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Week 8 fantasy football cheat sheet

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Fantasy football and poker aren’t the same sort of game, but there is a lot of overlap in numbers, analysis, educated approach. And one I hadn’t thought about much before last week: Tilt.

As most everyone knows, Week 7 was crazy. Kenny Golladay had a virtual no-show, as did almost the entire Falcons roster. The Rams put up 37 points and got little fantasy value out of any of their three big-name receivers. Evan Engram defied the TE cheat code against Arizona, San Francisco and Washington combined for 9 points, Tyler Boyd didn’t offer anything. And most famously, the David Johnson/Chase Edmonds situation — I’m not going to go all Matthew Berry, but rest assured Edmonds’ big game was one of the most frustrating occurrences in fantasy in a while.

My typical Sunday DFS approach is to play the all-day and early-slate DFS slates, and then build my afternoon lineups in the second half of the early games. Sunday? I abandoned DFS altogether for the late afternoon. I had been burned so much and in so many different ways early Sunday that I didn’t trust myself to play the afternoon rationally.

In poker, “tilt” is when you suffer a bad beat or a bad loss and follow that up with reckless, emotional decisions that spiral until you lose it all. I could feel the tilt Sunday.

Knowing when not to play can be as important as knowing when to play. Monitor yourself and don’t make emotional decisions.

On to the Week 8 advice.

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