• Draft wide receivers and running backs first. If you are doing an online draft, it will populate the best current pick. Use this feature when selecting your first few picks. During the first two-three rounds, alternate wide receivers and running backs. These positions score points, which is the most important thing in fantasy football.

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  • Don't pick a quarterback first. If you follow my first tip, then this is a given. I know quarterbacks have the most name recognition, but hold off for three-four rounds before selecting a QB. Quarterbacks don't always score a ton of points, which is why they are less important. Still get one in the first five rounds, though.

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  • Pick your kicker last. Yes, kickers score points, but not enough to make a difference. Also, pick your defense second to last. You want to stack your team with point-scorers. Fill your bench with wide receivers and running backs before filling these two spots. Remember, points are how you win the game.

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  • Don't draft players from only one team. Team allegiances must be ignored when playing fantasy football. This is especially important once bye weeks start. (A bye week is when a team doesn’t play for a week.) If you draft all your players for one team, you are guaranteed to lose that week. Keep a well-rounded roster from a variety of teams.

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  • Fill your bench with running backs, wide receivers, and possibly one tight end. You can start to fill your bench before you fill all positions in the starting lineup. Running backs and wide receivers get hurt the most, and you might need to fill one of your starting positions with a bench player.

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  • Know the scoring system. There are a couple of different scoring systems in fantasy football. Check and see if you are in a PPR (points per reception) league. If so, wide receivers are more valuable than running backs when it comes to scoring—you get a point for each reception. If you are in a regular league, standard scoring includes six points for a rushing TD and four points for a passing TD.

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  • Play the waiver wire. Players who don’t get drafted will go into this pool. If one of your players gets hurt or is under-performing, dump him. You can pick up another player on the waiver wire, which comes out every Monday. Here you can bid on undrafted players with other members of your league. This is how you win your league. You can also pick up players who are getting hot and making plays.

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