Any given fantasy league’s statistics are going to be complex. But that’s the fun of fantasy football; it’s very much a game for people who love football and like numbers. To be excellent at it you need to be able to understand statistical trends and football. Most people don’t have the time and energy to get good at understanding the ins and outs of fantasy league statistics. Thankfully, since the game is so popular now there are a lot of resources out there to help someone understand the complex world of fantasy league statistics. One thing to avoid though is overly focusing on your area, to excel at fantasy football you have to eschew parochialism. It’s easy for someone in New York, NY to understand the statistics of the surrounding teams, the two teams out of New York, NY, the Bills, and the Patriots. The amount of news and information they get on those teams will be highest, but it’ll be hard to win by constructing a team only out of those four teams.
You don’t have to be great at fantasy league statistics to understand the danger that can come from over parochialism. If we use the example of the person from New York, NY who only knows about his/her local teams we can see the problem right off the bat: lack of depth at certain positions. If you only want to go with the guys you know, you better hope you get Tom Brady or Eli Manning at QB, otherwise the only other quarterbacks you know about are Sanchez, Tebow, or Fitzpatrick, each of whom has his moments, but are not the sort of lead QB you want for a fantasy football team. Instead you have to cast a wider net and learn about other teams, you want to learn about the ins and outs of fantasy football as a whole. There are companies and websites that do nothing but break down fantasy league statistics and help you know who to draft, who to start, and who to sit.
Fantasy league statistics can be a bit much for some people, and if you’ve got a strong competitive streak, or a lot of money riding on it then you might want to get assistance. It’s already been mentioned but the internet is riff with assistance for Fantasy league statistics. Whether it is sites to keep yourself abreast of the news, sites to help you micro manage your team, or just sites with people outlining strategy and ideas, there are more resources than ever for fantasy football fans. That way you’re not bound by what you can find on sports networks or in the local New York, NY papers.