Searching for consistency at fantasy’s top end

Between Julio Jones and the top running backs, Brandon Marianne Lee looks at some consistency issues among fantasy stars.

| 7 months ago
Falcons WR Julio Jones

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Searching for consistency at fantasy’s top end

In every interview, I get asked how I started in this business. Normally, I’ll cheekily say “I was born and raised a Broncos fan, and then I found fantasy football. It changed my life.”

And that’s the simple story.

But really, when I am completely honest with myself, I’m here for selfish reasons.

I became a research and spreadsheet junkie after my first season of fantasy. I started my fantasy life with three leagues: one family and two friend leagues. Every week I would haplessly stare at my computer. I would go back and forth about who I should start. I would move players in and out of my starting positions like a nervous tick. Sometimes, I would make a move right before kickoff, change my mind, but miss the cutoff.

Sound familiar?

I don’t do this anymore. I trust the process.

That doesn’t mean that I don’t get upset when things don’t work out. That doesn’t mean that I don’t touch my teams before kickoff. I make changes based on inactive reports and weather conditions, but I do these moves with authority. The moves mean something and I stand by them, whether the game plays out in my favor, or not.

It’s when things don’t work out how we thought they would, that we second guess the process.

Rather than throw the baby out with the bathwater, let’s focus on consistency. The process is not broken, it’s quite sound, but perhaps the perception of reliability is skewed. Here’s a look at some lessons:

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Brandon Marianne Lee is a PFF Fantasy contributor, a SiriusXM host, co-founder of Her Fantasy Football and was a finalist for FSWA's Newcomer of the Year in 2014.

  • Edgardo Carrero

    Hello! The link to streaming defenses is wrong

  • wrxman

    I did zero running back drafting in a 2QB flex league and I am in 1st place while owning just Jameis Winston and Matt Forte was my highest back picked in the 4th round of a 12 team league .05 pt ppr I started with OBJ, AJ Green, Jeffrey, I hit on late round backs like T. Coleman, Ajayi. Terelle Pryor, and J. Howard were free agent pick ups, Siemien was a back up QB I traded Yeldon for. All that said I like being able to stream not just defenses but all positions. I figured Winston was a perfect combination of high upside and high floor so I felt secure there and backed him up with Glennon for injury protection. My overall points is middle of the pack, but that was offset with my ability to stream across the positions and flex spots.