Saturday, 27 July 2019 00:00

This limiting belief will kill your fantasy score

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Don't let your emotions get in the way of drafting a great quarteback. For example, you might've been burned by Andrew Luck in the past but this year is shaping up to be pretty good for him. You should draft him with confidence. Don't let your emotions get in the way of drafting a great quarteback. For example, you might've been burned by Andrew Luck in the past but this year is shaping up to be pretty good for him. You should draft him with confidence. Keith Allison/Flickr

One of the most common mistakes I see people making in fantasy football is...

Getting too emotional.

Here's one thing you you shouldn't say when drafting a fantasy player.

'He burned me last year so I'm not drafting him this year.'

This is one of the more common things I hear from fantasy players. They get salty about a guy they were really high on who didn't pan out during a particular season.

For example, you're looking to draft the best quarterback possible in your fantasy draft. You immediately come across a guy like Andrew Luck.

Now, Luck is one of the most talented quarterbacks in the league. But you drafted him back in 2015 and he finished as a QB27.

As he comes across your draft board, your subconscious tells you...

'No, not taking him. I can't trust him.'

To that I say... Woah. Slow down there.

Ok, you don't want to draft Luck. I get it.

But just because he burned you four years ago is not a good reason to avoid taking him this year.

Ask yourself these questions about Luck for this season.

— Does he have good receivers to throw to?

— Is he one of the most talented at his position?

— Is his offensive line blocking well for him?

— Is his defense so bad he will be forced to throw the team back into games?

— Does he have a coach with the right system to maximize his talent?

— Does he have an easy schedule?

— Is he healthy?

— Is he in his prime?

If he checks all those boxes, then get over him burning you in 2015.

If you don't want to take Luck because you'd rather draft a different position at that point in your draft, that's fine. Just make sure you avoid drafting someone for the right reasons.

Not drafting a player because 'he burned you one time' is never a good excuse.

I use Luck as an example because he's a quarterback on the verge of perhaps his best ever season in 2019. The Colts were the hottest team in the league down the stretch in 2018.

Their coach, Frank Reicht, is one of the more effective quarterback coaches in the league. He turned Nick Foles into a Philadelphia legend for life. A guy who was almost out of the league before 2017.

Now, Reicht will be using Luck in a way that maximizes his talent. Which involves him throwing the ball a ton.

It's not out of the question to think Luck could lead the league in passing attempts in 2019.

Even Blake Bortles finished as a QB3 when he passed the ball on a ton.

Imagine what would happen if a talented quarterback like Luck leads the league in passing attempts. In an offense with big-time weapons like T.Y. Hilton.

There's a real chance we see the best version of Luck ever in 2019.

Ok, so this was partly an Andrew Luck hype piece and a partial philosophy piece on not letting your emotions get in the way in fantasy football.

So there you have it.

Stay rational out there.

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Last modified on Saturday, 27 July 2019 21:03
George Banko

George Banko started talking about fantasy football shortly after graduating college. He started as an intern at before working as a staff writer for Fantasy Knuckleheads. He currently contributes to the Fantasy Hot Read podcast, which is available on itunes. He also educated himself on player evaluation and is a graduate of The Scouting Academy in 2015, which is an online course run by former NFL Scout Dan Hatman. He started Fantasy Football Helpers as a blog in 2011 and converted it to a full-scale website in 2014. Read more.

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