The Thinking Chair
So, it's officially the second half of the season in baseball, fantasy football preparation is in full swing, and chatter has even started up around basketball. It's fantasy sports heaven, my friends.
I mean, you did celebrate July 25 this year, yes? That was
And this either makes me a huge fantasy diehard or a huge fantasy geek, or both -- but I'm probably as excited about prepping for football as I am about baseball right now. I love baseball and have teams in contention; I just love the analysis part of preparing for a new season of any sport. These days, I'm wondering things like, is
But that's today, and drafts aren't happening for well over a month. That means four-to-five more delicious weeks of not only spending time wondering whether
Here's a bit of shameless self-promotion: There's a lot of good questions being asked and answered in our forums, and if you are geeking out on questions like the above, or wondering who a good 14th round steal might be, post away in the RotoExperts.com
Oh, and here's something I need to point out while there's time to schedule this: Do your draft in person. I can't believe how many people never do this. I want to be clear here -- if you are in a league with your friends, draft day -- yes, it deserves capitalization -- is akin to a national holiday. It's roughly half the fun of the entire season. I have a friend whose league travels to a destination spot for its draft each year -- Vegas, New Orleans, Puerto Vallarta -- and I aspire to that. You may have kids, you may have obligations, but reserve this date. An auction can take a glorious afternoon or a whole day, but a draft can be done one night after work. Make time. Because one day, you'll read advice like this and think -- what kind of person wouldn't draft live if they could?
You'll hear more about this in separate columns, but we conducted our first RotoExperts.com Expert Mock Draft this week, and there were lots of interesting results. Just one or two here, as I don't want to steal the thunder from any separate analyses. One was
I'll add one more comment, and I'm not naming names here, but apparently this lesson needs repeating -- you should never, ever take a kicker before the last round. In the very last round, I took
Let me summarize the above paragraph more succintly: Kickers Suck.
There's at least four rookie running backs I'm intrigued about, and they're the same names you have on your list: Forte,
Here's an open question ... did ex-Bengal
On the other hand, apparently
Speaking of my Giants, they shipped off veteran
Back to football as I wrap this up -- one thing I don't think enough people do is think their whole thoughts out. (Hence, the idea of The Thinking Chair.) I wrote above that I think