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December 26, 2013

Fantasy forecast: Pass the fantasy fun around

Let me start by wishing you a Merry Christmas!    

    You know, one of my earliest memories of fantasy football was near Christmas. I was at my great grandmothers and my uncle Wally asked me, my brother, and my cousin if we wanted to play Fantasy Football. We thought it might be a video game (for the original Nintendo), but he explained the concept to us. I have been hooked ever since.

    Back then we had no internet, or computer, so we each picked one quarterback, two running backs, and two wide receivers (not many tight ends caught passes back then) and then we had to get the paper on Monday to add up and see who won.

    Like this, I hope you use Fantasy Football as something to bring your family together. Next year I am starting a league with my brother, sister, dad, brother and sister in-law, and several cousins. What a great way to stay in touch. I also can’t wait until my son is old enough to draft a team with me, and then we can watch and root for our players together on Sunday afternoon.

    Maybe take this approach, if you play invite your son/daughter or husband/wife to take part. Who knows, maybe they will find joy in your hobby as well.

    You are probably only playing this week for fun, but I know a few leagues play a final that combines your score from weeks 16 and 17. So, in case you have a player whose team is locked into their spot and you are afraid they might sit here are a few options for you.

QB

    Ryan Tannehill (MIA)- A lot of fantasy gurus were really high on Tannehill last week, and rightfully so as he has been hot lately. So what happened? Right on cue he threw in an 82 yard and 0 touchdown day. So, why should you pick him up? Because this week he gets a very weak Jets secondary and any hope of going to the playoffs means the Dolphins must win this game. If you need quarterback help this week because your starter might sit, look at Tannehill. He is available in over 80 percent of leagues.

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