Fantasy football just around the corner

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

Fantasy football time is here. Men and women all over the country are busy preparing draft strategies and wish lists for the upcoming season. Some leagues are already done with their drafts and are just eagerly awaiting the NFL season to begin.

Fantasy football has become a cottage industry of its own. Countless magazines and websites are devoted to the subject. Organized Internet leagues continue to sprout up daily with alluring prize packages ranging from cash to trips to the Super Bowl for the lucky winners.

In the past, I’ve been a part of several local leagues. I’ve never tried to branch out and compete in one of the nationwide leagues. A couple of reasons have helped me make that decision. I’m pretty sure I’d strictly be making a donation to someone else who sits in front of their computer 20 hours per day endlessly analyzing statistics of every active player and position in the league. He or she deserves to win if they are devoting that amount of time and energy into their “hobby.” I don’t have that kind of time, nor do I have that type of dedication when it comes to managing a fantasy football team. I’m certain that’s why I’d never stand a chance of winning at that level.

I’m also afraid of the embarrassment that would accompany a dismal showing by my team. I’m not sure I could handle the ribbing if one of the other owners discovered I write a football column during the season, and my team failed to finish very high in the rankings. I’d be a pretty big target for ridicule.

I don’t mind taking that kind of abuse from my “buddies,” but my ego would never be able to handle those kinds of blows coming from some fantasy football geek in Knuckleknob Creek, Ark. Even though I probably could fire back with the witty retort, “Well, at least I don’t still live in my parents’ basement!”

So, to all of you fantasy owners out there, I say best wishes for the upcoming season. I’d be curious to find out which players you think will have a great fantasy season. I know the standard answers are Aaron Rodgers and Adrian Peterson, but I’m looking for the sleeper/steal of the draft. But then again, aren’t we all?

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the July 31-Aug. 6, 2013, issue

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