Fantasy Football Team Owners – What Do You Control?

Consistency in scoring is a significant factor for success in fantasy football, but control of other key variables is also important and they directly influence scoring consistency. Unfortunately, not all of these variables are within a team owner’s control. But for those variables that are, team owners must manage them with great skill. This article will discuss these key variables and how to to use the variables you do control to create a competitive advantage.

Out of Your Control

Most team owners have fallen victim to the disasters that randomly and routinely strike fantasy football teams throughout a season. These include player injuries and illnesses, benching and suspensions, lost playing time due to a coach’s game plan and in-game decisions, as well as the unexpected, but inevitable poor-performance day.

For example, no team owner who started Arian Foster, running back for the Houston Texans, will forget week 16 of the 2012 season – the championship game of most fantasy football leagues. Foster, who was drafted as the overall first pick in most drafts and was the #2 fantasy running back through week 15, experienced an irregular heartbeat and left the week-16 game halfway through the third quarter. Up to that point, he had rushed 10 times for just 15 yards, lost a fumble and caught two passes for only 14 yards for a total of 0.9 fantasy points. Although the entire football world is thankful that the condition was not serious and Foster was able to perform well in week 17 and the two subsequent playoff games, the week-16 game was a fantasy disaster – likely costing many team owners their fantasy championship.

Within Your Control

Conversely, team owners do have significant control over one key variable that, if executed well, can lead to fantasy success. That variable is the team roster. No player is ever put on a fantasy roster without the explicit approval and action of the team owner.  Team owners, after an appropriate amount of research, analysis and strategy development, are the persons responsible for pulling the trigger on every draft pick made, auction dollar spent, free agent acquired or player traded.

Nearly all fantasy football team owners are sufficiently competent to not draft a player with an injury that would keep that player off the field for the upcoming season. That is why there was so much discussion and speculation regarding the injury status of Peyton Manning’s neck and Adrian Peterson’s knee prior to the 2012 season. Team owners were trying to determine whether these two players were draftable and if so, what their draft values should be. Fortunately for those who drafted either one – they both had great years. As far as your team roster goes, you have complete control. It’s all in your hands. Make wise choices!

Additionally, the team owner makes the “sit or start” decisions that determine which players will constitute the starting line-up. Nothing frustrates team owners more than starting a player who ends up being ruled out for an upcoming game. Conscientious team owners are mindful of their players’ injury status all the way up to game time. They ensure players ruled out for a game are replaced by the best possible substitute. A similar situation also occurs when a team owner is less than diligent in monitoring the bye weeks of players on their roster. Be an active and informed owner each week!

That is a lot of control and is the reason team owners are quick to take credit for their fantasy success. Yes, fantasy football is a game of skill – but it also requires luck. (Those who started Arian Foster in week 16 of 2012 made the correct line-up choice, but fate just dealt a harsh blow.) To maximize fantasy success, however, fantasy football team owners must take special care of the key variable over which they wield the most control – the team roster.

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