Niagara Gazette

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September 11, 2013

FANTASY GRIND: Targeting targets, Vegas for D

Niagara Gazette — One game into the NFL season, time for the real fantasy tinkering to begin. But as you're looking at a single win, loss or tie in your standings column, know that your team probably isn't overwhelmingly strong or weak.

No matter how much you won by, all reasonable rosters have room for improvement. And if you lost, your team is probably salvageable with a combination of patience and savvy roster moves.

It all involves assessing your situation with new information, balancing what you thought you knew before with what you think you've learned after one week of games.

If you're planning to bench or trade running backs like C.J. Spiller or Stevan Ridley because they fumbled and didn't score many points, make sure your logic is solid (it's likely not). If you're aching to get wide receivers like Leonard Hankerson or Eddie Royal into your lineup, think about how probable it is that either will get two touchdowns in a game again (Hankerson had three all of last year, and Royal's career high is five in 2008).

Part of winning in fantasy is managing frustrations — seeking scenarios you can reasonably count on rather than depending on long-shot performances, even if they're possible and have happened before.

According to CBS Sports, 83 percent of fantasy teams who had Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning won their Week 1 matchups. He threw seven touchdowns and immediately became the front-runner for the NFL's MVP award.

What's it mean for those more than four in five fantasy owners? One win. No more, no less. On to Week 2.

 

TARGETING THE TARGETED

Players don't get points for opportunities in fantasy sports, but the more often they touch the ball, the more points they're likely to score.

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