Fantasy advice for the not too busy

If you're looking to gain an advantage in your fantasy league, here's five things to do mid-season
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Are you in a lot of fantasy leagues? Do these five things:

1.) Look up who lost

Who in your league had a bad Week 1? Were they expecting to be good this year? What went wrong? It could have been that they ran up against a monster. If so, oh well. But maybe instead his or her team flopped?

At wide receiver alone there are lots of challenges already. Kenny Golladay (out last week, could miss this week), Courtland Sutton (same), Mike Evans (if you started him last week, whoops), Chris Godwin (concussion), Jamison Crowder (injured this week in practice)... it’s Week 2, and the list of top-receiving options is thinning fast.

If you’re deep at receiver and lucky enough to avoid injuries, consider trying to trade someone healthy for one of these guys, all of whom should be back soon.

2.) Don’t be afraid to fold

I think the best fantasy players are the ones willing to shuffle the most. There’s an available counterpoint here about “overreacting”, or in a fantasy sense overcoaching. But I’d rather make the move now and then be ready to make the next move than sit on a losing hand too long.

Take Kerryon Johnson in Detroit. You probably didn’t draft him to start, but he made sense as a depth option. But one week in and Adrian Peterson is already in charge of that backfield. You know they’ll work rookie De’Andre Swift in. Where does that leave Johnson, who has watched the Lions move to replace him time and again? Cut bait.

If circumstances change, change with them. But for all the “don’t overreact” advice out there, mine is to not be scared to act.

3.) Snaps and targets, targets and snaps

Receptions, rushes and yards determined whether you won or lost last week.
But to plot out who to count on going forward, you want to know who it was that teams asked the most from.

Who played the most? Who was thrown to the most often? Those are the guys to want.

4.) What is your league doing with injured reserve?

Many leagues this year adjusted their injured reserve rules to accommodate predicted turbulence due to COVID-19. It’s key to know these rules and try to take advantage.

How? Maybe you don’t have injured players and another team has two or three. They may need the roster spot a,nd because of this year’s special rules you have one to offer. Trade for Damien Harris, for example, and stick him on your IR.

NFL injured reserve this year can be a three-week deal, similar to how it works in baseball or hockey. There’s lots of strategy baked in that. I’m in one league that uses a free agent acquisition budget system for picking up players (FAAB), and that’s a once-a-week bidding system. But on one site, if a player on your roster goes to IR, you can pick someone up immediately, in essence jumping the FAAB line.

There are many ways this can play out. Even if you’re in a league with veteran players, there’s a good chance one or more of the others doesn’t know about the new rules, or at least doesn’t have them down. Time to pounce!

5.) Never, ever, ever have too many Browns

Right, "Sneaky Joe" DiBiase?