The NFL Season began last night. The Cowboys defeated the Giants 24-17. While, I hate to see the Cowboys winning, it is great to have the NFL back. My Cubs are plain awful right now. So, my attention now turns to football. I blogged last week about the silly little game that is fantasy sports. I pontificated about my upcoming fantasy football draft. Since then, I have been invited to join another fantasy football league. Having a slightly obsessive personality, I accepted the invitation. The two leagues I am participating in had two different types of drafts: a snake draft and an auction draft. The snake draft is straightforward – each team gets assigned a draft number (1-10). The draft order goes 1-10 and then 10-1. This is how I played last year, and I have a pretty good system for it.
The auction draft is a whole new ballgame. Each team is assigned $200 (fake), and you bid on players. Superstars can go for upwards of $50-$70. This requires a lot of strategy. It is a more entertaining draft, especially when you try to inflate buying prices of players you don’t really want so that you can get players you want. I tried this strategy to some success, but it also backfired on me (i.e., I got 4 QBs i wasn’t all that excited about and one WR on suspension for a DUI). Overall, I had a lot of fun, and I am looking forward to this season. Here are my two rosters:
Fighting Scots (Snake Draft)
This league starts 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 2 Flex (RB/WR/TE), 1 D/ST, and 1K.
Defense/Special Teams: San Francisco 49ers*
Men in Black (Auction Draft)
This league starts 2QBs, 2RBs, 2WRs, 1TE, 1 Flex (RB/WR/TE), 1D/ST, and 1K. This is not my original draft roster, but reflects one sweet trade I’ve already made.
Tight End: Vernon Davis* (SF)
Defense/Special Teams: Houston Texans*
Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski* (NE)
Overall, I think I have two solid teams. It is going to be a fun season. I would like to have more overlap on my teams so that I won’t have split allegiances as I cheer each weekend, but we’ll see how that goes. Which squad do you think I have a better chance with?
Until later friends…