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Fantasy Football 2012

With apologies to non-sports/football fans, but this is my annual fantasy football post. Previous posts included: Fantasy Football (2008), Life Lessons from Fantasy Football (2009), Fantasy Football 2010 Underway, and Getting Ready for Fantasy Football 2011.

This is my fifth season playing fantasy football (all in our church league at Centre Grove). My strategy has evolved over the years. This year, I’ve tried to streamline my preparation and research even more than in the past, and the following is my current strategy.

I follow a number of fantasy football experts on Twitter (my Fantasy Football list). I’m currently following 41 people, but it’s changes periodically, as I add some and remove others to keep the list manageable.

RSS Reader
This year, I started using an RSS reader to subscribe to my favorite fantasy football articles. I subscribe using Google Reader and then quickly skim the articles in Mr. Reader (an iPad app).

Rotoworld Player News
I also like the Rotoworld Player News iPad app.
For rankings, I rely almost solely on, which compiles around 100 or more expert rankings each week. Their free service, My Playbook, where you can import your fantasy team, is a must-use resource. is a major time saver!

NFL Fantasy Live
I don’t often get to watch NFL Fantasy Live, but it’s a good program that airs on online (and on NFL Network) Monday through Friday, as well as Sunday before game time. When I have some spare moments, I try to watch parts of an episode or two online (picking and choosing among segments listed in the sidebar).

Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming!

Getting Ready for Fantasy Football 2011

On this blog, we write mostly about leadership and other ministry-related areas. We sometimes post family updates, especially throughout the adoption processes for both Ethan and Sarah. But I’ve also been known to write an occasional post about fantasy football—Fantasy Football (2008), Life Lessons from Fantasy Football (2009), Fantasy Football 2010 Underway (2010). The thing… Continue →

Game Night

Tonight, we watched the Steelers play in the AFC Championship game. Well, actually, the kids went to bed at their usual bedtime which was just before halftime. But before they did, they got to do a little cheering (there was a lot more cheering to do in the first half, anyway). They also got to… Continue →

Fantasy Football 2010 Underway

Last night was pretty wild. It was draft night for third season of fantasy football for some people from Centre Grove (and beyond). We had 12 players (or “teams”) the first year, 14 last year, and this year, we’ve gone to two leagues of 12 teams each! (I wrote about my first season of fantasy… Continue →

Finish Strong

On Super Bowl Sunday at Centre Grove, I focused on the theme, “Finish Strong,” wearing the Saints’ Finish Strong t-shirt from Finish Strong. “Finish Strong” was the motivating theme for the New Orleans Saints this season. But it’s also an important theme for followers of Jesus! Here’s a sampling of sports references from Scripture …… Continue →

Life Lessons from Fantasy Football

Last year, I wrote about my first year of playing fantasy football in a new league at Centre Grove UMC. We’re playing again this year, and I’m learning that some of the tips for playing fantasy football are also good life lessons. Do your homework. Doing your homework begins in the preseason. A numbers of… Continue →

Go-To Receivers

One of the things that I particularly became aware of during my first season of fantasy football was the value of individual players. For example, when choosing a wide receiver, ideally I wanted to choose one who was considered the quarterback’s primary go-to receiver (which might change over the course of the season, depending on… Continue →

Fantasy Football

I played my first season of Fantasy Football (FF) this year, and have enjoyed it. Shortly after arriving at Centre Grove in July, I was asked if I wanted to be part of a new fantasy football league made up mostly of guys from the church. I like to watch football and thought it would… Continue →

Legendary Coaches: John Wooden

As we reach the end of this series of posts about legendary coaches from the special feature on the We Are Marshall DVD, we’re ready to learn from one of the greatest leaders/coaches in sports history, John Wooden. “… never cease trying to be the best you can be.” (Wooden) On teaching … A coach… Continue →