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Daily Fantasy Football: How to Handle Heavily Favored Teams

In daily fantasy football, we have a crippling fear of a blowout. However, it's not all bad when teams build big leads.

For whatever reason, sports fans have this irrational fear of things that seem too good to be true. Having grown up a fan of the New York Jets, I certainly can't blame them. When Doug Brien missed a pair of potential game-winning field goals in the 2004 playoffs, I basically lost all hope for nice things. I feel you.

The unfortunate thing is that this has translated over to our decision-making in daily fantasy football, specifically with teams that are heavily favored. Fans seem to have this overwhelming fear that -- once the team gets a lead -- they'll just stop trying to score, dooming all fantasy potential.

To some extent, that's true. Teams are more likely to run the ball and grind the clock when they are holding a lead late. I'll give you that.

However, in order to build said lead, they're going to find the end zone. Those touchdowns count just as much as ones late in the game. So how do we balance these two aspects, both of which factor into these types of games?

I decided to take a look at some of these games to see what was a realistic expectation for the main fantasy pieces in situations like this. Let's go through some of the major takeaways.

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