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Fantasy Football Player Gives Advice 

By RYAN ARANDA
​What exactly is fantasy football?
It has been described as “a competition in which participants select imaginary teams from among the players in a league and score points according to the actual performance of their players.”

I have played fantasy football for many years, as I have learned certain strategies to use, as well as strategies to stay away from. My team currently has a record of four wins and two losses, while I also sit at the top of my division standings. Unlike some, I participate in a “keeper league.” Although my keepers were not as strong as I would have liked, my draft would prove to make up for it. My keepers were star RB Matt Forte, rookie WR Jordan Matthews, top TE Jimmy Graham, and Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders. In the draft, I targeted players with high upside. I started my draft with Heisman candidate RB Melvin Gordon, who has had normal rookie struggles, but I’m looking for him to be one of the top RBs in the league in a few years. A few rounds later, I selected the Bengals’ backup RB Giovani Bernard, who has now proven his worth for the starting job in Cincinnati, and is securing strong fantasy value. Later in the draft, I drafted QB Tom Brady, who was in a controversial predicament at the time, and veteran WR Steve Smith. My Tom Brady selection turned out to be outstanding for me, as Brady was soon cleared of his four game suspension. Since then, both players have been playing with top-50 fantasy worth.

Now that I’ve told you about my team, let me give you some advice.

If you are in a keeper league, I would recommend picking up or trading for Seattle’s undrafted rookie RB Thomas Rawls, as he may be somewhere on the waiver wire. This might sound like a strange move, but it is one that can greatly pay off. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle’s current RB, is great and all, but he is also aging and reaching the end of his career. In week five, “Beast Mode” sat out due to injury, and Rawls played excellent in his starting spot, recording 169 yards and one TD. If Lynch decides to retire at the end of the season like most people believe, Rawls should be the easy choice for his replacement as the starting RB for a strong Seahawks offense.

For non-keeper leagues, I would recommend trading for Denver backup RB Ronnie Hillman. Some may not currently see Hillman of high value, however he has now outplayed starting RB C.J. Anderson in multiple games. While the two continue to split carries for the Broncos, it is only a matter of time before Hillman asserts himself as the clear choice for the starting job. Also Manning is not the star QB that he used to be, as he has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns this season. This means that the Broncos offense should decide to run the ball more to limit Peyton’s pass attempts. Buying low on Hillman would be a great move for all fantasy owners.

These are just a few players that you should look to acquire before they completely break out.

I wish you all the best of luck for the rest of your fantasy season.

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