When I signed up for fantasy football league the 1st time I was not sure things to expect. I knew a great deal about football and players from different teams around the league in general. I had always cheered for several players that I liked, and wished other players would just encounter the target post during games like Terrell (T.O) Owens. So when a friend of mine asked me to participate his Fantasy Football League, I figured what the heck all I do on Sunday’s is watch NFL games anyway.
A couple of weeks later I received the confirmation email to go online and register my team name and create my account before the fantasy league draft. Once I create my account I noticed that you could actually rank the players in order that you wanted in your team. It seemed easy; I experienced found players which can be usually good playmakers but following the 50th person there was still another 300+ names to sort out so I recently left it alone.
It was now two weeks before the draft and I was paying extra attention to the preseason football games just to be sure players I wished to draft still looked good starting the regular season. I also paid attention to top rookie prospects especially wide receivers, running backs and quarterbacks. You understand if they’re drafted in the first round of the true NFL draft they have an excellent possibility of seeing some playing time if anyone ahead of these on the depth chart falls having an injury.
It was now draft day and my research was done, I had finally compiled an inventory of all players I wished to draft. With the 2nd pick of the draft I selected QB Tom Brady from the New England Patriots, I also went on to obtain running backs Brian Westbrook (Eagles), Ryan Grant (Packers), Cedric Benson (Bengals), Darren Sproles (Chargers), Earnest Graham (Buccaneers) and Leon Washington (Jets). For receivers I picked up Reggie Wayne (Colts), DeSean Jackson (Eagles), Eddie Royal (Broncos), Devin Hester (Bears), and Donnie Avery (Rams). I only drafted one tight end Owen Daniels (Texans), one defense the Patriots, and one kicker David Akers (Eagles). With my last draft pick I selected Jake Delhomme (Panthers) as a backup quarterback since Brady spent each of last year on the sidelines.
Starting the season I thought I had an excellent team and I was excited to see how the first week would go. One of many options that come with fantasy league that I have learned drives you crazy is the scoring predictions, which I now know to not trust. For my first game it said I was favored to win the overall game 101-92 and made me feel like even more of a draft whiz, first time playing and it already appeared to be I would win my first game.
When the first week of the NFL season started, while watching the overall game on Thevang TV. I kept wondering in the rear of my head how my players were doing. Then I remembered one of the guys said you can add a stat tracker that provides you current stats on players for the games, but at a tiny cost or you are able to check the NFL Network channel during 1pm and 4pm games. So every commercial I was jumping to the channel to see how my players were doing, it sort of felt like I was a genuine owner of a team minus all the amount of money and the luxury booth
Following the 1 o’clock games I logged into my ESPN fantasy football account simply to see what time my other players were on. That’s when I noticed there was a stat tracker already on the website that provides you as much as the minute live scoring for the players. Once the 1 o’clock games ended I was losing 60 to 35 and it didn’t look great the predictions now said I’d lose 101 to 89. I had 4 players left and one other team had 5 so through the 4pm games I was constantly taking a look at my laptop while watching the games on TV needless to say my partner was not too happy. At the end of the day I was up 94 to 84, and starting Monday nights game we both had one player left. I was confident I’d win but as I had learned earlier in the day fantasy football scores can transform for the worse quick.