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The Diary of a Fanasy Virgin: Week 1

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Football reentered our lives on a Wednesday last week. That is a strange way to start the season. Wednesday Night Football just does not have the same ring as Monday Night Football. I was just getting used to Thursday Night Football. I always try to paint the picture of how it all went down. It is just so long ago that I will have to be brief. I can barely remember it with all the other games here and the doubleheader Monday. So on with the Wednesday event.

Wednesday Night Football

In grand style, the opening of the football season is mirroring the last game of the previous season. There are performances by higher profile musical acts and the previous Super Bowl winner (the New York Giants) this time went up against the Dallas Cowboys. In a game that started slowly and featured replacement referees, the game finally showed up and Dallas was victorious. The smarts of Tony Romo showed up in this game as he utilized unplanned third wide receiver target Kevin Ogletree (who was not drafted in our league) early and often. Many times during the game Romo would get to the line and yell “kill kill kill” which means forget the play I called and let’s do this instead! It worked, and although the Giants had chances, it wasn’t enough. For the first time in the 13 years they have been doing this format, the defending Super Bowl champion lost. Speaking of losing … I start out the season with a Sunday loss.

The Sunday Loss

I have no players in the doubleheader on Monday Night. That is strange but sometimes that is how it works, my friends. It appears that my primary receivers were used as decoys. For example, look at Wes Welker and Dez Bryant. But when Matt Ryan found Julio Jones all those times, why wasn’t he a decoy relying on Roddy White? In the end I was upended by Tony Romo, Demaryius Thomas and Arian Foster. But that means it is time to shore up your lineup and use this website to advance your team creation decisions. So make your team better today with a better method to picking your team. I replay this part every year but it is important so heed these recommendations.

Pick Your Team Wisely Using 7 Steps to a Better Team

Can seven steps make your week? Only if you try them my “compadres de football de fantasy.”  Your fantasy football team wins if your starting team has more points at the end of the weekend than your opponent. As profound as that doesn’t sound, it becomes that simple. A great bench doesn’t win it. But knowledge is power, and I am here to help. If you lost this week, let me assist you with a strategy that will at least give you a fair shot. All you want is a fair shot in this game. Anything else and you are the Postmaster General for the town named clueless, and the population is one - you! So here are seven steps to a better starting lineup. I made the seven steps stick out so you can keep them handy.

7 Steps To A Better Fantasy Football Starting Lineup

(1)    Register at http://www.fantasysharks.com. It’s free! (always a shameless plug)

(2)    Go to  My Fantasy Football Home and enter your team in to the Edit My Players section.

(3)    After Thursday morning, go to My Fantasy Football Home and the Fantasy Sharks Lineup Coach.

(4) Change all your players to that team … now!

(5)    Here is the fine tune that helps out … Check out Tony Holm’s prognosticator … hope he is running it again this year. If not, we are on our own to judge the games for the best running/passing/catching scenario.

(6)    If any of your second string (wide receivers/tight end/quarterbacks/kickers/running back) is on a hot offense, you may want to consider switching. For example, if Drew Brees is playing well and you have your choice between Lance Moore and Robert Meachem, you may want to consider Meachem. But stay vigilant and pay attention.

(7)    Do that until you are satisfied with your selections.

Now, just relax. You did your best. That is all you can hope for. If you are winning, great, but if you are like the other half this week, stuff like this may help. Now this is just a starter. Take advantage of the message boards and all other fine writers on this site. All of us are here to help you. But you must begin in the beginning speaking of which … how did your first week go? My diary entry is about the “Red-Refs!”

Dear Diary

The “Red-Refs” stand for the Washington Redskins and the replacement referees. I believe those to be the two best stories amongst several great stories of Week 1 of the National Football League.

The Redskins and Robert Griffin III find a way to beat the head coach Sean Payton-less New Orleans Saints. This is important because the New Orleans Saints never lose at the Superdome. Well they do, but hardly ever! Griffin III managed the offense and only had 26 pass attempts. That is a sneaky way to get a victory, but all Washington Redskins fans are ecstatic on Monday.

Right around 5 p.m., it was glaringly apparent that the replacement referees were no different than the regular referees. So much was made about the replacements messing it all up. There were some mistakes, but it wasn’t enough to blatantly cause the outcome of a game to change. Barring any egregious errors on Monday, Roger Goodell has won the initial labor battle. This was an aha moment that came to me on a holding call. I turned to my wife and said “That guy just called a hold like the other guy.”

The moral of the story is, since we watch the football game and not the referees, the game trumps the refs! Dear, sports talk show hosts, I would like the hours of talk about the refs and how bad it was going to be replaced with real sports stories.

But if they make a big error on Monday the sentiment could change. Can they with the league talking to that guy on the sideline? Doubtful. Oh. And the first female referee Shannon Eastin made her debut as a line judge on Sunday in the St. Louis Rams-Detroit Lions game.

If you weren’t told, you may have missed it altogether, and that is what refereeing is all about.  If a word could sum it up it would be anonymity.

Master D.

Tim can now be reached at tdavoll@fantasysharks.com and welcomes your opinions on the “Diary of a Fantasy Virgin” articles.