It wasn't that long ago that I wanted nothing to do with fantasy football.
Looking back, I hardly remember what it was I didn't like about it. I think I felt that there was too much luck in it. In short, everybody drafts the same guys and generally chooses the same starting lineups, then the lucky man wins. Why not just roll some dice and save yourself the time?
Now, coming up in the next two weeks, I'll be participating in Fantasy Football Players Championship's (FFPC) "Pros vs. Joes" contest, as well as the DraftSharks Invitational. Two guests from past shows, Mike Tagliere of FantasyPros and Davis Mattek of SportsGrid, happen to be in my division of both drafts.
So here's the thing: I don't expect to beat the likes of Mike Tagliere and Davis Mattek in fantasy football -- not to mention the other experts in both leagues. FFPC tweeted about the Pros vs. Joes group I'm in that the "Joes", a group of high-limit players from outside the industry, have won a collective $1 million playing fantasy football on that website alone. Yikes!
I feel like I won a ticket to sit at the World Series of Poker, and while I can play the game I've never had to do so against the very best competition.
Put another way, how do you screw this up?
I want to find out.
Right now, I'm setting up a 12-team, 16-round mock draft, hoping to blow it. Not in a "draft Colin Kaepernick No. 1 overall" sort of way, but in a realistic one. Let's see how bad a team drafted that way will look.
I'm drafting in the less-than-desirable No. 7 spot in Pros vs. Joes, and the No. 8 spot in DraftSharks. I'll use No. 7 for this exercise. Also, there are no kickers or defenses in Pros vs. Joes; drafting two of each of those and not in the very last rounds is a recipe for failure, but that's not even an option here.
Half way home...
QB - Mahomes, Stafford
RB - A. Jones, Mostert, Cohen, Scott, Dillon
WR - J. Jones, Sutton, D. Johnson, Jeudy, Samuel, T. Williams, Ross
TE - Higbee, Jarwin
So in the end, can you really have a bad draft?
I still don't know.