4 Tips to Turn Around Your Losing Fantasy Team

For every person that quits - Your one spot closer to the playoffs

For every person that quits – You are one spot closer to the playoffs

There is one area of fantasy football that very closely matches the way modern-day pro football works.

First place teams very rarely win championships. Don’t believe me? Let’s look at the last five years in the NFL. Here are the top teams from each year that rolled into the playoffs with the BEST record in football and went home LOSERS – That’s right L-O-S-E-R-S!

  • 2012 – Broncos   13-3  Knocked out by Ravens
  • 2011 –  Packers   15-1   Knocked out by Giants
  • 2010 – Patriots   14-2  Knocked out by Jets
  • 2009 – Colts       14-2  Knocked out by Saints
  • 2008 – Titans     13-3  Knocked out by Ravens

I have two leagues where I am undefeated, but I know that being the top seed when the playoffs roll around means SQUAT, CRAP and Nothing at ALL!  

No team has ever won a fantasy championship in OCTOBER – NEVER happened and it never will. Your job as a fantasy owner is simple – MAKE THE PLAYOFFS – that’s it. If you make the playoffs, you have a shot to win the whole damn thing.  

If you are 1-5 and or 2-4, you are still completely in it and it is far too early to quit now.  

My team in the FantasyBuzzer League is “High on Hoyer.” I am 2-4, how come my season isn’t over? Maybe it’s because I am only two games back from a playoff spot. Fantasy Football is all about getting hot at the right time and sticking with it when other teams start to quit.

Forget the top teams - How far are you from the last playoff spot?

Forget the top teams – How far are you from that last playoff spot?

The good thing about fantasy football is that some owners always end up quitting. It’s human nature and it’s another reason why you should be making your push to win right now.  

Step 1 – Make Trades  

No one is afraid of your 2-4 team, why not make a trade? Your team is NOT a threat and people will be more likely to trade with you because they think you are out of the running.  

Step 2 – Points Matter 

Score as many points as you can each week – Most leagues use points as a tiebreaker s system. High on Hoyer may only have two wins, but he has more points than any other team except the guy who has Peyton Manning.  

Step 3 – Save Your Waiver Picks  

Don’t blow your waiver wire picks on kickers or defense/special teams. The Waiver Wire is for players that can score – Players returning from suspension, injury or backups that have great potential. Save the pick and strike when someone great comes along. 

Step 4 – Budget Your Free Agent Money 

Going into Week 7 – There are two players in the Fantasy Buzzer League who have less than $10 remaining. If their team doesn’t stay healthy, they have no shot at picking up anyone they might need for the rest of the season. Just like the Waiver Wire, budget your money for a rainy day.

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Start Michael Vick Until the Wheels Fall Off

Vick will rack up the fantasy points until he gets  knocked out

Vick will rack up the fantasy points until he gets knocked out

Everyone has grown accustomed to Michael Vick’s injury plagued career. Vick only played in ten of the Eagles games last year and 13 the year before that. All injuries aside, when Michael Vick is healthy, he puts up huge fantasy numbers.

With Chip Kelly’s new fast paced offense, Michael Vick is going to be a fantasy scoring machine. Vick threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 9 rushes for 54 yards and another score.

The Eagles ran an impressive 77 offensive plays against Washington. Couple this with the fact that LeSean McCoy is back at full strength and running wild, and a healthy Vick has nothing but upside.

The only question now is whether or not he can stay healthy for 16 games. The answer to that question is unpredictable, but the odds are not in his favor. Vick will drive fantasy owners crazy with his injuries, but he’s a top tier quarterback as long as he’s on the field.

Falcons Roddy White Still Missing Practice

Roddy White says he can't cut with his high ankle sprain

Roddy White says he can’t cut with his high ankle sprain

Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White missed practice again with a high ankle sprain that has been plaguing him for quite some time.

White is still fully expected to play this week at home against the Rams, but there’s no way to know how many snaps the coaching staff will allow him to take.

He was fully hobbled during Week 1 when he recorded only two catches for 19 yards against a patchwork Saints pass defense.

Head coach Mike Smith says White will play, but seems concerned about how effective the 31-year-old receiver can be with his injury.

The Rams gave up a lot of points against Larry Fitzgerald last week, but White is still a shaky start for Week 2.

NFL Slaps $100,000 Fine on Lions Ndamukong Suh

The league has run out of patience with Ndamukong Suh

League runs out of patience with Ndamukong Suh

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh got leveled by the NFL with a $100,000 fine for acting the fool again and again. The league hit Suh with the tremendous fine not so much for his low block against Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan, but for a pattern of behavior that makes the NFL look bad.

Ray Anderson, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, made it clear that a major punishment was on the way for a player that continuously puts himself in these situations.

Suh won’t be suspended for his latest transgression, but he’s clearly on notice that the league is fed up with him. The NFL popped Suh with a $30,000 fine last season for kicking Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the family jewels and he was suspended for two games in 2011 for stomping on a Green Bay player.

Following the Sunday’s win over the Vikings, Suh said that he and Sullivan had spoken briefly, and that he had no intention of hitting Sullivan at the knees during the play.

“By any means, I’m not going for his knees,” Suh said after the game. “He knows that. We had a great conversation running out at halftime. And he understood. My aim was his waist, to cut him off.”

 

Patriots Receiver Danny Amendola Doubtful for Thursday Night

Amendola may be forced to take a knee Thursday night

Amendola may be forced to take a knee Thursday night

The Boston Herald is reporting that Danny Amendola may not be able to suit up Thursday night for the Patriots clash at home against the visiting Jets. His groin injury is serious enough that he may not even be ready to play when Tampa visits New England during Week 3.

Amendola’s injury history is well documented and even though he has already proven to be a difference-maker on the field, he’s no good to anyone when he’s hurt.

He’s listed as ‘doubtful’ for Thursday night and fantasy owners would be smart to bench him until further notice.

Colts Ease Ahmad Bradshaw Into the Mix

The Indianapolis Colts probably had a bigger debut in mind for their new featured running back when they signed him. However, veteran Ahmad Bradshaw only touched the ball eight times in the team’s win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Bradshaw carried the ball and caught one pass for a total of 33 yards. Running back Vick Ballard saw most of the action for the Colts.

You can expect Ahmad Bradshaw to contribute more to Indianapolis’ offense as the season progresses. He saw very little action in the preseason and still does not appear to be 100% after his offseason foot surgery. I

It’s definitely less than the Colts’ had hoped for, but taking it slow with Bradshaw is the best course of action. He has battled foot injuries his entire career and hopes to eventually carry the load this season.

Until then however, expect Ballard to carry a bulk of the load until Bradshaw is back to full strength.

Steelers Lose Two Key Players in Loss to Titans

Another crushing blow for the Steelers

Another crushing blow for the Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers are in dire straights after losing two key starters for the season during yesterday’s embarrassing defeat to the Tennessee Titans.

First, Pro-Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey was lost for the season after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee. Then the Steelers lost veteran inside linebacker Larry Foote for the season after he tore his bicep muscle.

Pouncey’s injury is a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee. He is arguably one of the best centers in the NFL, making the pro bowl three times. He was named as team captain earlier in the year and anchors an offensive line that can struggle at times.

The 2010 first round pick is scheduled to undergo season ending surgery some time this week.

 

Steelers Lose Two Key Players in Loss to Titans

Another crushing blow for the Steelers

Another crushing blow for the Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers are in dire straights after losing two key starters for the season during yesterday’s embarrassing defeat to the Tennessee Titans.

First, Pro-Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey was lost for the season after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee. Then the Steelers lost veteran inside linebacker Larry Foote for the season after he tore his bicep muscle.

Pouncey’s injury is a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee. He is arguably one of the best centers in the NFL, making the pro bowl three times. He was named as team captain earlier in the year and anchors an offensive line that can struggle at times.

The 2010 first round pick is scheduled to undergo season ending surgery some time this week.

 

Roddy White Ready to Roll for Season Opener

Roddy White should have a monster day against the Saints

Roddy White should have a monster day against the Saints

Pro Bowl wide receiver Roddy White eased the minds of the Atlanta Falcons coaching staff and fantasy owners alike making it clear that he will be on the field during Sunday’s season opener against the New Orleans Saints.

White is officially listed as questionable, but he played through that designation several times last season. In 8 seasons in the league, he’s never missed a game.

White was sidelined for the team’s final two preseason games after spraining his right ankle during the team’s second preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Falcons head coach Mike Smith said, “Since we’ve been here he is undoubtedly the toughest player on our team,” Smith said Thursday following practice. “There have been times he’s had to fight through things to get there on the field and I don’t know if there’s anyone quite like him on our roster.”

During the 2012 season, White racked up 92 receptions for 1,351 yards and seven touchdowns.

Fantasy owners should consider White a marquee option in all formats, despite his ailing ankle. He is as consistent as any receiver in the league, and will see plenty of targets in Atlanta’s air-it-out offense.

Look for Danny Amendola to Run Wild in Buffalo

Amendola was at Full-Speed at Friday's practice

Amendola was at Full-Speed at Friday’s practice

New England Patriots newly acquired wide receiver Danny Amendola was a full go at practice on Friday after dealing with a groin issue. He’s ready to hit the field at full speed for the Patriots Week 1 matchup against the Bills.

The 27-year-old Amendola has played in only 12 games over the past two seasons as injuries have continued to keep him sidelined. Last season he separated his SC joint, causing his clavicle to cave in and nearly damaging his aorta and trachea, last season.

During 11 games played last season, Amendola hauled in 63 receptions for 666 yards and three touchdowns.

Fantasy owners should consider Amendola a must-start fantasy option in all formats when healthy. Now that he’s close to full speed, he and quarterback Tom Brady should shred the Buffalo secondary on the road tomorrow.