Nothing sucks the wind out of a fantasy football season like losing hope for your team by the end of September.
While climbing out of a 1-3 or 0-4 hole can be rewarding, it's not easy. Every trade you offer to turn your fortunes around feels desperate. Every insult your league members lob feels poignant. The recriminations of what you could have done better begin way too early.
Fortunately, you don't have to start off the season from a position of weakness. A good way to avoid the pit of fantasy football despair is by analyzing early-season strength of schedule for key players before you sit down to draft. This also gives you a good look at players who may be solid buy-low opportunities in the middle of the year if they do indeed start the season slowly.
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