PITTSBURGH, PA – JANUARY 08: Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (26) breaks a tackle by Miami Dolphins free safety Bacarri Rambo (30) during the NFL Football Wild Card Playoff game between the Miami Dolphins and the Pittsburgh Steelers on January 8, 2017, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire)

If you followed me so far during the infancy of this inaugural YouRulz season, you’ve heard me talk about the ability to make substitutions no matter what the case. You’ve heard me talk about having complete control of your team. And you’ve heard me explain the substitution timer. Now I want to dig a little deeper and explain why the in-game substitution feature is going to completely ramp-up the excitement level of your fantasy football season.

Never in the history of fantasy football has your bench been so important. Think about it, now you are gonna have players on your bench ready to hit the field at your command. This along with the substitution timer is what opens the Pandora’s Box of scenarios that will play out this inaugural season.

Picture this, it’s Monday night and your opponent has no more players left for the week. The Steelers are playing the Eagles, and you’re starting Le’Veon Bell as your starting RB for the night, but you also have LeGarrette Blount on your bench. There’s only a few minutes left in the game. The Steelers are at their own 10, and all you need out of Bell is 15 yards for another 1.5 points and you’ll beat your opponent. Roethlisberger hands-off to Bell for a 10-yard carry to the right; now all you need is half a point and its sweet victory. But on the next play Big Ben tosses a pick and now your only chance at victory is sent to the bench with the rest of the Steelers offense. But wait, now Philly has the ball and they are intent on feeding Blount the rock and run the clock out. So you make the substitution and ride Blount to a late-night, nail-biter, victory.

Think about this. Let’s say your commish set-up your substitution timer for 30 minutes. You will probably be more likely to take a risk on subbing a player out because with only a 30-minute timer, depending on how early in the game you make the substitution you will probably be able to sub multiple times throughout the game. So let’s say you’ve got a guy like an Eric Decker on your bench, and let’s say the Titans picked up some big chunks of yardage on their opening drive. Even though its early in the game you now have a red-zone monster of a wide-receiver inside the 15-yard line with the best red-zone quarterback in the league. You might just be willing to bench your #2 or #3 receiver to give Decker that red-zone opportunity. It’s a much lower risk knowing you could put your starter back in after only 30 minutes. But beware of taking a risk like this in leagues with longer substitution timers because it might come back to bite you. But if you ask me, that’s part of the added excitement. No risk, no reward.

Whether you can see yourself playing in an insanely fast paced league with a no holds barred zero hour timer, a slower paced league with a four hour timer, or somewhere in between, YouRulz has something for you. Not only do you have the

ability to make substitutions, but with a change of the substitution timer from one league to the next YouRulz allows you to experience different and new games inside the game. Bottom line is that this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to diverse scenarios and in-game strategy changes that we will see in this first year.



Ian Poteet

Fantasy Analyst

YouRulz, Inc