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The past two summers have left me wishing the NFL season lasted 162 games and that Major League Baseball called it a wrap after, oh, about five.
As much as the inner fantasy warlord loathes the four-day stay in purgatory called the All-Star break, I love the days and weeks leading up to the July 31 MLB trade deadline.
After reading last week's football draft preview, many including a certain defending league champion who fears his beloved Lions quarterback won't make it past his first born in the first round wondered where the world's biggest homer stood on Raiders running back Darren McFadden.
Look up disappointment in the dictionary and you will find a picture of my 2012 fantasy baseball team. But while I wait for my team to pull off the greatest of comebacks, let's shift our focus over to football with a potential first-round draft preview.
The number two, and its many written and numerical variations, often carries with it a negative connotation.
Who's on first? Something for everybody.
We typically go into hibernation from January to late March, but after three consecutive years of being my league's smelly sock, we're staying open for business and getting a jump-start on Fantasy Baseball 2009.
With apologies to our friends the platypus, the aye-aye and, of course, Terrell Owens, mankind has never known a more perplexing creature than the pitcher.
What do you mean it's too early to talk fantasy baseball?
Two weeks later, we're still dumbfounded at how one can tank a draft, routinely strand 300 receiving points on the bench and be in ninth place with six weeks to go, yet somehow squeak out a third-place finish in the final week without the benefit of competent quarterback play or a dominating rushing performance.
Stop! Don't do it. Not now. Not in Week 16. Not with everything hanging in the balance.
And we're back! In more ways than one, but more on that later.With just three weeks remaining in the NFL's regular season, we can officially tag players with the labels "stud" or "bust."
Everybody loves the smell of a perfectly-cooked turkey ... except when it lands on your fantasy team's roster.
With NFL bye weeks done and fantasy league trading deadlines fast approaching, the real work begins for those forced to play catch-up.
There's always one "Uh, Oh" week fantasy football owners circle on the calendar.