[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Setting a College Fantasy Football lineup isn’t like an NFL Fantasy lineup. The information can be scarce, opponents unknown, and a multitude of off-season moves occur. This list compiles the Top 5 not-so-obvious tips to a winning fantasy team.[/vc_column_text][info_list font_size_icon=”24″][info_list_item list_title=”#5 Hound Twitter” list_icon=”Defaults-twitter” animation=”bounceIn”]News breaks first on Twitter these days. College football head coaches love any possible competitive advantage and to the anger of college fantasy owners, coaches don’t disclose injuries and have silent suspensions. Every season, week 1 is full of examples. A player is caught with weed in the off-season, which results in the coach suspending him from the 1st half of game 1. There are numerous examples of this happening throughout the season.
Use Twitter to lessen the effect of silent suspensions and under-the-radar injuries. Check for injury/suspension news that breaks right before game time. Follow the players and criticize them for eating an unhealthy breakfast(No jk, but many do). Follow the local writers and others that cover the team. Personally, Twitter news saved poor lineup decisions approximately 10 times last season.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”#4 Examine HC’s & OC’s” list_icon=”Defaults-headphones” animation=”bounceIn”]Putting up huge offensive numbers doesn’t always correlate with winning college football championships, but it’s quite the opposite in fantasy football. Check the stats, spot new trends, and identify the coaches that put up big offensive numbers annually no matter which school they’re coaching.
If you believe in this tip, you’ll likely snag a player from FAU or Syracuse…schools that aren’t typically great fantasy football powerhouses. Lane Kiffin begins with FAU this season starting a former 4 Star QB recruit from FSU. At Syracuse it’s year two for Dino Babers who consistently puts out top fantasy draft picks during his time at Bowling Green.
Make a note of OC’s or offensive minded HC’s when they go to a new school and you can typically score these players late in the draft as a hidden gem.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”#3 Win the Late Rounds” list_icon=”Defaults-diamond” animation=”pulse”]Everyone will be excited to draft Lamar Jackson, Saquon Barkley, or Courtland Sutton in Round 1 of college fantasy football drafts across the country. While those players are great to start every week, it’s the RB3, WR3, or Flex that can make your team unbeatable.
Everyone typically drafts well in the early rounds unless they’re blinded with homerism. The players selected are household names. Be prepared enough for the draft that you’re just as excited for a Round 10 selection as a Round 2.
Prioritize draft selections based on your league’s scoring system and the positional competitive advantage. Consider the ppg advantage you can gain at each position for each selection.
If a good TE in your league average’s 10 ppg and an average TE scores 5 ppg…don’t select a TE early! A good TE(10 ppg) will only provide a 5 point advantage over your opponent who has an avg TE(5 ppg). The value of a RB3 is likely much greater if you’re starting 3 excellent RB’s and your opponent isn’t.
[NOTE: Jaylen Samuels NCST or someone similar who scores 18 ppg is a different story…also a positional controversy in many leagues.]
[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”#2 Use CFBStats.com” list_icon=”Defaults-signal” animation=”bounceIn”]Valuable statistics are difficult to come by for college fantasy football. Familiarize yourself with CFBStats.com and use it weekly! CFBStats along with Tip #1 will optimize your starting lineup each week.
Statistics are broken out every possible format – national, conference, team, player, etc. If your small school QB is playing the obscure never-on-tv defense…CFBStats can tell you most of what you need to know to make an educated decision.
Allow a few weeks for teams to reach statistical significance before you can really trust the numbers. Many teams open with doormats the first week or two, and those stats can mostly be ignored.
[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”#1 Follow Vegas” list_icon=”Defaults-database” animation=”bounceIn”]Unless you’re an absolute fanatic and watch games all day and night, it’s difficult to understand the pulse of every team. Sure, you wouldn’t start a Running Back against Alabama. But did you know Ohio allows less than 3 ypc? Not Ohio State, Ohio. The breadth of knowledge required to properly set your lineup week in, week out is vast. So if you don’t watch 12 hours of football on Saturday or don’t want to evaluate the San Diego State D-Line at 1AM EST…Let Vegas do the heavy lifting! We absolutely use Vegas to aid our weekly player rankings for Champion Members.
Find your favorite online gambling site, and do some research(no account required). If you’ve gambled or followed points spreads in the past, you understand the odd’s makers are freaky good many times.
The Over/Under(O/U) line projects the final score of both teams. Using the O/U along with the spread should provide a very educated lean towards one player over another when setting your lineup. For example, if you have a player in a game which the O/U is 70+…the odds are in your favor that he’ll have a good/great game. If you have a RB for a small team and the O/U is 48 but the RB’s team is +28(meaning the opponent is favored by 4 TD’s) on the spread, the projected final score would theoretically be 38-10. Your RB’s team is likely to only score 10 points, meaning the odds are against him having a good game. You also have to consider the losing team would pass a lot more than normal, since they’re projected to be losing much of the game.[/info_list_item][/info_list][/vc_column][/vc_row]