Observations for 'Newbies' by a 'Newbie'

Let me start of by saying that I have been playing the NFL games on the daily sites since about week 2. In no way do I consider myself an expert and am not so foolish that I consider myself qualified to give any sort of rankings and projections. Rather, I will give some simple tips on overall strategy. Just some things that I would have liked to hear early on. Because make no mistake about it. this is very different from the game you are used to. If you don’t adapt, you will go broke quick.

Sit & Drafts (Snake Drafts)

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The first thing I would recommend for newbies is to start with Sit/drafts. These are snake style drafts (same as season leagues) with no budgets. Once a player has been chosen, he is off the board. These are as close as you will get to the game you already know. Your teams will look and score similar to your season leagues. You also don’t have to worry about the guy that pulls this weeks miracle out of his butt. (nor do you have to be the guy that finds him) No one is going to take Kevin Smith over Adrian Peterson. Most sit/drafts are very small fields. 2 to 6 teams. You know which players will be taken. Your job is to pick the best roster from a pool of about 50 players. Not of 100’s and a budget that limits who can play. Both DraftZone (sit/drafts) and DraftStreet (snake) offer these style leagues.

Salary Leagues

If you do decide to venture into the salary cap games, (I mean, who can resist?) I would recommend joining at least 3 or 4 sites. The reason I say to join so many is this. As with your seasonal leagues the players (users) vary from site to site. So do the player values (salaries). We all have our personal preferences on how we construct our rosters. After a few weeks you will notice that you generally feel more comfortable with your rosters on one site compared to the others. This should become your main site played.

Now the best piece of advice I could possibly give is “Don’t feel that you have to play every site every week.” If you do not feel comfortable with your lineup on a particular site then DON’T ENTER IT!! Knowing when not to enter can be a win. You have other rosters on the other sites and will still be getting plenty of action that week.

H2H’s and 50/50’s

Until you get used to the various sites, stick to head to head or 50/50 games. These have the best odds for you to win. Also, do not waste your money on the large field tournaments ( 100’s to 1000’s entries) or at the very least, limit your entries. It takes miracle days and a ton of luck to even place. Let alone win one. The winning scores of these are usually 180 or so. Think how many times in all your years of playing fantasy that you have hit 180. A few? After 10 weeks on these sites my high score was 189. It was a 50 man and I only finished 3rd. I know the high reward is temping but, they will drain bank.

Managing the Money

The last thing Ill leave you with is, “Don’t think you are going to get rich overnight.” I know you see the money that some of these top players have won and you think you can be one of them. Just know that those figures can be very misleading. Sure they show a guy has won $20,000 but, it does not say if he lost $30.000 doing it. I would say that if you are even a little up or even by the end of your first year you did well. Have a little fun and consider that and the knowledge you have gained your reward.

Til next time,

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  • chacha59

    Nice Job and very good info to players that need to learn to manage your money or you will not be on any of these sites for long!

  • misfit

    @Chacha59, Thanks for the kind words and taking the time to leave a comment. Ive just seen to many great guys come and go because they didn’t manage their banks well or didn’t understand the concept of variance and wasted it all in large field tourneys hoping to hit big.

  • jimfred82

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    great first article, Misfit! Really informative article that can really help new people… I remember starting out and being really, really overwhelmed by all the options. This would have really helped me out.

  • misfit

    @jimfred82 Thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed it and I’m glad that you think it would be useful to the newbies. I felt a bit lost my first weeks. Trying to help others get a head start on the game. I enjoy yours and many others blogs here. They help me tremendously as Im sure they do others.
    Thanks for taking the time to comment as well.

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