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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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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…

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