Key factors to consider in NFL fantasy in 2021

Dalvin Cook
Dalvin Cook has developed into a fantasy star. Photo from Pioneer Press.

There are different kinds of handicappers in the sports betting industry—the conventional ones and those who are imaginative. Some fans are fond of regrouping teams of a particular sport, especially squads of the NFL.

Since many are drawn to daily fantasy sports, novices are searching for the ultimate strategies to win every stake they pursue. In daily fantasy sports, you will win through the individual player’s statistics and not by the team’s overall performance, so you better be prudent when building your fantasy team.

What’s ahead for daily fantasy games in 2021?

For fantasy football, spectators should brace themselves for a whole new level of excitement in this year’s Fantasy season. Expect a routine of changes in the NFL draft and the free agency. Of course, there’ll be sneak peeks, including breakout player picks for the season and some expert insights and analysis of top players’ statistics of last year.

Professionals have predicted Dalvin Cook of Minnesota Vikings to become the top selection. Back in 2019, Cook played a total of 14 games and another 14 in 2020. That’s enough indication that he is an elite choice everyone should look forward to because of his consistency in both his performance and statistics.

Above all the aggressive recommendations, it is important to take heed of the tips and techniques when building your fantasy football team for the NFL’s 2021 season.

1. Put up with what’s in the Draft

You’ll always think twice whether you’ll choose to go RB/RB at Pick 9 for a 12-team standard league or with RB/WR. Well, every league has different advantages to offer.

When running backs are drifting off the board, the best thing to do is to increase the values of the remaining backs and lower the value of players at other roles who will certainly be available at a comparable steal. That’s how it should work for you.

In the default setting, you have to pick players for nine spots in your starting lineup. The roster should include the following:


  • one quarterback,
  • two running back,
  • two wide receivers,
  • a tight end,
  • a defense/special teams,
  • a kicker,
  • and a flex.

Among these spots, running backs are very hard to fill since good players are quite scarce in this specific position. With this fact, you’ll have to analyze the players’ statistics so you could pick who you favor the most in advance.

2. Don’t Skip Wide Receivers

Along with running backs, it’s quite difficult to spot reliable and powerful wide receivers for your fantasy team. In the average draft position, you’ll notice that four out of ten chosen players are wide receivers. The remaining six will play as running backs.

This goes to show that you should grab plenty of running backs and wide receivers early during drafting so that you can complete your starting lineup without much anxiety in the selection process.

3. Reserve patience for kickers and defenses

It is ascertained that defenses/special teams are the least predictable position in fantasy football. You’ll likely use the mid-round pick in a team because of great uncertainty.

You’ll never know how a defense will progress in a season though the players are consistent in their positions and performance. For D/ST scoring, touchdowns, and turnovers matter the most since these aren’t likely to repeat year over year.

In picking your kicker, you’ll only have to enlist one during the final round. At the same time, you’ll also have to pick one to play as an offense. Such crucial roles should be imagined well.

4. Learn the lingo

Sports conveys jargon and technical lingo that are worthy of your memory space. As for fantasy football, there are fundamental terms you should be familiar with if you want to get the draft done swiftly.

There are a few that you should understand and get by heart before you start the lineup.

PPR (Points Per Reception)

Take note that each reception of a player is equivalent to one fantasy point. That’s how simple it is!

Handcuff

This word is attributed to running backs. It’s like support or backup to a high-performing running back. It’s one that you add to your list in case that the ace is out of the game because of injury or any other suitable justifications.

Waiver Wire

Basically, it’s a rostering tool that you’ll need. All of the players that you’ve initially picked but have excluded in your final lineup will be available in the waiver wire. Of course, you can just add them to your lineup through this waiver.

Stream

It’s a term used when you use a player to replace a pre-picked starter during a bye week. You can stream a player through the waiver wire if necessary.

Stack

This is quite known among DFS players. It’s called stack when you’ve picked multiple players from a single team for your roster. Especially if you’ve chosen the quarterback and wide receiver from the same squad, you’re now doing a stack.

5. Practice dynamic picking

Even if you want to be consistent with your lineup, you can’t resist the possibility that it will change. Bye weeks are unbeatable, and all you can do is be flexible.

Injuries and emergencies could happen anytime, especially that we are still in the curse of the pandemic. Trade proposals are a great learning avenue for you. Learn to take in trade offers, and don’t forget to enjoy while you keep the company of your fellows in NFL fandom.

Takeaway

With DFS, an imagined virtual team will be ranked based on the actual statistical performance of the existing players in real life. It’s like recruiting your most favored players in a team you own! Well, it only takes picking skills coupled with the confidence to get rewarded daily in this fantasy sport.

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