Welcome to TFX: The Fantasy Experiment. While most fans have drafted their leagues, taking players they think will provide them the statistics they need to gain a mathematical advantage over some other fictitious collection of professional athletes, we have put together our own fantasy experiment based on the only statistic that matters: wins.
Based primarily on my own laziness, my inability to update a roster from week to week and my love of tinkering with things that seem to work just fine the way they are, I recruited three friends to partake in this league. The rules are fairly simple: we each draft one team per division, giving us a total of eight teams. You gain one point for each win, and a five-point bonus for having the most points for the week.
Additional points will be awarded for making the playoffs as well as advancing through them. An added bonus will be added to the team achieving the worst record at the end of the season, encouraging the “Suck for Luck” trend that happened last year.
My favorite bonus involves you, the readers. On odd weeks, we will put up a poll, asking you to decide who deserves bonus points based on a specific question.
(Feel free to scroll to the end of Robyn’s post to vote on who had the best draft.)
Now that the rules are flushed out, let’s move on with one of the geekiest things in sports: fantasy. To pick our draft order, I rolled my Dungeons and Dragons dice. That determined who drew first from a stack of Magic the Gathering cards. The person with the most powerful enchantment won the right to pick first. Picks then went round-by-round in basilisk fashion, allowing the person who picked last in round one to pick first the following round and so forth.
The first pick went to Brian Brashaw: a two-time defending fantasy football champion.
I won the second pick, and have never won a fantasy league.
Andrew Cumbee drafted third. The show “The League” was originally set to be a documentary on the life of this defending fantasy champion.
With the first pick, Brian took the Patriots allowing me to take my top team the Packers. Cumbee picked the Steelers with the caveat: “I hate them so much. Robyn was able took the “Dream Team” Eagles before she picked her local favorite 49ers, giving Cumbee the Texans and me the Giants. Brian’s next two picks changed the course of the draft. He took his NFC South team with the Saints and then stole Cumbee’s adopted home team the Broncos.
After nerdtron, Cumbee swore in our chat room, violating Terms of Service, I snagged the Ravens (pissing off Robyn), and the dorktator took the Lions. Robyn did not recover so well. Still flustered, she used her 12th and 13th picks on the Bears (19th on my board) and Jaguars (30th on my board). That gave Cumbee the Falcons one pick before I was going to take them. Then I violated TOS before checking my watch and deciding it was Tebow Time.
Apparently Tim Tebow’s magical powers baffled Bronco fan Brashaw who Dallas followed by his second AFC West team the San Diego Chargers.
That sparked this conversation.
Parker: “Brian you already have Denver. You can’t also have San Diego.”
Brian: “I knew that. So I have to pick a team in a division I DONT have… haha I get it. Carolina?”
Cumbee: “They are available. Cool. Parker go. Let’s finish!! Wool”
Parker: “Gotta take the Raiders out of fear Robyn will.”
Robyn: “Despite my dad being a Raiders fan, you are welcome to them.”
Yes, all four of us missed the fact that Brashaw had drafted Carolina despite already having the Saints. His screw up on the first part -paired with Cumbee’s urge to get the draft over- led us to missing that minor detail. Six picks later, Cumbee jumped the gun again, telling us who he had left to draft. That sparked Robyn to do the same and got me all confused, trying to adjust my board. That’s when I realized Brian’s error and Cumbee teetering on having the admins ban him.
After a long time debating the situation, Robyn assured me she still didn’t want the Raiders under any circumstances so Brian agreed to trade me the Panthers (the 17th pick) for my 26th pick, in what seemed like a vintage Vikings draft move. He used that to take the Browns and finished the draft taking Minnesota. Of course, this came after he had first tried to get me to draft the Buccaneers to trade to him for the Panthers.
Below are bios of each player and the teams they drafted.
Below Robyn’s post, please cast your vote for you feel had the best draft. And feel free to be (No Coast) Biased!
Please vote for the best draft in the comments.
Head-to-Head Match Ups Week 1