Fantasy Football Writers: Ugly Truth Monday

Fantasy Football Writer Advice

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Starting every Monday, I am going to share a small tip that I feel will help new fantasy football writers find success with their blogs or websites. Don’t let these suggestions hurt your ego, as I only offer these suggestions to help you avoid mistakes all rookie writers have been guilty of.

In my Ebook “How To Write About Fantasy Football: A No-Nonsense Guide“, I discuss the type of articles that new fantasy football writers should focus on when they first start out. With new blogs popping up everyday, I am seeing a common theme: Position Rankings.

Position rankings are an easy go to for newer writers, as it is a fairly easy subject to tackle without much information needed to back up an opinion. You can easily state that Andrew Luck is going to rank ahead of Cam Newton for a variety of reasons, and you don’t even really need to provide a ton stats or reasons why you feel that way. You can post a few quick sentences that Luck will have a better season because of the return of Reggie Wayne, and Newton is recovering from a surgery and will be without Steve Smith.

Please don’t confuse me with listing rankings as not time consuming. I know what it takes to gather all the positions, place them in order and give your reasoning behind your picks. Chances are though, you probably spend most of the time getting your top-five players at each position together, and you have spent less time on all the other positions While you probably have some stats that led you to your conclusions, most of your rankings were based off of your opinions. After posting your quarterback and running back rankings with vigor, your energy probably started to short circuit around the middle of your wide receiver rankings.

If this sounds vaguely like you in any way, don’t feel bad. I posted my own rankings at one point as well, but I quickly find out one of the ugly truths for newer writers: No one cares about your rankings. That doesn’t sound pleasant, but it is unfortunately true. If you just started a blog and your only piece is your rankings article on your blog that has zero followers and doesn’t not have an ‘About” section that tells me who you are or why you are qualified to give me advice, why should I spend any time reading what you wrote?

As you get more experienced, people may want to know your rankings, and you will have more experience at identifying factors that will raise and lower players’ values.  Until that time comes, however, there are more valuable topics to write about that will not only catch the attention of readers, but it will make them want to actively seek out your advice.

What are these type of articles you may ask? You can find out in my book my friends.

Until next Monday.

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