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The Diary of a Fantasy Virgin – Preseason Part I

You are only a virgin once…wait, before I begin, the new site is so darn spiffy. I am impressed! Let me try this again. You are only a virgin once. Though according to one of my girlfriends from long ago, this could be upped to twice due to a really bumpy roller-coaster in Agawam, Massachusetts. But here in the weekly articles of the Fantasy Football Virgin, the world begins anew just like the NFL football season.

Welcome back to the faithful. Welcome to those of you who are new at Fantasy Football. This is my fourteenth year writing a weekly Fantasy Football article. Where the heck have you been? Just to keep you in the loop this is an annual and entirely noble experiment.   A Fantasy Football team is drafted, managed, and maintained in a weekly article. Utilization of FantasySharks.com is a must and in the end we either win or lose. And unlike keeping track of the score at a children’s soccer or t-ball match, there will be a definite winner and loser at the end of the year. Remember, that at least we did it together.

Before this journey begins, my friends, it is my tradition here at Fantasy Sharks and my Diary of a Fantasy Virgin article to bring to you what my summer was all about.

What I Did The Summer of 2015

The first half of the year was spent recovering from the running of the Goofy Challenge that my wife and I ran in January 2015. Oh. What is the Goofy Challenge you say? Just go and look up my name and you will see that my wife and I ran the ½ marathon on Saturday followed by a full marathon on Sunday in Disney World for a total of 39.3 miles over two days. We retired from the Dopey because once was enough. But to all the Dopey runners, keep it up. We will be at the Pub enjoying our vacation. Never lose sight of the prize my friends.

Winter was filled with a long and drawn out sequence of cold and snowy days. The first real big snowstorm hit the weekend of January 23rd and sheesh freaking louise it kept snowing. To add to all the mayhem, the average temperature for the state of Connecticut in February was 15.9 degrees Fahrenheit. What the what? This ended in ice dams during the first 39 degree rainy day and water was running down the walls of colleagues and friends. What a nightmare. This culminated in shoveling snow off my mother’s sun room which sent me to the doctor with a pulled muscle in my back. When she asked me what I did and I told her … running 6 miles … shoveling snow off mom’s roof the doctor gave me the old “You are not as young as your brain thinks you are” routine. Oh, come on!

Now onto the Summer. Unlike the past several summers there was no trip to Disney! That is blasphemy you say. Well that is what happens when you get another car. The previous car was on its last legs and one car equals one Disney trip. Who said Disney was cheap? So what did we do? Well, I played some successful golf and some not successful golf. And we maintained our running regimen. Gee this summer was so boring. Oh, well.

It is true now that I have been writing a weekly article for this website since opening week in 2002? And every year I ponder what type of year it will be. I know that there will be terrific highs and magnificent lows. So welcome to Fantasy Football. We will train you up before the draft sooner than it takes for Mr. Woods to fall off the face of the golf earth, and I love the guy.

Speaking of luck, it is draft time.   Are you ready?

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 Fantasy Sharks 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 did in the past. Just change it up based upon a strong QB league or a weak QB league. A strong QB league is one where when the QB passes for a TD, you get 6 points. If you are in a weak QB league, the QB gets 3 points for a passing TD.

Most leagues give 3 points for a passing TD and I still personally think it’s a rip-off. In a weak QB league, draft athletic QBs while putting off the high rated QBs until later. In a strong QB league, just look it over and if you are drafting 10th and a QB is still available, go for it.

Four years ago, I took over the Commissioner duties of my local league and I instituted a strong QB league. And everyone did not take a QB in the first round. I was dumbfounded. The 10th rated QB will still score more than a go-to WR or RB in a strong QB league. And last year was no different. After loading the scoring model into the Fantasy Sharks scoring system, 15 of the 16 top scorers were QBs. The first position player was WR Antonio Brown at No. 9 and he was taken 29th overall in the draft by yours truly. Value is the name of the game and luck also helps.

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

Most Fantasy Football leagues are Points Per Reception or PPR leagues. The distribution offense favors WRs. The incorporation of the West Coast Offense favors the WRs. The “no touch” rules favor the WRs. Therefore, WRs carry the day after QBs in a strong QB league. Only take WRs first if your league is not a strong QB league.

Remember that Adrian Peterson was taken in the first round last year and that Fantasy Footballer quickly forgot the season and never recovered. So it is a minefield out there. Be weary and draft well. Knowledge is power and this site cranks it up with enough wattage to light a home after a paralyzing weather event. I will be writing about that soon enough, so I will not get ahead of myself.

I will let you know how my draft worked out by the second week of September. With the NFL starting on Thursday, September 10th, our draft settles everything on September 7th. As always it is good to be back my friends.

Welcome to Fantasy Football 2015.

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.