The Functional Hermit

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Hermit Essentials: Fantasy Football

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I’m a huge fan of the NFL. Though I live in a region dominated by college football and love watching football of any kind, the NFL will always hold the top spot of all sports for me.

The great thing about fantasy football is that it just gives you a whole other way to obsess about football. If you’re going to be a hermit, it’s good to have a few things to obsess about. I was already at a point where I couldn’t get enough NFL coverage. If there was an article about different kinds of grass they play on, new trends in the three-ring binders they use for playbooks or a new, revolutionary kind of water bottle, I’d read them all. If you don’t like pro football, there’s no point in even trying to wrap your head around fantasy.

When you have a fantasy team, you always have to keep tweaking it and that’s the beauty of the whole thing. First off, there’s the question of which of your players you start and which ones you sit. Then there’s the whole waiver issue. Some players you draft inevitably end up being dogs. And like the losers from Michael Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels, you have to put them down. Then there’s the inevitable rash of injuries. Some of your key players will also be on a bye week eventually so you have to find someone else to use. So who do you pick up? There’s always some unknown player who ends up having a big year and those are the real gems. There’s also the ones most people think are washed up who end up having a huge comeback.

It can all get pretty complicated, but only as complicated as you want to make it. That’s the key to the whole thing. It’s as much fun as you want to have. You can’t predict what happens in football but you do need a strategy based on some voodo-like mix of knowledge, instinct and stats.

Right now my key players are Drew Brees at QB. Michael Turner, Marshawn Lynch and Michael Pittman at RB. Calvin Johnson and Santana Moss at WR. I don’t have a good defense though. Carolina’s is definitely coming around but I’ve made the mistake of playing Dallas’ D and they flat out suck right now (sorry again Dan).

One weird thing about the whole setup is that you may have a player on a team you hate and that brings mixed emotions. But it all works out in the end. I still have yet to draft a single player from the Eagles and hope I never will.

I started out the year strong but have taken a few big losses, one to my friend’s team who hadn’t won a single game. Each loss was one where I simply started a wrong player or two and paid the price. But as long as I can make it into the playoffs, I like my chances. Stay tuned. Maybe I’ll start posting fantasy football updates every week. If the three people who read this blog don’t object anyway.

Written by the bee dub

October 23, 2008 at 7:49 am

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  1. Ben,

    I need help getting a can of soup off the top shelf. Can you please come over and relieve my situation?


    Judge NOT!


    October 23, 2008 at 11:08 am

  2. “I’ve made the mistake of playing Dallas’ D and they flat out suck right now…”

    Alas, no need to apologize for telling the truth.

    (weeping softly into handkerchief)


    October 23, 2008 at 8:27 pm

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