My Fantasy Football Team
In which I graduate from couch-ridden football junky to official pigskin nerd. My team is here and it doesn’t suck. Shaun Alexander leads the offensive charge while Carolina mops the floor with other team’s quarterbacks.
It’s official. My football junkiness has gone beyond the eight-hour couch session every Sunday to certified NFL nerdiness. I now have a fantasy football team, hosted through Yahoo’s system (it’s free) and competing against nine co-workers, some with far more experience.
My team The Furry Tractors (an Anchorman reference for those with the confused look on their faces) scored some minor beginner’s luck with drawing first pick in Yahoo’s randomization. Here’s my roster:
- S. Alexander (RB)
- J. Delhomme (QB)
- C. Johnson (WR)
- C. Dillon (RB)
- Carolina (DEF)
- D. McAllister (RB)
- D. Branch (WR)
- J. Feely (K)
- D. Brees (QB)
- B. Watson (TE)
- B. Stokley (WR)
- A. Toomer (WR)
- D. Aker (K)
- San Diego (DEF)
- J. Klopfenstein (TE)
- Of course I had to pick Shaun Alexander. He’s a superstar and with the Seahawks largely intact, should still score major pointage. It was between him and Larry Johnson — also a superstar — but I went with my gut. (In fact, I ended up not picking a single player from my home team, the Chiefs.)
- Delhomme is good. He has two very important weapons: Steve Smith and his front line.
- Though not a big fan of Chad personally, he and Carson Palmer have good chemistry. Not quite 2004 McNabb/TO or Montana/Rice, but it’s close.
- Dillon’s good. I like him and his game. A solid #2 back.
- Yes, Chicago has the best defense, but I think Carolina plays angrier. Chicago says “hey let’s go out and stop them” while Carolina says “hey let’s go out and kill them.”
- Questioning my wisdom on this one. While Deuce McAllister has performed well, Reggie Bush is going to steal his sunshine.
- Lot’s of questions about Deion Branch right now, but no matter where he lands, he’s going to perform. He’s the kind of player that makes a difference no matter what jersey he’s wearing.
- Needed a kicker. I loathe the Giants, but Feely is good. Maybe not in every clutch situation, but on the whole, a solid kicker.
- Brees. San Diego was nuts to let him go, and I think he’s going to do well in New Orleans if he hangs around through the rebuilding process.
- Watson. One of Brady’s favorite targets, he has great hands and gets the job done in the post-season.
- Stokley. One of Manning’s favorite receivers. Can’t believe I scored him this late in the draft. Very undervalued.
- Amani Toomer. Eh, a Giant, but still good. His performance will depend solely on Eli’s performance.
- David Akers. A kicker with true heart, I will probably start him more than Feely, if only because he’s on my NFC team of choice.
- Needed a backup defense. San Diego seemed reasonable.
I will keep you updated as the season progresses. I’m pretty happy with my team as a whole, so I expect to at least compete. I know there’s a bunch of other design bloggers out there playing fantasy football, so let me know what you think of a first-time player’s roster.