I really never had a hard time drafting in fantasy leagues and it always seemed to come easy to me with all of the studying throughout the preseason in all major sports. Then my football draft came along this season and in one word I can proclaim that my draft was a bust! I can only hope that this story can help some of you out there that have come off a hot season and your heads are the size of the Goodyear blimp floating around any stadium in the greater United States. That is what happened to this fantasy geek after taking home two league championships in the baseball season and then strutting into my brothers living room with a draft magazine and a cooler full of my favorite brew thinking that I really didn't need to study and cram for a draft of players that I clearly knew all about from my past season of success... Here is my story.
I had just picked up the latest fantasy football mag and I was on a fantasy high as all three of my baseball teams were on the road to championship glory. I browsed the football mag and thought to myself how easy this year would be seeing that my two keepers were Tom Brady and the human stat sheet Terrell Owens.( in this league WR's count the same statistically as RB's) I read the mag start to finish and went on my way to printing out a sheet of the top 300 in my league and didn't really look into any that I targeted because I just finished a trade that would bring me Albert Pujols for Evan Longoria and it was the move that carried me to baseball glory. Who cares that player ratings were fllying and dropping and my lack of concern was slowly dropping my grasp on any shot in my brothers ever so frustrating league.
On comes draft day and seeing that I am set at QB and I already have a top tier WR I target RBs right off the bat. Hmmm, they sure disappeared fast? Well, according to the sheet Reggie Bush should fill in nicely as a number one, right? All right now, second pick...let's see...the sheet says! Willis McGahee? Well, he is running for Baltimore and hell look at what Jamal Lewis did behind that line! All right, I need a receiver, the sheet says? Wes Welker, can you see where this is going?
Anyway, I guess I can say that I knew where this season was going 15 minutes into week one as I was with my wife and son at the fair and I got a text message from my brother that simply said " Brady down, doesn't sound good" It was a quiet ride home. Week two showed me that Willis was not the horse I hoped for unless the horse was Barbaro and Reggie was not getting many touches from Drew "close my eyes and chuck it" Brees. Wes Welker turned into the 9 point stallion with his weekly 90 yards and no TDs until I traded him away in week 10 to the leagues only Pat's fan for Joseph Addai....some of you might know him as Dominick Rhodes backup.
Alright, I am sure you get it but take this as a warning. No matter how many titles you win you should always prepare for the worst. There are never too many rankings, you just have to understand where they are coming from. There are never too many players ranked, 3 years ago Evan Longoria wasn't even ranked in the top 40 third basemen in many fantasy rankings. Now last but not least, there is never EVER too much time to study when it comes to a fantasy draft.