Fantasy football is fun, entertaining, compulsive. It is a way for the everyday fan to engage on a somewhat personal level with their favorite teams and players. It is a way for friends to get together and/or stay in touch through the common interest – football. But fantasy football can also be an irritant. An annoyance capable of ruining days, weeks and even years, tearing apart the strongest of friendships. So how does one navigate September thru February and be a functioning part of society while obsessing over rosters, stats and injury reports, meanwhile tuning out our families and jobs? Below is a list, an ever evolving list of rules to live by while playing fantasy football:
- Welcome to fantasy football. The first rule of fantasy football is: you do not talk about fantasy football (s/o Fight Club c.1999). Like cross-fit and gluten, FF is a topic that nobody wants to hear you talk about. Even the most diehard FF player loathes listening to you talk about your team.
- Never bring up FF with your wife of girlfriend, EVER. The range of negative outcomes is far too great. Even if she has a team of her own, either she’s terrible and it’s hard to watch, or she’s better than you… which will drive you insane. Either way, you will likely end up on the couch that night. Don’t do it.
- Do not wish injuries upon players, it’s just a bad look. Football is a brutal game played by real people that do not care about your FF team.
- Have patience and stand by your team. If your #1 pick does not go HAM in the first couple games of the season, don’t blow it up. Fantasy football isn’t a sprint.
- Take a step back, be a fan, and have fun! Live, eat, sleep, breathe football – real football. Remember, your fantasy team is, well… fantasy.
- Build friendships, don’t break them. The fantasy community is unique. Millions of people positively affecting each other’s lives, growing together through a passion for football, competition and sense of shared experiences. Fantasy football brings people together, don’t let it tear you apart.
- Lastly, and most importantly, do not waste a draft pick on a kicker! Seriously.
Written By: John Psilas – Twitter @OnTheJohnJohn