Finally some fantasy info you can use!
Well if you think I'm gonna drop tips on you for starts, sits, adds, drops, forget it. #1 rule of fantasy: it's a lot of luck and no one really knows squat!! Just use good common sense.
Truth is, play your best players. You drafted them for a reason. Believe in your guys and ride them through thick and thin. The only time to bench stars and play mediocres is when the defensive matchup of the opposition just screams to do it. Even then, obviously some stud players you simply never ever bench.
#2 rule of fantasy: check out the offensive lines and defenses. any awesome RB, QB, WR, TE is going to stink it up for you if the offensive line stinks. You also want players that have good, solid defenses. They get the ball back into the hands of the offense. No use having Superman at WR if he's watching from the sidelines all day long.
#3: don't make rash add/drops. Just because some RB goes down with injury doesn't mean his backup will come in and light it up. Every year there are flash-in-the-pan guys and you'll never build a playoff team with them. If you didn't do your homework and draft solid players (see rule #2), then you're probably sunk and no Samkon Gado is going to get you out of it. Use your add/drops to get players from teams with better OLs and DEFs than you gave the teams credit for before the draft. Save some add/drops for playoff time when a flash-in-the-pan against a crap defense can get you some points and a win.
#4: Never hit the "top lineup" button. Just pretend it's not even there. And never look at Guru points. don't ask me where they come up with these figures, just don't look at them.
#5: Get in a pick em league. Know the teams that are on winning streaks, the teams that are hungry for wins, the teams that rock on the road, the teams that only win at home. But don't make your picks based on your fantasy players. Vice Versa.
#6: Don't offer stupid trades. No one is going to give you one star player for two crap players. You just make everyone mad. Offering a stupid trade is no basis to begin a trade discussion either. Everyone is already mad at you. The only good trades are when you have a hole on your team (eg WR) and another team has a hole (eg RB) and it is a win-win to make a trade to fill the holes.
#7: Don't trash talk after the game is over. "Ha ha I kicked your a-- I knew your guys were losers!!" is just an a--hole way to be. Talk it up with some spirited trash talk BEFORE the game, use some knowledge about the team or the players (ala John Randle), then you can post a witty retort to said trash talk after your win, or humbly admit defeat after your loss. Don't be a jerk, it's just fantasy football. and no, your dad can't beat up my dad!
#8: PPR leagues are stupid. Fantasy scores should resemble real football scores, they shouldn't be 150-138. When you play football you don't score for simply catching the ball. You don't score for simply getting 5 yards. What next, a "nobody wins, nobody loses" league? What is this, a 2009 5-year old's soccer game? Why not just give out trophies for participation? If you're in a PPR league just get out, you're being stupid. IDP leagues are one step stupier than PPR.