We as fans of the Minnesota Vikings may be feeling a bit deflated as we watch our team unexpectedly taking a steep downward spiral this season. So in an admittedly modest effort to ease the collective pain of my brothers and sisters here at the DN, I shall make an attempt to turn Vikings fans into NFL fans by promoting fantasy football.
For me nothing aside from mass quantities of beer eases the pain of a sad Vikings loss like watching a fantasy team that I created win big. And in the unfortunately rare instance that the Vikings do manage to put one in the win column, a fantasy win in the same week makes that particular Sunday that much more satisfying. I will admit to you all that this is only the second season of my involvement with fantasy leagues. Please take that into consideration should I give any advice (which I will further down the page) as I do not wish to be the reason that your respective team took a loss. Nor do I wish to be the focus of your berserker-like rage. I would however, like to encourage more conversation and debate on the topic than one can currently find on this site.
I firmly believe that involvement in fantasy football leagues can turn the average homer fan into a full on NFL addict. Besides being a powerful means to help you become more familiar with teams and players in the league that most would otherwise have little knowledge of, it gives one the ability to analyse individual match-ups much more accurately and in greater detail. This will in turn make you a better conversationalist on the topic giving you the ability to make more relevant comments based on fact, not conjecture or popular opinion. In addition to that, nothing feels better than picking up a guy that no one wanted like Knowshon Moreno off of waivers and watching him become one of the most sought after players in the league just feels damn good. The cool part is that it is never too late in the season to join a league and there are plenty of places on the net to do so for free.
For those of you that already have a team(s), I would like to give my own little tip of the week that you can likely pick-up right now off of waivers. Of course feel free to put up your own tips in the comment section below.
SD Chargers Keenan Allen:
With 42.2 fantasy points and 2 TDs in the last three weeks it is quickly becoming apparent that he is Philip Rivers favorite target. Rivers is having a great season and Keenan is likely to continue to see a good number of targets. Many jumped on the Eddie Royal bandwagon and have overlooked Allen who is owned in only 9.4% of leagues. Chances are good that you can go get him immediately. I am going to start him for the next two games at least until the Chargers start facing off against much better teams after that point.
Hope you all enjoyed the read and I encourage those of you that do not play to give it a try.