That’s right folks, one of the happiest days on the Guy Calendar is coming up this weekend for me — Fantasy Football Draft Day. It is time for the Stumblin’ Irish to attempt to rebound from the worst season in franchise history and reclaim our usual spot near the top of the Cape Cod Oblong League.
That I am aware of, only one of my fellow league mates reads this space regularly (What’s up Keeling?), and with it being a summer Friday, there’s a good chance he’s on the golf course today and not anywhere near the NYSE ticker or his desk. Not that it really matters all that much, how much strategy really goes into these things. You go to the draft with your list, and an idea of who you’d like to get, and then hope that you get those guys. You go after the best available players, it isn’t all that complicated.
Our league is a keeper league, with kind of a strange keeper rule. We don’t have a salary cap, so we’re allowed to take one guy from last year’s club, but can’t keep the same guy two years in a row.
The best guy left for me from last year’s team is Willis McGahee. I like McGahee, but don’t think he’s that great. He’ll help, but my good friend Kirk, who will have to draft remotely because his wife is about to pop out his first heir any minute now, was lucky enough to get Tomlinson a year ago and has him again this year. That makes him the favorite, as much as I hate to admit it.
I have the second overall pick and a dream. That’s right, I’m praying that my buddy Matt will take Larry Johnson with the first pick, leaving Stephen Jackson to be taken by me. I feel like SJ is the best guy on the board, so I’ve been talking up LJ all week. I made sure to call Matt when LJ signed his contract. “Good news for you man, LJ’s in camp.”
I don’t think he’s buying it. His keeper is Peyton Manning, so I also attempted to sell up the virtues of having Marvin Harrison, getting double points for all of those TD’s, but again, he’s not buying. Unfortunately I think he might be smart enough to realize that Jackson’s the best pick. We will see on Sunday afternoon.
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