If there's one thing I don't like about fantasy football, it's the relatively short length of the season. (Well, that and losing despite posting the second-highest weekly score in the league; losing because of injuries; and losing in general.) It feels like just yesterday we were debating Arian Foster versus Ray Rice and talking sleepers and busts, yet only three weeks remain in the regular season in most fantasy leagues. It's a bit sad, especially if you're an unfortunate owner who ended up with Darren McFadden, Cam Newton and Hakeem Nicks as your first three picks (you're out there, I know you are). I'm all for more fantasy, and I know you all are too. So allow me to present the one-day Thanksgiving fantasy blowout.
Thanksgiving is tailor-made for a one-off fantasy game. Think about it: You'll be sitting around with family all day eating and watching football. You like football. Your family members, presumably, like football. With three games on the slate, you can involve as many as six people. Since the games are staggered you can watch all three and track all the players. Plus, it'll be a ton of fun when your uncle drafts Tony Romo, falls asleep from a tryptophan-induced coma before that game starts and misses Romo's inevitable first-half stink bomb. The look on your uncle's face will be priceless when Joe Buck and Troy Aikman welcome the viewers back for the second half with this exchange:
I know. You're in. Here's how you do it:
It's a one-day, winner-takes-all free-for-all. Everyone plays against everyone else. Whichever player has the most points at the end of the day wins.
If you have six people, every roster should have one quarterback, one running back, two receivers, one tight end, one kicker and one defense. Have three people? Double the positions. Four? Throw a flex position in there instead of two receivers.
Use a snake draft and standard scoring and let the fun begin. Think of all the vexing draft decisions. Will you try to wait on a quarterback? You might end up with Mark Sanchez (and it's going to be really fun to goad the person who ends up with Mark Sanchez). Will you go with a running back first, or try to get a top-flight receiver? With Dallas, Detroit, Houston, New England and Washington in action, plenty of fantasy stars will be active on Turkey Day.
And now, here's what I think about what other fantasy thinkers think this week. See you after the holiday.
• Jason Smith at NFL.com talks about general things to know for Week 11, and one of them is that
• Brad Evans at Yahoo!
• CBS.com's Jamey Eisenberg writes a weekly Start/Sit column, and he has
• Over at RotoWire (subscription required), Howard Bender continued his
• Heading back over to NFL.com, Michael Fabiano recommends
• Brandon Funston's Week 11 skinny on Yahoo! notes the