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School has arrived for the children of New England. The roads are now filled with all those parents who were just on vacation a week ago. Like everything in society we put off the inevitable until the last moment. In this case it was the Summer vacation. Long gone are the days where the Summer was spent working on the farm. Now we have a society that requires Summer enrichment. I don’t seem to recall this enrichment clause when I was growing up.  I remember playing baseball and water skiing and fishing and swimming and such.  Speaking of Summer, what was this Summer about?  I think I am going to get local here in my observation.

The Summer of “Deflategate” Resolution

Sure there were the Olympics. But let’s keep it topical for the second Summer in a row, “Deflategate” was mentioned. Wow this thing has legs.

For it has again come to pass that Commissioner Roger Goodell has absolute power granted to him by Article 46 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Who knew that you could use such a piece of negotiation to make the NFL the top of the headlines in New England again? Note that whenever Tom Brady is not playing, the rest of the league will stand up and take notice.

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals on July 13th denied a petition by Tom and the NFL Players Association to rehear the suspension case. This means the only recourse Tom has is to go to the Supreme Court. On July 15th Tom announced on his Facebook page that he is going to accept the four-game suspension instead of going that route. This ended one of the longest battles in NFL history. It was all about what happens when Article 46 meets the ideal gas law (Pv=nRT). For all fans of football out there it is a very important lesson in the difference between fact and opinion.

Opinion wins when you have Article 46.

Therefore, QB Tom Brady will serve his four-game suspension and all the NFL will be paying attention to the performance of The New England Patriots under backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo.

The time has come to get ready for your draft. If you are in a good league the draft is this weekend. Why? So you don’t draft QB Tony Romo is why!

In The Beginning …

 The draft is coming within a week from now for my league and the time has come to prepare. The draft is scheduled for September 5th at 7:00 PM. It is quite simple really. Step 1, load your scoring system into Then all you need to get ready for the draft is to oversee the offensive dominion of the NFL and go for maximum points. Just like every other team in the draft.

Begin by sending a simple note to the person running your league. Say something like this…”The Fantasy Sharks Virgin has asked me to ask you what the scoring system is in our league. Please point me to the place where the scoring system is or you will be considered a low-rent Fantasy Football Commissioner. Thanks.” After you register for this site (if you haven’t already), take that information and follow these steps.

Go to My Fantasy Sharks –> Customize Fantasy Sharks To Your Leagues –> My Scoring Systems. Next enter in all the information associated with the scoring system in your league. Now click on Projections –> Season Projections, click on Quarterback and voila, based upon last year’s stats and your league’s scoring system, the ranking of all quarterbacks appear on your screen. Now if you would like, continue through all the positions and take that information into your melon. Buyer beware though because this is last year’s results and just like the stock market, past results do not a future make. Next, print out the Printable Custom Cheat Sheet. Now, and this is the brilliant part about, see what the heck the people who have been doing this for awhile do when they have to pick. That means going to the 2016 All Positions Predictions page. These three references will prepare you for your selections on draft day.

The information is convenient, quick, and current. It is information all to yourself and when you combine the All Positions Predictions page with your custom Scoring System, you are ahead of most. You have just navigated the toughest road for now you have all the information. And when you have information, you have power. Now comes the execution part.

The Execution

Be weary, fellow Virgins, veterans, and others who don’t want to fit in to either category. The draft is a mistress of folly. Filled with good intentions, the results can leave you laughing in the streets or groaning in the alleys. Scour the team’s websites of the top 30 players in each RB/WR/QB position. That means 90 players and make sure they are not injured. I suggest you pick the best TE and defensive team after you have two or three wide receivers and a top running back. Next map out a strategy of picks based upon points/player analysis/printable custom cheat sheet or some combination thereof. Take a deep break and … GO!

The Aftermath

The aftermath is your team. Enter this team in to the following place on this website. Go to My Fantasy Sharks –> Customize Fantasy Sharks To Your Leagues –> My Players and enter your players in.  For those returning to this area from last year, you can get a proper look at your team from last year and say goodbye. Now you can take advantage of my next article. My next article will go in to the steps needed to select the team you will play that week. Go off and be merry, because projection tools are evil and reality is a long walk off a short board. Your team will change so much due to injury, craziness, trades, and dumb luck that your last week may not resemble this moment in time. But you have a friend to shepherd you through the valley of “playas.” All of us are alone. We might as well reach out and get through it together. My diary entry is about the NFL state of mind.

Dear Diary

Billy Joel sang a song about “being in a New York State of mind.” It has come to pass that there is definitely a NFL state of mind. In anticipation of the NFL season there are so many emotions that hit all NFL fans at once.

Since every team begins the season 0-0, there is an honest belief that every team can have that winning year and it will be my team attitude. It happens every season and all want to be shown that their team is unworthy of the following …

  • A winning record
  • A playoff appearance
  • A playoff win (Cincinnati I am talking about you!)
  • Another playoff win
  • A conference championship
  • A Super Bowl appearance
  • A Super Bowl victory … with your favorite QB being named the MVP of course

As far as I am concerned next up for me is the fantasy football draft for my league. So prepare using as your guide and make it through draft day. Now I spend this time wondering what my team will look like.

That is next week’s article.

Master D.

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About Tim Davoll

Author of the Weekly Series "Diary of a Fantasy Virgin" since opening day of 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.