NetAtlantic Storms to First in Division 2; Epsilon Clinches Playoff Spot; Why I Don't do a Live Draft
By Ken Magill
In the most dramatic turn of events so far this season, the NetAtlantic Storm has won its fourth game in a row while its Division 2 rivals suffer from multi-game losing streaks, leaving NetAtlantic sitting on top of Division 2.
Also, Epsilon’s Harmony Army became the first team to clinch a playoff spot by winning their sixth game in a row, improving their record to a league-leading 9-1.
Epsilon beat eBay Enterprise 137.96 to 133.04. eBay Enterprise’s record is 4-6.
NetAtlantic’s record is 6-4. The Storm helped itself by beating division rival the TowerData Validators 150.02 to 135.02.
For the second week in a row, NetAtlantic’s move to pick up Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles off waivers proved to be inspired Foles scored 44.92 fantasy points this week.
Rumor has it Foles will be Philadelphia’s starting quarterback for the remainder of the season. At least that’s if NetAtlantic and their Michael Vick voodoo doll have anything to say about it.
TowerData is now tied for second place in Division 2 with Omeda’s Oh My! Omeda, both with records of 5-5.
Omeda lost their third game in a row this week, falling to Movable Ink’s Inkredibles 105.86 to 170.14.
The Inkredibles are on a two-game win streak and have a record of 4-6.
Meanwhile, every team in Division 3 lost this week, leaving its standings unchanged.
Pl Marketing’s PL Promo lost to email consultant Dylan Murphy’s Moodachay 114.58 to 145.88.
PL Promo remains tied for first place in Division 3 with Message Systems’ MS Destroyers, both with records of 6-4.
Message Systems lost to Return Path’s Spammer Slammers 110.02 to 116.92.
FreshAddress’s @men lost to Responsys’s Provokes a Responsys 92.48 to 113.8.
The eWayDirect Avengers lost to Living Social’s Illegal Use of Hands in a squeaker, 107.46 to 108.6.
Moodachay and Return Path are tied for second place in Division 1 with records of 7-3. They would lead either of the other two divisions, but have the misfortune of being in Division 1 with Epsilon.
Why I Don’t Conduct a Live Draft
On a different topic, I’m hearing through the grapevine there’s been some grousing over my decision not to do a live draft. Maybe an explanation is in order:
Team owners for this league are spread across the U.S.
Every year, it’s all I can do to get everyone to set their teams on time.
Setting this league up happens at the end of August when a lot of folks are on vacation. One team owner this year didn’t answer his email or set his team until the day before the draft.
The following is the content of an actual email from someone who wanted me to do a live draft:
“My draft windows are a little tight…
“I have three drafts slated for 17th, 26th, and Sept 2
“Also unavailable on 20th & 27th”
Now imagine managing 14 of those. I’m not a secretary.
I also don’t think live drafts are all that important. They’re fun if you can get everyone in the same room having a few beers, but they’re not necessary.
I have played in the same fantasy football league for more than a decade. It’s called the Grassroots League, named after the New-York-City dive bar where it was launched.
We used to hold live drafts and then, one by one, some of us moved out of the city. One went to Boston. One went to Hawaii. The wife and I moved into the sticks. Some of us have kids and don’t hang out in bars anymore.
When the Grassroots commissioner decided to switch to an automatic draft, I was wary. Though I understood why he made the decision.
But I have since concluded that automatic drafts always result in two or three really good players, some average ones and an area of real need.
This year, my area of real need is running back. Yes, I have Matt Forte, but then my next best player is Trent friggin’ Richardson.
And here’s the point: Before the season, no one predicted Richardson would be as unproductive as he’s been.
In a live draft, you will misfire as often as an autodraft will misfire on your behalf.
It’s how you manage your team—along with some luck—that determines the success of your season.
There’s a reason Return Path and TowerData are always competitive. It’s the same reason the guy who steered e-Dialog’s team to win this league’s first championship is now leading the league with Epsilon.
In this particular league, the benefits of holding a live draft don’t even approach outweighing the headache it would be to manage one.