2.5 More Days! Who’s Ready?

League of Ruinations Fantasy Football Draft

Saturday, August 24

2:00 p.m. CT/12:00 p.m. PT

Seriously, guys. Don’t forget to draft. Autodraft waits for no man, so you need to make sure you are logged in and ready to go before the draft starts.

Don’t be late. Run if you have to.

You can access the draft site by logging in to your team page and then clicking “Draft Now.” The button isn’t there right now – it’s just a countdown. But it will be there on draft day.

If you don’t know if you can make the draft or you just want to insure yourself against a laptop meltdown, alien takeover, zombie apocalypse, etc. you can set a draft order or strategy.

F*ck. Good thing they all set their pre-draft rankings.

If you log in to your team page (make sure the “My Team” tab is highlighted), you should see two links by your team icon.

One will allow you to “Edit Pre-Draft Player Rankings.” With this method you can simply drag and drop players from ESPN’s draft ranking into your own. Make sure to save the rankings when you have finished. You don’t have to adhere to these rankings during the live draft. However, if you are unable to participate in the live draft or if you take too long to select a player, ESPN will Autopick from the highest available player on your rankings.

For the record, this is a work in progress. I can’t give all my secrets away, you know.

The other option is to “Edit Autopick Strategy.” Rather than selecting individual players, you can tell ESPN what position you would like to pick in each round. If you don’t have a preference of position that round, you can also go with “Best Available,” which will Autopick the highest ranked player available. You can do this until one hour before the draft begins.

This is just an example. It’s not my strategy. Just saying.

Dues

The buy in for this league is $5. Ideally, the due date would be by the first or second week of the season. This ensures that nobody flakes on dues because he or she is already ineligible for playoffs. There are three ways we can do this.

  1. PayPal – each of you can send your $5 to mary.dacuma@gmail.com, trust that I won’t spend it all on hookers and blow, and then I pay out the winners at the end of the season.
  2. Bank of America Transfer – if we all have Bank of America, you can direct transfer into my account and trust me to pay out the winners at the end of the season.
  3. There is a secure, online service called LeagueSafe wherein you can pay the $5 via online banking transfer for free, the money is held by LeagueSafe for the duration of the season and paid out as I direct it. The advantage is that you can see where the money is all season long. The disadvantage is that it’s one other money service that requires you to set up an account

I don’t have a preference for any of these options. I can promise that I won’t spend our league money, but I understand if you would prefer your funds to be in a neutral zone. Either way, let me know your opinion by answering our season’s first poll!

Around the NFL

The last few weeks have been tough on the New England Patriots. Rob Gronkowski’s injuries ran into complications. Their other good TE, Aaron Hernandez, was arrested for murder, and God struck down Tom Brady in an effort to move Tim Tebow to the starting QB position (just kidding on that last part…or maybe not). Now their WR1, Danny Amendola, has been listed as Day-to-Day with an unspecified injury. Some of you may remember that Danny Amendola was brought to the Patriots over the summer after the Patriots were unable to meet Wes Welker’s contract demands. Amendola had a stellar performance last year as a wideout (wide receiver who catches the longer passes) on the St. Louis Rams – when he managed to stay healthy. Analysts (and I) have voiced concerns over Amendola’s ability to stay in the game on the Patriots. Only time will tell whether or not Amendola can live up to Welker’s standards. But one thing is for sure: somewhere on a Denver Broncos practice field, Wes Welker is ugly cackling right now.

Wes Welker’s face right now

To the surprise of nobody who was even bothering to pay attention, Michael Vick was officially named the starting QB for the Philadelphia Eagles. The announcement follows what the media tried to play up as a heated competition between Vick and Nick Foles, who started for the Eagles last season after Vick’s season-ending concussion. However, the appointment confirms what every football analyst (and every avid football fan) could have predicted. Congratulations, Michael Vick!

Winner, winner…

Arian Foster practiced today! He was removed from the PUP (physically unable to perform) list after being sidelined with calf and back issues. While Foster has yet to play during preseason, he claims that he should be ready for his Week 1 game against the Chargers. I wouldn’t doubt it. He is Arian Foster, and it’s the Chargers.

Yeah, he’ll be fine.

I am scared excited to hear that so many of you have been looking through the rankings, reading football news and even doing mock drafts! And bonus points to Mike for enthusiastically initiating the smack talk. I think this is going to be a fun inauguratory season and I can’t wait to get it started.

I’ll be posting instructions about setting your line up and making transactions (trades and add/drops) once the draft is over. Best of luck to everyone on Draft Day!

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