Hey, rookie: Thinking of joining your office's fantasy football league for the first time? Herewith, four priceless tips from fantasy's Dr. Phils: Espn.com fantasy guru Matthew Berry and fantasyfootballstarters.com analyst Russ Bliss
1. Easy on the Quarterbacks
Many inexperienced team owners think quarterbacks are key. However, "you need only one or, at most, two quarterbacks," Berry says. "You want multiple running backs and wide receivers." This year, draft an elite wideout somewhere "in the first three rounds."
2. Read the Rules
Berry claims one of the biggest mistakes made by fantasy newbies is that they "don't know whether they get a point for a reception, or if they play two running backs or three, or how they get free agents. There are so many permutations, and it really does affect strategy."
3. Sabotage Your Co-Workers
Since most team owners rely on similar information, Bliss recommends rearranging the player rankings and then "accidentally" leaving a few dozen ranking sheets around the office. It's one way to convince a colleague that this may be Jason Campbell's year.
4. Don't Be Conspicuous
The right amount of time to play at the office? "One minute less than what will get you fired," Berry claims. And don't forget the first rule about playing fantasy football with your boss: Always let your boss win. "It's easier to find another league than another job."