I’ve been ready for some football since the final seconds ticked off the game clock at the Super Bowl. Now, a new season is upon us, and it brings high expectations for players and coaches, renewed hope for fans, and – best of all – Fantasy Football drafts for geeks like me.
It’s no secret that I love Fantasy Football. And, I’m not the only one. In fact, there are a few others in our alternative financing industry that enjoy Fantasy Football just as much as we do here at Business Financial Services. So much so, that Sean Murray of DailyFunder and Heather Francis of Merchant Cash Group created the Alternative Lending Fantasy Football League for Charity. Business Financial Services joined this league last year and we were fortunate enough to win and, in turn, donate $4,500 to our charity, The Wounded Warrior Project. We hope to continue our winning streak in our industry league to support this noble cause.
For those unfamiliar with Fantasy Football, it’s the closest that most of us are ever going to get to owning and coaching our very own NFL team. Basically, you draft a team of players, then set your starting lineup every week to play another team in your league. Your team wins when your players outperform your opponent’s players.
I’ve always enjoyed watching NFL games but it wasn’t until I discovered Fantasy Football a few years ago that it quickly became a full-blown obsession. When you play Fantasy Football, every game becomes significant. It forces you to truly learn the nuances of the game, study players’ trends and obsess over things like positional depth charts and weekly matchups.
Every year, I dissect the Draft Day Manifesto and Love/Hate columns from Fantasy Football expert Mathew Berry as if they contained classified material that only I can decipher. I spend hours discussing player rankings and draft strategies with friends.
Oh and the spread sheets! You should see my wondrous color-coded spread sheets with players ranked into my very own custom tiers by position. Sometimes I’m right and sometimes I’m wrong, but it’s always fun.
I’m very excited to represent Business Financial Services in the Alternative Lending Fantasy Football League for Charity. Not only will our industry collectively support a great cause, but how cool is it that I get to play Fantasy Football for work? We will do our best to win this year’s prize pool for The Wounded Warrior Project.
This year, the two industry leagues were consolidated into one larger 16-team league. We had our draft last week and this is how it all shook out. Our team, the BFS Money Badgers, drew the 8th pick and I selected running backs Montee Ball and Doug Martin in the 1st and 2ndrounds. The pool of elite players dries up quickly in a league this size, so I wanted to make sure we grabbed two top running backs early and fill in the rest of our roster as best as possible.
I was praying for Rob Gronkowski, the star tight end for the New England Patriots, to drop to me in the 4th round but he got snatched up one pick before mine by the WBL CT team. Getting Gronk in the 4th round of such a deep league is an absolute steal and was the best value pick of this draft, in my opinion.
After the dust settled, we came away with one of the strongest running back combos, a solid core of wide receivers and were left with deficits at tight end and quarterback (Tony Romo and Eli Manning … ugh, I know). We have some stiff competition in this league, especially from some of the better teams like Golden Rate, The Resource, Stacking TDs, and the Tail Gators, but I think our team is definitely a strong contender. BFS Money Badgers don’t care, we’re in it to win it!
The only thing better than Fantasy Football is Fantasy Football for charity. Not only was it fun to win last year, but it was truly an honor to be able to support the heroes who served our country. And we’re back at it this year, ready to defend our title and benefit The Wounded Warrior Project again. Wish us luck!
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