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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Let the Season Begin

Like an old friend coming back for a 20 week or so visit, the NFL is about to knock on the doors of our homes again. So welcome to the 2019 NFL season. There are lots of ups and lots of not-so-ups throughout an NFL year. When confronted with the complexity of it all you could get a brain cramp. But stick with the FantasySharks.com website and we will take you back to a place of serenity. For sometimes, no matter what you do you lose. Sometimes, no matter what you do you win. Oh, it is a roller-coaster ride of epic proportions. Speaking of a roller coaster we had our draft on Monday evening; the later the better so you can avoid Andrew Luck type stuff.

My draft went without a hitch. It came in at 48 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, WR, TE, WR, RB, K, RB, QB, DST, 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 RB and TE every year and I can see why.

It is the 100th anniversary of the NFL so it kicks off with a Thursday game between the Green Bay Packers traveling to play the Chicago Bears.  Excitement is in the air as the season is close at hand. Promotions for this game feature a throwaway line about no one being around to witness the NFL 100 years ago and Betty White quips in with a great line. For those not paying attention Betty White is in her 97th year on this planet so it comes across as entertainment gold! Because the NFL is entertainment and so is Betty White.

No. 8 out of 10

I had the eighth 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 big QB day means big points. In most leagues, it is a straight-up 2-RB/2-WR/1-TE 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 (PPR). 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 their team is rolling and in the playoff hunt.

I had to decide between Deshaun Watson or Russell Wilson I went with Watson for the third year in a row and he should not have come to me. But six draft spots in front of me went RB crazy like it can happen and I ended up being fortunate. I had him last year and he was statistically a plus-plus QB which is the kind you like. With Andrew Luck out of their division, the Texans will have the motivation to go big. Let me see how it goes this year. This year the league took three quarterbacks and seven 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 K go to the auto-draft teams. But 48 minutes for a 16 round draft is crazy town.

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.

2019 – Riddle Time

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

  • Will Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract curtail his season or his health?
  • Will Antonio Brown perform with those feet?
  • Will Antonio Brown perform with that new helmet?
  • Will Le’Veon Bell’s holdout improve his fantasy production playing for the Jets?
  • Will Aaron Rogers be healthy all season?
  • Will Tom Brady last the season as a 42-year-old quarterback?
  • Will Commissioner Roger Goodell stay out of the NFL conversation for the first three weeks?
  • Will Rob Gronkowski return to the NFL?
  • Will Josh Gordon play the whole NFL season?
  • Will the NFL television ratings drop again?
  • Will Carson Wentz stay healthy the whole season?
  • Will Jon Gruden coach up the Oakland Raiders better than the year before?
  • Are we getting closer to the end of the John Elway era in Denver?
  • Is Kyler Murray worth a 1st round number 1 overall pick?
  • Will Josh Rosen play more games than Kyler Murray?
  • Will Kyler Murray’s record be better than Josh Rosen’s first season?
  • Will Green Bay have a better offense with Matt LaFleur?
  • Will Daniel Jones start more games than Eli Manning?
  • Will LeSean McCoy catch on in Kansas City?
  • Will Pat Mahomes dominate again?
  • Will Jared Goff’s Super Bowl performance linger and affect the LA Rams?

So many questions and all will be answered in time, my friends. Speaking of time, it is time to kick off the season.

Waiting For The New Season To Begin–2019

This is the last NFL season in the teens.  This means we begin the twenties next year.  Yikes! 2020!  I do not want to offend anyone but my first article for this website was in 2002.  And we are talking about seeing the calendar change over to 2020?  But we have three months for that to happen.

Now the season begins and fantasy football is bigger than ever. I have several friends who have multiple teams. They refer to their good team and then they have a bad team and it is so enjoyable to listen to. Remember folks, I have only one 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.

Welcome to Fantasy Football, my friends. You are in for a bumpy ride.

Let the games begin–Season 2019-2020.

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.