Monday, August 24, 2009
Some Rules & Suggestions For Your Fantasy Football Draft
It is Fantasy Football draft time around the country which means grown men are getting their spreadsheets together, thumbing through magazines in the bathroom, picking out the jersey they plan on wearing to the draft and remembering that sleeper someone mentioned on some show on some network.
So here are a few things to think about when having your fantasy draft.
1-Have a offline draft somewhere. We like the online draft because we crawl out of our beds, sit with our coffee and surf the internet as we make our picks. Yeah, that's okay and all but it doesn't touch the experience of an offline draft. It's a mini-party where all the fellas can get together and have a good time. Also, it's more fun than having those couple guys sleep in or forget about the draft and get some weird team.
2-No spouses/significant others allowed. Don't bring your wife to the draft. Don't bring your girlfriend. And if you are a female in a league, don't bring your friend or some dude. Bring just you and we'll all have a better time.
3-Embrace your inner nerd. Look, fantasy football may be cool but it has a lot of nerdery involved. So embrace it. At our draft, we go all out with a podium, microphone and amp. So if it is your pick, you step up to the mic and announce it to everyone. Have names for your teams. Have logos. Make a homemade jersey for your team. Ham it up!
4-Bring your own materials. Don't be the guy who comes to the draft unprepared. Bring your book, magazine, papers or whatever you need to make picks. Don't think you can just borrow off of someone else.
5-Make time for the draft. We all have lives but let the draft be your time to set aside some time for yourselves and your buddies. Set the draft date early with everyone's availability in mind. There is nothing worse than a guy who is in a hurry because he has to be somewhere else.
6-Have a time limit that is rarely enforced. I said make time for the draft, but also make the draft last in a reasonable amount of time. We don't need someone taking 10 minutes to make their picks. Have a suggested time limit but don't put a running clock on them. Kinda like the free throw lane in basketball. The rules say you only get 10 seconds but there are tons of players who take longer. Very rarely does anyone get called out on it unless it is blatant. Also, slower people don't fare well when a clock is ticking in their face. You are actually making the process take longer.
7-Shut up! I hate when someone makes a weird pick and someone else screams "what are you thinking!?" Shut up. A bad pick by someone else just pushed another good player down your way. Also, who knows if it is a bad pick or not? Did anyone scream out when Joseph Addai was picked in the first round last year? Was Tom Brady worth a first round pick last season? Do you think owners of Eddie Royal were pretty happy?
8-Bring something to the draft. Again, it is a mini party so bring something. Whether it is some chips, pretzels, sodas, sandwiches or whatever ... just give to the cause.
9-Hash out all your issues at the draft. Usually the draft is the only time all season long that all league members are together at the same place. As a commish, take this opportunity to go over any questions that may come up. As a non-commish, search for some questions to ask so you understand the rules and understand what to expect.
10-Have fun. It is a serious day, but enjoy it. Crack some jokes, talk some smack make your predictions and just have a blast.
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