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Well the NFL season is only a day away and I have participated in my annual drafting for fantasy teams. I decided to just do the one pay league this year and two non-pay leagues. The pay league is the one that I came in 2nd last year, unfortunately by only 2 points in the final matchup of the final week. I am hoping that my luck has turned around and I can win it big this time around.

Starting with the first of the non-pay leagues, I have been playing against this group for the past few years. I came in 6th last year but was 2nd in my first year with them. I had the benefit of Tom Brady that year and have a group of players that were averaging just enough to get me to the final to lose by 1 point. When I started this year’s draft, I thought that I was going to have a tough choice for the first pick but then discovered that I was the first overall pick. From that point on, it was relatively smooth sailing. Here is the team:

  • QB: RGIII, Andy Daltonrobert-griffin-iii-adrian-peterson-nfl
  • RB: Adrian Peterson, Matt Forte, Stevan Ridley, Frank Gore, Mark Ingram, Ben Tate
  • WR: Marques Colston, Torrey Smith, Eric Decker, Steve Smith, Sidney Rice
  • TE: Vernon Davis, Fred Davis
  • K: Kai Forbath
  • DEF: Denver
  • D: James Laurinatitis, Lavonte David

I then spent this past Labor Day in two draft, the first of which was the pay league. Last year, I rode to the finals with a team that included Matt Ryan, a good group of wide receivers and an underperforming cluster of running backs. My biggest problem last year was my best rushers getting injured but I still somehow managed to both get to the finals and almost win. I went into this draft and discovered I was the #2 overall pick, but Peterson was not the first one off the board. This left me open for a clear first choice and then I believe I have picked a great team from there on.

  • QB: Matthew Stafford, Ben RoethlisbergerridleyTD
  • RB: Adrian Peterson, Stevan Ridley, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Vick Ballard
  • WR: Brandon Marshall, Randall Cobb, Antonio Brown, Tavon Austin
  • TE: Vernon Davis, Jermaine Gresham
  • K: David Akers
  • DEF: Baltimore

Later that day I drafted my third and final team. Wouldn’t you know it but I enter my third draft in the #3 position in the drafting order. This time around, the group I was drafting with was my family, in order to try to get them into the idea of fantasy sports. We originally were going to make this a small pay league but eliminated the buy-in to remove some of the pressure.

  • QB: Drew Brees, Alex SmithBritain Chargers Saints Football
  • RB: Jamaal Charles, Chris Johnson, Montee Ball, Knowshon Moreno
  • WR: Danny Amendola, Antonio Brown, Hakeem Nicks, Wes Welker, Stevie Johnson
  • TE: Tony Gonzalez, Brandon Myers, Scott Chandler
  • K: Alex Henery
  • DEF: Seattle

I think this is going to be a good year, but the one that matters it the one that required the buy-in. Here’s hoping.

With the NFL season only  few days away, I just finished up my selection of fantasy drafts for this season. I am fairly happy with my teams, as I feel that I have some good combinations to work with and could develop a solid strategy to match up well against my opponents, but it all started with a random Yahoo league (Football America) to prepare for my first pay league.

Football America is a league that I joined randomly last year and was able to pull off an appearance in the league finale. Though I ended up falling short by a single point, my team fell short at RB due to a host of injuries earlier in the season. I was solid with Tom Brady, Pittsburgh defense, Julio Jones and Mike Wallace, but I was rotating RBs through free agency on a weekly basis. This year, I think I can compete fairly well with a solid balance at all positions. Here is my first fantasy team…Triforce of Power.

  • QBs: Tom Brady; Josh Freeman
  • WRs: Brandon Marshall; Miles Austin; Dwayne Bowe; Pierre Garcon; Lance Moore
  • RBs: Matt Forte; Shonn Green; Trent Richardson; Beanie Wells; Cedric Benson
  • TE: Vernon Davis
  • Ks: Dan Carpenter; Garrett Hartley
  • DEF: Seattle
  • Ds: London Fletcher; Jason Pierre-Paul; James Anderson

My second league is the one that I started with my friends in Student Affairs. I originally created the league while at UNC Chapel Hill with the other staff in the department. The league expanded a bit with some other partners around campus and then eventually there some members that started to get jobs at places around the country. Last year, I was still able to maintain a 1o-team league and it was the first time that I finished the season at any rank higher than 9th (where I earned 4th and at least made the playoff rounds). This year, I struggled to get interest. Most of the teams decided not to return and I had to expand the net and find new players. I have gotten the group back up to 8 teams and decided to have a little fun with the draft since it is a just-for-fun league. Here is my fantasy team…Triforce of Wisdom.

  • QBs: Eli Manning; Matt Ryan
  • WRs: Marques Colston; Torrey Smith; Wes Welker; Pierre Garcon
  • RBs: Ray Rice; Marshawn Lynch; Jamaal Charles; DeMarco Murray; Isaac Redman; Michael Bush
  • TEs: Fred Davis; Brandon Pettigrew
  • K: Jason Hanson
  • DEF: San Francisco

After talking with my sister, I learned that she was trying to expand her league, which is a $50 buy-in league. I have never invested in fantasy football for money, but I thought that I would give it a shot. Using the information from my research and my first draft with Football America, I joined her and her husband with a few of their friends for an in-person draft. We all set up our laptops and trash-talked the entire time, but there was also a lot of support for the choices that each owner made. Hopefully I can pull this group together for a big win in my first pay league. Here is the team that will make it happen…Triforce of Courage.

  • QBs: Matt Ryan; Andy Dalton
  • WRs: Marques Colston; Demaryius Thomas; Dez Bryant; Vincent Jackson; Sidney Rice; James Jones
  • RBs: LeSean McCoy; Maurice Jones-Drew; Shonn Greene; Beanie Wells
  • TEs: Vernon Davis; Martellus Bennett
  • K: Matt Prater
  • DEF: Cincinnati