Hype Train

by James Upp

 

Hype…buy in or cash out??

I’m going to end every article I write with a Haiku summary until further notice,
so if you hate reading and just want to scroll to the bottom to read the Haiku……
I got you covered 😉

With the 2018 NFL season approaching every fantasy football player around is trying to get that upper hand in any way possible. Over the next month of August, many videos and pictures will surface & a few tall tales will start to emerge.
The information is always out there but it’s all about what you decide to do with that information. Is the last story you just read about the offensive coordinator saying he sees a random player getting 25-30 touches per game coach speak? Is it possibly true? Was it said to light a fire under the butt of that particular player? Maybe it was said to encourage the player behind him to spark a competition…This is where ciphering through the BS is crucial. I, myself try my hardest to not get sucked into the very first thing I hear coming out of training camp. The writers begin to offer their opinions and the coaches will give their after practice interviews, both are sure fire ways to start the “hype train” and when that hype train starts you need to decide
if you’re all aboard!! A few pointers to consider before immediately jumping aboard.

1. Check your sources. Just because you read it on the internet doesn’t make it true. Where is the source coming from? Was the story written or filmed by someone that was at the training camp or saw with his/her own eyes? Perhaps it was written by the homeless guy behind your local Wal-Mart. These are things that need to be verified.

2. Search the particular player for other information that can either corroborate the story or dispute the story.

3. Don’t fall in love. Let things develop before you catch feelings for the player.

4. Check the players ADP (average draft position) to see where he’s going and make the decision if he’s going too high. If so, be okay with the realization that you might not draft him in any league….and that’s completely fine!

5. Don’t live in fear! Sometimes we get enamored with sticking to players we’ve owned in past years and play it safe. This is a strategy I employ in the earlier rounds of my drafts but love to take a few risks between rounds 10-14. There is plenty of value in guys going around these rounds and often there are gems to be owned.

Good luck to everyone this fantasy season. Be sure to take some risk but mainly, have fun and don’t fall in love with the first guy you lay eyes on.

I’m going to end every article I write with a Haiku summary until further notice, so if you hate reading and just want to scroll to the bottom to read the Haiku……I got you covered 😉

Hype train comes quickly
Do research before you jump
Always look both ways