I've joined a league led by the fearless and peerless Dave which includes the likes of Ampersand and her delightful family (who shout in the chat room - insane pick Dad!) and Matt and one other guy I don't know named Joe (friend of Ampersand's clan).
I'm green, wet behind the ears, a total novice. So for me, it worked like this:
Avoid looking at all FF materials for all the weeks leading up to the draft. Get up an hour later than I meant to on the morning of the draft. Look at SI and Yahoo lists of rankings and wonder what they mean or if last season will bear any relevance this year.... and then find out mid draft that I was supposed to also look at bye weeks! Ack.
Make a list. Pick mostly Cinci and Indy players proving that I am a sucker for name recognition (due to the copious volume of ads I consume every day that teach me "if you've heard of it, it must be good").
Draft goes live and I watch the best players disappear rapidly, while nabbing Carson in round two (and TJ one round later). Start wondering how on earth to select Tight Ends (for the way their pants cling to their tushies, or for how they receive footballs?)....
Wanted Matt Leinart as back-up QB since for some unknown to humankind reason, I root for the only two Trojan QBs in this league (I heart them both!). Perhaps subliminal messaging is working as my son's marching band plays "Fight on" (the Trojan fight song) every week as the fight song for his high school (they think they are so original out here picking a west coast fight song, but it pains my very Bruin soul every time I hear it)... though perhaps it is wearing me down.
Wound up with Carrie Underwood's boyfriend as my back-up QB.
So for those even remotely curious: here's my fantasy team. (Idly wonder what Erik Kuselias would have to say about it....)
My team name: Footsies (Thought I'd bring a little feminine swagger to the table).
Carson Palmer (QB)
TJ Houshmandzadeh (WR)
Reggie Wayne (WR)
Andre Johnson (WR)
Joesph Addai (RB)
Thomas Jones (RB)
Todd Heap (TE)
Jamal Lewis (RB)
Tony Romo (QB)
Benjamin Watson (TE)
Marion Barber III (RB)
Adam Vinatieri (K)
Shayne Graham (K)