Fantasy Football Week 1: NFL Injury Updates, Start 'em Sit 'em Advice and More

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Fantasy Football Week 1: NFL Injury Updates, Start 'em Sit 'em Advice and More
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Running a successful fantasy football team is a very involved endeavor. It's not as simple as adjusting your lineup once a week and moving on. You can certainly do that, but you won't have much success.

The fantasy owner looking to win his league has to keep up with injury updates, watch matchups closely and make the right roster decisions.

It's inevitable that at some point in your season, one of your stars will get injured. More than likely, it will be of the nagging type rather than the apocalyptic type.

To properly manage your team in the face of injuries like these, you must stay on top of the news. You don't want to end up getting zero points from one of your starting running backs because you didn't know that his coaches had decided to sit him.

Running backs like Maurice Jones-Drew, Steven Jackson and Frank Gore have a history of injuries like this that can drive fantasy owners nuts.

It's also important that you always know who your players are facing next. Sometimes, your bench players are a safer bet because of whom they are playing. You would much rather play a running back facing the Redskins defense than a running back playing the Jets defense.

Sometimes it's as simple as moving one player from the bench to your starting lineup, but other times, it means that you might pick up a player off the waiver wire if he has a favorable matchup.

 

Finally, you have to know when to cut the cord with certain players. It's always better to cut a struggling player the minute you have serious doubts about his productivity. You don't want to be caught waiting around for production that never comes.

In most leagues, finishing second is just as good as finishing last, so you have to take some chances. Drop a big-name player in favor of a hot rookie if your big-name player hasn't shown well.

That's a lot to think about each week, but that challenge is what makes fantasy football so much fun. You can have a great draft, but more often than not, a great draft won't win you your league. How you manage your roster on a week to week basis will win you your league.

With that in mind, stay tuned to Bleacher Report and this space as we give you the most recent injury updates and advice on which players to sit and which players to start.

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