Aug 8, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) stands on the field prior to the start of the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Fantasy football is upon us.
The time has finally come. The time of year where friendships are broken, alliances are made, and revenge is sweeter than a mixed drink at college town bar. The time of year where betrayal lurks in the shadows and reality becomes lineup changes, NFL mobile updates, and the never-ending battle between Sprint users and 4G service.
If you’re lucky enough to be given the task of fantasy commissioner, you’ll soon see that everyone in your league has something to say. Although it may seem too much of a hassle, as the commissioner of my fraternity league last year I strongly recommend you to take heed to their opinions. Don’t forget that their involvement will make the league more enjoyable in the long run.
As last year’s reigning fantasy football champion, I also acknowledge my success had a lot to do with luck. At the same time, placing last in that league and first in scoring the previous year made me analyze my fantasy approach. I realized I didn’t know a thing about fantasy football, I only knew which players I liked. I also realized I fell into a trap that can trick even the most experienced fantasy football user.
I was committed to players like a young newlywed who found true love. And in the end I realized my fantasy football players did not share the same commitment. I felt used, abused, and most of all ashamed.
With my record. With myself. With the sole fact that Dwayne Bowe scored 3 points for me in the toilet bowl.
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Alas, this is common among many young fantasy competitors. But this too shall pass and there will always be another fantasy season.
To those who were dealt defeat by players like Reggie Bush, who never played a single fantasy football game until your week in which he scored 40 points, take heed. This is your year. Finally YOU have a chance to disgrace the same friends who ridiculed you week after week, season after season.
Cheers to the live drafts in the man cave of a friend’s basement, to hands drenched in Buffalo wing sauce as they question whether to draft Arian Foster in the first round. Cheers to those who forget to set their pre-draft rankings and end up with 10 quarterbacks, and to those relishing in last season’s victory heading into the final minutes of your online draft.
Here at Buffalowdown we will strive to lead you down the path of righteousness. We will be at your side as you debate over which running back to draft in the first round. Only Buffalowdown will be there for you when fantasy football wrecks another night out with the wife and husband is exiled to the couch, where he dreams of drafting LeSean McCoy with the first pick in the draft. We shall be your rock and foundation as you work towards victory, pride, and another fantasy football championship, even if some of the money from your victory goes to buying your loved one a well needed spa trip with the girls.
To my brothers, my sisters, my opponents, and to the fantasy football god Jamaal Charles himself, I wish you the best as long as you are nowhere near as good as my starting lineup.
Fantasy football is finally upon us. Draft well and best of luck to you. May the odds be ever in your favor.