Now that the NFL has ended the lockout and preseason games have started, it’s time to turn your attention to the draft. No, not the supplemental draft, in which the Oakland Raiders selected Terrelle Pryor and…well, and that’s it. Six players were available and only Pryor was selected in the third round. What I’m talking about is your fantasy football draft – it’s time to assemble the best of the best so you can begin the domination of your league. Whether your friends play for cash or just annual bragging rights, there is a lot of pressure to assemble the dream team..and no, not the Philadelphia Eagles, Vince.
Of course, you’ve got to come up with a creative team name first. Some of the more clever names I’ve seen this year? “Forgetting Brandon Marshall,” “Orton Hears a Who,” and for all of you South Park lovers, “Oh my God, they killed Henne!” On the top sites for fantasy football team names, over sixty percent of them include a player or coaches’ name, so scanning team rosters might be a great way to jog your memory. Of course, current events can also trigger humorous team names.
When it comes down to actually drafting players, I have always been a fan of research. However, research and taking the best available player just about killed me several years ago when I took Tom Brady with my first round pick and he went out for the season in Week 1 due to injury. I was actually blessed with the All-Star All-Injury Team that season because I also lost not one, but two Pittsburgh Steelers running backs – Willie Parker and Rashard Mendenhall. The best advice as far as the draft is concerned is really to draft best available player rather than worrying as much about position and then to watch your bye weeks. Make sure your quarterbacks are not both enjoying a relaxing vacation during Week 11.
Easiest way to make sure your draft is a success? Host it at Third Base Sports Bar!! All locations have free Wi-Fi and if you book before August 31st, they are offering some great food and drink specials for your group! 10% off food; $2 off draft beer pitchers; $2 off liquor; $1 off bottled beer. You can have their fabulous waitstaff keep the beers coming while you concentrate on selecting the year’s biggest sleeper pick! Give them a call today to reserve your spot and best of luck on your draft!