Late update this week as I had a busy week with my birthday and work. Leading up to Madison I will need to get in a few important things in order to help you win games. Since matchup selection is quite challenging I can give you some advise from my experience.
The first step is to pick two teams that can compete against the other. Each team in the matchup should have some sort of advantage over the other team. It’s hard to find two dead even teams. Its easier to find two teams with a weakness that the other team exploits.
Dallas vs Phoenix
In this popular matchup Dallas seems like the better team with 56 ms rb and a decent passing game. However, the two safeties on Phx, low int in the Dal secondary and the 19 ms qb on Phx can make for a very close game.
Cincinnati vs Detroit
Another great matchup of two good offenses that are hard to stop. The battle in these games come down to ball control with detroit versus getting turnovers with David Fulcher.
The next step is to pick two teams that you would want to use. If you’re not good with a team don’t put them in a matchup. If you like to run the ball put in two running teams. If your better at passing or defense then give yourself that in the matchup.
For example I don’t like playing with ATL or TB defense and I rarely will put them in a matchup. Also I don’t like playing against TB so there is another reason not to have them in a matchup.
Practice matchups you want to use in a tourney. I have a set of key matchups that are my go to matchups. 1. DET/MINN 2. CHI/kc 3. Den/Dal 4. Hou/Buf 5. Dal/Ari 6 Minn/Mia. I’ve practiced the ins and outs with both teams and feel confident using them in key games. If you have even just one go to matchup that you practiced out then you have an advantage.
At the same time in games against players who are not at the highest level I use matchups I don’t trust against great players. Mainly I go with a minn/tb/wash matchup in opening rounds. In order to save my best matchup calls.
I advise you to explore every level of matchup from sf vs nyg to sea vs ind. You never know what other people will call. In most tourneys every team tends to get used once.
Matchups leaning to running games
det vs den
cin vs det
chi vs oak
sd vs det
Matchups leaning to passing games
mia vs minn
buf vs hou
sf vs hou
ind vs sea
tb vs wash
rams vs tb
cle vs gb
Matchups leaning to defensive games
Chi vs oak
pitt vs dal
pitt vs jets
sd vs minn
Another bit of basic advise is that if you play a great player and you’re not as good go with a matchup with two great offenses. Typically the better players are great defenders. Taking a hou buf or nyg buf might negate their advantage.
As you advance through the tourney or tpc ranks you will begin to not specific weaknesses in teams to take advantage of. Key players on defense can be attacked by running plays to negate their effectiveness. Byrd on SD at db 2 can be neutralized by sweep plays. Same thing for Haddix on TB being countered by plays running up. Several of those plays like r and s sweep l are also devastating on tough LB1’s. A great LB4 can destroy a lot of plays but r and s sweep r will give him fits.
Some teams can’t run well or throw well. Others have bad defenses or one good defender in a bad spot. Every team has at least one flaw. The further down the list the more flaws you will find. SF’s only flaws are intangibles. They make people play overconfident and slow down just a tad in the red zone. Compare that to IND which has no useable defenders of note and one half way decent qb.
Sometimes a teams flaw can make it go up the proverbial ladder to play a higher level team. Teams in a matchup do not have to be right next to each other on the TPC ranking list. They also do not have to be in the same tier or level. These are rare but valid matchups.
For example one of my toughest games in a recent tourney was CLE Dal. Cle is a great team to call if you want to go up the ladder. They have a very hard to stop passing game. With the qb ms of QB Brown being high it makes it tough to stop them.
Here is a list of common Cle matchups I have seen or used that go up the ladder.
Cle vs TB,DAL,RAMS,DEN,NYJ,PITT,ARI. I’m not saying to call any of these in a tourney. What I am saying is that if your really strong with Cle you have a chance against these teams. At the same time don’t go into a call against Cle less serious because you have a way better team. QB’s with high PC can change games around. Just like Rb’s with sick MS, wr’s with high ms and DB’s with high int.
In conclusion till matchup calling is eliminated (see Buffalo Bounty Tourney) you must have some ideal of what to do if the headache of picking the matchup is given to you. If you get good at calling matchups you will learn to know how each team can win the game versus the other team. That doesn’t mean you will win. You will still need to learn and practice how to execute your game plan.