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2020 Between the Holidays Tips

by IBT Media Staff

Approximately 35 days separate the fourth Thursday of November and January 1 this year. 

35 days filled with a full myriad of emotions. The highs are high for those who are fortunate and for others, the holidays can bring on heavier struggles.

But, chances are you’re like most of us – somewhere in-between – probably standing outside a holiday party, freezing your ass off with a drink in hand, taking a drag off a dart, just trying to take off the edge.

But whoever you are, whatever you’ve been through this year, know you aren’t alone. Whether it’s been your own personal series of unfortunate events or hopefully just a slew of bad breaks in fantasy football, we’re here to help.

Our team, In-Between Media, in an effort to help get you through this holiday season in both real life and fantasy sports, has joined forces with some of our favorite voices from the fantasy community. Together, we aim to bring your tidings of the seasons some glee, insight and advice like no other.

On Dec. 11, we will host our Holiday Party Live Stream. And Dec. 27 will be our Week 16 DFS Charity Tournament.

But for now, as you continue to digest your Thanksgiving Day indulgences, we will leave you with our “2020 Between the Holidays Tips,” comprised of both life and fantasy advice from 21 individual fantasy sports analysts and fans.

And as always, real-life should come before fantasy sports. So we’ll kick it off there.

Holiday Help

1. Appreciate the Little Things

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the playoffs are so delightful! There’s a metaphor hiding in-between the lines here. You know:  The panic, preparation and pleasure that surrounds us as we make it through the holidays and make it through the playoff push. 

Just remember that it’s all about the comfort of traditions. 

Traditions are what ground us. We pass down grandma’s recipes. We blast the NSYNC Christmas album throughout the living room. We find our grocery shelves and our attire sprinkled with greens and reds. It’s the little things we’ve grown accustomed to that make a holiday feel like home. @cooterdoodle, co-host of “Fantasy Intervention”

2. Find What You Enjoy About It All

Wine is the beverage of choice by Americans during Thanksgiving.

I love the holidays, but I understand not everyone feels this way. My favorite advice for getting through unscathed is finding what you enjoy about it all. I sincerely enjoy getting together with my in-laws for Thanksgiving. This year is strange, not going to their house. I love watching football with my father-in-law while he pretends to care about what I’ve just said about my fantasy teams. My mother-in-law always cooks up a wonderful feast. I love to cook, but she doesn’t let me help a lot. 

This year, I’m cooking the entire meal for my family, and I’m ridiculously excited to do it. I am envisioning my Thanksgiving spent watching football in the kitchen while I prepare far too much food for my tiny family. Perhaps, I’ll have a hot buttered rum or a couple of glasses of red wine. I’m making homemade rolls, and that’s my other best advice. Learn to bake bread. It’s actually pretty easy and so delicious. Nobody can be upset while enjoying a nice bite of warm, fresh-baked bread. – Dave Stewart, senior writer for The Contender Connection, The Pregame HQ & host of the “DaveFantasy Show”

3. Check In on Friends & Family

The holidays are usually a time of joy, but they can be hard times for some. And with COVID-19 this year, it could feel extra isolating. So just take a few moments and make sure everyone in your circle is doing alright. – Thomas Cuda, In-Between Media podcast co-host & columnist

4. Commemorate Others

Celebrate others as much as you can.  The world needs more selfless people. So be the friend you wish you had. Mike Faiella, co-host of “Fantasy Intervention”

5. Get Caught Up in What Matters

Think back to your childhood, what do you remember from Christmas? Surely that one present you begged for sticks out, but for the most part, you’ve likely forgotten nearly all you got from Santa. The time spent with family, the traditions, the love is what this season is truly all about. Time with family means more than any present you can ever receive. 

I vividly remember the tradition of watching “A Christmas Story” every year with my brother and my parents, among other things. Don’t get caught up in what doesn’t matter. Family (and friends who you consider family) is where the joy of Christmas is. Jesus is the reason for the season, and love is what it’s all about. – Jay Felicio, writer/editor for GoingFor2, managing editor for SleeperWire & co-host of “GoingFor2 Live”

6. Enjoy the Season 

The holidays haven’t always been my favorite time of year, but once I learned to drown out all the noise and got to actually focus on my family, I started to enjoy it again. Put up your lights. Decorate your tree. Light your candles. Remember the traditions that made you happy when you were a kid. Relive them. Share them with your family. And cherish every moment. – Nate Polvogt, In-Between Media marketing coordinator, podcast co-host & columnist

7. Embrace It as a Memory

Do your best to enjoy it. Whatever it looks like this year, embrace it as a memory. Make it fun in whatever way you can and embrace it. – Linda Godfrey, host of the “Fantasy Football Confidential” Podcast, the Sons of Dynasty Twitter page & a writer at For Fantasy Sake

8. Practice Traditions 

Establish or practice traditions that are important to you and your family. Especially in this season of life during COVID-19 when typical holiday plans may look different this year, try practicing long-standing traditions or creating new family traditions that help bring some normalcy and meaning amidst uncertain times. Whether they be related to your faith or core values or just something fun you enjoy, emphasize traditions that encourage gratitude and that help build positive shared experiences as a family that you can look back on later as a positive to come out of 2020. 

For example, if you typically enjoy a large meal together with family on Thanksgiving or Christmas, consider making breakfast for dinner; if you normally go all out for Black Friday shopping, consider spending part of that day purchasing a gift for someone in need or writing a note of encouragement to someone who has helped to brighten your year in 2020. – Joseph Griffin, fantasy football community member

9. Be Grateful for the People in Your Life

My life advice tip, especially during the holidays, is to be grateful for the people in your life and let them know. Actually verbalize your appreciation, and tell people how you are grateful for them. – Toronto Dave, fantasy football community member

10. Remember, Friends Are Family, Too

Some trace the term “Friendsgiving” back to the sitcom “Friends.”

As far as the holiday season goes, I understand it’s not the easiest time for everyone. I am not particularly close to my father’s side of the family, and most of my mother’s side is either deceased or too far away to see. The last time I had a conventional Thanksgiving was 2005. As a kid, I was often jealous of hearing my friends talk about looking forward to seeing their cousins and all their grandparents, the games they’d play and all the stories from holidays past. That forlorn feeling is something that weighed me down during these times annually in the past, but as I got older I was able to understand that even if you don’t have a large or connected genetic family, your friends are the family you choose. 

The full version of the often misused phrase is “the blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb” and means that bonds of your choosing carry much greater weight than the ones you inherently have. Try and have a Friendsgiving over Zoom or any other video conferencing platform. Remind the people you have those bonds with that you love and care for them. Pick a show on a streaming platform to all watch together and start a group chat. Whatever you may lack in convention, you can recreate in an unorthodox manner. Friends are family, too. Charles “Herms” Herrmann, chief editor of The Lateral

11. Live in the Moment

Always have a drink at the ready! Jokes aside, I try to stay in the moment and be grateful for every minute I have with my family. I always look back at my pictures from years past and think about everything that has happened in a year. It puts the stressful part of the holidays into perspective. Also, this year, we’re going to have a family Zoom session while we all eat our pie. New memories will be made this year! Jen Polvogt, In-Between Media columnist

12. Be Safe

I know that for so many of us this is probably the toughest holiday season in the toughest year that most of us have ever had. The holidays normally are a time of celebration and time spent with family and friends, but the more people who travel, the higher the chances that many more will become ill with COVID-19 and could potentially be experiencing their final holiday season. It truly stinks for everyone, but case numbers in the U.S. are higher than they’ve ever been. We’re getting so close to a vaccine that will hopefully help get our lives back to normal, and we all want to be around for that. 

A quote I found online:  “A Zoom Thanksgiving is better than an ICU Christmas.” Stay home and stay safe! Elliot Hicks, In-Between Media columnist

Life Philosophies & Mindsets

13. Give It All You’ve Got

Over 50 percent of Americans 18 and older drink coffee every day, most to begin their workday.

No matter what walk of life you pursue, give it all that you’ve got. As someone who was lazy in several regards in my past, those are my biggest regrets. Whatever the endeavor, you owe it to yourself and those around you that you give your very best. Leave it all out there! Leave nothing left in the reserves. Only then will you feel that satisfaction, fully-realized potential. 

The questions that abound “what if?”…those questions will not persist. They will not ruminate in your mind relentlessly wondering what your future could have been, what it would have looked like. The world we live in is full of “could’ve,” “should’ve,” “would’ve” types. Don’t allow that to define you.

Find your passion, pursue it with everything you have and then you’ll know for sure. Be the absolute best father, mother, husband, wife, sister, brother or friend that you can be. 

At the end of the day, live this life on Empty, and give it all you’ve got. Matt McCoy, director of media & co-host of Fantasy Team Advice, writer & ranker for Fantasy Sharks & Dynasty Nerds

14. Be Self-Aware. 

Understand what you need to do to take care of yourself and your mental health. If you’re not in a good place, you can’t help and support others. – Troy King, writer for BallBlast Football & co-host of the “Fantasy Football Confidential” Podcast

15. Make Time for Yourself

Take uninterrupted time for yourself every day. I take a walk for 30 minutes by myself, and it gives me time to clear my head without the distractions of life.  After my walk, I’m back to being a husband, father, helper and answerer of questions. Bonus tip:  Make sure you give your partner the same 30-minute courtesy to clear their head. Both of you will be happier together! – Gary Zamarripa, contributor for The Pregame HQ & GoingFor2

16. Do the Things You Love to Do

Most of us are probably workaholics, but the holiday season is one of the few times every year when we can unwind for a little while. Sleep in, watch a movie with a loved one or make your favorite dessert. Work is important, but it’s not everything. Remember to take care of yourself and enjoy life with the people you love. – Chris Hayes, In-Between Media columnist

17. Get Help

If any of you follow me on Twitter or listen to the podcast (I co-host “Dynasty Trades HQ”), you’ve seen or heard me discuss my battle with depression. Nearly every time I’ve ever done so, a fairly significant amount of people reach out to me. Usually, this is to check in on me, other times it’s to thank me for talking about my issues so publicly. It’s the latter of those two things that drives me to keep talking about it. When I was growing up depression wasn’t something you discussed, especially so being a male. Today the world is more enlightened and the stigma that exists when being labeled “depressed” isn’t nearly as significant as it used to be, but it does still exists. 

264 million people worldwide live with depression.

You don’t win any trophies for dealing with it on your own. More importantly, you will not get better if you don’t get help. Because you can’t see mental disorders they are easy to ignore. Understanding your own mental disorder is hard and it’s often difficult to put into words what’s wrong and how it hurts. A lot of people still believe that depression is just something you can “get through” on your own. A chemical imbalance in your brain isn’t just something you “get through”. Deep emotional trauma isn’t something you just “get through”. 

You have to talk to the professionals that are actually trained to address these issues. In many aspects of our lives doing something by ourselves is celebrated, so maybe we are conditioned not to ask for help. Perhaps it’s the shame of admitting to ourselves and others that we need help because it makes us feel weak. Whatever the reason, it’s wrong. Admitting you need help is a sign of strength. Admitting you can’t do this by yourself is something to be celebrated. – Shane Manila, co-host of the “Dynasty Trades HQ Podcast” & Writer for Dynasty League Football

18. Sleep

Experts suggest Americans get between 7-9 hours of sleep each night.

Alright, here’s my life advice for all the readers. Sleep. No, really, that’s the entire tip. I could go into a detailed, scientific monologue about how important sleep is to your physical and mental health, but I figure that’s not why you’re here.

I recently noticed that I wasn’t sleeping very well, and it started to affect my mood and physical fitness. I can be a bit of a cranky person, plus I’m a fitness nut, so these effects were super downers for me. So I thought about why I wasn’t sleeping so well, and I finally realized why.

Apparently, there’s this massive construction project that seems to randomly start at some ungodly hour in the morning on my street. I bought some excellent, reusable wax earplugs, and boom, I managed to sleep so much better. Oddly, the solution to my sleep problem was quite simple, but there are many reasons why you might not get enough sleep. Take some time, think about it, and you’ll find the cause. I promise that it’s worth the time and effort. – “Tyler” Justin Karp, writer, ranker & content & operations director for Dynasty Football Factory

19. Learn to Be OK with Being Wrong

It is absurd to believe that we will always be right about everything. Fantasy football is a glaring example of that. Apologizing is one of the greatest acts of humility that we can commit. Owning mistakes and apologizing for those mistakes is essential in life and is one of the most critical pieces in establishing stronger relationships with your significant other, your friends and your family. – Zack Housholder, creator & co-host of the “A-Z Fantasy Football Podcast” 

20. Assume Best Intent

“Assume best intent.” This was said to me by my mentor long ago. You can avoid a lot of hurt feelings and disruptions in life if you assume that the other person was acting with good intentions. Their message may have come out poorly or misunderstood, but if you assume best intent then you can move forward and solve the issue amicably. – Zach Glicksman, staff writer for Dynasty Football Factory & co-host of “The Dynasty 1.01”

21. Trust Your Gut

Using your intuition and trusting your gut is important in a variety of other areas.  StatementGames Inc. is a startup that has created a platform with a different twist on Fantasy Sports. Our organization has been fortunate to surround itself with some great people and mentors. Some of these individuals provide sound advice and guidance. If you are reading this paragraph you may also have the ability to tap into some great mentors. However, regardless of your situation, when facing a decision or some type of adversity, it is important to always trust your gut. Advice and guidance are great but nobody knows your situation and challenges better than you. Listen to sound advice but ultimately trust your gut, make decisions for yourself and stand by them. Marc Saulino, CEO of StatementGames

22. Be the Person You Want to Be

We all have underlying desires and anxieties. None of us are perfect – despite the unrealistic expectations set upon our shoulders by others throughout our lives. The important lesson to take is to do what makes you happy. Live the life you want to live. Because at the end of the day, you’re the one who looks yourself in the mirror.

You can call it defying expectations or breaking the status quo, but I just call it being yourself. Whether that self is one who wants to become the next great fantasy sports writer or just live your life a certain way, own it. Those who accept the person you want to be are really the ones worth knowing – Seth Woolcock, In-Between Media founder, editor-in-chief & podcast co-host

Rest-of-Season Fantasy Football Advice

23. Let Your Traditions Ground You in Fantasy, Too

So, you’ve made it to the playoffs, and you could maybe win this thing! But you feel the end of the season approaching, and there’s so much weight to every decision. How do you manage your team when every win counts?

Well, look to the future. Set yourself up for the upcoming weeks based on matchups. Don’t worry about depth like you did Week 1. Now is the time to stash an extra QB, defense or TE to get you the gold. 

But in the end, let the traditions ground you. For me, that’s making sure the fridge is stocked with beer for game day. It’s recklessly switching D.J. Moore in and out of my lineup until kickoff. It’s giving my opponent hell, just to make things a little more fun. It’s asking my friends for their advice, and sometimes not following it. Whatever your traditions, let’s appreciate them. In the end, it’s these little things that make a devastating loss less painful and dinner with relatives more tolerable as the seasons quickly come to an end. @cooterdoodle

24. Don’t Give Up

If there is even a one percent chance for you to sneak into the fantasy football playoffs, don’t give up. Stay diligent on the waiver wire. Work the trade deadline and keep putting your best lineups out each week. Anything can happen in the playoffs, just do everything that you can to get there. – Housholder

25. Keep Working 

My best tip for playing fantasy football in the closing portion of the season is to keep working. It’s seriously that simple. Every week, there will be players available on the waiver wire that you can grab. As the NFL season winds down, some teams decide to take a look at some of their younger talent, opening new possibilities for us as fantasy players.

However, it’s not just the young talent that comes available. I write a streaming column every week for DFF, and I notice that better streamers become available during the end of the season. That phenomenon likely occurs because roster percentages mostly come from fantasy draft season, as most fantasy managers don’t update their roster each week. Therefore, maybe that key quarterback or D/ST streamer will give you an edge during your fantasy playoffs. – Karp

26. Be One Step Ahead 

Pick up a D/ST with a favorable schedule, even if it means rostering two. Always look a week ahead for players with favorable matchups. – King

27. Be Prepared

My best fantasy football playoff tips vary a little based on what type of league you are in. But it boils down to one very simple concept:  Be prepared. If the league has team D/ST, I’m not opposed to carrying two defenses at this point in the year, if I can get defenses with favorable playoff matchups. And even if I have a matchup-proof quarterback, I’m still not opposed to grabbing a backup with good matchups. 

In short, I want to backup my players the best way I can. This is no time of year to worry about hanging on to a fifth wide receiver if you want to handcuff your running back. Thinking ahead a week can help you avoid missing players when waivers run. – Stewart

28. Expect the Unexpected

Robert Griffin III (RGIII) will start at quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens after Lamar Jackson tested positive for COVID-19.

Unfortunately, we have to add the disclaimer that we are trying to finish a fantasy season in a pandemic world. Not only have fantasy owners had to navigate the relentless injuries this season, but also the COVID-19 situation that has played havoc with the availability of many players.

As you approach the fantasy football playoffs, I would absolutely be prepared for the worst. Perhaps you won’t have to worry about it, and your starting lineup will remain intact and your star players will shine. If you’re not one of the lucky ones, it’s best to ensure that you have depth at each and every position.

Now’s the time to make sure you have a backup QB, an additional option at TE and to continue to bolster your depth at the RB and WR positions. 

It would be a shame if either injuries or COVID-19 derails your fantasy team from winning your rightfully earned Fantasy Championship, so now is the time to prepare and expect the unexpected. – McCoy

29. Don’t Let Twitter Distort your Opinions

Don’t get caught up in the echo chamber that is Twitter. Too often there will be a player’s take that blows up on social media. It becomes distorted and gets blown out of proportion by the time it reaches your timeline. Find a set number of people you trust in each area of the game and use that group for assistance rather than the community as a whole. Faiella

30. Don’t Overreact to Playoff Matchups

Don’t make drastic changes based on looking ahead to a player’s playoff schedule. A lot can change over the last few weeks of the regular season, and altering your team simply based on a couple of tough matchups could have devastating consequences for your team. Use them as a guide, do your research, but don’t fracture a great team by trading guys away solely based on their perceived difficult playoff matchups. – Glicksman

31. Know the Difference Between Ceiling & Floor Options

For me, deciding which spots I need to play for floor and which I need to play for ceiling versus my opponent is big. If my opponent has a top tight end like Travis Kelce, I know I need to play a tight end that has serious touchdown upside to make up whatever differential I have. – Godfrey

32. Upside Over Safety in Playoffs

My best tip for managing your team in the playoffs is to choose upside over safer options, especially in the flex. Gotta risk it for the biscuit. Shoot for the moon, and don’t look back! – Toronto Dave

33. Consider Recent Sample Sizes

Marvin Jones Jr. was the Points Per Reception (PPR) WR9 in Weeks 8-11 after a slow start to the season.

There is no getting around how much goes into each start/sit decision down the stretch, especially in the playoffs. But one factor to consider is looking at different sample sizes rather than year-long production at this point.

Sometimes it takes rookies time to heat up, and aging veterans begin slowing down at this point in the season. Maybe a player who has no perceived value due to early-season struggles is actually providing serviceable fantasy points now (i.e. Marvin Jones).

Last season going into the playoffs, we knew that both DeVante Parker and Tyler Higbee were on a hot streak. If you were daring enough to ride that hot hand in the fantasy playoffs, there is a good chance you made it to your league’s championship.

Continue to take in new information, and change opinions like your league’s trophy depends on it. Woolcock

34. Ensure Flexibility

I think this tip can be applied to the regular season as well, but one of the most important things to do when looking towards the fantasy football playoffs is to ensure flexibility. Having one or two spots (roster size permitting) at the end of your bench that you can use for upside streamers/potential injury replacements is huge. 

For example, I picked up Bengals’ running back Giovani Bernard when teammate Joe Mixon was first dealing with his foot issue a long time ago in the event that an injury on my own team would occur and I’d need a fill-in. Sure enough, that’s exactly what happened, and that move paid off. Even if you don’t end up using these players, you’ll have a failsafe in place. Streaming does not just apply to your starting lineup. Read the tea leaves of the news reports, and be ahead of the curve. – Herrmann

35. Take It One Game at a Time

It’s the oldest cliche in the book, but when it comes to the fantasy playoffs, it’s crucial to take it one game at a time. If your team has been rolling all season, don’t overlook the opponent right in front of you. If you aren’t careful, they might just be your downfall. The playoffs are a complete crapshoot. Anything can (and will) happen. Hayes

36. Trust Yourself Over Everyone

Just go with your gut. I would be lying if I said I followed the trends, great waiver wire adds or who I should start and sit from every expert out there. While this obviously will help your team in a lot of ways, sometimes it’s just a gut feeling that a player may have a good or bad week or may become a stud or a dud over the course of the season. That can be best for your team (and your time, considering just how much fantasy info is out there to consume). Hicks

37. Use Knowledge of Your Favorite Team to Your Advantage

As a starting point, the roots of the StatementGames stems from a deep passion for sports. In a recent podcast interview on this network, I alluded to how growing up in the Saulino household on Long Island, New York, my younger brother and I were raised to do only a few select things. From a sports perspective, we were taught to root for the New York Giants, Rangers, Yankees and Knicks! And we did so with no exceptions. We became diehards! 

Despite their 3-7 record, the New York Giants’ D/ST has only had one negative fantasy scoring performance this season (Week 3 against San Francisco).

As an elementary school student, I honed my reading skills by reading the local sports pages. The TV dial never changed during game time for any of our favorite teams. We knew starting line-ups and everything there is to know about our teams. 

I feel there are a ton of sports fans out there with similar upbringings, but for some reason, it is viewed as taboo to wager or involve your favorite teams or players in any form of gaming. Why? 

If you are a fan of a team and follow them religiously, use this data to your competitive advantage. Fans ask me all the time for tips on how to play StatementGames to which I reply look towards your favorite teams. You may not know with certainty if your team will win or lose a game, but you can still use core knowledge to your advantage especially in areas of prop betting. 

For example, in past years, the New York Giants have not been very competitive, but some of these past teams did play well against the run. I would use this knowledge in picking opponents running backs under their projected run totals with success. There is no reason why you can not do the same. Saulino

38. Don’t Overthink

Go through the same routine you normally would when setting your lineups, whatever that is. Don’t sit a stud who got you there because he has a bad matchup, studs are studs for a reason. Yes, it’s the playoffs, but your process is what got you there. Stick with it. – Felicio

39. Dance With the One Who Brung Ya

There’s an old saying that I keep in mind during the fantasy playoffs. “You dance with the one who brung ya,” meaning you should start players that helped you get to the playoffs in the first place. One loss and your season is over, so setting your line up becomes critical. It’s easy to overthink matchups. 

Start your studs! I’m not sitting Dalvin Cook because he’s up against a good run-stopping defense that week or DeAndre Hopkins because he’s facing a shutdown corner. – Zamarripa

40. Lean on Your Best Players

D.K. Metcalf is currently the PPR WR6.

If you are fortunate enough to make the playoffs in your fantasy football league, pay attention to matchups to help your team gain an advantage. But don’t sit your studs with tough matchups just to play a lesser player with a supposedly great matchup or opportunity. Just ask anyone who started Mike Boone in Week 16 last year. 

Instead, consider advantageous matchups when deciding between flex players when you need a big “home run” type player to help you take down a stronger team, rather than starting a “safer” player who will likely get you 10-12 fantasy points but not much more. Sure, D.K. Metcalf may have a tough matchup in week 16 this year against the Rams and Jalen Ramsey. But do you really want to bench him for Jarvis Landry in your WR1/WR2 slot just because Landry has a better matchup against the Jets? 

Better to go down with your best players than to overthink it and get cute and watch your best player go off on your bench while your rival takes home the championship. – Griffin

41. Don’t Get Cute 

The playoffs are not the time to bench your studs. Fight the urge to tinker with your rosters. Do you think benching a healthy Julio Jones in favor of Cole Beasley because of a favorable matchup is your best play? More times than not, I can assure you it is not. You’ve spent all season working on your rosters, and you’ve managed to get this far. Trust what you’ve done. Let that work pay off. Nate Polvogt

42. Continue to Trade in Dynasty

If there’s no trade deadline in your dynasty league, I’d start looking at the teams that won’t be making it to the playoffs and propose trade options. And if you’re a team that won’t be making it to the playoffs, don’t be afraid to trade away some of your bigger named players and trade for guys who can provide depth to your team next year. – Jen Polvogt

43. Pivot

One thing I notice about myself as well as other owners in dynasty leagues is an inability to quickly pivot. We get wedded to a take or a strategy and then it’s almost impossible to move us off that take or strategy. It’s almost as if winning isn’t as important as proving to someone else that we were right. It as if owners feel shame in incorporating someone else’s strategy or valuing someone’s take on a player. 

Robby Anderson currently has 71 receptions, tied for the fourth-most in NFL.

I’ve always said I just want to be right, I don’t need to be first. What this means is if that it’s obvious that my beliefs on a player are incorrect, or a strategy I’ve undertaken isn’t working, I will quickly pivot. You need to be able to adjust on the fly and being willing to accept that your initial thoughts or strategy were wrong. Situations change quickly in the NFL which has a huge impact on our fantasy teams. 

Coming into the season, many assumed that Teddy Bridgewater becoming Carolina’s starting quarterback would lead to a ton of targets for Moore. If you still hold that belief after the first 10 weeks of the season, you’ve failed to recognize that Robby Anderson is the target hog in Carolina. Does that mean you need to trade Moore away at a loss? No. But it does mean you should adjust your expectations for what Moore is and attempt to fill the WR1 hole on your roster. Always be willing to change your opinion and strategy as the facts on the ground dictate. – Manila

44. Tinker With Your Dynasty Team’s Taxi Squad 

In dynasty, I find the playoffs are the perfect time to bring people off my taxi squad. If you’re on the fence about whether or not to go for it, ask yourself if anyone is droppable on your team, won’t contribute this year or will have questionable value next year. If so, a rookie providing value right now, even just filling in for an injury, may provide you with the piece you need to pull off that championship this year. Cuda

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