This article is part of our Exploiting the Matchups series.
Every year when the fantasy playoffs roll around, I preach more or less the same three things in different ways, and I'm struggling to see any reason to stray from the retread advice. In no particular order, the fantasy playoffs should once again be approached with three words in mind:
Or, if you're like me, this time of year you opt for more scotch than hops. Especially if your team is failing you at the most important time.
Whatever your drink of choice, though, before we even get to the at-times torturous decisions to try optimizing our lineups, we should make sure to remember getting here at all warrants celebration. Even for the most competitive of us, to get to the playoffs – whether it's the semifinals or first round for those weirdos who play in Week 17 – we need to recognize the accomplishment that comes with the journey to get here. Hopefully we can walk with the pride and the cash a title brings, especially if it's big money, but regardless, we should sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labor in another rollercoaster NFL season.
However, the booze comes into play when the ball is kicked off. Before that happens, check usage trends to try capitalizing on opportunity. Production is more often than not tied to volume. If the most explosive, most talented guys on your roster are getting the ball, great. If they're not, look for someone who is, and in the