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Eric is a Chatham native and Glenwood graduate. He and his wife Amanda live in Glenarm with their three children. Eric started hosting a sports talk radio show on the internet in 2005. In 2008, he began co-hosting Fantasy Football 101 with Adam Stark, Mark Gram, and Nicorelli. Eric can be heard every Sunday morning from 9-11am on Sports Radio 1450.
Eric's 10 Rules of Fantasy Football
by Eric Pedigo,posted Aug 24 2013 8:48PM
In my many years of participating in fantasy football, I've been a standard owner, a league commissioner, and a talk show host handing out advice to hundreds of thousands (give or take) of listeners and callers. Needless to say I've learned a few tricks along the way. So strictly out of the goodness of my very generous and selfless heart, I release my ten fantasy rules prior to each season to help maximize not only your success, but your entire fantasy experience. So read up, follow the rules and thank me later.
MAKE SURE YOUR LEAGUE IS PPR- Times have changed. Standard scoring is outdated and lame. PPR leagues give added value to WRs, so the owners with the best RBs don't just automatically win. If your league is not PPR, quit your league and find one that has transitioned into the 21st century. Also, throw your pager away and quit listening to Dave Matthews.
BUY A FEW MAGAZINES, THEN IGNORE EVERYTHING INSIDE OF THEM- Seriously, I encourage you to buy a few. We all get excited about fantasy football a couple months before the season starts. The magazine people are wise to this fact, and put their product out there a few months in advance. But because so much changes in those few months, the material in those magazines end up being mostly useless. But they are fun to read in June, so go ahead.
PARTICIPATE IN A LIVE DRAFT- Fantasy draft day is like a little holiday if it's done the right way. Get together with your buddies, eat some fried food, down some beverages and swear excessively. Or do an online draft while you're folding laundry or something, that sounds awesome too.
DON'T DRINK TOO MUCH- I shouldn't need to explain this one. Think about all the really horrible decisions you've made when you've had too much to drink. Just because your wife let you out of the house for a few hours, you don't have to go all "Frank the Tank". Limit yourself to a few and keep your pants on.
DRAFT RUNNING BACKS EARLY- No matter the scoring system you use, RBs are the most important players on your roster. You should really draft one in the first round no matter what pick you have. If you get cute and take a WR or a QB, you better go RB in round two or you are stupid.
START YOUR STUDS- Too many times fantasy owners have been burned because they got spooked by a tough defensive matchup, and benched a stud in favor of a backup with a decent matchup coming off a good week. They're your starters, start them.
DON'T BE A DEAD OWNER- Be active in your league. Post funny things on the message board, but be sure to keep it entertaining and light. Just be sure to post something, otherwise it's boring. Also, be sure to check, respond to, and initiate trades. This is what you signed up for so get involved.
PLAY DIRTY- Find loopholes, give bad advice, prey on the weak, do whatever you have to do to win. The payout after you win will wash the guilt away.
HAVE A BACKUP PLAN- Injuries in football are more frequent and unpredictable than in any other sport. You WILL likely lose at least one of your starters for a period of time. Handcuff your running backs, and find multiple WRs late in your draft with high upside. You will probably have to use them at some point.
DO NOT DRAFT A KICKER OR DEFENSE BEFORE THE LAST TWO ROUNDS- Let some other moron think he's done something brilliant by drafting Seattle's D in the 8th round, while you wait until the end and still land a top ten ranked defense. But make no mistake about it, each league has two or three of these goofs that just can't wait to take a defense or a kicker. Let me ask you something- how often in life is it good to be premature? Well it's not good here either.
So there you have it, my list of fantasy rules to live by. I hope they will be of service to you as you embark on your fantasy journey this season. And because I like you so much, I'll give you the most important advice of all: have some fun. Don't take it too seriously, don't get into real fights, don't ruin friendships, and don't let it take over your life. It's just fantasy. For most of us it's something we do to have a little fun aside from our real life. That's what makes it fantasy. Just enjoy it for what it is. Oh, I almost forgot- don't draft Lee Evans. He sucks.