and Jon Millman
Last Updated: Aug 02, 2011 4:07 PM
Fantasy Football University – Class IX
Planning for the Playoffs
Half way through the season you are going to have a good idea as to the direction that your team is going. There are three basic possibilities.
1. Your team is a shoe in for a playoff spot.
2. Your team is in a dogfight for a playoff spot.
3. Your team has a snowball's chance in Hell of making the playoffs.
Hopefully none of our championship hopes have been dashed at the midpoint and we all fit into the first two categories, preferably the first category, right? The only way we will be in that third category, assuming we all used the secrets of Fantasy Football success (taught to us through FF University and the 10 Commandments for Winning at Fantasy Football), is if we are decimated by injuries. If that's the case there is little you can do other than be sure to compete every week to ensure the integrity of the league. Some leagues have a high weekly point total for some extra incentive to keep everyone interested.
If you're in a keeper league you could look to trade some decent players for future draft picks to playoff bound teams and start preparing for next year.
If we haven't been decimated by injuries we have to start preparing for the second season, The Playoffs. I call it the second season because making the playoffs is only half the battle. We want to win. BRAGGING RIGHTS, and maybe some change is what this is all about, right?
Strength of Schedule in Weeks 11-13
Strength of schedule, in this case, applies to weeks 11-13, or whenever your playoffs are. We don't use any special formula to figure this out. We are all Fantasy Football junkies. As junkies we know halfway through the season who the bad defenses are.
Here is the key - you are not necessarily trying to get the stars from a particular team that plays a weak defense, that may take too much work (via a trade). You are trying to get the solid players that are going to have big weeks during the playoffs, yet may be more affordable or even available.
Target Players from Title (National or Conference) Contenders
Good players are going to play better when their team is in the playoff race and fighting for the best seed. It’s as simple as that. Given the choice, you want the running back who’s team is vying for a conference crown over a running back who’s team is 1-10.
Trading Players with Tough Stretch Run
Again, we are not saying to trade your studs if they have a tough second half slate of games. We are just saying to consider moving solid players who could be limited by tough defenses in crunch time of the fantasy season.
Trading for Players with Favorable Second Half
This sums up the gist of the course. Target SOLID players who could see a nice performance boost with favorable match-ups in the second half of the season. Again, do not trade your STUDS. We will provide you with a Strength of Schedule chart when the time comes.