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    Three Years as a Fantasy Football Loser: A Retrospective
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    My third year of Fantasy Football has drawn to a close.  I’m in last place, as usual.  It’s not all that surprising-I actually know so little about football some would say I have no business playing at all.  But I can talk trash with the best of them and it gives me an excuse to watch football on the weekends.

    So what have I learned from my Fantasy experience?  Plenty.

    For starters, I cannot draft a good running back to save my life.  Three years ago I drafted Darren McFadden on a shared team and he did pretty well.  Then I drafted him again last year and he was injured every other game.  But of course I did not learn my lesson.  I convinced myself he would be better this year.  He was not.

    I also have learned a hard lesson-running backs are much more important to a Fantasy team than any other position, including a quarterback.  So perhaps keeping the Seahawks defense as my second draft pick in our keeper league and then drafting Matthew Stafford as my third pick and not even getting a running back until my FOURTH pick was a mistake.  Perhaps.

    Maybe drafting TWO kickers in the initial draft was not a good idea.  Maybe I should have drafted better running backs or tight ends or wide receivers before I drafted such a low-scoring position.  But Sebastian Janikowski and David Akers did so well for me last year, how could I not get them again?  And I had Janikowski in my shared team when he tied the record for longest field goal in 2011, scoring us some insane amount of points for a kicker.

    But there’s no place for sentimentality in Fantasy Football.

    So what did I do right?  Last year I drafted Andrew Luck as my starting quarterback.  He had such an amazing rookie year I made him my number one draft pick in our keeper league this year.  I’m glad I did because now I’m a Colts fan for life.

    If we do a keeper league again next year, Luck will still be my number one.  Number two is a tossup between Danny Amendola and Darren McFadden.  As much as I like to think I’ll pick Amendola, we all know it’s going to be McFadden.  It’s always McFadden.

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    I'm a Louisville native with a passion for traveling and homegrown tomatoes. I write the bourbon news, which keeps me plenty busy since Louisville is the center of the bourbon universe. See bourbon news happening? Contact me on Twitter @LouGirl502!

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