It's the third week in September, and for the third straight year, my team, the Pecan Sandovals (named, of course, after Kung Fu Panda) is battling it out in the finals of my Fantasy Baseball League -- an ESPN Head-to-Head. I'm pretty good at fantasy baseball. In fact, I'm like the Billy Beane of fantasy baseball. Hell, in June, when my team was playing .500 ball and needed pitching, I stepped up and traded Ryan Braun for Cliff Lee and CJ Wilson, and reeled off 6 straight victories. In short, I know how to put together a squad.
Now, of course, it's Fantasy Football season. I resisted fantasy football for years. Throughout most of the past decade, particularly when Pinnacle was open to U.S. residents, I didn't play "fantasy" football. No. I bet football like a real man. And, it use to piss me off to no end when I'd be watching Sunday NFL at the bar and some second string running back would score a garbage time TD to kill the spread and some jackass would be celebrating because he just got 5 fantasy points. Dude, I just lost $200, and you just took the pretend lead over some thirteen year old on the Internet - SHUT THE FUCK UP!
Anyway, its 2012 (I think), and things have changed. Hell, as a Maryland resident, I can't even fund the most sketchy of online books. I've got no offshore outs. I have not placed on online bet in almost 2 years. As a result, last year I broke down and joined a fantasy football league. I got in invite from the same group of guys that I had just crushed in bases. I talked a lot of trash. I drafted a team. And, I came in dead last.
This year, I vowed to do better. I had a full season under my belt. Surely, Billy Beane could switch sports and excel. I did my draft homework and thought I put together a decent team:
QB: M. Stafford (keeper)
WR: Percy Harvin
WR: Eric Decker
WR: Pierre Garcon
RB: Ryan Matthews
RB: Trent Richardson
TE: Vernon Davis
Flex: Mike Crabtree / Kyle Rudolf / Roy Helu
K: Dan Bailey
Hell, on paper, I still think it looks good. In practice, on Sundays, not so much. At least, so far.
Two draft mistakes. First, I took Helu over C.J. Spiller. I was deciding between the two for a late round pick, and pulled the trigger on the Redskin. Costly error. Second, I took Decker over Demaryius Thomas, which is also looking like a big mistake.
Anyway, this week looks to be the first time my backfield will be healthy. Of course, it also looks like I'll be without Garcon. But, it's Friday, so there's always hope. And, worst case, the 2013 baseball season is only 7 months away.