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Thursday 20th Jul 2017

My personal favorite fantasy football contest of all time was the FFOC, the Fantasy Football Open Championship. Why? Well it offered, to date, the biggest carrot the Fantasy Sports Industry has ever seen: one million dollars. Ironically, it culminated in the most grueling, most painful spectator fandom experience imaginable. Fifteen finalists, among thousands of competing teams, would receive an all expenses paid trip to the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Fourteen of them would be subject to the ultimate tease of watching their millionaire dreams crumble before their Strip smitten eyes. Fortunately and unfortunately, I was subject to this torture in consecutive years, both in 2008 and again in 2009. In the inaugural season of the contest, I was two plays away from the jackpot. In its second and final season, just one play stood in the way of a million greenbacks. This is the merciless nature of the sport we compete in. All skill can really do is put you in the top circle, then you just hope and pray that the fantasy football gods smile upon you in the final weeks of the playoffs. Luck breaks both ways. As long as our skill is up to the task of getting us close, lady luck will eventually smile upon us and the fates will relent and allow us to bask in the joy of victory. The only problem is that your traditional high stakes league takes a good 4-6 months and countless hours of work; week in and week out grinding the waiver wire and diligent lineup maintenance. After all that, we can make all the right moves and all the right lineup decisions and still injuries and fluke plays can seal our doom. It might take 50 trials for all of the luck to even out, and waiting until we are 90+ years old to finally hit the big one isn’t the most glorious proposition.

Fanduel.com has an answer. With weekly leagues in football and daily leagues in baseball, you can run through 170 “trials” every single year, more than enough time for things to even out. I’ve been dipping my toes into Fanduel’s waters and the temperature is fine. They also have their Fantasy Football Championship with a $1,000,000 grand prize and a $300,000 second place purse to take away the sting for the runner-up. Come back later this week and I’ll post my entry into the hottest contest in the industry along with my take on some good plays this weekend.

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