The Importance of Consistency in Fantasy Football

There are three goals you should shoot for while assembling and managing your fantasy football team:
  1. Consistency 
  2. Value
  3. Upside


Today we'll cover the first item. Consistency in fantasy scoring is important.  Consistency makes it easier to coach your team.  It makes it easier to win.

To illustrate, which fantasy football team below would you rather own?
 
Team A
400 points over 4 games in the following steady manner: 98, 102, 106, 94.

Team B
400 points over 4 games in roller-coaster fashion: 110, 72, 130, 88. 

Sure, the second team exploded in points in the third week, but it fizzled out in the second.  While Team A had a variance of only 12 points, Team B's was 48!  Teams this erratic will leave you pulling your hair out. 

Obviously, it's better to field a team that scores in a predictable way weekly.  You won't struggle to figure out your best starting lineup each week. You won't second-guess and self-flagellate yourself over bad decisions.

So how to you achieve consistency?  You obtain mostly consistent players.  Get QBs, WRs, and RBs that score reliably rather than those that are feast or famine. Of course, a couple of the latter are ok to own; some risk taking is necessary if you want to be champion.  But too much risk hurts your team's odds of winning it all.

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