Osterlof: Fantasy Football for the Profs

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Stop complaining about the results you didn’t get from the work you didn’t put in. The easiest way to become a successful fantasy football manager is to be open to doing something most people aren’t willing to do. You must put effort toward working out a big trade and make your team better. 

Don’t be afraid to give up too much to get what you need out of a trade. Trading is an art in fantasy football; become Pablo Picasso. The waiver wire can only bring you so far, trades must be made.

Each week players will underperform, which completely plummets the total score of fantasy football teams. The best player to obtain through a trade is the reliable one. Reliable players are individuals who score you ten-plus points each game no matter what. 

Previously, I’ve stressed that you must trade for Zay Flowers and Michael Thomas. Both of these wide receivers are consistently targeted and are certain to produce in your lineup every week. 

This week, I have another pair of players I want you to acquire. Both of these individuals will be key pieces to your team moving forward.

The first player is James Conner. Conner is an excellent running back who can score you points each week. Playing for the Arizona Cardinals, Conner is one of the hardest players to tackle in the National Football League (NFL). Conner has a different level of strength, he will dominate defenders if they don’t match his intensity every play. At the moment Conner is injured, but will be a top-tier fantasy option when he’s back. The price for Conner should be low at the moment. Since NFL bye weeks are in full effect, managers may be willing to trade him as they deal with roster uncertainty. Buy-low on Conner, he’s a league-winner.

The second player to target is Puka Nacua. Playing wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams, Nacua has been spectacular. Target volume is not a problem for Nacua; the Rams love to move the football through the air. Nacua is the number two wide receiver option for Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford. Stafford is a veteran who makes incredible throws to Nacua all game long. It might be hard to get your hands on the rookie out of BYU; you may have to give up some good players to get him, but the moral of the story is that Nacua is consistent, and to win fantasy football games you need consistency.

If you’ve read this far, I have an exclusive gift for you. Head over to the waiver wire and pick up Kyler Murray along with Zach Charbonnet. Murray is a great option if you’re struggling at the QB position, and Charbonnet is the best backup running back in the NFL. 

Fantasy football is a game of knowledge, not luck. Tune in next week to see who I’ve got stashed up for you. 

What are you waiting for? Go get these guys!

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