Edson: This Is The Best Time of Year For Fantasy Sports Owners

If you are like me – and there are millions of us out there around the country – this is the best time of the year to be a fantasy sports owner.

I mean, how do you beat managing a team down the homestretch in baseball and then turning around and having three fantasy football drafts in one week?

It’s great entertainment.

And to be truthful, a little fantasy sports is a much-needed break from so much negativity going on around us.

So how do fantasy owners handle this time of year? Preparation is the key.

My fantasy baseball team has a month to go. I adjust my lineup every day, but it only takes anywhere from 3-5 minutes. Big deal.

The last couple of weeks have been all about preparing for my fantasy drafts. Two of my leagues are “snake” drafts. That means if you are in a 10-person league and you draft first, your next pick is No. 20. On the other hand, if you have the last pick of the first round, No. 10, then you get the first pick of the second round, No. 11.

And the last pick of the first round is where I stand in our Traverse City Fantasy League. We started this league 37 years ago when I worked at the Record-Eagle. We had access to all the NFL box scores on the Associated Press wire, so even though we had to hand score everything, we got by just fine.

Over the last decade, fantasy sports has become big business. Now you can join leagues and do mock drafts for free.

But free or not, the puzzle is still the same: Who should I draft with my top pick. At No. 10 in our league, which is old school and still awards six points to a quarterback for a touchdown pass or run, I was looking at Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.

Then an odd thing happened: He abruptly retired Saturday night because of injuries at age 29. So it’s back to the drawing board.

The draft I enjoy most – and I didn’t think I would – is my Leelanau auction league. The draft lasts about six hours and every player is auctioned. Everyone starts with $130 fictional dollars and you have to be very strategic about how you spend your money.

The third football league I’m in is pretty unique – my sisters and some cousins have a league of our own. I’m shocked at how serious this league can get, given the lack of sports background some of my relatives have. I’m pleasantly surprised when we’re at family outings and they want to talk fantasy football. It’s almost like I’m living in a parallel universe.

So this week – leading up to my three fantasy drafts – I’ll be spending a lot of time doing mock drafts on the computer and picking up free agents for my baseball team.

Sounds like a pretty care free life, doesn’t it? If you think it is, chances are you haven’t played fantasy sports… yet!

Nick Edson is a retired Hall of Fame columnist and sportswriter. He worked 25 years at the Traverse City Record-Eagle, 18 as sports editor. He is a two-time president of the Associated Press Sports Editors Association and a member of the Michigan Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.