Sorry if you were expecting a personal finance post today. You’re gonna get a little write-up on fantasy football instead. And…I think there is an argument to be made that there is a personal finance element to fantasy football. I mean, you draft a team, and then you need to manage players. My league has transaction fees, so there is a financial element to it whereby there is a budget and you can’t just add/drop players without having to pay for it. So there you have it, fantasy football is personal finance.
At the same time, as I reflect on my blog, I feel like I can do a better job sharing more about who I am and what I do. So here it is, in addition to personal finance, I really like fantasy football. When people ask what I do, after I tell em what I really do, I also explain that I manage a team in my free time. A fantasy football team, that is.
For what it’s worth, I did win my 2009 and 2015 14-team league championship. Winning these things can be very luck driven, but below I’ll provide this year’s team along with my philosophy toward drafting a team.
My Fantasy Football Team – Yo Soy Fiesta
“Yo Soy Fiesta” are the eloquent words of Rob Gronkowski, tight end for the New England Patriots. To be clear, I am neither a Patriots fan nor a Rob Gronkowski fan. However, I do like to have a good time, and I respect those who share that pursuit of a good time. Clearly, Rob Gronkowski likes to have a good time. There you go – that’s the origin of my team name.
Now, onto the 2016 roster for Yo Soy Fiesta:
- QB Russel Wilson, SEA
- RB LeSean McCoy, BUF
- RB Rashad Jennings, NYG
- RB/WR Theo Riddick, DET
- WR/TE Emmanual Sanders, DEN
- WR/TE Tyrell Williams, SD
- TE Jordan Cameron, MIA
- DP Alec Ogletree, LA
- DP Von Miller, DEN
- D/ST Ravens, BAL
- TE Rob Gronkowski, NE
- WR John Brown, ARI
- RB Terrance West, BAL
- WR Eli Rogers, PIT
- QB Alex Smith, KC
The roster is a little thin, I know! I had the 12th pick out of 14. Naturally, I chose an injured Gronk. Ugh, I’ve been out of the country and slammed with work – fantasy football preparation has taken a back seat. I suspect that once Brady comes back, Gronk will go on a tear and continue it for the rest of the year. Let’s call it the “Brady Effect”. I made a few more picks, including Shady McCoy, Russell Wilson, Emmanual Sanders, Jordan Cameron, John Brown and a maybe a few more. After that, I had to go to work and autodraft.
As I analyze my roster, I feel pretty decent. I really believe that McCoy is one of the best RBs in the league. I also think that Riddick and Jennings are gonna get a lot of carries and accumulate points just by sheer volume of touches.
When I draft wide receivers, I usually don’t draft the star wide receiver on a team. I actually prefer to draft the number two receiver because they will get easier coverage. For example, I would always let someone draft Marvin Harrison, and then I would draft Reggie Wayne. By doing so, I feel like I’ve gotten better value because Reggie Wayne, the number 2 receiver, will get better coverages and I’ll be able to draft him later. For those reasons, I am always glad to go with the second wide receiver.
In this year’s context, I was glad to let someone else draft Demaryius Thomas so that I could later pick Emmanuel Sanders, who is a straight baller! The opposing defense always shades coverage over to DT’s side, and that frees up Emmanuel. It’s a beautiful situation.
Offensive Coordinator/Offensive System
I will factor in the offensive system and coordinator. I think that Norv Turner is a terrible head coach but an offensive O-coordinator, so I like drafting his players under the right circumstances. I just don’t like the Vikings offensively in general so I get scared there. But I’ll totally draft Norv Turner’s players in another system. Other playcallers that I really like include: Josh McDaniels, Gary Kubiak, Adam Gase, Chip Kelly (sometimes the NFL game seems too big for him), Andy Reid, Mike McCarthy and Hue Jackson. Let me know if I’m miss anybody.
In terms of systems, I think that Cincinnati, Detroit and Carolina are bound to put up points, so I definitely keep an eye on their players.
When you look at my team, you’ll notice that I have a few players under Gary Kubiak (Emmanual Sanders), Adam Gase (Jordan Cameron), and Andy Reid (Alex Smith). So if those picks are confusing, I likely chose them because I believe in their play caller.
Back in the day, everybody needed to draft a running back in the 1st round – that was the drill. Many people probably still follow that philosophy. I like it, and if I can I will. Why not – the RB gets a ton of touches to rack up points, and there are not a lot of quality running backs in the NFL. However, the fact that there are not a lot of quality running backs actually opens things up. If there are injuries and you are near a computer, you can likely firm up a weak running back situation during the year. Just remember to be vigilant and watch out for backups otherwise you’ll be thin at an important position!
So that’s it for now. I think I’ll do a little fantasy football on the blog every week…just as a way for me to keep up with the research for my own league. Come back for more tips!