When it comes to fantasy football, there is one rule to rule them all. Step away from your fandom. Seriously, you can’t draft as an irrational fan. Of course you think your team is going to win the Super Bowl. That’s the magic of the NFL. Let’s get cliche with it and say, “Any given Sunday.” Or, to quote Big Fan (one of the most underrated football movies in recent years), “It’s gonna be a great year!” Your expectations are always above and beyond reality, because you love your team.
Full disclosure – I’m a huge New York Giants fan. I love Big Blue. My family and friends are well aware by now that if some gathering or event is a conflict with football, I will not be present. My own wedding was planned around the football schedule.
I’d like to think that everyone has their own set of rules when it comes to drafting, but I know that’s not true. Some show up to the draft after stopping to pick up the latest issue of
some magazine (seriously, those still exist!) having done little-to-no research. Some overprepare, and by the time they’re on the clock they have thoroughly confused themselves, overloaded with information. Others draft as fans.
I love the Giants so much that I do not draft them. I don’t want to live and die by my team (not to mention the bye week nightmare you would be facing). If the Giants blow it, I want to climb into the solace of my fantasy team so my Sunday’s not completely ruined, and vice versa. In fact, I make every effort possible not to draft within the division. Do you really think I could have any self-respect if I’m forced to root for LeSean McCoy, especially if they’re up against the Giants that week?
That’s not to say that if the best player available is say, Dez Bryant, that I wouldn’t consider it. At the end of the day, I’m not going to pass up a playmaker. If there is anyone even remotely on the same level still available, though, that’s my first choice over an NFC East division rival.
Our league consists of four Giants fans, two Minnesota Vikings fans, a Baltimore Ravens fan, a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, a Detroit Lions fan, a Washington Redskins fan, a Green Bay Packers fan and a New England Patriots fan. The Giants fans actually do me a solid. They draft any and all Giants right out of the gate so that any temptation that I may have to do so is quickly negated. Last year, Eli Manning, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks were all taken by the third round. These irrational fans allowed me to scoop up players like Matt Ryan in the fourth round, Vincent Jackson in the fifth round, and Eric Decker in the sixth round. Those three players alone netted me a combined 685.66 fantasy points. So, thank you, irrational fans for making it easy to stick to my No. 1 rule – “Step Away From Your Fandom!”