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My face when someone says they spent money on a fantasy football magazine.
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If you take away anything from this article, let it be that under no circumstances do I or Stampede Blue recommend gambling on sports and in particular do not recommend playing in paid fantasy football leagues this year due to COVID-19. However, I’m going to do it and so are a lot of you and many of you for the first time, so this article is written with this in mind. Please consider sharing this with your friends and again, share this with those that are new to this.

IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR.

It’s been forever since I have contributed anything to the site, so I feel like I need to reintroduce myself. My name is Jared Malott. I have been a contributor here at Stampede Blue now going on year five, I believe. I produce a post game wrap video, a weekly podcast, run the fantasy football leagues and this year, I’ll be writing about the Colts as it refers to fantasy football both season long and DFS. I’ve been playing fantasy football for a very long time and I want to help as many people as I can enjoy it to the fullest.

Like I said, I host Stampede Blue’s free fantasy football leagues, so if you want to play, reply with your e-mail address in the comments below and I’ll send you a message to figure out your availability.

This article will double as a fantasy football advice column and look, as I’ve said, I’m a little wary of putting money on it this year simply because of the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak taking out an entire team/Division. My advice, then, will avoid that premise entirely unless it’s relevant that particular week.

First things first, I’m sure the lot of you enjoy spending countless hours in mock draft lobbies and throwing away money on fantasy football magazines. You don’t have to do either of those things anymore and haven’t had to for years, frankly, and you’d know that if you’ve read my annual fantasy football primer. It’s 2020, baby! Let’s use the Internet and relax on draft day. I recommend https://jayzheng.com/ff/#/draft-aid and http://www.borischen.co/ once the site updates. Basically, you use the first link as a live draft board and you can check out tiers on the second link (for when you get into a tough decision and you need to see some additional data). Anyway, now that we’ve secured our sources of information, there are some things we need to know up front.

Regardless to what anyone tells you, drafting your fantasy football team live is the best part of a fantasy football league and it is all uphill from there. Team management is an art in and of itself and is certainly not something I’ve mastered. Understand that when you are offered membership into a league, you’re in for a one time 2-4 hour draft and THEN there’s weekly upkeep. Be careful getting into to too many leagues as once fatigue sets in and you fall behind, it’s all over.

Once you know when your draft is, you need to know what scoring format to use. There are three major scoring formats. They are standard, PPR and .5PPR. For my money, I prefer .5PPR and loathe standard scoring leagues. PPR stands for ‘point per reception’ and refers to the way the league is scored. Now that you know what kind of league you’ll be in, make sure your draft board reflects that scoring format so you don’t screw up your draft.

I had a friend reach out with a question about the topic of “How to Draft the Colts in Fantasy Football and Win”? If there’s some interest in that, I’ll try to write about it, too. I’ll even update this post to include some general advice about that. My idea up front would be to tier draft Colts players (meaning you’re probably reaching for them by a few picks). I have not looked at one draft board or done a draft, but I think you can probably wait on Rivers and he might have a Top 10 year. I would not spend a ton of money on any single Colts offensive player, but I do think this Colts offense is the best it’s been in almost 20 years. Balance is key. Defense could take the next step and be a Top 10 unit. K is a unit in transition, so I would avoid drafting the Colts kicker.

What questions do you have? How can I help you win your fantasy football league? How are you?