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Three things to remember heading into your fantasy football playoffs this weekend

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I understand that the playoffs began on Thursday. And if you’re like me, Alvin Kamara getting destroyed early on could be the blow that inevitably spoils your playoff aspirations. However, there is still hope at hoisting your league’s trophy and telling the rest of your friends/family/co-workers to pound sand.

Here are three things to remember heading into your fantasy football playoffs.

Remember the players that got you here

I understand. This fantasy football season has been a long treacherous road and the playoffs are no different. The season has been littered with the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows. After all, that is fantasy football, right? But now isn’t the time to get cute and forget the players who got you this far. Sure, Russell Wilson is going against the stingy Jags. And yes, the Eagles and Rams are set for the highest scoring game in NFL history. Which likely means it will be a 6-6 tie, with neither Quarterback eclipsing the 200-yard mark. But DO NOT. I repeat. DO NOT overthink this. There’s a reason you drafted or used a high waiver claim on a majority of your starting lineup. Despite their tough fantasy matchups, these are the players who got you here. Ride or Die.

Always try to snipe those around you

Whether you have a first-round bye, or your lineup is already locked in for Gameday, don’t be afraid to grab a player to prevent others from saving their helpless lineups. Here’s one example, your starting lineup is essentially locked but Gio Bernard is available, what do you do? The answer is simple, cut ties with a player you won’t start and pick him up. Even if you drop him prior to his Week 14 matchup, you still prevented another player from having the opportunity to succeed. Always do what is best for YOU. Don’t worry about how it will make your friends or family feel. This is for money, and money rules everything. Do whatever it takes to win, especially if that means sniping from others.

Always look ahead to the next week

I know this is the opposite of what an NFL head coach would say in their weekly press conference. But if you’re like me and believe that your team has a chance to progress into the next round of the playoffs, always look ahead to the matchups. Need a defense for the conference championship, or a QB because yours currently has a less than stellar matchup, pick them up before the 1 PM games. That way you don’t have to hope and pray your waiver claim goes through.

Lastly, try not to get overly pissed off when things don’t go according to plan. There are far more important things in life, but winning a fantasy championship sure is nice. Good luck!