Planning for the Playoffs

Contributed by: Billy E and Billy E
Last Updated: May 09, 2016 6:01 PM

Fantasy Football University – Class IX

Planning for the Playoffs

Half way through the season you are going to have a good idea as to the direction that your team is going. There are three basic possibilities.  

1.   Your team is a shoe in for a playoff spot.

2.   Your team is in a dogfight for a playoff spot. 

3.   Your team has a snowball's chance in Hell of making the playoffs.  

Hopefully none of our championship hopes have been dashed at the midpoint and we all fit into the first two categories, preferably the first category, right? The only way we will be in that third category, assuming we all used the secrets of Fantasy Football success (taught to us through FF University and the 10 Commandments for Winning at Fantasy Football), is if we are decimated by injuries. If that's the case there is little you can do other than be sure to compete every week to ensure the integrity of the league. Some leagues have a high weekly point total for some extra incentive to keep everyone interested.

If you're in a keeper league you could look to trade some decent players for future draft picks to playoff bound teams and start preparing for next year.

If we haven't been decimated by injuries we have to start preparing for the second season, The Playoffs. I call it the second season because making the playoffs is only half the battle. We want to win.  BRAGGING RIGHTS, and maybe some change is what this is all about, right?   

Strength of Schedule in Weeks 14-16

Strength of schedule, in this case, applies to weeks 13-16, or whenever your playoffs are. We don't use any special formula to figure this out. We are all Fantasy Football junkies. As junkies we know halfway through the season who the bad defenses are who who you'd rather not have your core guys playing and we know who we are rooting for our guys to be playing.  

How excited did we all get when our running backs played against the Eagles last year?  Their rush defenses were horrendous.  And wouldn't it suck to have your top WR going against the Jets in your fantasy playoffs when you can count on All World CB Revis neutralizing him?

What you want to do is take some time at mid-season, whether it is Week 7 or 8 really doesn't matter, and write down the 5 or 6 defenses that are just awful against the run and or against the pass.  Then, we get a schedule and we circle those team's games in the weeks that our playoffs are played. If some team plays two or more of the defenses on our list, we immediately evaluate the possibility of a trade involving one of the players on that team. If not we look at all the teams and the possibilities of pulling off a trade involving one of the solid players on that team.  

Here is the key - you are not necessarily trying to get the stars from that particular team that plays a weak defense, that may take too much work. You are trying to get the solid players that are going to have big weeks during the playoffs, yet may be more affordable or even available.

Target Players from Playoff Teams

Good players are going to play better when their team is in the playoff race and fighting for the best seed.

Trading Players with Tough Stretch Run

Again, we are not saying to trade your studs if they have a tough second half slate of games. We are just saying to consider moving solid players who could be limited by tough defenses in crunch time of the fantasy season. 

Trading for Players with Favorable Second Half

This sums up the gist of the course. Target SOLID players who could see a nice performance boost with favorable match-ups in the second half of the season. Again, do not trade your STUDS. We will provide you with a Strength of Schedule chart when the time comes.

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