Does God Care About Fantasy Football?

Does God care about fantasy football? That’s a very interesting question.

I believe that God cares about me. As a result of that, I believe that God cares about what I care about. The caveat, of course, being that God will not partner with me in my sin.

So, in that sense, God cares about fantasy football because I care about fantasy football.

DalvinCook

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2018 Fantasy Football | Draft #3

Here is the last of my 3 fantasy football drafts for 2018.

This league, the Frasca Cheap Skate Fantasy Football League (FCSFL), has been around since 1999. It is a 12 team league made up of people who work at Frasca International. It is close to a “standard” PPR scoring league with bonuses for long TDs.

While I enjoy all 3 leagues that I am in, this is my favorite primarily because I see everyone in this league almost every day at work.

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2018 Fantasy Football | Draft #2

Sorry for the late post.  This is the 2nd of 3 leagues that I am in.  This league, the World Football League (WFL), has been around since the 80s.  I’ve been involved since 1999.  It is a scoring only league, making it a little more challenging to prepare for than a traditional fantasy football league that includes points for yards, receptions, TD, etc. It also has a fixed roster, meaning you must roster 3 QB, 5 RB, 6 WR / TE, 2 PK, and 2 DEF. No flexibility allowed. 😦

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2018 Fantasy Football | Draft #1

It’s that time of year again: Fantasy Football season here!!!

Last night, I had my 1st draft of the year (of 3 leagues that I am in). This league, the Frasca Fantasy Football League (FFFL), has been around since 1995. It is a scoring only league, making it a little more challenging to prepare for than a traditional fantasy football league that includes points for yards, receptions, TD, etc. It also has a fixed roster, meaning you must roster 3 QB, 5 RB, 6 WR / TE, 2 PK, and 2 DEF. No flexibility allowed. 😦

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2011 Vineyard Fantasy Football Draft Recap

This is my second year in the Vineyard Fantasy Football League run by my campus pastor, Adam. This was my first fantasy football draft of 2011. I have to admit that I wasn’t as prepared as I would have liked to be. Overall, my team’s OK, but I’m not that excited about it. It’s good enough to win, but it’s not exciting.

Here’s my analysis of the draft as it relates to my team. Enjoy.

League Info
First things first, there are 8 teams in our league with a roster that looks like this:
QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, TE, WR/TE, RB/WR, K, DEF, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN

Scoring is basic, standard fantasy scoring with no PPR (points-per-reception).

My Team

Round 	Pick 	Player 	           Position
1. 	(6) 	LeSean McCoy       RB
2. 	(11) 	Steven Jackson     RB
3. 	(22) 	Greg Jennings      WR
4. 	(27) 	Tom Brady          QB
5. 	(38) 	Dwayne Bowe        WR
6. 	(43) 	DeAngelo Williams  RB
7. 	(54) 	Wes Welker         WR
8. 	(59) 	Vernon Davis       TE
9. 	(70) 	Percy Harvin       WR
10. 	(75) 	Felix Jones        RB
11. 	(86) 	Tim Hightower      RB
12. 	(91) 	Mike Sims-Walker   WR
13. 	(102) 	Stephen Gostkowski K
14. 	(107) 	Marcedes Lewis     TE
15. 	(118) 	Sam Bradford       QB
16. 	(123) 	New York           DEF

Round 1
I don’t get far out of the gates and I am faced with my first dilemma. The highest rated player on my board is Chris Johnson RB TEN. However, I don’t like Chris Johnson and I don’t like TEN. They have an old and broken down QB, a top WR who can’t stay out of jail, and little other offense to speak of. That means defenses can key on Chris Johnson. Then there’s the problem of Chris Johnson holding out and wanting more money. No thank you. However, there is no clear cut next-best-player in my mind. I waffle between Andre Johnson WR HOU, LeSean McCoy RB PHI, and Aaron Rodgers QB GB. I really want to get a stud RB in the 1st round, so I go with McCoy.

Round 2
I was hoping Andre Johnson WR HOU would slip to me at this pick. He didn’t. I considered Aaron Rodgers QB GB, Rashard Mendenhall RB PIT, Steven Jackson RB STL, and Larry Fitzgerald WR ARZ at this pick. I didn’t really want to go QB this early. I also didn’t want to take Fitz this early either. So I passed on both thinking that that one of them SHOULD still be there at my next pick. I love Mendenhall, being that I am an Illini alum, but I was concerned about his durability after his tremendous workload last year. I think there will be a drop in his numbers from last year to this. Jackson, on the other hand, has a new Offensive Coordinator in Josh McDaniels so his numbers should be on the upswing. He’s also a St. Louis Ram. I went with my heart and not necessarily my head and took Jackson.

Round 3
Neither Johnson nor Rodgers made it to me at this pick. With 2 solid RBs, I turned my attention to WR or QB this round. As far as QBs go, Peyton Manning IND, Michael Vick PHI, Aaron Roders GB, and Drew Brees NO are all gone at this point. 4 teams still need a starting QB, but Tom Brady NE, Tony Romo DAL, and Phillip Rivers SD are still there. Romo and/or Rivers should be there for me in Round 4, so I’ll go WR. Greg Jennings GB, Mike Wallace PIT, and Vincent Jackson SD are the top 3 available WR on my board. I waffled between Jennings and Wallace. I took Jennings because Rodgers is a better QB than Roethlisberger, AND because GB passes more than PIT.

Round 4
In the 4 picks between my 3rd and 4th round picks, both Romo and Rivers get taken. I don’t want to get stuck with the 8th best QB on my board (which is Roethlisberger), so I reluctantly take Tom Brady QB NE. I would have rather had taken Mike Wallace WR PIT at this pick.

Round 5
With my starting QB, 2 starting RB, and 1 starting WR in the books, I look at WR or RB (for my flex RB/WR) position. The top WR on my list is Dwayne Bowe KC. The top RB on my list is Ryan Mathews SD. I took Bowe with the thought that maybe Mathews is still there in 4 picks for me in the 6th round.

Round 6
Mathews is gone, and I am thrown for a loop. I’m looking at best RB or WR on my board at this point. At WR, I’m looking at guys like Jeremy Maclin PHI, Santonio Holmes NYJ, and Stevie Johnson BUF. At RB, I’m looking at guys like Jahvid Best DET, Knowshon Moreno DEN, DeAngelo Williams CAR, and Daniel Thomas MIA. Indecisiveness set-in. I’m waffling between Best and Holmes, then, I run out of time and the top guy on my list gets selected – which is DeAngelo Williams RB CAR. Not a bad pick, but I think I would have rather had Best or Holmes.

Round 7
After my bout of indecision, I was firm that I would take either Holmes or Best if they were there. If both were gone, I’d take best available WR since I had 3 RB and 2 WR at this point. Both were gone (surprise, surprise), so I took Wes Welker WR NE.

Round 8
With 3 each of RB and WR, I started looking at the available TEs along with best available RB and WR. Vernon Davis TE SF was still there. He was the #3 overall TE on my board – and the best available. Best available WRs were Austin Collie IND and Percy Harvin MIN. Best available RBs were Knowshon Moreno DEN and Marshawn Lynch SEA. There was pretty good drop off on my list of TEs from 3rd to 4th, so I took Davis.

Round 9
Collie, Moreno, and Lynch were all gone, but Harvin was still there, so I took him at WR.

Round 10
At this point in the draft, I’m looking to fill the back-up QB spot along with building depth at RB and WR to cover all bye weeks. Potential back-up QBs that I was considering were all gone at this point: Ben Roethlisberg PIT, Joe Flacco BAL, Matt Ryan ATL, Matt Schaub HOU. Since none of these guys was available, I decided I’d go with Sam Bradford STL as my backup QB, and figured I could get him in round 14-16. Best RBs at this point were: Felix Jones DAL, Fred Jackson BUF, BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE, and Ryan Grant GB. Dallas always has a good running game, and with Marion Barber gone, Felix Jones should get the bulk of the work. I almost took Green-Ellis NE, but he had the same bye week as 2 of my other RBs, so I took Jones.

Round 11
More depth. None of the available WR excite me, but Tim Hightower RB WAS is still on the board. He did well in ARZ last year, and Mike Shanahan is known for producing great RBs. Hightower is mine.

Round 12
At this point, I’ve got 5 picks left – 1 for a back-up QB, 1 for K, 1 for DEF, and 2 for more depth. Also at this point, I’ve got 5 RB and 4 WR, so I look to take another WR. I’m still not excited by any of the available WRs. My choices are: Julio Jones ATL, Santana Moss WAS, Mike Sims-Walker STL, Braylon Edwards SF, Steve Smith CAR, or Pierre Garcon IND. Like I said, nothing too exciting here. I went with my heart again and took the St. Louis Ram, Mike Sims-Walker.

Round 13
The draft is almost over. My plan up to this point was to make my K, DEF, and back-up QB my last 3 picks in some order. So, with my 4th to last pick, I’m not sure what to do. I noticed that my top available K (my #3 overall) is still available. He was one of 3 Ks I was hoping get. I decided to reach a little early for him since I wasn’t enamored with any of the other RBs or WRs out there. Stephen Gostkowski K NE, welcome to the Parvinators.

Round 14
Same dilemma in round 14 as I had in round 13. I decided to look at the TEs to see if there were any decent ones left. I saw that Marcedes Lewis TE JAX was still there. He was as good as the best available WRs: Mike Thomas JAX and Roy Williams CHI. Since we have a WR/TE flex spot AND since Lewis has a different bye week than my other TE (Vernon Davis SF), I decided to grab him.

Round 15
Sam Bradford or DEF? Most of the DEF that I wanted are gone at this point, so I will plan to use the rotating DEF strategy and pick-up the best available DEF each week from the free agent pool to play. That means I finally make it official and draft Sam Bradford QB STL.

Round 16
I’m the last team to draft a defense, so all of the really elite ones are gone. The NY Giants are the top available defense – and they were #7 on my board, so I take ’em.

Recap
I think I’m strong at QB with Brady. Bradford is a decent back-up, but I’m not sure I would want to play him week-in-and-week-out.

I think I’m strong at RB too. I have a lot of depth at RB, even though I don’t have any of the 5 elite RBs.

I think WR is my weakest area, but again, what I lack in elite WR, I make up for in depth.

TE is also a strong area with 2 top 8 TEs that could start for any team in the league. I could easily see weeks where I start both Davis and Lewis.

K and DEF are fine.

I think I have a good enough squad and pay enough attention week-to-week that I should make the playoffs – barring multiple, catastrophic injuries.

WFL 2008 – My Team

The is my 3rd of 3 fantasy football teams. Like my last draft, this league is also scoring only: 10 pts for a TD, 20 pts for a long TD (50+ yds). FG are 5 pts for 0-39 yds, 10 pts for 40-49 yds, 15 pts for 50-59 yds, and 20 pts for those rare 60+ yds. KR/DEF are 20 pts for TD (KR, PR, int, or fumble recovery) and 5 pts for safety.

Here’s my team:
Campbell, Jason WAS QB
Kitna, Jon DET QB
Palmer, Carson CIN QB
James, Edgerrin ARI RB
McFadden, Darren OAK RB
Peterson, Adrian MIN RB
Rice, Ray BAL RB
Williams, Ricky MIA RB
Bowe, Dwayne KCC WR
Bruce, Isaac SFO WR
Holt, Torry STL WR
Houshmandzadeh, T.J. CIN WR
Marshall, Brandon DEN WR
Williams, Roy DET WR
Bryant, Matt TBB PK
Scobee, Josh JAC PK
Steelers, Pittsburgh PIT Def
Texans, Houston HOU Def

Brandon Marshall DEN WR is my only common player. This draft was the strangest of them all. I had the 9th overall pick (out of 10). Adrian Peterson MIN RB slipped all the way down to me in the 1st round. Then in the 2nd round (where I got a double pick), I took a bit of a risk and took Carson Palmer CIN QB and TJ Houshmanzadeh CIN WR. If CIN gets back on track, this could be an OUTSTANDING team. If not, then I wasted my 2nd round picks.

I’ve got a decent backup QB in Jon Kitna. I’m pretty solid at RB and at WR. Again, I waited on PK and DEF to near the end. They’re ok, but not necessarily outstanding.

FGFFL 2008 – My Team

This is the 2nd of 3 fantasy football teams. Our league is scoring only: 10 pts for a TD, 20 pts for a long TD (50+ yds). FG are 5 pts for 0-39 yds, 10 pts for 40-49 yds, 15 pts for 50-59 yds, and 20 pts for those rare 60+ yds. KR/DEF are 20 pts for TD (KR, PR, int, or fumble recovery) and 5 pts for safety.

Here’s my team:
Cutler, Jay DEN QB
Garrard, David JAC QB
Pennington, Chad MIA QB
Graham, Earnest TBB RB
Hall, Andre DEN RB
Jones-Drew, Maurice JAC RB
Turner, Michael ATL RB
Young, Selvin DEN RB
Bowe, Dwayne KCC WR
Colston, Marques NOS WR
Jackson, DeSean PHI WR
Johnson, Calvin DET WR
Marshall, Brandon DEN WR
Owens, Terrell DAL WR
Elam, Jason ATL PK
Gostkowski, Stephen NEP PK
Bills, Buffalo BUF Def
Rams, St. Louis STL Def

If you read my previous post, you’ll see some common threads: Jay Cutler DEN QB, Colston, Marques NOS WR, and Marshall, Brandon DEN WR. Yeah, I’m kind of big on Denver this year. So, that being said, I like my starting QB (Cutler), but I don’t have much depth at QB. I feel pretty solid at RB with some depth. However, like my other team, I am strongest at WR – lots of skill and lots of depth. PK and DEF are ok.