submitted on August 21, 2008, 9:59 AM
Had my first fantasy football draft last night. I'm once again in a mind-boggling six leagues this year, which is a residual effect from last year when I overextended myself without realizing it. I ended up turning down a couple leagues this year, one that I did last year that's a money league, but ends up having like 14 teams, which dilutes the teams too much if you ask me. Plus, they had funky scoring where they included return yards, which really screws with who should be on your team. So I don't mind missing that league this year. I replaced it with a money league at work, which is what I had a draft for last night.
It was a live draft, which I've never actually done before. All my other leagues are online, given the varied location of its participants. It was pretty entertaining, although we were on a bit of a time crunch since our room was only reserved for two hours. We ended up taking a little bit longer than that, but it worked out fine. The annoying thing, though, is how long some people take. It just amazes me how long people sit there and contemplate who they're going to take in the 10th round. I mean, you don't need to spend all that time deciding whether or not Patrick Crayton is really worth it or not. As the draft progresses, it should be very clear to you what position needs you have, and should be ready to pick when it gets to you. It was the same few people every time, too. I mean, yeah, sometimes the guy right before you takes your pick and you have to re-evaluate, but other than that, just make your pick already.
Anyways, it was a fun time overall, and I'm mostly happy with my team. I think my steal of the draft was picking up Reggie Williams in the 10th round. I don't know why the guy was still around, he had over 600 yards and 10 scores last year, and I would expect more of the same with Garrard playing all season. Considering people like Jabar Gaffney and Vincent Jackson had already been picked, it seemed like a good find.
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