Canadian_Cheesehead wrote:It's not like you are playing different players vs. different teams because of a strategy. The goal of fantasy football is to get the most possible points and to have more total points than your opponent.
It is indeed a strategy though. If my opponent is a below average team, my strategy is to play the sure bet players that I know will put up consistent numbers but who usually never have hot games. When I am playing a team I know is above average my strategy changes. Instead of playing those consistent players I will throw in a few players that have game spurts to help me overcome the opponent.
This strategy changes your total points a whole lot. If you were to just play the consistent players the whole season you would have less points, but would probably have a better record. If you played sporadic players the whole season you may have a higher points total...but the majority of those points totals may only come from 1/4 or your games, the rest of the games giving you so-so points at best. Therefore you would loose 3/4 of your games but you would have a higher points total.
Ex. (These stats are actual stats of players in our league, they are not false or created stats)
Plaxico Burress could argueably be called a sporadic player...his scores are as follows in our league...
W1 - 20
W2 - 12
W3 - 16
W4 - 52
W5 - bye
W6 - 9
W7 - 22
W8 - 8
W9 - 14
This all adds up to 163 points, putting him in 7th place in our league for highest amount of total points by a WR. Notice though, that he has 4 weeks of 12 or lower points.
Now lets look at a more consistent player, Deion Branch.
This all adds up to 142, 21 points lower than that of Plaxico Burress. This puts Deion Branch at the number 16 spot for most points by a WR in our league. Notice though that he has no real breakout games, he doesn't even have a game higher than 24. Also notice that he only has 3 weeks of 12 or lower points.
If these two players were to meet head to head every week in cronological order, with the exception that Plax and Deion combine bye weeks(Plax W7 vs. Deion W5), the score would be 5-4 with 1 tie(W2). Deion Branch would come out on top with a score of 5.
This proves my theory that my strategy does win games, yet it does not get the most total points. If you are a consistent team you will have more of a chance when it comes to playoffs, whereas if you are a sporadic team you will probably be knocked off in one of the round of playoffs due to sporadic play.
Now tell me there is no strategy in my thoughts for week to week games...