Fantasy Football Obsession Does Not Guarantee Fantasy Football Success

Christopher SchmidtContributor IJuly 19, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings fumbles the ball as he was hit by Jonathan Vilma #51 of the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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You participate in four leagues.  You are already registered for all of them, and have been since February.  Nary a day has gone by in the last six months where you haven't checked Yahoo, ESPN and, only to be disappointed by the lack of updated content.  You love the NFL, but are simply obsessed with fantasy football, and the world that does not share your year-round enthusiasm confuses and saddens you.

Buy the first fantasy magazine you see.  Be not concerned that it came out in June, and that most of the information contained within will be obsolete before even your earliest league draft.  Continue to purchase every fantasy publication as it is released, including the one that told you not to draft Marshall Faulk in 2001, because knowledge is power.  Sign up for every draft guide, newsletter, cheat sheet and update you can get your browser on.

Divide your time wisely between studying and performing mock drafts.  Analyze every conceivable scenario, including the keeper option in case any of your leagues decide to adopt it this year.

Print out every Top 50, Top 100, and Top 300 Players list, even the ones that list kickers.  Check back daily, and print new copies as the lists are updated.  Highlight every player in whom you have even the slightest bit of interest or knowledge.  You don't want a repeat of that '07 draft where you let Mason Crosby slip through your fingers.

Redo your mock drafts when two of your top three wide receiver prospects go down with injuries in August, and the third gets suspended for violating the leagues substance abuse policy.

Arrive at your draft physically, mentally and spiritually prepared.  Secure your usual spot on the floor where you can arrange your magazines, guides, graphs and spread sheets according to relevance, and where no one else can see them.  Armed with months of preparatory research, a medium-sized file cabinet of information and a new year's sense of promise, square your shoulders and watch all your efforts come to naught as the guy who came late and empty handed draws first position in the draft, then snatches Adrian Peterson out from under you.