Fantasy Football Keeper Strategies

Originally Published: January 6, 2005
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN Games Fantasy Edge
We have a favorite phrase around these parts: It's never too early to start thinking about next year. While the 2004 fantasy football season is now in the books, the best owner is the one who's already looking forward to 2005 and beyond.

That's especially the case in keeper leagues, where owners can't afford an "offseason." Keeper leagues require your year-round attention, and if you're thinking about a few weeks of well-earned rest, remember that the competition could easily get a head start if you spend too much time away from your duties as team manager.

Tip No. 1. Along those lines, if you play in an FFL keeper league, it's good practice to set your three keepers now, while it's fresh on your mind. Yes, the deadline won't come for another five to six months, but I can't tell you how many times an owner absent-mindedly forgets to set his or her keeper list and gets stuck with the default picks once the new season rolls around. The NFL Playoffs, spring training, regular-season baseball and the NBA Playoffs are all going to arrive well before the 2005 football preseason does, and that means plenty of distractions for you between now and then.

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