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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.

Fantasy Football Draft men at computers

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)

My Fantasy Football Roster

This league starts 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 2 Flex (RB/WR/TE), 1 D/ST, and 1K.

Quarterback: Eli Manning* (NYG) and Andrew Luck (IND)

Running Back: Adrian Peterson* (MIN), Steven Jackson* (STL), DeAngelo Williams* (CAR), David Wilson (NYG), Rashard Mendenhall (PIT), and  Ronnie Brown (SD).

Wide Receiver: Calvin Johnson* (DET), Percy Harvin* (MIN), Nate Washington* (TEN), Anquan Boldin (BAL), Michael Crabtree (SF)

Tight End: Vernon Davis* (SF) and Jermaine Gresham (CIN)

Defense/Special Teams: San Francisco 49ers*

Kicker: Robbie Gould* (CHI)

Men in Black (Auction Draft)

My second fantasy football team

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.

Quarterback: Joe Flacco* (BAL), Robert Griffin III* (WSH), Josh Freeman (TB), and Andrew Luck (IND)

Running Back: Steven Jackson* (STL), Chris Johnson* (TEN), BenJarvus Green-Ellis (NE), and Roy Helu (WSH)

Wide Receiver: Calvin Johnson* (DET), Vincent Jackson* (TB), Percy Harvin* (MIN), Kenny Britt (TEN), and Brandon Lloyd (NE)

Tight End: Vernon Davis* (SF)

Defense/Special Teams: Houston Texans*

Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski* (NE)

*Denotes Starters

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…

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Last week I watched a very interesting film entitled Silly Little Game.

Silly Little Game -  History of Fantasy Baseball

Silly Little Game chronicles the invention of Rotisserie Baseball, which in effect created Fantasy Sports.  It is an entertaining story.  I am terrible at Rotisserie Baseball.  I am good at Head-to-Head Fantasy Baseball, but I have not quite got the hang of Rotisserie.  I got 4th out of 9 last year, but currently I’m sitting at number 9 for this season.  This film got me more excited about Fantasy sports, but I have pretty much given up on my Fantasy Baseball team this year.  That is why I am super excited about football season beginning.

Crunching numbers for my Fantasy Football draftFantasy Football drafts feel like you’re a floor-trader at the Stock Market.  There are so many stats to look at, and your gut feelings could lead to amazing success or utter failure.  Last year, I thought I put together a good team.  Our league is a “keeper league,” which means each team owner gets to keep two players from the previous year.  Last year, I kept Calvin Johnson and Adrian Peterson.  Your two keepers serve as your first two picks in the draft.  I badly needed a quarterback, and I was thrilled to see that Peyton Manning was available in the 3rd Round.  Little did I know, that Peyton Manning had a neck injury that would keep him from playing all year.

Peyton Manning Injured

Thanks a lot Peyton.  I am going to be better prepared this year.  I will be aware of the health status of all my draft picks this year.  This game can border on obsession, but it is a lot of fun.  It mixes my love of football and my love of problem-solving.  For instance, last year when Adrian Peterson blew out his knee, I was faced with a new problem: do I keep him for future seasons, or do I let him go and secure a solid second-round pick?

Adrian Peterson blew out his knee against the Redskins in 2011

I haven’t chosen what to do with AP yet.  Will he return to his dominant form? I don’t know.  This is all part of the excitement of fantasy football.  You start following every game more closely.  You take injuries and turnovers personally.  As long as you can keep it in perspective (these players don’t owe you anything), it can be a ton of fun.  I am really looking forward to our draft, and I will post my roster in the coming weeks. Wish me luck.

Until later friends…

The NFL lockout is over.  The NFL season is coming.  That means, Fantasy football is back! Hooray! Are you ready for some football?

Hank Williams, Jr. singing "Are you ready for some football?"

Last Thursday my league had our Fantasy Football Draft Night.  My friend @leesill and I set up shop for the draft in a vacant classroom at SBTS, and a night of trash-talking, nervous clock-watching, and hilarity ensued.  I am happy with the team I was able to put together.  The Volunteer State Fighting Scots are going to be a force to be reckoned with.  Here is the team photo:

My Fantasy Football Team Photo: The Fighting Scots

In case you don’t recognize everyone, here is my roster:
Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Offensive Coordiantor/Punter/Long Snapper: For Aslan…and the Volunteer State

QBs: Peyton Manning (Colts) and Colt McCoy (Browns)

RBs: Adrian Peterson (Vikings), James Starks (Packers), Tim Hightower (Redskins), and LaDainian Tomlinson (Jets)

WRs: Calvin Johnson (Lions), Percy Harvin (Vikings), Brandon Marshall (Dolphins), Sidney Rice (Seahawks), Danny Amendola (Rams), and Jacoby Jones (Texans)

TEs: Vernon Davis (49ers) and Kellen Winslow (Bucs)

Defense/ST: Steelers and Lions

K: Billy Cundiff (Ravens)

I think I have a good mix of players from different teams.  Peyton Manning will be great once he gets back from neck surgery, and Colt McCoy will do just fine until Peyton’s ready.  I am excited about another season of cheering for individual players on completely random teams that I would have no other reason to care about.

Until later friends…

I’m a Cubs fan, Vikings fan, and I participate in Fantasy Baseball and Football.

Cubs

I have previously blogged about how horrible the Cubs are playing this season.  It seems that the final nail in the coffin for the Cubs was nailed in yesterday – to Tyler Colvin‘s Chest.  Tyler Colvin sustained a puncture wound to the chest from a broken baseball bat in yesterday’s game in Miami.

Colvin Bat AccidentI wish Tyler Colvin well.  I hope he recovers fully, and I am very thankful that the medical staff realized the severity of his injury. I am glad to see Colvin and Castro‘s progress this season, and I am excited about next season (which better see Ryne Sandberg as the Cubs’ manager!)

Vikings

I cheer for the Vikings and the Titans.  I am a little bit less enthusiastic about the Titans this season, because I expect them to play pretty awful, and I thing Chris Johnson is a thug. I came into this season very excited about the prospects of the Vikings’ season, but they have royally disappointed so far (who loses to the Dolphins?!). Brett Favre finally looks like age is catching up to him, and the WRs have hurt more hips than my grandma. I do predict that they will turn it on against the Lions this week.  I expect Adrian Peterson to run for at least 2 touchdowns, and Jared Allen to eat the Lions’ quarterback raw.

Fantasy Baseball

Today begins the final round of my Fantasy Baseball Season.  Kirk’s Minneapolis Master Chief’s put up a good run in the semi-finals, but my Volunteer State Cubs pulled out the victory.  Over the next two weeks, my boys will be battling Dub Crowther‘s South Carolina Swamp Foxes for the championship – and bragging rights.  I expect the top three game-changers for each team will be:

Volunteer State Cubs – 1) Albert Pujols 2) Miguel Cabrera 3) Cliff Lee

SC Swamp Foxes – 1) Troy Tulowitzki 2) Tim Lincecum 3) CC Sabathia

It will be a close contest, most likely decided by starting pitching.

Fantasy Football

All I have to say about my Fantasy Football, is that I expected much more from Joe Flacco, and I really hope that Percy Harvin is at full-strength soon.  Here is my starting roster right now:

QB – Joe Flacco

RBs – Adrian Peterson, Brandon Jackson

WRs – Jabar Gaffney, Percy Harvin, Calvin Johnson, Santana Moss

TE – Antonio Gates

D/ST – Vikings

K – Jay Feely

Well, that’s all my foray into being a sports’ nerd for today. Until next time.

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