Osterlof: Fantasy Football for the Profs

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Creating a fantasy football team is easy, but making it great is an art. The team you begin the season with shouldn’t be the team you finish with. If you want to be successful you must step into the world of trading. 

You can’t shy away from changing your team. Don’t be afraid to give up too much to get what you need out of a trade.

The players you acquire in a trade must be consistent; consistency wins leagues. Each week, players are going to underperform and that’s exactly what leads to a loss for fantasy football managers. Gather the players who score ten-plus points every week no matter who they play.

Previously mentioned players to target:

•Zay Flowers 

•Michael Thomas

•Puka Nacua

•James Conner 

•Ceedee Lamb

Why they’re reliable:

Each player is consistently targeted and is a focal point of their team’s offense. Offensive focal points are players who are involved in the game plan no matter who their opponent is. In other words, they are getting the football consistently throughout the game.

The first player I want you to trade for this week is Chris Godwin. Godwin is a wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Godwin is always open due to his incredible route-running skills. The starting quarterback for the Buccaneers is Baker Mayfield; that is a plus for Godwin. Mayfield is the type of player that can make positive things happen against any team he’s up against. Godwin and Mayfield have been on the same page all year and it’s been absolutely incredible to watch. Get your hands on Godwin and don’t let him go. 

The second player I want you to acquire is Dalton Kincaid. Kincaid is the starting tight end for the Buffalo Bills. Josh Allen, a generational talent at quarterback, is teammates with Kincaid. Allen can make anything happen on the field and he loves to move the football through the air. Kincaid is going to be someone that Allen can pepper with targets all season long. 

Now that I’ve told you who to trade for, let me tell you who to deal away. It’s time to trade D’Andre Swift. Swift is the starting running back for the Philadelphia Eagles. Swift has been playing great all year long. Like cookie dough, Swift can squeeze through any gap out there when running the ball. In most fantasy football formats he is a top-five running back. The problem is that Swift has been extremely injury-prone since entering the NFL and the Eagles have been using him heavily all season long. The weather is getting colder and defenders are hitting harder; I fear for the reliability Swift holds moving forward. Don’t wait, trade Swift. 

If you’ve read this far I have an exclusive gift for you. Go over to the waiver wire and pick up Joshua Dobbs. Starting at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, Dobbs is surrounded by offensive talent. Fortunately for Dobbs, the Vikings’ defense is weak and that helps his fantasy value. Since the defense is bad, that will lead to the offense having to play from behind a good amount. Dobbs will have to throw the ball more in order to help the team quickly catch up. More time moving the football through the air means more opportunities for Dobbs to get you points. 

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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