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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Preseason Part I

Greetings and salutations.  It is the 17th year of the Virgin Chronicles A.K.A The Diary of a Fantasy Virgin.  Football is coming and that means it is time to break out the old fancy word processor and tap on the keys with mild ramblings of Touchdowns and Quarterbacks and Wins and Horrible Losses.  Are there any horrible wins?  No.  I will draft my team with the assistance of FantasySharks.com.  I will set my lineup with the assistance of FantasySharks.com.  I will pick up players off the waiver wire with the assistance of FantasySharks.com.  I guess if FantasySharks.com could make me an omelet I would allow that as well but you have to draw the line somewhere. Let us get some flashbacks over with.  Like the Super Bowl.

I actually picked this game correctly and there were no pitchforks and torches at my front door before the game!  Why would that happen?  Because as you are aware, this article is penned within the borders of New England now mind you.  The Eagles had the upper hand and scored early forcing the Patriots back on their heels.  The Eagles won as I predicted in this article series sending Tom terrific home without his 6th (one to start the other hand) Super Bowl ring.  The game was entertaining as The New England Patriots had a brief lead in the 2nd half of 33-32.  But the Patriot defense was non-existent and could not hold it and that set off much debate about the fate of Malcolm Butler who did not play a single down as a corner in this game.  No one is talking now and it is over with.  Eagles 41 —  Patriots 33.

The Summer Of The Red Sox

I try to alter my Summer stories to be about “The Summer Event” when there is one.  Like in 2008 when it was the Summer of the Beijing Olympic Games.  And then I mentioned the London Games in 2012.  Oh why not, I even mentioned the Summer games from 2016.  Oh the humanity!  So what is this the Summer of?  It is the Summer of the Red Sox.

As I write this article The Red Sox are 50 games over .500.  Let me repeat that.  Yes I am am saying 50 games over .500.  To put that into perspective is just unfair.  If the Red Sox go .500 to end the year they will have a record of 131 and 51.  You read that right.  But it usually does not happen that way so it won’t.  The only fear that I have is that it is also the 40th anniversary of the 1978 single playoff game with The New York Yankees.  Those Sox blew a 14 game lead only to win the last 10 games to force a 1 game playoff made famous by a Bucky Dent fly ball that made the bottom of the screen in what is now the left field monster seats.  It used to be a just a net back then.  Come on, it can be remembered both ways.  It is The Summer Of The Red Sox.  Now don’t blow it … OK?  Let’s move on to other Summer things.

Yes.  We did go to Disney and per the usual, it was our 17th wedding anniversary so we spent it with another lovely meal at Citrico’s in the Grand Floridian Hotel.  Everyone was great and the food was excellent.  But it was also a tough Summer for me as I lost a dear friend to cancer.  So when that confronts us some say something pithy like Carpe Diem (Seize the Day) but I say Sempre Ubi Sub Ubi (Always Where Under Where) Hahahaha!  I love Latin for stuff like that.  So we end this Summer going out with Latin humor.  Just like my friend would have wanted me to and by the way, also would have loved it.

Speaking of love, it is draft time.  Are you ready?  This may seem familiar but I prepare for the draft the same way every year.  It is like a reboot to get the Fantasy Brain back in “on mode”.  Because it happens again and again as long as I am allowed.

Preparing For The Draft

The draft is coming Virgins, its time to get out those stat sheets and read over number upon number or just link into the fantasysharks recommended draft list or print out the custom cheat sheet. The first thing you should realize is that this draft stuff will not only make you but could also break you.  But it makes and breaks everyone so it is not a big deal.  Sure.. winners turn into busts and previous busts have a great season of vindication.  And sometimes, if you draft too early, you draft guys that split town due to injury or just need to leave due to personal “issues”.

I am going to draft this year like I always do in the past.  Just change it up based upon a strong quarterback league or a weak quarterback league.  A strong quarterback league is one where when the quarterback gets a touchdown, you get 6 points.  If you are in a weak quarterback league, the quarterback gets 3 points for a touchdown.

Most leagues give 3 points to the quarterback and I personally think it’s a rip-off.  In a weak quarterback league, draft athletically but put off the high-rated quarterbacks until later.  In a strong quarterback league, just look it over and if you are drafting 10th and a quarterback is still available, go for it.  This last year I took over the Commissioner duties and I instituted a strong quarterback league.  And everyone did not take a quarterback in the first round.  I was dumbfounded.  The 10th rated quarterback will still score more than a go-to wide receiver in a strong quarterback league.

This year, I am also going to still take the dude who (barring injury) will get the most projected points every round and avoid running backs in the early rounds.   Since the league is getting away from the running game, running backs become a risk that is very high.  They can win you big but also lose you big with untimely injuries.

The distribution offense favors wide receivers.  The incorporation of the West Coast Offense favors the wide receivers. The “no touch” rules favor the wide receivers.  Therefore, wide receivers carry the day after quarterbacks in a strong quarterback league.  Only take wide receivers if your league is not a strong quarterback league.  The wide receiver in a PPR (Points Per Reception) league is the basis for all victories.

Knowledge is power and this site cranks up enough wattage to light a moonless night!

Well, I will let you know how my draft worked out by the first week of September.  With the NFL starting on September 6th, our draft settles everything on September 3rd.  No rest for the wicked.  It is good to be back friends.  Welcome to Fantasy Football 2018.

Master D.

Tim 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.