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Fantasy Football Tips

Our expert offers up advice for making this NFL season the most exciting one yet

Are you curious to see what the fantasy sports hype is all about but have no idea where to start? Don't sweat it. We spoke with fantasy-football guru Michael Fabiano to find out what to look for when starting up a team.

STICK TO THE TRIED-AND-TRUE FORMULA
Secure your starting backfield in the first three rounds or you're in trouble. Wide receivers are becoming more valuable, so go for these after the running backs. It's OK to wait on a quarterback— you can get a reliable in the middle rounds and be satisfied with your selection. Tight ends, defenses, and kickers can wait until the later rounds.

FOLLOW THE TRENDS IN THE DRAFT
If there's a run on tight ends or quarterbacks in the middle rounds, you may want to grab one before the good guys are gone. No one wants to be stuck with deadwood on their roster.

IF THE PLAYERS YOU WANT AREN'T THERE . . .
Don't be afraid to draft for depth in the later rounds. If you end up four deep at a position like running back or wide receiver, you can leverage that depth in trades to improve your weaknesses.

BE WARY OF ROOKIES
Elite college running backs may look tempting, but don't burn a first-rounder on them. That being said, running back is the only position in which you actually see productivity from first-year players, so a middle- to late-round pick is not out of the question. Wide receivers and quarterbacks can take a few years to reach their full potential.

KEEP TABS ON YOUR LEAGUE EVERY DAY
Your boss won't like how it affects your productivity, but it's a great way to get ahead. Scour the waiver wire for unearthed gems. Watch what competitors are doing. Some owners aren't patient, and if a well-regarded player starts slow, they may prematurely release him. Here is your chance to swoop in and make a big move to improve your depth or even find a new starter.

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