August 27, 2015

a look back at my fantasy football prince charmings

During the past three years, I’ve managed five fantasy football teams with mixed results (and never a title), but it wasn’t for a lack of trying. Each time I drafted a team, I sought to find a group of players worthy of the title “Fantasy Football Prince Charming” to help me secure my rightful throne as queen of the fantasy football league.

In retrospect, perhaps I should have looked for a knight with an army to do my bidding rather than a figurehead (think Daenerys Targaryen in "Game of Thrones" rather than "Cinderella"). I suppose it’s only inevitable I was confused. Most of my experience about attaining nobility is limited to Disney movies and romance novels. I should have studied up on the War of the Roses rather than stopping to smell the roses.

During the last two seasons—and drawing from four teams—I documented my ill-fated attempt to find a Fantasy Football Prince Charming to rule by my side. And despite my failure to secure a title, I “met” a few nice dudes along the way. I'll hope to find some more candidates during this year's fantasy season.

To honor them—and the forthcoming release of my fantasy football-driven novel First & Goal—let’s take a look back at the best and worst of my contenders for the crown.


Peyton Manning (read about him here and here) – Peyton is my constant. I’ve had him on one of my fantasy teams each of the past three years, and he has only on one occasion let me down (and everyone has a bad week). Sometimes a woman needs to be able to depend on a man—or quarterback—to even believe in love—or the possibility of winning games.

Calvin Johnson (read about him here and here) – Oh, Megatron, how I missed you last season. Calvin was a star on my team during my first two years of fantasy football, and he was a big playmaker. I’ll admit there were moments in the first season when I wondered why he wasn’t performing as well as I’d like, but I soon learned that it isn’t always the wide receiver’s fault when a quarterback is figuring out the game.

Jordy Nelson (read about him here) – One of the few Packers players I’ve had on my team, Jordy Nelson has the “old reliable” components of Peyton with the stud factor of Megatron. When Jordy and Aaron Rodgers collaborate on the field, magic happens. I contend that their partnership is one of the greatest bromances happening on the field in this era. Knowing he won't be on the field this year breaks my heart. He could have been "the one."

LeSean McCoy (read about him here) – When Shady is at his best, it doesn’t get much better. During my Cinderella season of 2013 (where I started the season in last place and ended up finishing as the first runner-up) LeSean was the perfect first-round draft pick and an obvious keeper for the next season in my keeper league.


LeSean McCoy (read about him here) – When Shady isn’t at his best, he has the ability to break hearts. After a wonderful 2013 together, 2014 was filled with disappointing numbers that made me question everything we had together. We finished our season with a losing record, and it still tears me apart.

Eli Manning (read about him here) – We had one good game together, and that was all it was. Two ships passing in the night… While I’m fortunate for our time together, there’s no way I could commit to him. Especially not when his brother and I have such a good thing going.

Jamaal Charles (read about him here) – Maybe I was expecting too much from him too soon. Maybe I should have been more realistic. But when you take someone with your first draft pick, you expect him to put up some big numbers week in and out rather than spending half of his life on the will-he-won’t-he play-this-week bench. Sorry to put you here, buddy, but I'm also not sorry, because this just didn't work out well for us.

So, watch out men of the NFL. I'm drafting the first of my new teams on Sunday, and I have a bunch of blank spaces waiting for your name.

Now that you’ve read my best and worst fantasy players, it’s your turn to weigh-in. Who are your favorite players in the league?

About the Book
When Harper Duquaine’s no-nonsense approach to work unintentionally ruffles the wrong feathers at her new job, she joins her co-workers’ fantasy football league to prove she can hang with the guys. Only problem: she doesn’t know a sleeper from a keeper (or any of the other lingo thrown her way).

Embroiled in a world of lineups, stats, and trades, Harper’s quest to make nice topples when her competitive streak emerges. And her promise to herself that she’ll be a strong, independent woman and leave the drama and heartache behind is seriously tested when she catches the attention of her two biggest competitors: J.J., a local celebrity determined to win a fantasy championship, and Brook, the mild-mannered coach who seems too good to be true. Both threaten her resolve to remain single… and, more importantly, her chances at winning the prize pool.

With a slew of conflicting advice in her real and fantasy worlds, Harper must figure out how to play the game and come out a winner.

Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Marching Ink on 9/9/15. 
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