Aug 16, 2007
I’ve got a draft on Sunday night, and I’m scared as hell. I’ve competed with the experts for many years, and if you ask them all right after forcing them to take a truth serum, they’d tell you that they fear me. Some have been honest enough to admit it, some deny it. But they know going in that I’m probably going to be in the mix at the end.
Sunday’s draft, however, has me up at night already. The only way I can even maintain my fantasy football dignity is by winning the league. If I don’t dominate the league, I’ll be ashamed of myself. That’s pressure.
So why is there so much pressure on me? That’s because I’m competing against a group of 15 year-old High School sophomores. My kid, still 14, is in a fantasy baseball league with a bunch of kids from his HS baseball team. He’s doing well, in 2nd place and right on the top teams heals, but he doesn’t follow the league all that much. He’s a classic example of how you can win in fantasy baseball if you are relentless, borderline obsessive, about working the WW and constantly massaging your team.
However, he doesn’t know the NFL all that much, so he’s asked me to draft his team for him. Maybe the kids in the league won’t know I’m actually drafting, but it’s still going to be quite an embarrassment for me and my kid if he/we don’t make a strong showing. As I said, I think my reputation will be tarnished forever if I don’t kill these kids. I’m pretty well-known in the Philly/Jersey area from all the TV and radio I do, so again, I can only lose here.
The problem with the league is that I have no idea how these kids will draft, so it will be a good test. Someone may take Vince Young in the 2nd round, I don’t know. My strategy is to not let the potentially crazy picks distract me and to simply let the value come to me. I’ll be taking as many studs as I can, regardless of position because I’m sure I’ll be able to steal several good players. We are, however, in Eagle country, so I won’t be getting any good values from Philly.
I’ll be posting the draft and some thoughts on it on Monday, so look for that. This should be interesting.