Fantasy

DFS is growing, but classic Fantasy Sports are here to stay!

I know my fantasy sports.  Long before DFS became a unstoppable force in the fantasy sports industry I had been competing with buddies and strangers alike in the classic fantasy sports circle.  One of my favorite things about fantasy sports is the opportunity to get year-long bragging rights, along with cash of course, from friends who just couldn’t keep up!  You have found the perfect site if you are as passionate about fantasy sports as I am!

Here at the Fantasy section of Double Up Sports, you have the opportunity to read and learn on important fantasy topics such as drafting advice, players to watch on the waiver wire, selling high, who’s hot and who’s not, keeper suggestions, and much more!  I am tracking these topics on a daily basis and I am thrilled to be able to share this knowledge with you!

My Fantasy Football, Fantasy Baseball and Fantasy Hockey pages are the sections to continually visit for my most recent fantasy sports advice.  It can only take a shrewd move or two to gain the edge you need to win your league so make sure you put yourself in the best position possible to do just that.

Feel free to use the form at the bottom of this page to get in touch with any questions or comments you have for this section of the site!

Good Luck and let’s win a championship!

Kemper.

How to Win at Fantasy Sports

Season-long fantasy success only comes to those who are willing to put in the time and effort that is required to make the proper decisions when it comes to the makeup of your roster.  That being said, it is absolutely essential that you have a set approach to help guide your decision making as opposed to a scattered thinking process for each individual decision.  I am thrilled to share the foundation of my approach with the hope that it can assist you in setting your own approach that turns you into a fantasy sports champion!

Disclaimer: Most of my advice is tailored to those competing in keeper leagues and my advice can tailor more to one sport than another.  I personally prefer keeper leagues as they require you to think more like a General Manager when it comes to drafting, prospects, and waiver wire decisions.  Keeper leagues require an expanded thought process and approach as opposed to one-and-done leagues that simply require you to make easier decisions such as who is the best player at this point in time only.

Let’s take a look at some of the pillars of my fantasy sports approach:

#1: Be a waiver wire junkie 

While the draft is obviously a great place to acquire talent and build your team, it is my concrete belief that the waiver wire is the best resource for a successful fantasy team.  Especially at the beginning of a season, the waiver wire is always chock-full of difference-making talent that can carry you to a championship.  I can almost guarantee you that every year there are a handful of players that go undrafted and sit on the waiver wire that are capable of replacing one of your keepers at some point during the season (not so much in NFL fantasy football).  Make sure you are constantly scouring the wire, even if you think your team is set.  It seems to me that those content owners with the fewest add/drops are usually those who end up in the bottom half of the standings.  Outwork your opponents on the wire and you will find success.

Personal real-life waiver wire additions, MLB: Corey Kluber, J.D. Martinez, Jose Quintana, Danny Duffy (most recently)

#2: Trade on production, not name-recognition 

One thing that can grind my gears in the fantasy world is the amount of owners who over-value players either based on their name-recognition or past production.  Just because a player hit 30 homeruns in 2012 does not guarantee me that production in the present or future.  That being said, don’t be guilty of this yourself.  Don’t hold on to players that are household names simply because they are popular.  Make sure you take an unbiased approach and evaluate the player based on his current production (and perhaps estimated future production) and make a decision on just how valuable he really is to your team.  If you aren’t satisfied, you now have an opportunity to trade said player to an owner who values him based on his popularity.  Don’t mortgage your fantasy success on players who are more popular than they are productive.

#3: Do not develop an emotional attachment to ANY player

This can really be easier said than done for a lot of fantasy owners.  I’m amazed at how many owners fall in love with a player and miss out on opportunities because of it.  We all like to own players who play on our favorite teams, but you have to decide what the end goal is.  If the end goal is to win money via a league title, then you simply can’t afford to be emotionally attached to any player.  Do not miss out on an opportunity because you can’t pull the trigger on a move involving a player you like, always put the end goal first!

#4: Be aware of selling high opportunities

This is a great way to improve your roster both now and for the future.  Just because a player has a good first half of a season does not say anything about the rest of his season.  Be aware of players on your roster that are performing much higher than career norms and do your best to leverage that in a trade.  There are plenty of owners who are willing to jump the gun and acquire a player that is on a short-term tear and give up valuable assets in the process.  The opposite can also be true.  Do your research to determine if this is simply a hot stretch or if it is indeed a breakout before attempting to acquire the player.  Professional athletes are constantly enduring ups and downs and there are certainly ways to take full advantage.

Personal real-life selling high example, MLB: Acquired OF Yoenis Cespedes for red-hot SP Clay Buchholz in June, 2014.  The rest is history.

#5: Younger is not always better 

If you are like me you are trying to win your league(s) every single season.  I realize that there can be situations when you have no chance from the get go, however loading up on young guys that are not even in the league yet is not the answer.  Popular thinking in keepers leagues is to ditch veterans and acquire young players, but then I ask you this: Do you really want to sit around for two or three seasons before your fantasy team is competitive?  I am not talking about being savvy and adding young, highly-touted prospects approaching a call-up, I am talking about the owners who load up on prospects  who aren’t even in the show yet with the hope that they become fantasy assets.  There are too many talented players on waiver wires to take this approach.  Keep your team competitive every single season by using the waiver wire as well as taking advantage of owners who value prospects over productive veterans.

Personal real-life veteran acquisitions that paid off: Larry Fitzgerald (NFL), Victor Martinez & Adrian Beltre (MLB), Joe Thornton (NHL)

Have any tips or advice of your own?  Feel free to leave them in the comments section below or use the form below to give me a shout!

Good luck!

Kemper.

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