For some players, weekly matchups are an approach planned out from the start — a reason to wait until the last round to take a kicker and a defense.
Last season, all 32 teams in the NFL turned in at least two start-worthy defensive performances in 12-team leagues. Some players spent a middle pick on Seattle or San Francisco, but those who left things to the last round aren't necessarily giving up. Playing the Vegas odds, fading bad offensive teams like Oakland and Jacksonville or finding who emerges early in the season are all popular approaches (Las Vegas bookmakers are betting the New York Jets hold the Oakland Raiders to about 17 points this weekend).
It happens every year — a player with no fantasy relevance has a breakout game in Week 1, setting the market for free agent pickups across the fantasy world. Don't get too excited, Richard says.
"I'm always skeptical of the early season breakouts anyway," Richard said.
More appealing in daily fantasy tournaments that reward risk-taking, are keying in on players with talent who've underachieved early, Richard said.
In a season-long leagues, some early drops may yield a good opportunity.
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