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The Diary of a Fantasy Virgin : Week 1

There is a chill in the air and football is all around you. The RedZone channel entertains as my MTV video mind is soothed with rapid changes. With alacrity the channel slips through seven teams in some shape or form. All teams trying to get to the red one and prove their mettle on opening weekend. It is also opening weekend for fantasy football and after you load your team into your TV, updates of your players appear magically across the bottom of the screen every time they do something. Technology is awesome! And as is the new paradigm, it all begins on a Thursday Night.

Thursday Night Football

The format is intriguing. Take the previous Super Bowl winner and parade them about and put them up against a rival team and you have the opening of the 2010 season. Much is hyped and the game goes on. But the game was not as entertaining as what we were first led to believe. The only guarantee is that most likely the team that won it all last year will come out on top in this game. The team that won it all the previous year has won 10 times in a row up until this week.

Make That 11

The high-powered offense of the New Orleans Saints sputtered and the halftime score was 9-7 in favor of the Minnesota Vikings. But the game isn’t over … well … it actually kinda was. After the Saints went ahead in the third quarter there was absolutely no scoring in the fourth quarter. What is the deal with that? This means that the Saints offense was not that great or the Vikings defense was not that bad. I believe it to be a little of both. Speaking of the week I bet you are wondering what is my outcome this week?

A Little Bit Here and A Little Bit There

No matter how many bits you put together, it does not mean that you are destined to win. For some reason, the gentleman picking first let Chris Johnson go and I got him. He took Adrian Peterson. Adrian Peterson goes for 12 points and Chris Johnson goes for 30. What was that guy thinking? I kept thinking the same thing all week like I was going to be on the Karma train. I am ahead but it is a double-header. Will Phillip Rivers, Ray Rice and Nate Kaeding score 35 points? I will only find out on Tuesday morning. The answer to that question was no. Offense was down on Monday for Kaeding and Rice, and I lucked out by being victorious. Now that one week is in the book, it is time to repeat my seven steps to a better fantasy football team. So let’s have at it.

Pick Your Team Wisely Using 7 Steps to a Better Team

Can seven steps make your week? Only if you try them, my compadres de football de 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 seven steps to a better starting lineup. I made the seven 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 Home and enter your team in to the
Edit My Players section.

(3) After Thursday morning, go to
My Fantasy Home and the
Fantasy Sharks Lineup Coach.

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

(5) Here is the fine tune that helps out … check out Tony Holm’s prognosticator … hope he is running it again this year. If not, we are on our own to judge the games for the best running/passing/catching scenario.

(6) If any of your second stringers is on a hot offense, you may want to consider switching. For example, if Peyton Manning is playing well and you have your choice between Austin Collie and DeSean Jackson, you may want to consider  Collie. But stay vigilant.

(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 half this week, stuff like this may help. Now this is just a starter, message boards and all other fine writers on this site will help you. But you must begin in the beginning. Speaking of which … how did your first week go? It all came down to the NFL law firm of Austin & Johnson for me.

Master D.

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About Fantasy Sharks began in 2003, disseminating fantasy football content on the web for free. It is, or has been, home to some of the most talented and best known fantasy writers on the planet. Owned and operated by Tony Holm (5 time Fantasy Sports Writer Association Hall-of-Fame nominee,) Tony started writing fantasy content in 1993 for the only three fantasy football web sites in existence at the time.