The Fantasy Football Season can be likened to a familiar trip that you have taken before through a dangerous but navigable harbor. However, this time you are the captain of this vessel and provisions are achieved through the creation of a crew in the form of a draft. Furthermore, your players could be considered conscripts that are usurped for the right to glom on to for their offensive prowess, with the exception of course being the defense. And yes, my friends, the defense may just win you a game. I always seem to pen a paragraph on that outcome once during the season. So we will talk to the conscripts in my draft, the perils of ownership, and the mines in the harbor on the way to your championship. The waters may be rough out there, but being a participant in this random process does level the playing field and the water in our harbor, just a bit. So, here goes the draft.
Drafting In A Fair Sky, Are Ya Mate
Much like provisioning a ship in the olden times, the draft comes to our humble harbor in New England during the waning days of summer. With the un-official end of summer comes a usually brief Canadian High Pressure that presages the football weather yet to come. Being from New England, it is good to see that this came to pass this last week so lets get to our team. The draft occurred and although great lengths have been taken to secure a formidable squad for this season there are shoals that will waylay the trip through this Fantasy Football Harbor of ilk for all of us. The point of the draft is that everyone desires the very best offense and Monsieur Falk of the Rams de St. Louis was a huge part of everyone’s fantasy football success two seasons ago. There have been several offensive gems that are tempting early on in the draft. The point of the draft is that you can always outsmart yourself. So, for the sake of statistics, I take my draft in the following order … 2 RB, 1 QB, 2 WR, 1 K, 1 DT, 1 TE, 1 QB, and next the most offensive production players as noted by the FantasySharks draft coach. I know that a WR or QB may out produce a bad RB but the rules are set up so that even the 10th rated RB is better than most WR. This may cause some to debate the veracity of the last statement when it comes to players like Terrell Owens but this is a long season and it becomes strange times if you lean on one player and drafting your first RB in the third or fourth round will do that to you. If you succumbed to such a temptation, be aware that although oneth player may maketh the team thereth be but no I in T-E-A-M. Thusly come the perils of ownership.
The Perils Of Ownership
It is natural to want to outthink the team’s weekly performance. However, it has been noticed that the best offense-minded players seem to still put up large numbers whomever the team may be playing that given week. So this may sound like some chump advice to help you along your trip through this harbor, but it rings true. The best team will bring your ship safely through to harbor and the end of a successful season. A highly recommended tool is the FantasyShark lineup selection tool. It comes as a link in MyFantasyLeague.com and is an excellent start. The truest peril of ownership however, is that the team you put out to play every week is done by the click of your mouse. Therefore, you accepted your fate for good or for bad that week with the click. Is there a perfect fantasy football team? The perfect team is one that averages 96 points a week and gets that way through 8 players averaging 12 points. Why? Because I believe that if one guy puts up enough offense to get 30-40 points in a week, the next opponent’s defensive coach puts in place a scheme that tries to make that player ineffective. Now the great players score week in and week out. That is what makes them great but at the end of the season, on any given Sunday, you could be one and done due to the mines in the harbor.
There Be Mines In This Harbor, Sir
That should be the call from the gentleman in the crow’s nest before your season begins. All previous trips you have taken still have not prepared you for the mines in this harbor. There are teams that are suffering already because their player was the recipient of an untimely injury. And this guy got injured before the season even started! Just ask your friends who like the New York Jets and all those Michael Vick fans! Ouch! Hey, and since this is the NFL, there are victims who are in the wrong place at the wrong time and get hit by the wrong bullet? I thoroughly am impressed with all the people who know other people who are at a place where there are some other people who know others that own a gun and they just so happen to be carrying it.
The Ship Is Ready To Set Sail
So into the harbor you go with your conscripts. May their convictions be sound and their heart be stout. There seems to be a religious fervor on a ship of unknown results and as the owner, you may head in that direction or even into the realm of superstition. I know this guy who wears the same pair of underwear from game day start (this week Thursday) to game day end (Monday Night) until a loss and then he’ll change them. He gets away with it he told me because he has a California King mattress so they aren’t that smelly for his wife. All I thought was “this guy’s married?” So cheer out loud for the season begins and the diary turns to history with each passing week. The outcome seems random but at its very truest sense, somehow skill plays an important part. May an innate sense of truth reign in on your comfortable sense of 20/20 hindsight. Remember, even the very best conscript may hit a landmine or even get a case of Turf Toe. It is a goodly thing that you are doing for this is the land of rumination. As for myself, it will give me some decent time away from a shouting match with the Red Sox. Hey, it’s been since 1918 and a true New Englander always believes this may be the fall that the curse is broken. If I yell at them loud enough, maybe I will also come down with pharyngitis. I will have to go to work the next day though. We work on a clock in New England and time is money. Our time is not our own and leisure is a farce. So pull up the anchor and let the sails unfurl. Lets see how we navigate week one, shall we?