With an estimated 20 million users in 2009 fantasy football is one of the biggest sports related games on the internet. It pretty much is like reality TV with the fans at home keeping an eye on everything the players do on and off the field. The rituals and habits that people form because of this online gaming can be crazy to say the least. When you get into keeper leagues then it becomes even more difficult because there are years and offseasons invested in the process. In others you get stuck with a bad draft then no big deal you get a different next year anyways. Today we are gonna dish out some yahoo fantasy football advice about keeper leagues and which players to target on these rosters.
There are 11 men on both sides of the ball when they line up on Sundays. This has some impact on yahoo fantasy football but not really because your prime concern is about quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end. I know kicker and defense are part of the equation but in keeper leagues they are a non-factor in the offseason. Which position do you focus on keeping on a yearly basis? I think that most Yahoo fantasy football keeper leagues owners would give the advice of keeping at least one running back if not two in most situations. It also depends on how many people the keeper league allows from season to season. In most cases it’s 4 to 6 players retained so you could easily keep a quarterback, two running backs and a receiver or something of that nature.
One of the biggest things to keep in mind is the scoring setup for each Yahoo fantasy football keeper league. If there are points awarded for receptions then running backs like Matt Forte, Steve Slaton and Maurice Jones-Drew move up the boards. So pretty much just keep that advice in mind what players are gonna get the most production with the current scoring system in that league. Enough talking let’s get down to some advice about the players that will have an impact on Yahoo fantasy football keeper leagues down the road.
I’m just gonna throw a few names out there at the quarterback position for everyone at home to think about later. I think this is one of the easier positions in terms of Yahoo fantasy football keeper leagues advice. Obviously age and the supporting cast are huge factors so keep that in mind as well.
The first bit of Yahoo fantasy football advice for keeper leagues at this position is to target the following players: Philip Rivers, Aaron Rogers and Matt Ryan. I know these are probably obvious but these guys have already shown that they can lead a team while putting up numbers. The biggest key here is that they all are in their mid 20’s which means they have another good 8 to 10 years left as starters in the league. I highly recommend Aaron Rogers and Matt Ryan because of the young talent they have at running back and wide receiver on those teams as support.
This is one of the most underrated positions in the sport. One of my biggest pieces of Yahoo fantasy football advice and not just in keeper leagues is to get a solid tight end. There are so few of these guys that go out there and are able to get consistent production. Just as an example Tony Gonzalez put up equal or better numbers last year than Reggie Wayne, Terrell Owens, Hines Ward and Randy Moss.
The top 3 guys that I want to talk about with everyone and give some Yahoo fantasy football advice about in keeper leagues are Owen Daniels, John Carlson and Jason Witten. The same as with most the players mentioned in this article those guys all have a good 5 or more years left of good production.
John Carlson came in as a rookie and had 627 yards and 5 touchdowns which is impressive from the tight end position. I think that Owen Daniels is gonna be the next big thing at tight end. He caught 70 passes for 862 yards last season with the Texans. The key here is that he also has Andre Johnson and Steve Slaton around him drawing attention while he works the middle of the field. Then there is Jason Witten who is just a beast averaging nearly 1,000 yards and 6 touchdowns the last two seasons.
One of my biggest pieces of Yahoo fantasy football advice for both keeper and other leagues is to get a top receiver early. Most people swear by the take running backs early and often approach but I get a top running back or two and then go receiver. In keeper leagues this could be crucial since there are a few stud receivers and then a drop off in terms of production.
So who are the studs to look for and go after in yahoo fantasy football keeper leagues? I think you also need to consider the quarterbacks throwing them the ball but look at the following wide receivers: Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, Roddy White, Greg Jennings and Larry Fitzgerald. These guys are all somewhat young and already put up good numbers.
Take a good long look at Calvin Johnson is my advice here because he put up over 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns last season on a 0-16 Detroit Lions team with several different guys throwing him the ball. If Matthew Stafford pans out he could be a look to put up mega numbers. But with guys like Roddy White and Greg Jennings they are in a situation where they have a good young quarterback as well so they will be solid for years.
This is the main position in Yahoo fantasy football whether it’s keeper leagues or otherwise. Often the advice is given to go running back early and often in drafts. The running back by committee approach has kinda hurt this theory. But it could make it even stronger considering that now there are so few backs getting significant carries around the league. You can probably kiss the days of seeing guys like Shaun Alexander, Eddie George or Jamal Anderson getting nearly 400 carries a season goodbye.
At this position for Yahoo fantasy football keeper leagues you have several great options. I would recommend the following players: Adrian Peterson, Michael Turner, DeAngelo Williams, Steve Slaton, Matt Forte, Chris Johnson, Frank Gore and Maurice Jones-Drew. I know guys like Adrian Peterson and Frank Gore are pretty obvious but they are must keep players in these leagues. In certain Yahoo fantasy football keeper leagues where they award points for receptions then guys like Matt Forte and Maurice Jones-Drew have added value.
I think that Michael Turner has good value because he was a backup early in his career which means less wear and he also has a young quarterback and wide receiver around him as well. Chris Johnson will be a solid option because the Titans under Jeff Fisher run the ball regardless of the situation.
That’s all for today and I hope this Yahoo fantasy football advice for keeper leagues has been helpful. I personally have an upcoming live draft to attend and it’s great because after a long offseason I’m ready for some football.
Source(s) – http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/stats