I play and write about fantasy football. I also verbalize it and praise myself when the opportunity presents itself, even to people who probably care about it as much as I care about what happened on the latest episode of
Duck Dynasty. My wife doesn’t get it. However, she plays the game
Hay Day, sometimes as rigorously as I watch fantasy trends. She also verbalizes it to her sister over the phone – negotiating farm needs and gloating about how she filled her boat, along with the amount of money in her fictional bank. I don’t get it.
Whether we like it or not, both fantasy football and portable device games like
Hay Day provide value in some way, and also allow us to encourage others to persuade the same kind of value. For my wife, she loves the strategy involved in keeping her fictional realistic farm afloat, as it allows her to get away from the rigors that consume her. For me, I love the strategic tactics involved in trying to creatively weave through a fantasy draft in an effort to emulate Ted Thompson, as it to allows me to cast away on the worst of days.
Honestly, I couldn’t give you even a hint of valuable insight as to how or where to find value in
Hay Day, or any I-Pod game for that matter. What I can do is encourage the pursuit of value fantasy football brings. I can also provide some valuable insight as to how and where to find value when you not only prepare for your draft, but when the beer-filled madness actually commences.
Before we get started pursuing value, though, you first have to decide what kind of fantasy owner you are going to be.
You could be the aggressive risk-taker who is confident in his/her teeth-grinding approach to drafting and is not afraid of taking someone nobody else will target. You could be the passive and careful owner, who chews his/her fingernails or lets his/her sitting leg dance, and only drafts from a very comprehensive and systematic script based on statistical analysis and safe cliff notes. Or you could be the free-flowing tranquil owner, who unlike an unequal percentage of the Seattle Seahawks locker room, says no to Adderall and yes to suspenseful unpredictability.
Once you decide your fantasy image avatar, you can then proceed to start gathering the tools you will need to start building your team. My A-plus advice is that you use your favorites bar on your web browser as your tool bag. Fill it up with all the
Fantasy Sharks links you can find, along with some stats courtesy of
Flea Flicker. Seriously, if you want to truly go fantasy thrift shopping, Macklemore would tell you, “paying $50 for information that is better free, is just some ignorant ****.” He would call that getting “swindled.” Don’t get swindled.
Next, you can start really diving in to articles like this one, picking out random player thoughts that fit your image avatar. Take quarterback
Peyton Manning as the first systematic scripted safe example.
Last season, Manning threw for 4,667 yards, 37 touchdowns, and just 11 interceptions – his best overall fantasy numbers since his record-breaking 2004 campaign. Heading in to the 2013 fantasy season thus far, he’s getting fifth and sixth round love. His current
MyFantasyLeague.com average draft position (re-draft formats) places him at the No. 8 spot among this year’s quarterback class.
What is even more confusing is the fact that signal callers like
Andrew Luck and
Colin Kaepernick, who have a small sample of success at the NFL level, are being taken in front of him. I know he is 37 years old, but Manning has perhaps the best core of wide receivers in the AFC, thanks to the addition of
Wes Welker in the slot. He will also have the same offensive line from last season coming back, an offensive line that allowed a league-low 46 quarterback hits and a second-best 21 sacks.