There's nothing quite like basking in the warm glow of a victory over your friends and family, and a fantasy football league is no exception.
- Step 1: Keep up with the action. You need to set your lineup every week; make sure you're prepared for your standout players' bye weeks, when you'll have to bench them.
- Step 2: Take advice throughout the season. You will have tough decisions to make every week regarding who to sit and who to start. But don't worry, when you do take the title, the glory is all yours.
- FACT: In week 2 of the 2009 NFL season, quarterback Kurt Warner set an NFL record for completion percentage at 92.3.
- TIP: Remember the free agents. Don't rely on trades alone to get the players you need.
- Step 3: Learn to negotiate with fellow league members. You must use persuasion to pull off successful trades, and sometimes a great trade can make up for a less-than-stellar draft.
- TIP: Study your league's scoring system and roster positions.
- Step 4: Draft wisely. Your draft sets you up for the rest of the season, and is the biggest determinant of your success.
- Step 5: Prepare for the season. Read as much as you can about players and teams and take notes. Think of it as studying for an exam. You want to be prepared for any circumstance.