I’m going to be quite honest. I wasn’t a fan of fantasy football until last year when some of my friends invited me to join their league. I can’t tell you why I never got into it, but it was my friends that made me leap into the world of Fantasy Football. Now in my second year with the same league, we’ve added a few more teams and changed a few names. However, one thing remains the same, the most points and the most wins win.
I can’t really explain how it works without being too obvious, so I won’t bother to. What I can explain, is the feelings that I got last year.
First off, I was glad my friends included me into the group. I knew the majority of the participating owners but there were some that I’ve never heard of. During the draft party, it was nice to see a few make it. It was a very welcoming party picking people for our fantasy football team. Everyone joked around and waited around for their next pick. ESPN blared on the TV.
Then I had the frustration feeling throughout the season. Four weeks went by before I recorded my first victory, which was a 132-107 win. Then it seems like it swapped week in and week out with wins and losses. I had a very close one point win at one point before I suffered a huge crushing 60 point loss. I can’t tell you how many times I dove into the Free Agent pool trying to claim someone to stop the bashing. I ended the regular season 4-9 and clinched the eighth seed out of eight teams, because all teams made it to the playoffs. In the playoffs, I was like the Cincinnati Bengals of 2009: one and done (I can’t believe I just made that reference being a fan and all.)
Yes, I got crushed throughout the season. Overall, I had the fewest wins and points, but I finished in sixth place by winning the first consolation game and losing the fifth place game. Looking on the bright side? I made the most roster changes with eighteen. Some good THAT did. To be honest, this might have helped with those four wins. If I didn’t grab those players, those could have been losses.
Now I have one years of experience of Fantasy Football in my belt, and I look forward to the draft. We now have ten teams instead of eight. I hope that a 4-9 record is good enough for the first pick in the draft, but that’s besides the point. I think I screwed up with the Draft last year. I have to pick a quarterback that has proven himself, not because he’s on my team. I picked Shonn Greene last year because I saw him play in Iowa. He might be a safe pick this year, but I’m going to try to avoid rookies. Then again, picking all veterans can result in my squad being wiped out by the injury bug. This is just the process that I’ll need to think about for the Draft.
All in all, if you have time and you have friends passionate about the game of football, start up a Fantasy Football team. It’s a good way to see who is knowledgeable (or a lucky guesser on who will have a breakout season) about the players in the NFL. It doesn’t matter if you have a bet going around or what website you start, it just matters if you have the love of the game.
To close out this blog, I’d like to dedicate it to the girl who got me into Fantasy Football, Lindsay. She finished last year with the seventh seed in the playoffs and won the championship game in the playoffs.
This post is for you.