Now that it is Week 14, we have officially entered crunch mode in the 2014 fantasy football season.
This is the time where we need to let our egos go, and do what is best for our teams. Instead of holding on to Cordarrelle Patterson because you thought he was going to be a top-five receiver, you need to add Stedman Bailey to your roster immediately. Loosen your grip on Toby Gerhart, and pick up Daniel Herron. You aren’t going to hit it out of the park on every player you draft, but you can’t hold on to players that won’t help your team.
During this time, I really look for fantasy players who can add depth or value to my team. I might not necessarily start them, but in a pinch, I can plug them in. While he has struggled with injuries throughout the season, Jonathan Stewart is an excellent addition to any team right now. DeAngelo Williams has a fractured bone in his finger, and this obviously means Stewart will see an increased workload. With several favorable matchups in the next few weeks, Stewart provides value for any fantasy bench.
Finding current value in players is important, but it’s also important to look down the road. For instance, the Baltimore Ravens‘ defense is owned in 42.6% of ESPN standard scoring leagues. In Week 15, the Ravens’ defense will go against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Instead of letting your opponent take advantage of this excellent matchup, draft the Ravens now! I’m sure you can find a spot on your bench.
This may have been a quick run through, but this advice will help you win your league.
1. Don’t let your ego hold you back. If a player is a bust, he is a bust. Whether he is a starter or on the bench, every player on your roster needs to provide you with value.
2. Don’t be afraid to roll with a hot hand. Some teams and players really find their grooves toward the end of the season.
3. Look down the road for solid matchups. If you stream your kickers, defenses or even quarterbacks, get a jump on the waiver wire before your competition.
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