2017 NFL Kickoff: Draft your fantasy team now

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The 2017 NFL kickoff is here, and if you are like me, this is excitement second only to Christmas.

First, because Fall is one of the greatest, most beautiful, crisp comfortable and brief times of year, filled with pumpkins and Friday night lights, and the crunch of leaves underfoot. In short, it is amazing, but before we know it, the crimson and gold leaves have left the trees, the grass turns brown, and we are left just waiting around for a blanket of white.

That being said, let’s enjoy the lead up to fall, and the lead up to Sundays with football again by talking a little, well, football.

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It’s no secret, really, that the Denver Broncos are poised for one of their least prolific seasons ever. We are in that limbo period of “growth” and that usually means squeaking out an 8-8 season, if we are lucky.

Our quarterback situation is rife with unknowns, our offensive line strength is still questionable, meaning our run game is also questionable, and it seems other teams in the league have simply improved in the offseason.

But hey, we still have Von Miller and the Orange Crush defense to cheer about, and for a lot of you, we still have Fantasy Football.

I tend to think the worse your home team is expected to do, the more weight your fantasy team will carry. I am in three Fantasy leagues this year, and between that and DraftKings, it can almost take the sting off of the subpar season ahead.

If you plan on drafting yourself a team or two as well, make sure to do your research! There are always sleepers, busts, and match-ups to consider ahead of time, but ultimately, fantasy is as much a game of luck as it is strategy. You can pour hours of research into crafting a dream team, and the suddenly your star wide receiver’s quarterback goes down, and his production along with it. Or, worse, the player who is carrying your team goes down himself (i.e., Julian Edelman for those early draft leagues).

Even still, I don’t feel like there is a better way to spend the football season than having a friendly (or not-so-friendly) weekly rivalry with your friends.

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Don’t believe me? Head over to Netflix and watch a few episodes of The League. Not only will you laugh until you cry, but you will really appreciate a months-long competition between friends.

If you want my advice, I would hold on drafting a quarterback in the first round, and pick up as many good flex players as you can. For multi-quarterback leagues, I guess a first round QB would be okay, but if you don’t have one of the top five picks, I just don’t think any of them are dependable enough to be worth it.

Take it from someone who drafted Cam Newton for her first pick last year, and suffered the consequences all season long. His sub-par production was largely due to injury and fatigue, but that just isn’t something you can predict ahead of time.

So play it safe and pick up wide receivers or running backs who you can easily swap in and out for maximum production.

At the end of the season, if you end up victorious in your league, it’s a pretty great feeling. And if there’s money involved, that feeling is even sweeter.

So draft a fantasy league, so that way, even if the Broncos lay an egg, you have something to celebrate.

P.S. If Denver turns out to be good this year, and they somehow eke out a playoff appearance, no one will be happier I was wrong than me.

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