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Gene Wang
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Gene Wang

A sports staff writer at The Washington Post

Fantasy Is All You Need

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Filling out NCAA tournament brackets is a nice diversion in the NFL off season, but it hardly compares to the sheer drama, vitriol and, let's be honest, insobriety enjoyed at many fantasy football drafts.

Who among us fantasy football enthusiasts doesn't relish watching a fellow owner squirm, sweat and suffer with that all important first pick? Then the real fun begins with the inevitable ridicule that follows.

As the draft progresses into the late rounds and the beer begins to flow more liberally, the insults grow more pointed. That's especially true if you had spent considerable time researching whom to select as your No. 3 wide receiver, only to watch him come off the board one pick ahead of you.

There's no camaraderie in college basketball bracketology. Picking the road to the Final Four and ultimately a national champion is a highly personal process, and the gambling masses don't throw keggers for it like they do for a fantasy football draft.

Then there's the issue of diminishing returns. In an NCAA tournament pool, if your top seeds are eliminated early, chances are your bracket is not worth the paper on which it's printed anymore. In fantasy football, even if your first pick -- let's say Tom Brady -- is injured for the year, you have the opportunity to salvage your season with clever maneuvering, like adding Matt Cassel, for instance.

Plus an NCAA tournament bracket provides, what, three weeks worth of excitement? Fantasy football frivolity lasts at least four times as long.

That's why, come this Selection Sunday, I'll be scouting sleeper running backs, looking for the next Earnest Graham or Tashard Choice as I construct my master roster for fantasy football domination.

By Gene Wang  |  March 15, 2009; 5:13 AM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football , Gene Wang Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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