Late Season Fantasy Strategies

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - With Week 11 almost complete, there are just a few more games left in your fantasy regular season. Now is not the time to rest on your "laurels," now is the time to make the final moves to assure yourself of a championship.

There are a couple of strategies that could be helpful in taking your contending team and putting them over the top.

Trade Your Depth

Your team has made it through all the bye weeks, finally, and if they have come out relatively healthy, there is an opportunity to improve your starting lineup by trading away your depth. Perhaps you have two fantasy-worthy starting quarterbacks on your roster. Assuming that your league only allows you to play one of them at a time, you have too much talent sitting on your bench which isn't helping you win each week.

If the quarterbacks are about even in value, check the team schedules to see which has the better playoff opportunities for a big run and package the other to improve one of your weaker positions.

Acquire Handcuffs

If you are trading away your depth (see above), you should also use this strategy - acquire the handcuff to your key players.

Trading for, or picking up, Kendall Hunter if you own Frank Gore was always a good strategy given his propensity for injuries, but it's particularly important if you are trading away your No.3 running back to improve another position.

Plan Ahead

Or perhaps you are struggling at quarterback due to injuries to Matt Schaub and Michael Vick. Or you have been starting Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was great early on, but of late has "returned to earth." Instead of starting a journeyman, you need to find a difference-maker down the stretch.

Another factor could be that your star quarterback, for example Philip Rivers, has to face Baltimore's pass defense (ranked No.6) in Week 15 and Detroit (ranked No.4) in Week 16. Those are two tough defenses that limit Rivers' upside.

Let's find a quarterback with an easier schedule who could be that difference- maker.

Analyzing the playoff schedules (Week 14-16) there are three teams who play very weak passing defenses during that time.

In Washington, Rex Grossman will face New England, the New York Giants and Minnesota during the three playoff weeks. They are ranked 32nd, 17th and 30th, respectively.

Matt Moore of the Dolphins plays Philadelphia (11th), Buffalo (27th) and New England (32nd).

And Tim Tebow might have the easiest schedule of them all with Chicago, New England and Buffalo. Combined the three teams give up 839.0 ypg or 279.6 ypg through the air.

Sure, Tebow is not likely to throw for 300+ yards, but given his rushing ability, if he throws for just 200 yards, he's a valuable fantasy asset who could give you 20+ points a week. You may not like the quarterback that much in the "real world", but given the opposition he could have a surprisingly good fantasy value for three weeks and that could be all you need to win the title.

Analyze running back, receivers and tight ends using the same method and you could improve your squad for the playoff run.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.