The 2017 10 Demandments of Fantasy Football

by: God (as told to his humble servant John Holler)

Editor's Note: Below you will find THREE of the TEN Fantasy Demandments for 2017 (they change every year).  If you'd like to read all ten, please click HERE to order our 2017 Pre-Season Draft Guide.

The Fantasy Football Demanments can be used as a guide to help beginner & advanced fantasy football players understand some best practices when playing fantasy football leagues! These fantasy football rules and tips can be incorporated into strategies throughout any league.

The First Demandment

Thou Shalt Welcome the Weary Ground Traveler Back Into the Flock – It has become fashionable in recent years to ignore the time-honored tradition of refusing to take anything other than a running back in the first round of fantasy football player drafts. With the gigantic seasons that some of the game’s top wide receivers have put together, the thinking has been that an elite receiver is just as valued as a top running back. The reality is that the wide receiver position is much deeper at the upper end of the spectrum than running back is. With the influx of young talent in the last couple of years – David Johnson, Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, Jay Ajayi and Tevin Coleman in 2015, Ezekiel Elliott, Jordan Howard and Derrick Henry 2016 and a 2017 fantasy football draft class that includes Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook – there appears to be a shifting priority to the NFL getting back to a strong ground game. As a result, it no longer appears that not having the handful of "sure thing" running backs early and cobbling together a group of players in the middle rounds will get the job done anymore. Be sure to grab a running back early – either the first or second round – to make your roster stronger.

The Fourth Demandment

Thou Shalt Bow to the Heavens – The weather is always a factor when it comes to the NFL, especially when the season gets to crunch time in the December fantasy football playoffs. According to Him, He doesn’t impact the weather just to help or hurt fantasy players, but, when the heavens open up and produce rain, snow or high winds, His fingerprints are all over it. A case can made that home games in New England, New York, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Green Bay, Chicago and Seattle could all be adversely impacted by weather during the standard fantasy football playoff times of Weeks 14-16. While nobody outside of those who play in domes are completely immune – winter weather can hit places like Baltimore, Washington, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Teams in warm-weather cities aren’t immune to torrential rainfall, but you look at the cities most likely to be hit by potentially violent weather – those along the Great Lakes and those in the northern portions of the country that are situated close to an ocean, where storms can ramp up quickly. This is especially troubling for climate-controlled teams. Would you think twice about taking a member of the Colts if you knew they were playing in Buffalo Week 14? Would you shy away from taking a Viking because they play Week 16 at Green Bay? When it comes to star players, this likely won’t impact anyone’s decisions, but, when you’re later in the draft and there are two or three guys you have rated essentially equal, knowing where they play during the fantasy football playoffs can make a lot more difference.

The Ninth Demandment

Thou Shalt Remain Loyal Just to Him, Not Mortal Man – Too many fantasy football owners get enamored with their own players and put too high a value on them. It’s a curse that afflicts many fantasy owners. They tend to play the same guys with the same fantasy football rules and strategies almost every week – good or bad – and they place too high a value on them. The reality of the situation is that, once a fantasy football player is drafted or auctioned, his value is now meaningless. A year ago, Blake Bortles was consistently paid more for or drafted higher (much higher) than Matt Ryan. At midseason, would nay Ryan owner have been willing to trade him straight up for Bortles? Not a chance. Value is what you make of it and/or what someone else is willing to provide equal or greater value in trade. If you let it be known on draft day that none of your players are untouchable, it can open a dialogue with other owners that can be used to your advantage later. Nobody wants to part with star players, but if someone makes you an offer you find it very hard to refuse, you may be able to amass an army of talented players if you aren’t reluctant to potentially trade one difference-maker in the process. Stubbornness and vanity are two qualities many fantasy owners possess. It’s often their downfall. Keep an open and mind and listen to trade offers. There’s nothing saying you have to accept any of them, but there are times when a desperate owner will offer up a trade that just doesn’t make sense in the fantasy draft value chart. You have to nothing to lose as long as you keep your options open.

He dispenses His fantasy football tips & advice with the intention of His fantasy football rules being obeyed. It’s up to you to determine how much heed you want to pay to Him, but He offers them with love and the best of intentions. He is aware that err is human, so He already knows how you’re going to decide on His Demandments anyway. Good luck to all of you in the Year of Our Lord 2017. He has smiled upon you. Now it’s up to you to determine how much value you give to His gospel.

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