Rumor has it that I'm the resident Fantasy Football "guru" or "beast" or "one to be scared of". This is probably because I won our little bloggers league last year. I don't know that it really counts though, because half the managers weren't even paying attention. AHEM.
Let's make things clear, I am not a guru.
That being said, I've been playing Fantasy Football for a few years now and do have a couple trophies in my case. *pats self of back* So, I'm going to give you, my young Padawans, a few tips to get you started.
The most important tip aka #1:
Find someone who knows way more about Football than you do and pick their brain. Ask them about the rules, how scoring works, which positions to draft first, how to make trades, what a waiver is...etc.
READ. There are lots of sports writers and bloggers out there who know their shit. There are also a lot who don't know squat. The more you read, the faster you'll figure out who to listen to. The most important thing to remember here is, it often doesn't matter. Jimmy could tell you that Adrian Peterson is going to have a huge game. So you play him. And then he gets hurt. Or gets shut down. Or just sucks. And he gets you minimal points. These things happen, and no analyst or writer can predict them.
Don't take smack talk personally. So, you're in a league with a bunch of your best friends, and one of them says they're going to stuff you like they stuffed your mom last night. You tell them if they keep posting pansy-ass smack talk like that, you're going to quit and go join a real league. Smack talk can get very crass and ugly. (way uglier than talking about your mom, trust) It's all in fun. If you're easily offended don't play in any league with guys.
Watch the games! This should probably be #2 in importance. Watching is the best way to figure out the game and the players. Also, football just got way more interesting now that you're in a Fantasy league. You have players from many different teams on your team. Say you're a Lions fan (haha) but you have Brees as your QB on your Fantasy team; you now have a reason to watch the Saints game. And this is how your formerly productive Sundays turn into couch days. You want to watch every game so you know who to play in Fantasy.
Have fun. Remember, it's just a game.