You’re probably asking how it is that I got started in fantasy football, and I wish it was a cooler story than it is. Honestly? It was because of a guy. My husband, Cameron, was (and still is) a big football fan. Of course, he was a Lions fan, so he spent a lot of time depressed and despondent. So, he did what any normal person would do: he made his own team.
I actually won my first year ever playing. Maybe it was luck, but I’d like to think it was a combination of things:
- Decent drafting (not good or great. It was decent, at best.)
- Great waiver pickups
- Playing the free agency game intelligently
- And a little luck. Okay, a lot of luck.
I’ve also blown really hard. That was a combination of bad luck (my first two draft picks hit injured reserve (IR) before the fourth week and I had a terrible schedule of head-to-head options), bad drafting and just overall dumb moves.
From all those wins and losses, there are three core things I’ve learned. If you don’t read anything else in this book (and I seriously hope you do. I mean, don’t quit on me now!), these are the things you NEED to take from the story:
- Do your research.
- Play a mock draft.
- Never get comfortable.
Why the hell should you listen to me? I’d love to give you some scientific reason, but fantasy football, like all games, is a bit of chance and a bit of talent. I can help you get through the bullshit (without giving you any more. Pinky promise.), the scheming competitors, the fancy tips and get down to the core of the game. And, after all, a lot of it goes back to those three core things.