Fantasy Football Tips for Women (and Men)

One of the hard-working gals from Mr. Handyman headquarters is venturing out into new territory this upcoming football season. She has decided to join a fantasy football league. Why? To show her fiance she is a team player and willing to step outside of her comfort zone for some fun spousal rivalry.

I should tell you that hard-working gal is me, Leah, and I have no clue what I'm getting myself into. My fiance has played fantasy football for many years and has won two titles. He seems to watch every football game known to man during the season. I should also tell you that I hate football. I don't get it. But I'm marrying a football fanatic, so I figure I should jump on board and be a part of something he loves to do to be a good soon-to-be wife.

I've never played fantasy football but I know I'm a little "out of my league" as they say with the league that I've joined. Everyone in the league is a die-hard football fan and they've all played fantasy football before.

So what's a girl to do? Research! From what I've read online, and the tips I've finagled from my fiance, these are the top three most consistent tips:

  1. Don't be a "fan." Are you a Lions fan because you live in Detroit; or a Broncos fan because you live in Colorado? Don't be biased toward your favorite team while drafting. Just because you know a handful of those players' names doesn't mean it will do you any good during the draft. If you play favorites with your own team you're a fan - not a competitor. You might really like your own team's quarterback even though there are better options available. Err on the side of caution when drafting players from your home team.
  2. Keep it interesting. Don't draft too many players from the same team. Remember, there is only one ball. And if all those players you drafted on the same team have a rough game in the same week, you're not going to be in good shape. Plus they all will have the same bye-week, which is not OK.
  3. Check and double-check the injury report.You must keep up to date with injuries. If you DO have an injured player, you want to be the first to get their backup. Be diligent. Injuries happen during games AND practice.
  4. BONUS! Don't be scared. Listen up ladies, you totally got this! Do a little research, follow these three tips, and reach fantasy football glory.

Do you have any fantasy football tips? Leave us your ideas in the comments section below.