How To Make Any Decision, Especially In Fantasy Football

Alex WagnerContributor IOctober 29, 2009

MIAMI - OCTOBER 25:  Running back Ronnie Brown #23 of the Miami Dolphins looks for room to run while taking on the New Orleans Saints at Land Shark Stadium on October 25, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Saints defeated the Dolphins 46-34.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Everyone faces decisions throughout a normal day.  Turkey or ham sandwich for lunch?  Unleaded or premium unleaded gas in the car? Starting Ronnie Brown or Thomas Jones this week? There is a great, reliable way to make these decisions and more.  The problem is that many people are wary of it.


Many people recommend reading articles written by fantasy football analysts such as Matthew Berry and Eric Karabell, as well as those on this very Web site, in order to pick a favorable lineup for fantasy teams.


This is good advice, sure, but the analyst that should be most trusted is your gut.


Your gut hasn’t steered you wrong before, so there’s no point in changing a winning formula.  This tip is especially important to those beginning their first season of playing fantasy football.


A great way to begin a first fantasy season is to learn from opponents as well other analysts for the first few weeks.  Once you have a grip on how your league works, go with your gut.


Using your gut is not only reliable; it’s quick as well.  Who do you start in your flex spot this week? You’ll have an answer in about thirty seconds, leaving you plenty of time to sleep in on Sunday and still adjust your final lineup before the first kick off.


Another great tool to take advantage of is Twitter.  Many have looked down at it, viewing it as a pointless site where users leave messages about what kind of juice they’re currently drinking.


The truth about Twitter is that it is a powerful asset that can help get you personalized advice on game day, for those times when you just can’t bring yourself to follow your instincts.


Following users such as @BR_FantasyNFL,  @FantasyFreaks, and @MatthewBerryTMR can yield interesting information, as well as a few laughs. 


If you’d rather hear from the players themselves, many have their own accounts.  Follow players such as @TheCooleyZone (Chris Cooley, Washington Redskins TE) or @OGOchoCinco (Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati Bengals ­WR) for news and thoughts straight from the players themselves.


There are many tools available to both fantasy rookies and veterans.  The trick is to always be on the lookout for new sources and information.  When questioning who to listen to, who to trust, and who to start, the answer is simple: listen to your gut.