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Fantasy Football: First Draft Of The Season, Time To Share The Love!

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Judy DavidsonCorrespondent IAugust 14, 2010

I am an Eagles' fan but when it comes to Fantasy Football I am a fan of great athletes!  (As an Eagles' fan I better be a fan of great athletes from other teams because this is a building year). 

Men tend to give women more advice than other men.  Go figure!  Drew Brees was my man the past 2 years and I drafted him early against advice.  Last year little known Ray Rice was my high scorer.  I made my choices with very little advice (other than listening to a friend who was a former Eagles tackle and now a Ravens fan who said Rice looked good - I like to eat rice, he sounded tasty and he was).

In honor of the first league drafting tomorrow I feel like sharing the love with women who may want to take the plunge this season.  There is still time to join most leagues.

Guys, feel free to take my advice seriously.  Even a woman may know something you don't!  Besides this is all in good fun (and for good money ), NOT!!!!

  • Do not obsess over rookies - who cares?  There are things called free agents and plenty of time during the season to see who is hot (not hot looking - sorry ladies).
  • Even though you will be advised to draft Round 1. Running Back (RB), Round 2. RB, Round 3. Wide Receiver (WR), Round 4. WR or Tight End (does not refer to a guy's caboose), Round 5 Quarter Back (QB), don't believe it.  If you want a great QB and are drafting late in the round, draft the QB first round.  You will draft quickly in the next round and since the top RB's will be taken you will get a good but not great RB - who may be great after all. 
  • Draft a Kicker and a Defense after the 12th round.  Then fill up your bench with any RB or WR you can find and if there is a decent QB out there grab him (in an 8 man league that man happen)
  • Do not draft all the players from the home team.  Too many people got burned with TO and McNabb as well as Tom Brady.
  • Make sure you know what a bye week is (week off) and make sure all your players are not on vacation the same week or you will scramble to fill slots and drop good players for bums just to field a team.
  • Make a cheat sheet.  Not the kind we used in HS or college, this is legit.  Rank players you like (that means you actually have to study or use a pre-made cheat sheet (that is cheating, sort of LOL)).
  • Do not be intimidated by guys whispering to each other and acting like little girls.  We have two that pre-plan everything and will be joined at the hip again Sunday.  We refer to them as "the girls" and another choice name that is not for this site.
  • Smack talk - do not be offended by it.  My first year I took it personally and was so pissed off.  Now I dish better than almost anyone because I am a woman and can get away with it.  Dish, dish, dish - this is a golden opportunity to insult people you do not care for!
  • Team name - make it good!  If you have a team name that is great it will stay with you for years to come.  My team has been the Washington Foreskins for several years running.
  • Rules of the league - learn them way ahead of time.  There are keeper leagues, point leagues, leagues with playoffs so you need to know how your league works. 
  • SCORING - how many points do you get for each thing a player does (notice the technical language here)?
  • Do not be afraid to play in a league with your spouse.  It makes watching the games so much more fun (until playoffs, if that is the type of league you are in - then if one of you makes it and the other one does not, eh!).
  • Do not obsess and keep dropping and adding  based on advice given by "experts."  There are no experts - unless they have a crystal ball and can tell who will be good, great, lousy and injured this season.  My husband and son dropped and added so much last year I could not keep up with it.  You also have to wait your turn for a player and some leagues limit the number of drop adds you can make.
  • Trades...women, this is where the guys will get you.  they offer some bum who had one good week and will try to get you to trade someone of value that you either are using or might need down the road.  Before you make a trade check the stats and status of a player.  (There are lots of sites - CBS does a great job keeping you current if you are using their draft engine). 
  • Have fun.  Too many people are so serious about this.  The lost man hours at work during Fantasy Football season is unreal.  Life is short enough without this becoming a burden.

I am in a league with my husband and son that drafts tomorrow.  Taking my own advice is difficult.  My cheat sheet is self prepared (3 different QBs share the top slot) and I draft late. 

The competitive streak is coming on.  Time to read the advice of experts  - again - and ignore it tomorrow.  Using women's intuition works fine!

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