For many it seems that these days our enjoyment of american football can be enhanced by the fun had playing fantasy football. If you are a CFL fan and play their version then you will know it can appear disarmingly simple to play.
At the beginning of every week you select your roster of up to 7 players from a pool of quarterbacks, running backs, receivers and team defenses. Your roster can be composed of 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 FLEX (either RB or WR) and 1 team defense. The catch is that the more successful a player is in scoring fantasy points the more expensive they become as the season progresses & you only have a limited budget to work with.
Thus you can take one of two approaches. Select a couple of banner names and fill out the rest of the roster with cheap players you hope will score big. Alternatively you can try to get value at a key position, say QB and have more money to spread round the rest of the roster.
So far so good? It all seems relatively simple. I’d certainly advise people to play it next season if you haven’t this – it’s simple, it’s fun and it’s free. Not a bad combination!
My problem this year however is some sort of groundhog day for under-performing quarterbacks. In fact to quote the film of the same name I’m no, “Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators”. Every time I select a QB in fact they seemnigly either get injured or suffer a huge dip in form.
Try the cheap and fill the roster method? Great, I picked James Franklin & he ended up scoring me few points and losing his starting job. Pick someone slightly more established that won’t break the bank? Travis Lulay and Trevor Harris had statistically terrible weeks every time I picked them. Pick a top end player? This week I picked Jeremiah Masoli the second most expensive QB out there. He ended up scoring me a paltry 4.8 points off a no touchdown, low yardage performance. This from a player who has multiple big weeks under his belt this year.
Perhaps I should have heeded the advice of Mike Reilly himself, Edmonton QB and the most expensive player in CFL fantasy when he recently declared anybody not picking him was just ‘cheap.’
They say pride comes before a fall. Perhaps I shouldn’t have looked at the Argolifers league table and thought 4th was pretty good for somebody watching from a different continent. Ever since I did my picks have suffered.
Superstition isn’t something in my nature – usually. I am starting to wonder though if getting picked by me is cursing these quarterbacks! Surely not.
Anyway – I am going to put my team together for this week shortly – you never know I might just pick your QB as my guy this time around. Don’t worry I’m sure they’ll be fine (fingers crossed!).
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