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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Let The Season Begin

The time has come. Amidst a backdrop of a global pandemic named Covid-19, the NFL commences this Thursday. Get your lineups in. Here goes nothing! Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead. The NFL did not build a bubble like the NBA, MLS or NHL. But neither did MLB and that sport is still limping along albeit with canceled games and subsequent team Covid-19 cancellations and seven-inning doubleheaders. How is it going to work out in the NFL? Only time will tell. As Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” Covid-19 will metaphorically punch a team in the mouth. Testing and re-testing will be key. Every player touches each other, breaths on one another, sweats on one another and yells out into the air, meaning Covid-19 should travel fast if it is in that environment. But here we go. With most of the nation still quarantined the games should have “off the charts” ratings. But to get there from a fantasy football point, you have to get through the draft.

My draft went without a hitch. It came in at 43 minutes and it was fun. All of it goes by in the blink of an eye. How do you execute a draft? Just take the Top 200 points per reception (PPR) players from Fantasy Sharks, load them into the draft queue, and go! Because I have a strong quarterback league, I went in this order – QB, WR, WR, RB, RB, TE WR, RB, WR, K, DST, RB, QB, WR – and on and on. Once you get past the 12th round it is all a guessing game. But the games begin anew. I always seem to have problems with my running backs and tight ends every year and I can see why so I did change it up a little. I took a running back and tight end one round earlier than previous times. Let’s see how that works out.

Note that for Covid-19 we created a practice squad of seven players. Only players who have Covid-19 are allowed on this practice squad. Note also that if the season were to be canceled, I as commissioner will declare a winner. How frightening!

It is the 101st anniversary of the NFL and so it kicks off with the usual Thursday game between the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans in front of a 22 percent filled Arrowhead Stadium. Promotions for this game have all been fan related with quarantine-memed subjects asking about the NFL. The NFL promptly answers that the game is happening along with Week 1 of the NFL season. I know everyone is aware this is a good distraction so those who still wear masks in public and the workplace and get their temperature taken everywhere they go and are quarantined hold their breath and wish them luck. There is a side of me that says this does not feel right but everyone has been tested whom is on that field. I guess it is the future weeks and those tests that matter.

No. 10 out of 10

I had the 10th pick in the draft and the biggest decision in my league is what quarterback to take. Now in most leagues, the quarterback gets three points per touchdowns. In our league, the quarterback gets six points and nothing else is modified one bit. So it means a big quarterback day means big points. In most leagues, it is a straight-up two running back, two wide receiver, one tight end league. In our league, we have one running back, one wide receiver and two flex positions. In addition, we are a points per reception league. That means offense, offense, offense! Big numbers are made week-in and week-out and a quarterback can and will save you, especially at the end of the year if your team is rolling and in the playoff hunt.

Since I was 10th in a snake-draft in a 10-team league, this means I choose 10th and then 11th. I had to decide between Russell Wilson and Drew Brees. Since there were no preseason games I went with quarterback Drew Brees and wide receiver Michael Thomas. Chemistry is important and not playing favors veterans who have played with each other and are aware of the tendencies of one another. In fact, my whole starting lineup will be with players who have played with the teams they were on last year. The creation of chemistry in football takes time.

This year the league took four quarterbacks and six running backs in the first round. We stayed away from the auto-draft for people who did not show up because near the end all of the kickers go to the auto-draft teams. But again I must repeat that 43 minutes for a 16-round draft is crazy town. I guess we just go for it and do not think about it. The time has come to work with the Fantasy Sharks website and your team.

Knowledge is a Key Differentiator

A fantasy football team is picked so now please register on the fantasysharks.com website and enter your team into the My Fantasy Sharks – Customize Fantasy Sharks to Your Leagues – My Players. You will get a Roster Editor and just select your players and you are on your way. Now continue to My Fantasy Sharks – Starting Lineup Help – Lineup Coach and get your starters for the first game. Go with this for the first week and then come back next week to see what happened. It will get a little bit more advanced but you need to start somewhere. As usual, until that time we have a season to speak of.

2020 – Riddle Time

This year’s inquiry about the National Football League is a point in this article where I try to ask the questions which I feel need to be answered. Some will be answered early. Some will be answered late. In no particular order, they are as follows …

  • Will not having preseason games affect the play early on in the season?
  • Will there be more injuries?
  • Will there be a complete NFL season?
  • Will there be cancellations and how will they be handled?
  • Will Jimmy Garoppolo’s performance in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl carry over into this season
  • Will Cam Newton learn the playbook of the New England Patriots?
  • Will Tom Brady learn the playbook of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
  • Will we find out the answer to the age old question … Tom Brady or Bill Belichick?
  • Will Antonio Brown find a team?
  • Will Aaron Rodgers be healthy all season?
  • Will Tom Brady last the season as a 43-year-old quarterback playing for a new team?
  • Will Commissioner Roger Goodell assert himself in Covid-19 related incidences?
  • Will Rob Gronkowski play like he did years ago?
  • Will the NFL television ratings drop? Or rise?
  • Are we getting closer to the end of the John Elway era in Denver?
  • Will Kyler Murray have a breakout year?
  • Will Joe Burrow last the whole season as the starter at Cincinnati?
  • Will Lamar Jackson dominate again?
  • Will Jared Goff have a rebound performance for the Los Angeles Rams?

So many questions and all will be answered in time, my friends. Normally, that would take 17 weeks or maybe sooner. Speaking of time, it is time to kick off the season.

Waiting For The New Season To Begin – 2019

This is the first season of the decade known 100 years ago as “The Roaring 20s.” Well, we certainly started 2020 with a roar known as a pandemic named Covid-19. All of our lives, especially in Southern New England, have been upended.

Now the season begins and fantasy football is going to be the much-needed distraction to our interrupted lives. As a friendly reminder, I have only one fantasy football team and I succeed and fail and work with that one team. I do this with all of the energy of being dedicated to my one team. You are along for the ride and all the way to the culmination of yet another Super Bowl … hopefully.

Good Luck and Godspeed NFL Season 2020-21. We are pulling for you.

Welcome to fantasy football, my friends. You are in for a bumpier ride than ever.

Let the games begin – Season 2020-21.

Master D.

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

About Tim Davoll

Author of the Weekly Series "Diary of a Fantasy Virgin" since opening day of FantasySharks.com. That particular date? It was September 12, 2002 when my first article was published on this site. It has been a great ride ever since.

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