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Fantasy Football – The True Colts Fan Policy

As I’m sure that everyone now knows, the 2011 football season is back on. And while this is very exciting news for the owners, the players, NFL Fans, and the city of Indianapolis, it’s time we start thinking ahead to what really matters this season: Fantasy Football.

I consider myself a pretty good Fantasy Football contender every year. Granted, I’ve only won my league once in the past 4 years, but I’ve been to the championship game three years running (Sidenote: this has always been the danger of having Peyton Manning as your fantasy quarterback. The Colts have a habit of sitting their star players the final three weeks of the season, aka, Fantasy Playoffs.

But God bless him, I can’t help but loving Manning as my QB, not only for his awesome passing ability, but also to pick up that one rushing TD he gets every year with a QB sneak.). That being said, every year I face the same dilemma when drafting my potential championship team. I call it the “True Colts Fan Policy.” I REFUSE TO PICK PLAYERS FROM THE COLTS’ BIGGEST RIVAL, THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS.

I for one believe they are the evil empire of the NFL (Spygate anyone?). No doubt Tom Brady is a good quarterback and often is a high scorer for whoever has him on their fantasy team (heck, some games he’s even run up the score to have an even higher value than normal), but I just can’t bring myself to have him be my starting quarterback based on principle. I’m sure many other fantasy owners feel the same way about their favorite team’s biggest rival. Do Steelers fans choose Ray Rice as their starting running back? Probably not if they can avoid it.

I don’t limit myself to just Brady though. I won’t pick anyone from the New England Patriots. I didn’t take Randy Moss when I had the chance the year he was doing unbelievable things before the Patriots lost the Super Bowl to the Giants (more on that in another post). I refuse to pick up Wes Welker or BenJarvus Green-Ellis, even though I’m sure both will produce decent points for a round 3-5 pick. In fact, the only person I would even consider taking from the Patriots is Sammy Morris and that’s largely due to the fact that he has the same name as my dormitory hall in college (Taylor University in Upland, Indiana for those who are wondering), but Morris hardly produces the points to make that sort of compromise worth it, even if the name is nostalgic.

This has presented some, shall we say, “moral issues” more than once during a league draft when trying to stock my team with players that I know will produce points. No doubt about it, Tom Brady puts points on the board. And with the addition of Chad Ochocinco to complement the already dangerous Wes Welker, I’m sure 2011 will be a good year again for Brady and the Pats (it’s a shame too because I had Ochocinco last year and I like his abrasive personality).

But I just can’t do it. I refuse to put myself in a position where I am rooting for the Patriots to do well (Sidenote 2: This hasn’t really been an issue for other AFC South teams like the Texans or the Titans because let’s be honest, they’re hardly a threat, right? *nudge nudge*). And that’s what it comes down to, isn’t it? We want our players to do well so we find ourselves rooting for them to help our team. I never want to have to root for the Patriots.

I usually make up for this by over-stocking my team with amazing Colts players (Fortunately there is no shortage of those. Last year I had Manning, Addai, Clark, and Collie. And then later after key injuries, I picked up Donald Brown and Jacob Tamme.). This usually is only an issue during week 6 or whenever the Colts have a bye week. Good policy? Bad policy? Who knows, but I’m sure I’m not the only person who avoids players from rival teams.

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