by Chris Foster
If you have been a fan of the Bartering System over the course of the year you know that his article typically features players that owners should look to invest in and dispose of. Since most leagues have trade deadlines that have passed in the last couple of weeks, we are doing a special edition Bartering System on “Playoff Tips!” If you play in a league that has no trade deadline (You should probably get one), I will still give you a player or two that you can look to invest in or dispose of below the Playoff Tips!
5 Fantasy Football Playoff Tips:
5. Know Your Tie Breaker Rules: Some leagues don’t use tie breakers in the regular season, but you can’t have a tie in the playoff. Therefore, you must know your league’s playoff tiebreaker rules! I play in a league that uses starting QB points as the tie breaker, which makes sense because the team with the best QB usually wins. Your league may use something like bench scoring. If this is the case, then you want to take advantage of that, grab an extra QB or some guys that you know will have a high floor and stash them on your bench in case of a tie!
4. Play Defense Against your Opponent: If you know that your opponent streams QBs, then find their most likely streaming option this week and snatch them up! Another way to play defense against your opponent is by using a team’s kicker against them. Here is what I mean, the guy I play in the playoffs this week owns Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot. I picked up Dan Bailey off the waiver wire to use against him. Now, every time Elliot or Prescott scores, their touchdowns will count for one less point than they typically would. Elliot scores and gets him 6 points, but then Bailey kicks the extra point and gets me 1 points. Now every Elliot or Prescott TD basically just became worth 1 less point!
3. Don’t Just Play for this Week!: We have all heard coaches talking about that all they are focused on is their opponent this week, or that they lost a game because they overlooked someone! Well, this isn’t real football, your fantasy players will know not if you are looking a week ahead! So do it! If you know that your usual flex player has a tough matchup in week 15 and there is someone on the waiver wire that can help you next week, go ahead and pick them up and plan ahead. For instance, maybe since Todd Gurley has been subpar this year you have relegated him to your flex spot for Week 14. Well, in Week 15 Gurley faces Seattle, you probably don’t want to play him! Go ahead and make plans now to fill his void next week! I promise Gurley won’t know, and it will have no effect on how he plays this week!
2. Get those Handcuffs: I wrote a whole article on this last week. If you starting running back goes down in the fantasy playoffs you are going to already want his handcuff on your roster! Do it! Go get them! Here is more info on handcuffs! Click here to read last weeks article!
1. Don’t Get Cute!!!!: Do what got you there! Now, this takes a smart owner, but you have to know the right time to sit someone and the right time to start them. If a player has been on a hot streak recently, feel free to plug that player into your lineup. Don’t however, sit a fantasy stud because you think they have a tough matchup. You will never forgive yourself if you sit Tom Brady this week because he plays a tough Baltimore defense in favor of playing Tyrod Taylor because he has a good matchup and you lose because of that! Studs are studs for a reason, go down with your best guys!
Good Luck this Week to Everyone!!
And now for those of you with no trade deadline, here is the Bartering System!
Invest Low: (Players to invest in while their stock is lower)
Tyrod Taylor (Buffalo Bills): After a strong start to the year, Taylor has thrown just 3 touchdowns in his last 6 games. However, he has one of the best schedules left in football for a QB, and he is hopefully getting two of his primary weapons back for the stretch run in Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods.
Jeremy Hill (Cincinnati Bengals): Hill may be my favorite player to invest in this week. I don’t see Rex Burkhead as a threat to him and love his remaining schedule against Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Houston.
Brandin Cooks (New Orleans Saints): The Saints get Tampa Bay twice in the next two weeks. Drew Brees should have good numbers in those two games, and if he does I really like Cooks. Arizona is smashed between the two Tampa games, but Cooks should be able to even produce in that one.
CJ Fiedorowicz (Houston Texans): Fiedorowicz has still been getting a high target volume, but he just hasn’t produced touchdowns over the last few weeks. This week, he gets Indianapolis, who has been bad against tight ends. I think he finds the end zone this week.
Dispose High: (Players to dispose of while their stock is higher)
Terrence West (Baltimore Ravens): West had a big day this past Sunday, but Kenneth Dixon is still there. For the first time in 2 weeks, West finally had more touches than Dixon, but Dixon still looks to be more productive on a per-touch basis. West was aided by getting to the end zone twice, but I am not sure I trust him moving forward.
Tedd Ginn (Carolina Panthers): Ginn is a typical boom/bust play who has boomed lately. If you can get rid of him for any value, it would be worth it.
Dwyane Allen (Indianapolis Colts): Dwayne Allen had 3 touchdowns, all in the first half. He and Jack Doyle played a similar number of snaps, and both had 4 targets. I just don’t trust his production going forward with Doyle healthy.
As always, please feel free to give us a shout on Twitter @No_HuddleFFB if you have any questions or concerns regarding your lineup or just want to chat about fantasy football. Best of luck this week!