1) You need to have time to dedicate to leagues. Joining a fantasy league requires a commitment of time, especially if you want to do well. It's tough when you have to play a team with multiple players on the DL in their active lineup. If you don't have the time to dedicate then don't join the league.
2) You must stay the course with your team no matter what. Fantasy sports are great when your team is healthy and doing well but you might find more satisfaction in other ways. Imagine leading a team to a championship after having faced an uphill climb all year...the victory will be even sweeter.
3) Put the necessary time into getting ready for your draft. You'll be managing this team all season and the extra effort before the season will put you in a better position to win. Come up with a strategy for your draft day and join some mock drafts to put your strategy to the test.
4) Set your lineup once a week. At the beginning of each week, go to each day and set your lineup. It should take you no more than 5-10 minutes and you ensure you're not leaving guys on the bench.
5) Know who you're playing. It helps to know who you're playing each week and what their strengths and weaknesses are. In baseball for example, there may be no reason to start your weaker starting pitchers against an opponent who has a team that is loaded up on hitters.
6) You don't always start your best players. For example, there aren't too many hitters you want to start against Tim Lincecum as he's so dominant, and you're less than likely to score that well.
7) Keep checking the waiver wires for good talent. There are always quality players who can help your team and you need to always keep abreast of who they are. You can even track players for a few days or a week, then keep them in mind when you know it's time to make a roster move.
8) 20% of your players are expendable. A good portion of your players beyond your studs can be dropped if they're not playing well, and a better player can be had off the wires. Don't be afraid to pull the trigger when you need a boost.
9) Know where your team is both strong and weak. Your team will score well in some categories and in others they won't. Identify those categories and look to improve where you are doing poorly while still maintaining your stats in the categories where you're strong. Searching the waiver wires or making a trade are good ways to improve your team.
10) Only join 2 leagues at a time. Unless you're unemployed, independently wealthy, have no life or all of the above there simply isn't enough time to manage more than that and still do well. Think about quality rather than quantity and worked hard to make those few teams into winning machines.
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