Nov 12, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Montana Grizzlies guard Mario Dunn Jr. (1) blocks Minnesota Golden Gophers guard Deandre Mathieu (4) during the first half at Williams Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Fix: The Playoff Push

It’s Week 11 – that means there are four match-ups left (including this one) to earn a spot in the playoffs.  Here are a few tips for those looking to get their teams over the fence and into the post-season.  First, though, to those whose fate has already been decided:

If you already have a spot locked up: great.  Monitor the waiver wire for potential Week 15 heroes.  If you have no chance of making the playoffs - see what players you could sell to your friends.  Or if your league doesn’t allow such transactions, have fun playing spoiler.  Either way, do not just ignore your team!  It takes the fun out of things your for opponents; and hey, wouldn’t you rather finish 5th than 10th anyway?  Keep your pride in mind.

Now, to those still battling:

Trades

Many leagues still allow trading at this point – why not see if you could make a deal for a game-changer.  At this point, you haven’t got time to wait for a waiver wire star to emerge.  So, if you’re in a 6-8 spot, take a risk!  If you’re 4-5, exercise caution.  I do not, however, recommend conniving with teams that are down and out, as karma always prevails.

Nov 10, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during the game against the Houston Texans at University of Phoenix Stadium. Arizona won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

D/St Match-Ups

If you’re like me, you drafted a top Defense and rolled with them against most opponents all season.  If you had the Seahawks or the Chiefs, this paid off.  Bears, Cowboys?  Things were more temperamental.  Well in these final weeks, you have to make sure all loose ends are tied up.  That may mean picking up the Browns D or one I’ve been plugging all long: the Arizona Cardinals, who have scored 17 and 15pts in their last two games and land the Jaguars this Sunday.

Maximize Your Potential Point Total

Most people like to stick a running back in their flex position each week because it typically means the most opportunity.  I have no problem with that strategy; but if you’ve got a third WR or a second TE that’s been putting up big numbers, and/or has an especially favorable match-up, don’t be afraid to throw them in there!

You need points in all the right places.  That’s why I would even advise checking out your kicker situation.  You may have the ever-reliable Phil Dawson, but did you know that Nick Folk, who is owned in just 12% of leagues, has 31 more points than him?  Maximize your potential.

Name Change

There are only six more weeks to turn your star player’s name into a hilarious, perhaps obscene team name.  Seize this opportunity, and hey, maybe it’ll bring some luck!

How’s your fantasy season going?  Let us know in the comments below!

Tags: Cardinals Defense Dallas Cowboys Fantasy Football Jason Garrett Nick Folk Phil Dawson Tyran Matheiu Tyrann Mathieu

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