Football is the most wonderful time of the year and as a Denver Bronco fan I can say that I am more pumped than ever to start the season. Every year I decide to take my talents and my elite trash talking skills and play some fantasy football. I decided to do my usual 3 fantasy football leagues again this year, and I can tell you that I am the only girl in all 3 of leagues and believe me when I say this but it wasn’t easy earning respect from all the guys. Here are some important lessons I have learned over the course of playing fantasy football.
- It’s competitive. When I joined my first fantasy league 4 years ago I thought it was for shits and giggles. A little trash talking here and there but nothing extreme. I soon found out that guys are not there to be your friend but they are there to make sure you question your every move. A friend once told me at the beginning of the season “It’s not about having fun, it’s about winning”. and boy was he right.
- Unless you win in the championship. You lose a lot of money, and a little dignity. I have spent more money on fantasy football in the past 4 years than I have spent on college textbooks. Being in 3 fantasy football leagues adds up and every year someone (usually the reigning champ) decides it is a good idea to make the buy is higher and towards the end of the year the only person complaining is the one in last place.
- Winning feels good. The last time I won in fantasy football was 4 years ago, not too shabby for my first time playing. It can be described as that feeling when you are coming to campus at 10 a.m. on a Monday and find front row parking. But as you soon found out, like Johnny Manziel’s career, it’s short lived.
- Guys are sneaky As I was first starting out I thought everyone in my league wanted to help me. But I was wrong, I was taken advantage of and realized that the guys didn’t want to help me but they were there to collude against me. The guys were giving me hints on who to pick up, who trade and who to drop. I like to think of myself as a smart woman but I was tricked I came to realize that fantasy football is ruthless and to trust no one.
- Fantasy Football is life.If you can’t take the heat get off the football field. I spend more time setting up my lineups, looking at waiver wires, and studying before the drafts than I do studying for college. If I put as much time and effort in fantasy football I would have 2 degrees, 4.0 GPA, 3 certificates and paid internship.
So there you have it, some pretty decent advice on how to survive your fantasy football league. Give me a follow at @CassieWarren24