Fantasy Football: Outside the Box – Volume 4

Fantasy Football: Outside the Box – Volume 4

By: Joel DePalma (@FFAdvisorapp)

It’s Week 15 and one round of fantasy playoffs is in the books for many leagues. Whether you are reading this to grab some insight for this week’s playoff game or you are preparing your roster for your dynasty/keeper league’s off-season, we have a unique perspective that you are unlikely to find elsewhere. Unlike what most “experts” will tell you, there is still ample opportunity to improve your team. For example, in one of my expert leagues, I started Knowshon Moreno and Vick Ballard as my two starting running backs. Needless to say, I bounced that other “pro” out of the playoffs and am gaining momentum at the perfect time. Whatever your unique angle is, here are few tips that most of your competitors will not be expecting.


One of the biggest mantras proclaimed by industry insiders is to “trust your studs” come playoff time.  In fact, I’ve given that same advice in the past. However, this year has turned out very different. Week after week, players are being plucked off of the waiver wire and have contributed significantly to the owners that decided to roll the dice.  To give you a few examples, players like Bryce Brown, Danario Alexander, Colin Kaepernick, T.Y. Hilton, Moreno and Ballard have all been counted on late in the season and in the playoffs.  Don’t be afraid to jump on the band wagon!  If you “trusted your studs” and decided to roll with Ryan Matthews, Larry Fitzgerald, Ahmad Bradshaw or Marques Colston, chances are you aren’t still in the game. When the arrow is trending down on one of your veterans, switch it up and roll with the hot hand.  This time of year you have to go with the points you can count on.  You don’t have the luxury to wait and see. 


This is not the first time I’ve written about this; it warrants the extra attention. Too many owners are complacent this time of year and stick with the “what got me here” approach.  While that may work, don’t overlook easy areas to gain a few extra points. For example, if you own the San Francisco or Chicago defense/special teams, you have likely set it and forgot it all year. This week they are playing the New England and Green Bay respectively and neither should be started.  Also, DO NOT overlook the importance of kickers.  In another league, I decided to roll with Matt Prater against my competitor who was starting Peyton Manning. While I admit it’s mostly luck, Prater almost matched Manning’s point total for the week and all but negated my opponent’s best player. Start a defense playing a weak team and start a kicker playing in an expected high-scoring affair. 


As I alluded to earlier, there is still talent available in most leagues that you can pick up and use this week. Excluding the obvious (DeAngelo Williams, Colin Kapernick, and Knownson Moreno) players like Bilal Powell, Jacquizz Rodgers and Joique Bell are quietly on gaining larger slices of their offense. Other players like Jason Avant, Alshon Jeffrey (assuming Cutler is in the lineup), and Montell Owens are all showing a little flash and would be worth a shot if you don’t have anyone you can trust this week. If you need a player, all of these players are decent options this week.

Best of luck this week.  If you need any individual advice or have any start sit questions, please check out our app, The Fantasy Advisor, or you can reach us on twitter @FFadvisorapp.


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