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The Football season kicked off on Thursday with the World Champion Denver Broncos hosting the Carolina Panthers in the first matchup of Super Bowl teams since 1970. That would be a crisp 46 years, so something special has to occur. With Peyton Manning in a bathrobe these days, the Denver Broncos put their faith in rookie QB Trevor Siemian.

Thursday Night Football

Thursday Night Football came and went and somehow the Carolina Panthers could not take advantage of rookie QB Trevor Siemian. The game started out nice enough with Peyton Manning bringing out the Super Bowl 50 trophy. He was not wearing his retirement bathrobe. In the end, or in this case the fourth quarter, belonged to Denver outscoring Carolina 14-3 to hang on to win 21 – 20. But not without a missed 50-yard field goal by Graham Gano with about 5 seconds to go. Drama! Now on to the week for my team.

Very Nice to See You Again Mr. Luck

I have QB Andrew Luck again. I had him two years ago and it seemed to work out. Last year, Andrew was taken early and he had a really tough year culminating in a season-ending injury. So now we get Andrew 2.0? Right? Correct-a-mundo my friends.   The combination of Andrew’s 47-point performance and WR Brandin Cooks 33-point performance and Dan Bailey’s 19-point performance, I start out the year with a victory. But I still have holes in my RB position. Oh, the perils of trading one dominant position for another. Always looking to plug a hole in your offense

Speaking of holes, like starting out with a loss? Did you lose in Week 1? So make your team better today with a better method to picking your team. I know that I replay this part every year but it is important so heed these recommendations.

It is Time for 7 Steps to a Better Team

Can 7 steps make your week?  Only if you try them my compadres de football d’fantasy. Your Fantasy Football team wins if your starting team has more points at the end of the weekend than your opponent.  As profound as that doesn’t sound it becomes that simple.  A great bench doesn’t win it.  But knowledge is power and I am here to help.  If you lost this week, let me assist you with a strategy that will at least give you a fair shot.  All you want is a fair shot in this game.  Anything else and you are the Postmaster General for the town named clueless, population, you! So here are 7 steps to a better starting lineup.  I made the 7 steps stick out so you can keep them handy.


7 Steps To A Better Fantasy Football Starting Lineup

(1)   Register At It’s Free! (Always a Shameless Plug)

(2)   Go to  My Fantasy SharksCustomize Fantasy Sharks To Your Leagues and then My Players and enter your team into My Roster.

(3)   After Thursday AM Go To My Fantasy Sharks and Starting Lineup Help and the Linueup Coach

(4) Change all your players to that team…now!

(5)   Here is the fine tune that helps out … Check out this site for all that is hot for the game. If it is a high-flying offense against a mediocre defense go for it.

(6)   If any of your second string (WR/TE/QB/K/RB) is on a hot offense, you may want to consider switching.

(7)   Do that until you are satisfied with your selections

Now, just relax, you did your best.  That is all you can hope for.  If you are winning, great, but if you are like the other ½ this week, stuff like this may help.  Now this is just a starter. Take advantage of the message boards and all other fine writers on this site. All of us are here to help you.  But you must begin in the beginning.  Speaking of which…how did your first week go? My diary entry is about the first week of the topsy-turvy NFL.

Dear Diary

Football is back and there was no Tom Brady yet the New England Patriots win. And they beat a team that should be in the NFC Finals this year and they did it on opening night in their arena with untested Jimmy Garoppolo. The Denver Broncos beat Carolina with an untested rookie QB Trevor Siemian. What a strange week as the end of Peyton Manning and no Tom Brady came and went. And everyone still watched.

Many of the games this time of year are like Nerf football days of old. There was very little defense (what was up with the Indianapolis/Detroit game?) and teams just scored or put themselves in a position to score at will. The extra point is now a hassle and a game like Oakland and New Orleans ended on a 2-point conversion!

The excitement of the season is palpable and the build up to the beginning of the season was just as anticipated. With the season now here what can we do but let it all play out.

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.