How to Fix Your Fantasy Football Running Back Woes? Don't.

Here's a great article by Joe Holka at that discusses the fantasy football drafting and team management concept of Zero Running Backs.

What does zero running backs mean? Simply, running backs are fragile and thus hard to rely on. Plus there are few ruly impactful ones. So instead of mortgaging your team's fortunes by emphasizing or trying to fix running back issues, downplay your RBs and compensate by shoring up other areas on your team. As Holka explains, doing this means you'll likely be "profiting from the chaos of the RB position" rather than suffering from it.

How to Win At Daily Fantasy Football

Your team is winless. Your roster hopeless. Yet all is not lost. First, you can check out this blog's article on how to save your fantasy season.

Second, you can start playing daily fantasy football and try to win there with fresh new teams.  Here is an excellent article by Chris Meyers at Athlon Sports called Introduction to Daily Fantasy Football -- 5 Ways to Help You Succeed.

Daily vs Seasonal Fantasy Football

You've heard the commercials for DraftKings and FanDuel talking about daily fantasy fooball. What in the world is that?  Should you play it? Check out this brief article at Fantasy Football Portal so you can learn just what daily fantasy football is and decide if you should give it a try.

Should You Try to Add An Injured Player's Replacement to Your Fantasy Football Team?

There's often a rush to claim an injured player's replacement off of fantasy football league waivers. But should there be? Many times these players end up being fool's gold. Here's a good article by Michael Leone at BN Blitz about how to evaluate a player's expected production to determine if he's worth burning fantasy football waiver dollars or priority on.  While the article discusses Adrian Petersen in particular, the general concepts discussed work for every injury replacement situation.

2016 Fantasy Football RB Tiers

Though many draft strategies center on WRs these days, RBs are still the bread and butter of your team, if for no other reason than it's hard to get impactful ones.  So you have to draft them early and often. Here's a breakdown of RBs by tier, courtesy of CBS Sports, to help you know who to target and when.

Fantasy Football Defense and Special Teams Strategy

I stumbled on an excellent article that 1) talked about fantasy football defense/special teams, which hardly gets any airtime and 2) better yet, provided some useful stats to help make lineup decisions. While the thrust of the article was daily fantasy football, many of the points apply to regular season-long fantasy football too.

You'll want to read the entire article but here's a quick summary:
  1. Pick a D/ST that faces a team that passes a lot. This increases the odds of getting interceptions -- including pick sixes -- and sacks. This is in the same vein as RBs getting carries/touches or WRs getting targets: more opportunity to score.
  2. Use the Vegas line to help pick your D/ST.
  3. Try to use a D/ST that is on a team favored to win.
  4. Try to get a D/ST facing a QB with a low completion rate and/or high sack rate.