February 02, 2004

Fantasy Football

I'll spare you the details and give you the results.

Eight teams, five made the playoffs, and I won two championships. Last year I won two championships with only five teams, so maybe I'm slipping. Then again, and most significantly, I won the league I've been in for thirteen years now for the first time, and since it's a dynasty league... Michael Vick, Tom Brady, Rex Grossman, Carson Palmer, Priest Holmes, Jamal Lewis, Rudi Johnson, DeShaun Foster, Warrick Dunn, Torry Holt, Marty Booker, Rod Gardner, Ashley Lelie, Tony Gonzalez, Ryan Longwell, and the Baltimore Ravens defense/special teams may mean I'll just skip the draft next year altogether.

Two teams in a playoff league, won one. In the one I didn't win, I picked fifth from what was left after the other teams had already drafted and still finished third, so we'll call that a moral victory. The league commissioner claimed after week two that I'd have trouble not finishing fifth. Hah!

I have about a ten-thousand word post that's halfway done on the NFL this year, but I've abandoned it. You're welcome. And it would reveal too many secrets to my competitors about my strategery that is so often misunderestimated!

All in all, a good year that had the potential to be great. But that's why there is always next year.

Posted by Charles Austin at February 2, 2004 07:01 PM

Fantasy football secrets? Gee, I always thought the secret to your only very recent success (2 years out of 13) was that you didn't have as much time to devote to fantasy football and thus not mess up your team. :) Perhaps you shouldn't blog during football season. :)

Congrats on your first championship. You had the best team and, baring injury, will be a force next season as well. Maybe you can even win a couple of additional championships and join me with the big boys. :) :)


p.s. Your fellow league owners appreciated the beer at the post season bash.

Posted by: Jon at 11:26 AM

Baring injury? I had to deal with Vick being out for four weeks, then six, then eight, and finally twelve. If I had written him off for the year earlier, I would have been even stronger!

Inside baseball -- of course, I still had to win my final three regular season games just to make the playoffs. That remains a bit of a travesty, and needs to be addressed in the rules this year.

Posted by: charles austin at 11:31 AM