantasy points are more valuable than regular season fantasy points. Make sure you draft players with
the best defensive matchups during your league’s playoff weeks. Because of injuries and trades, you should
also draft players that will have great early-season
matchups. Our cheatsheets incorporate this strategy!
For skill players (RB, WR, or TE) the difference between playing a bottom-third defense versus a
top-third defense is ~5 points. If you can get favorable matchups for all of your 7 skill players, it could mean a 35-point swing!
2. Draft Strong Quarterback Combos
While defensive matchups matter for skill players, they matter even more for QB’s.
For a QB the difference between playing a bottom-third defense versus a top-third defense is ~8 points.
Draft a set of QB’s that guarantees you a good defensive matchup every week. An example of a great
QB combo is Tony Romo and Derek Carr. Take a look at our
one-of-a-kind QB Combo Cheatsheet.
3. Key Players To Watch
Players you should snag:
• ATL (Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman, Matt Ryan)
• BUF (LeSean McCoy, Sammy Watkins)
• GB (Jordy Nelson, Aaron Rodgers, Ty Montgomery)
• CAR (Christian McCaffrey, Cam Newton, Kelvin Benjamin)
• CHI (Jordon Howard, Cameron Meredith)
Players to avoid:
• LAC (Melvin Gordon, Keenan Allen, Phillip Rivers)
• HOU (DeAndre Hopkins, Lamar Miller)
• DAL (Ezekiel Elliot, Dez Bryant, Dak Prescott)