Top 5 fantasy football tips with Buddha

Hi there, boys and girls. My name is Jeff Driggers, but you may know me as Fantasy Buddha. Or not. Either way, I’m honored to be introducing fantasy football coverage to Grand Strand Sports Report this season.

You might be asking, “But Buddha, what are your credentials and why should I listen to you?”
Well, I’ve been playing fantasy sports since 1989 and fantasy football has been a passion – borderline addiction – of mine since 1995. I’ve been blogging about fantasy sports since 1999 and I co-hosted the very first dedicated fantasy sports radio show in the Columbia market for two years. In fact, I still have a featured one-hour fantasy football advice segment every Thursday during the season on 560 AM The Team’s “Sports Talk 1st Edition” hosted by Phil Kornblut and Kevin McCrarey.

Now that we’ve been properly introduced, let’s good to the good stuff. The following five tips will work for raw novice fantasy footballers or grizzled veterans and should help you get a leg up on the competition whether it’s a buddy league, office league or just a random online league.

* Know Your League – It sounds obvious, but I mean it. Brush up on everything you can with regard to your league. Rosters, scoring, rules, rankings and, if possible, your competition. Find out if your league starts three wide receivers or two quarterbacks or a flex. Know if all touchdowns are worth six points or if you get a point for every reception. Familiarize yourself with the default rankings on your host site because they can greatly affect the flow of your draft and when you need to start looking at drafting certain positions. And know who the other people in your league root for – collegiately and professionally. This could be the difference in whether Alshon Jeffery and DeAndre Hopkins are eighth-round picks or 12th-round picks.

* Do a Few Mock Drafts – This goes hand in hand with “Know Your League.” Find out what site your league uses and head over to the mock draft lobby for that site. Sign up and participate in at least a couple of practice drafts in order to alleviate butterflies and give yourself a gauge on when you’ll need to draft the players you want. They’re free and they’re great time killers at work.

* Draft a Running Back in Round 1 – Most people play in standard 10 to 12 team leagues. Of those first 12 or so picks, there is only one non-running back you should even consider drafting. His name is Calvin Johnson. And, even then, you shouldn’t ever take him before pick #7. The reasoning is that wide receiver and quarterback are much deeper positions and you can find a lot more value at those positions later in drafts.

* Pay Attention – This one covers a broad spectrum, but you’re reading this, so you’re ahead of the game. Find resources that you trust and refer back to them weekly. We live in an era of wonderful fantasy football information. Blogs, podcasts, television shows and Twitter – you can follow me @FantasyBuddha – all provide the most up-to-date news to keep you on top of the comings and goings of your players. Follow your league waiver wire. You never know when a league mate will knee jerk and release a valuable player after a poor performance or two. And always check in on Sunday mornings to set your lineup, accounting for injuries and bye weeks. It sounds obvious, but we all forget from time to time.

* Have Fun – It’s not corny, but it’s true. Enjoy playing fantasy football. It’s a blast. Why else would over 35 million Americans be playing? If your favorite NFL team is terrible, your fantasy team gives you a chance to still root for a winner. If you’re a huge fan of a particular college, your fantasy team lets you draft a player or two – within reason – from that school and win with those guys. Your fantasy team allows you to reconnect and smack talk with old high school and college friends, to gain bragging rights over your peers and to just gain a heightened appreciation for the game of football. So have fun. Do it.

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One response to “Top 5 fantasy football tips with Buddha”

  1. pappyki says:

    Good advice….good luck to all this season, unless your are in one of my leagues….then my advice to you would be, Kickers…draft em early and often…

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