Are you ready for some (fantasy) football?

It doesn’t take long to figure out that I’m an NFL addict. One of the first things you see in my apartment is a Colts facemask and football on my dining room table (flowers and candles are so passé). On any given Sunday during the season, I’m plopped on my couch all day and night watching the games and live-tweeting my reactions. And yes, I’m that girl who rocks my Colts jersey year-round, win or lose, with pride.

As much as I love football, I never participated in a fantasy league. Like many people, I wondered if it would change the way I watched games and how I would feel about having players on my fantasy team from teams I hated in real life (see: Patriots, Steelers). I’m not sure what changed my mind but this year I took the plunge and joined a league with my brother and his friends.

Once I joined, this funny (and not-so-shocking) thing happened: I became obsessed.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect with the draft. Outside of the Colts, I don’t have an extensive knowledge of players on other teams beyond the big names. Having watched every episode of The League, I was seriously worried about becoming a slave to the rankings. In the end, the draft was super fast, somewhat overwhelming, full of trash talk and totally awesome.

While I managed to avoid drafting any Steelers, I ended up with Wes Welker and the New England defense. I had the chance to draft Tom Brady but chose Drew Brees because I just couldn’t bring myself to root for Pretty Boy Brady every week. I stand by my decision even after Monday night’s insanity. You have to draw the line somewhere.

During week one, I found myself invested in more than just the Colts. My fantasy lineup gave me a reason to care about games like the 10:15 p.m. Monday night match up between the Raiders and Broncos. I will admit it was a little weird getting excited for players like Wes Welker who I would normally hate but loved since he got me a crazy number of fantasy points.

Fortunately for me, my team ended up kicking ass hardcore. I beat my brother, a self-professed fantasy expert, and I dominated the rest of my league, securing my spot as the highest points earner! Had things gone differently, I might not be so excited to write about my fantasy football rookie experience.

Ultimately, I think fantasy football will give me a deeper appreciation of the game and the league. I’m already obsessed but this is going to take it to another level. In the now-infamous words of Bart Scott, CAN’T WAIT!!

What’s your take on fantasy football? Has it changed the way you watch the game? What made you choose to join (or not join) a league? Chime in below!

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9 thoughts on “Are you ready for some (fantasy) football?

  1. Fantasy FB is the reason why I believe NFL has taken over the “hearts & minds” of Americans. Football doesn’t have 82 games (NBA) or almost twice as that (MBL).

    Though fantasy stats are more straight-forward than actual football rules, I can say fantasy increased my interest and desire to learn more about the nuances of the sport. And, I definitely was a football fan well before I got involved into fantasy.

    Also, you can feel OK to have slags like Patriot players on your team as long as you remember they are still slags. I had Brady once… the same year he blew his knew out. Sucked for my fantasy team; hate to hear anyone getting seriously injured; but happy for the Colts. You get over it.

    • You bring up an interesting point – there are fantasy leagues for almost every sport but they don’t seem to have the same intensity as fantasy football. I wonder how people in fantasy baseball and basketball leagues compare to football and in what ways, if any, it changes how they watch each week.

      As far as players like Welker, I think my conflicts of interest won’t become a big deal until they play the Colts. Obviously the actual season is more important than my fantasy season (though I really, really want to win because I’m super competitive!) so my loyalty will always be with the Colts.

      Thanks for adding your thoughts!

  2. Although I can be a chauvinist in a gentlemen’s sought of way (opening a car door, etc.) I personally welcome the gender competition. Girls do rock and apparently Melanie is rocking this league’s world!! Good job!!!!

  3. Pingback: 2011: The Year of Crazy Awesomeness « Melanie Woods' Blog

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