Book Fantasy Football Draft at Hooters 2013

PROMOTION: Hooters adds special message from this guy Jon Gruden to your 2013 draft

Why Draft at Hooters 2013As you might imagine, we get hit up by quite a few companies each preseason to let everyone know about their draft offerings. We try to limit the number of things we throw at you unless we believe they’re something you’d like to know about.

Hooters sent this one our way, and while we are late to the game, we thought those of you still waiting to draft might be interested in taking them up on this offer.

They’ve put together a special package for all those who make reservations to host their fantasy football draft at their local Hooters, but it’s ending soon.

And by soon, we mean this Thursday, September 5. Continue reading

PROMOTION + GIVEAWAY: Dave & Busters wants you to #BringYourD

Dave & Busters, otherwise known as D&B, wants to be the ultimate sports viewing location for fantasy football drafters this season. As such, they’re pulling out all the stops with #BringYourD, a promotion inviting all fantasy football players to host their draft parties at D&B, dubbed by URL as the www.bestsportsbarever.com.

http://youtu.be/kvMpdYu-mAg

When you host your draft party at D&B, you get the room rental for free, WiFi for all your members, 10 percent off food and non-alcoholic beverages (sorry, kids, no free beer), $10 in game play for each drafter, and a copy of Matthew Berry’s book, “Fantasy Life.” The book, of course, is while supplies last.

And they’ve gone the extra mile in decking out their sports bars with some generously sized televisions for your game day watching. You can get a tour on their site.

The Win Stuff Part

So in honor of their efforts, we’re hosting a giveaway. To enter, post your answer to the following question in the comments below, and you could win a gift card from D&B. Winners will be chosen at random tomorrow, Friday, August 30.

Who will finish as the No. 1 running back in fantasy football this season and why?

We’ll notify you via comment reply and, if possible, email if you win. So please make sure you leave a valid email address when you comment using the form below. This giveaway is open to all readers.

DISCLOSURE: I have no material relationship to Dave & Busters, and Fantasy Football Fools received no compensation for sharing this information or hosting this contest for our readers.

How to Evaluate a Fantasy Football Trade

Every league has its issues, but I’ve never come across a league that didn’t have a problem evaluating trades. Whether you’re trying to figure out what to offer another team or debating whether a trade is “fair,” there is no perfect method.

Every league is different — different sizes, different scoring systems, different starting rosters. And every team manager evaluates players in their own way.

As a result, no one can agree completely on whether a deal is fair. That’s why every trade is a negotiation, both with the team you trade with and the league itself.

Of all the questions I talk about with fantasy football buddies, even the ones in other leagues, I get the most questions and discussion about the fairness of trades or whether a trade offer makes sense.

And so I thought it best to share a couple of tools that I use to evaluate trades in a completely neutral way. These tools are completely free, and once you try them, I think you’ll find they make assembling a trade offer easier as well. Rather than calling up a buddy and having to talk through trade options in your head, these tools can help you find what should be considering a good offer before you go to the bargaining table.

But before we get to the tools, a quick aside on vetoing trades.

WHEN TO VETO A TRADE

There are several schools of thought when it comes to vetoing a trade. The two extremes are the most common.

On the one hand are the folks who say a trade should never be vetoed as long as it’s agreed upon by both trade parties. In that system, it’s up to the league to kick out any members who abuse the trading system or who get taken advantage of in trades all too often.

I don’t believe in that practice much because it opens the floor for complaints and because throwing a member out of a league is never a painless process.

The other end of the spectrum requires the league to vote to approve all trades, which gives any league member the right to veto any trade for any reason. These leagues get riled up over the slightest trade variables, and it can really ruin a good fantasy football league when trade arguments get heated. League members will always abuse the veto.

I think the ideal system is somewhere in the middle, but here’s my general rule of thumb: you should be able to defend your trade to the rest of your league with solid reasoning. If you can’t do that, you shouldn’t be making the trade.

Buy lows and sell highs are going to happen. Really, they’re encouraged by even this fine fantasy site. So don’t get caught up in the heat of an argument over trades that may help a good team get better and lose sight of how a trade helps both teams.

That said, it’s often helpful to have a neutral third party to evaluate trades. Not only do a neutral opinion help you decide what a reasonable offer would be before you send it, but it’ll also help you look at a trade from an outsider perspective if you’re a commissioner or if you’re trying to decide if a veto is necessary.

2 TOOLS TO EVALUATE TRADES

Paid tools and league-site specific tools (Yahoo!, etc.) exist, but I have found these two free tools to be perfectly satisfactory. And for the purposes of this article, I’ll stick to the free ones that anyone can use.

1. My standby for the past two seasons has been KFFL’s Fantasy Football Trade Analyzer.

KFFL Fantasy Football Trade Analyzer

It’s not much in the looks department, but KFFL’s trade analyzer gets the job done. You simply enter the players on either side of a trade, choosing the range in the alphabet in which their first name falls to shorten the list of names to choose from at each spot.

Unlike other tools, KFFL does a little more thinking for you by also taking into consideration the starting roster and size of your league.

It feels a little more complete to provide this sort of info when evaluating a trade, but I still wish that KFFL would consider incorporating a FLEX position as an option on the roster. So far, I’ve simply ignored flex postions as a part of my starting roster when entering the form, but for leagues in which you start 2 RBs and a FLEX position, having that third running back to start in the FLEX can be extremely more valuable.

KFFL doesn’t ask for any type of scoring notes, but neither does the other tool I’ll talk about. It starts to get really tricky to look at trades once you start talking about various scoring systems, so I understand the reasoning behind not including it. But if it ever did…that would be awesome. If the league uses PPR scoring, for example, wide receivers would be much more valuable.

I really do like what KFFL brings to the table. The output they give to evaluate a trade tells you not only the most valuable pieces being exchanged, but who’s “winning” the trade and how severe the difference is. In the end, KFFL will give you a definitive answer on whether Team 1 or Team 2 should reject the trade or approve of it as a very fail deal.

KFFL Trade Analyzer Output

Analysis of Frank Gore for Darren McFadden and Plaxico Burress

In my experience, KFFL tends to be pretty conservative on how it rates players, not giving much credit to players on the rise as compared to a stud who’s not performing up to their expected level. But I still love you, KFFL. Good work.

2. The new kid on the block that I’ve also been using late this season is Fantasy Football Nerd’s Trade Analyzer.

Fantasy Football Nerd Trade Analzyer (Beta)

It’s only in beta — and to be honest, maybe I shouldn’t be telling you about it yet — but I already find what Fantasy Football Nerd is building very useful.

FFN’s tool is much faster to input players with a search box and arrow buttons to place a player on either side of an offer. Once players are entered, the analyze button gives you an almost instant answer on who has the better end of the deal.

Since Fantasy Football Nerd doesn’t take into consideration any data on league size or starting positions, it’s hard to say that its trade values are as complete as KFFL’s trade tool, but it is nice to get the quick answer, even if it’s a quick and dirty answer.

I also like that they give a numerical value on exactly how much more valuable the winning side of the trade is.

Fantasy Football Nerd Trade Analyzer Output

Sample analysis of trade of Frank Gore for Darren McFadden and Plaxico Burress

Also on the plus side, the Fantasy Football Nerd tool lets you know that the winning side is getting “the better end of the trade by XX points over the course of the rest of the season.” So you know that their trade tool is looking at how a player will do the rest of the season and not just how they are currently valued. The rest-of-the-season (ROS) value is always what I care about more in a trade than how much a player is worth at that given moment.

Then again, some people may not want something like this out there giving away that “buy low” and “sell high” edge.

HOW TO USE THESE TOOLS

I find myself using both of these tools on a regular basis to put together and judge trades. Fantasy Football Nerd’s analyzer is a nice, quick way to build a trade when you’re trying to put together an offer, and once you’ve got the basic idea together, KFFL is what I feel is the most fair way of judging whether the other owner will think you’re crazy or not for sending it.

KFFL’s analyzer is also the best indicator as to whether the other owners in your league will burn you alive for making that trade. But don’t take it as gospel since KFFL can be a little stingy when it comes to studs versus up-and-comers, as I said before.

As a commish, I’d make KFFL’s Trade Analyzer a regular part of my tool set. When the league starts to get upset about a particular trade, it can sometimes quiet the masses by providing a soothing, “This trade is fair” response. It can also help in challenging an owner to defend a trade when it seems more sloppily assembled.

If you can’t defend a trade by discussing player values, you don’t deserve it, and these tools should help you make a great deal.

For those of you not so concerned about fairness as you are about winning (okay, all of us), I’d definitely bookmark Fantasy Football Nerd’s Analyzer to quickly survey any trade offers you receive and figure out whether to accept.

While it’s in beta now, the FFN analyzer is only going to get better, and Fantasy Football Nerd has already demonstrated a great ability to synthesize a number of opinions and give an unbiased consensus opinion through their weekly rankings.

TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK

Neither of these tools are perfect, and as each evolves, I’d love to hear your feedback on which works best and if you have any interesting ways of using them. I’d also like to hear about any other tools you use when evaluating trades or putting together a trade package. Tell me all about them below in the comments or drop me a note.

Happy trading!

Buffalo Wild Wings Save Our Season Sign

One more reason to hope NFL lockout ends tomorrow

You may be rooting for the lockout to end by tomorrow because July 20 is the official date when players would have started reporting for training camp, but there’s another good reason to hope that the NFL and NFLPA finally come to an agreement on Wednesday.

Free wings.

Buffalo Wild Wings has promised that if the NFL lockout ends on or before July 20, they’ll celebrate by giving away six free wings to everyone in America who signs BWW’s “Save our Season” petition on Facebook. Since the Facebook tab was not loading properly for me, you might have better luck finding the petition here on the Buffalo Wild Wings site.

Yes, this isn’t going to help you in your fantasy football drafts (or will it?), but this provider of fine winged products has been pretty good to the fantasy football community lately. The least we can do is enjoy some free wings if, in fact, their efforts pay off.

Apparently, Buffalo Wild Wings has sent letters to both the NFL and NFLPA, as a representative of sports fans around the country, to plea that a deal be struck so everyone can enjoy some free wings. And they’ve even been so bold as to invite Commissioner Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith to wrap up negotiations over beer and wings.

So if the deal gets done before July 20, I guess we’ll see the real power that BWW has over the NFL…or at least enjoy some wings.

Buffalo Wild Wings Save Our Season Sign

Win a 52″ LCD and a spot on Rules of the League Season 2

I know I’ve been wrapping the season with several contests, which probably isn’t exactly the kind of heavy-hitting football analysis you crave, but…well, it is Super Bowl week.

I’m also in the middle of finalizing the redesign to make Fools more awesome for 2010. (If you’re sober enough, you may notice most of the changes are already in effect.)

The guys from Rules of the League shot me an email this week about this contest, and considering the prize is a shiny new TV that you receive in time to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday, I couldn’t pass up the chance to tell you all about it.

Of course, you can help the Fantasy Football Fools out as well when you enter the contest, as you’ll read in their explanation of the contest below, exclamation points and all.

But for the CliffsNotes version, just tweet out the text in bold below and follow @therulesdottv on Twitter for a chance to win a TV. See? Easy.

Win a 52″ LCD and a spot on Rules of the League Season 2 – http://therules.tv (RT and follow @therulesdottv to enter) #FFFools

So be nice and tweet about the contest with Fantasy Football Fools’ custom hashtag “#FFFools.”

Not only will you be endeared in the hearts of…well, me…forever, you also might score an excellent TV to watch Peyton Manning and Drew Brees compete to hit 400 yards by halftime on Sunday.

And be sure to tweet now. The contest ends on Feb. 4 (tomorrow) at 9 a.m. P.S.T.

Here’s the complete message from Rules of the League:

Check out Rules of the League web comedy over at http://therules.tv.

Win a 52″ LCD TV?   No Way!

In celebration of their first season of the show, they are giving away a 52″ Widescreen LCD TV, and delivering it to your house in time for the big game this Sunday.  All you have to do is tweet out the following message:

“Win a 52″ LCD and a spot on Rules of the League Season 2 – http://therules.tv (RT and follow @therulesdottv to enter) #FFFools”

A winner will be chosen at random from all the people that participate.

Holy Crap!   A Spot in the Show, too?

The winner of the contest also gets to appear in Season 2 of Rules of the League.  Yes!   You heard right.  You get written into an episode of the show next season.

Help Your Favorite Blog!

See the #hash tag at the end of the twitter message above?   That means you’re helping your favorite blog get written into the show, too.  The blog with the most retweets also gets a spot in the show.  Awesome!   All you have to do to enter is retweet the message above.

Spice up your postseason with Buffalo Wild Wings and 10 Yards on DVD

I’ve been meaning to get to a giveaway for some time now, but wrapping up my fantasy football leagues and trash-talking the ones in which I won the championship — it’s a requirement of any champion, you know — took more of my free hours than expected last week. With the fantasy season coming to a close (unless you’re playing playoff fantasy football with FF Librarian), I still have a few prizes to give out to you, my awesome readers.

And so, I’ve come up with an idea for a contest.

Buffalo Wild WingsThose of you who stopped by every week, reading my articles and probably not laughing at all the witty banter I thought was entertaining, deserve to get something for sticking it out. So here’s what I’ve got:

  1. A bottle of your very own Buffalo Wild Wings sauce. I’ve chosen Mango Habanero because, as long as you can stand the burn, it’s the tastiest sauce at BWW. Trust me.
  2. 10 Yards: Fantasy Football on DVD. This movie documented our addicting habit, and I reviewed it earlier this season. Now, you can own it and get a chance to review it for yourself in the comments.

How do you get your hands on one of these lovely treats? Well, we’re going to play a game. Mind the bold.

To enter the contest, in the comments below this post, tell me which NFL player will have the best fantasy performance this weekend in the Wild Card games. All offensive players are eligible, including quarterbacks, but don’t go picking a team defense or an IDP player. For the detail-oriented, assume standard ESPN scoring will be used to judge who had the best game.

Please also tell me whether you would prefer to receive the bottle of wing sauce (Mango Habanero!) or the 10 Yards DVD. Just say “Mango Habanero!” or “10 Yards DVD!” in your comment. Yes, you can only win one. I know you want them both, but hey, we must share the wealth.

Example Submission: Chris Johnson. Mango Habanero!

(And no, those of you who copy my example answer will be awarded no points, will not pass go, and will not collect $200, especially since the Titans did not make the playoffs.)

I know our comments can be edited, which means you sneaky devils can change your answer, but any edits you make to your comment must be finalized by the time the Jets and Bengals kickoff at 4:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, Jan. 9 (my birthday, by the way).

If you edit your comment after 4:30 p.m. Eastern Saturday, it will be ineligible for the contest, and you shall feel the shame of cheating to win wing sauce or a DVD. That’s some kind of shame.

It also goes without saying that you can only enter once. But there, I said it anyway.

After the final Wild Card game on Sunday, I’ll review the comments and pick our two winners. The first commenter selected will get their preference on the prize, and the second selection will just have to live with the sloppy seconds.

If exactly two of you guess correctly, those two will be our winners, and my job will be easy. If more than two of you guess the best fantasy performance, I’ll select two from the pool of correct commenters at random. If less than two (or none) of you guess the right guy, I’ll move on to those who guessed the second-highest fantasy performance correctly and so on, choosing a comment at random if we have a pool of more than two to choose from until we have two winners.

Hopefully, we won’t have to go as far as the fifth, sixth, or seventh-best fantasy performance, right?

So get your comment in now. Feel free to go out on a limb. Just don’t do anything too crazy like guess Wes Welker (injured, as if you didn’t know). Best of luck to you all and thanks for reading Fantasy Football Fools this season.

As an added thank you to Buffalo Wild Wings for not only providing a bottle of sauce for this contest (and myself) but also including me in their All-Star Bloggers League this season, let me also make you aware of the promotion they’re running right now on gift cards…

Does your deadbeat fantasy football leaguemate still owe you $5? Rather than abuse his voicemail relentlessly, just use his next gift-giving occasion to buy a $25 gift card to Buffalo Wild Wings, which earns you a $5 gift card in the process.

Buffalo Wild Wings - Buy $25 Gift Card, Get $5 Back

That’ll show him.

Thanks again for reading, and best of luck in this week’s contest.

Disclosure: Buffalo Wild Wings provided the sauce as a sample, and I am not obligated to return it [http://cmp.ly/2]. I received a review copy of 10 Yards: Fantasy Football that I am not obligated to return and received permission to give it away after my review was complete [http://cmp.ly/1].

UPDATE: Congrats to our winners wingateg3 (10 Yards DVD) and ericdickens (Mango Habanero!)

Foolish Contest: Weekend Subscriber Drive

Update: We have a winner. Keep an eye out for our next giveaway.

I know. I promised contests, and contests ye shall have. This time, I’ll be awarding one of our lucky subscribers. Come Monday, I will select one email subscriber (at random) to receive the greatest of thrones.

May I have a drum roll please?

Yes, the greatest of all chairs: The Buffalo Wild Wings Tailgater Spectacular!

BWW Lawn Chair

Two cup holders? Oh, the possibilities.

I know you want it, so here’s how you get it. If you’re already an email subscriber, great. Fantastic. Good work, sir. You’re in the running. If not, go subscribe by email right now either by adding your email address on our handy subscribe page or in the top right corner of Fantasy Football Fools. If you’re subscribed by other methods, that won’t cut it. You have to subscribe by email at least until next week.

On Monday, I’ll select one email address at random, and email that wonderfully lucky person to let them know that they have won. If I don’t hear back, I’ll go to the next email selected at random and so forth.

Why email? Well, if you’re an RSS, Facebook, or Twitter subscriber, we still like you, but email is the easiest way for us to confirm that you are, in fact, actually subscribed. Plus, I don’t think we show enough love to email, spam-plagued as it is. So with this contest, email gets the love.

I’ll update the post when we have a winner. Thanks for playing.

Take a shot at $1000 in SpendOnLife’s Survivor Pool Challenge

Unless you’re Bill Gates, $1,000 probably sounds pretty good to you, and the cash could be yours this season if you can pick a winner every week.

Following up our own 9/9/09 contest which wraps up tonight — get your comment in now!Spend On Life sent me some information about the football survivor challenge they’re running this season with a grand prize of $1,000.

You can read all about the Eliminator Football Challenge at Spend On Life, but in short, it’s a free-to-enter football survivor competition in which you’ll select one team each week to win their game straight up. Once you’ve selected a team, you won’t be able to use them the rest of the season.

The competition will be hosted on ESPN — the password is “creditcard1″ — but to be eligible for the money, you will have to leave a comment over at Spend On Life with your ESPN username, an email address and who referred you — in this case, that’d be Fantasy Football Fools — so that you can collect your winnings at the end of the season.

Free shots at $1,000 are hard to pass up, and with the small number of people entering this contest, we all have a good chance of winning. You may regret not joining in on the fun if your fantasy season dries up in Week 8.

Here’s a full play-by-play on how to get in on the action…

It’s easy, just follow these steps below for your chance at $1000:

Step 1: Register a username at ESPN.com if you don’t already have one.

Step 2: Join our group, SpendOnLife using the password creditcard1. Only one entry allowed per person.

Step 3: The rules of the Eliminator Challenge are simple: Predict one winning team each week from all regularly scheduled NFL games. You can’t pick the same team to win twice during the season. So choose wisely! There’s no point spread, you’re simply picking winners. Participants will be ranked according to ESPN’s point system (not SpendOnLife.com).

Step 4: To be eligible for the prize money, you must post a comment below that includes the following information:

  • Your ESPN username
  • How you heard about our Eliminator Challenge
  • Enter your e-mail address in the e-mail field of the comments section. (To protect your privacy, don’t include your e-mail address in the comment itself). We will contact the winner via e-mail.

$1000 will be given to the winner according to the ESPN  rankings. (Prize money will be split, in the case of a tie). It’s like the lottery, except way cooler because it’s free and involves football.

Easy enough? After you enter, feel free to start trash talking your fellow Fantasy Football Fools readers in the comments below.

Foolish Contest: Win a free season of Dominator Service player alerts

Now that you have your fantasy football team drafted and ready for action, you should be looking for any way to get an edge on the rest of your league. Besides subscribing to Fantasy Football Fools, another great way to stay in the know is by signing up for player news alerts.

Top Fantasy Football recently contacted us to offer one free subscription to their Dominator Service to one lucky Fantasy Football Fools reader, and we decided to make it happen. It is, after all, a special day — 9/9/09, the final day before the regular season begins. Keep reading to find out how to enter.

Their Dominator Service sends out updates about waiver wire pickups and notifications on up to 20 preselected players of your choice. You also get injury news and game day weather updates to save you time on your research each week.

It’s almost like the Dominator Service makes fantasy football your significant other — girlfriend, boyfriend, wife, puppy or houseplant, as the case may be. From time to time, you get a message with an important update that you have to act on immediately. The rest of the time, you may get a few flirty texts or email messages that keep you informed and in touch with your fantasy football team’s inner feelings and emotions…

It’s really much less like “The View” than I just made it sound. You can see everything that comes with the dominator service at Top Fantasy Football.

To enter to win this free service for the 2009 season, all you have to do is leave a comment on THIS post, and, in your comment, tell us why you need to win your fantasy football league this year. Comments that do not include an explanation of why you deserve the Dominator Service this season will not be considered.

Note: Humor will be taken into account when choosing the winner of this contest. While the most important thing is to leave a comment with a reason, the more entertaining your comment is, the better.

For example, explaining that you need to win because your leaguemate recently stole your lunch money, your girlfriend or your job will win you special bonus points. We have a soft spot for revenge tales.

On Thursday night (or Friday if we have to wait for a few more comments), we’ll select a winner based upon how much we liked a particular comment and how many “likes” it received within our new Disqus commenting system on this post. The winner will be notified and setup within the Dominator Service system by Top Fantasy Football.

So that’s it. Make sure to get a comment posted by Thursday night. That’s tomorrow! And don’t forget to subscribe to receive our updates from Fantasy Football Fools while you’re at it.

Make your stories good, but try not to make anyone cry, okay? After watching Seven Pounds this weekend and talking to OU fans, I don’t need to see any more tears this week.

UPDATE: Brian is our winner. Congrats, Brian! Now he gets to overcome having just one keeper in a three-keeper league. Ouch!

Fantasy Football Housekeeping: Freebies, Jerry Rice and Trash Talkin’

No, I will not explain how you can get those Cheetos stains out of your Brett Favre jersey or my secret family salsa recipe.

I’m cleaning out the old email inbox and getting ready for fantasy football season, and so it’s time to tell you about everything that I have been hoarding for myself.

I’ll omit the death threats because they’re all from David Carr, and I also won’t be able to post any of the pictures that the stalkers sent. Sorry, Prisoner No. 1992827.

Win a T-Shirt from the Jabber

FootballJabber.com LogoI know you are sitting there–shirtless and alone–just wishing that someone would send you a t-shirt. The Football Jabber himself promises he will be forever in my debt if I send some hot forum action his way.

Jabber has the details for all interested parties, but to sum it up, make 50 posts or have some friends register and make 50 posts in the Jabber forums by the kickoff of the NFL regular season for a chance to win the NFL or NCAA team t-shirt of your choice.

That’s right. A t-shirt just for talking to someone other than your mom–unless your mom is in the Football Jabber forums. Maybe you should send her an invite. It’s a win-win contest because the Jabber forums do a whole lot of fantasy football…jabbering. Don’t take my word for it. You’re the one sitting there shirtless.

Please note that there’s going to be a deduction of 100 fantasy football points each week to any person who wins a shirt and selects a “Jet Favre” t-shirt to be sent their way. Unless you ARE Favre. Then it’s expected.

Drunken Trash-talkin’ Makes Gets You a Tool

If you are over 21 and, obviously, too hungover to be doing anything cooler than perusing the Internet right now, Redhook is throwing out some prizes to fantasy football fans.

If you follow me on twitter, you got a chance to enter the sweepstakes. If not, you can still get a toolbox fridge for trash talking. <Insert tool joke here. I’m saving all my good ones for the trash talk contest.>

Beginning Aug. 8, players can visit an enhanced version of www.RedhookFantasyFootball.com to send professionally crafted trash talk e-cards, upload videos of their own clever trash talk quips or show off footage from their draft day parties.

“With fantasy football season fast approaching, we thought it was a great time to combine two things guys love: great beer and talking about football,” said Erin Crum, brand manager for Redhook Ale Brewery. “We created this draft day contest and Web site just for you, fantasy football player, as a way to redeem yourself after your number-one pick blows out a knee in preseason and you fumble all those snaps playing a friendly game of touch football.”

You’ll soon be able to post a video and show all your buddies and strangers how brutal you can be on the fantasy football battlefield. It doesn’t let you submit a video just yet, but get one ready to upload. Feel free to post any practice runs in the comments.

Let’s hope that Erin’s bold claim on your No. 1 pick’s life only comes true if you draft Adrian Peterson over LaDainian Tomlinson this year. Seriously. Just don’t.

Vegas, Rice, Jackets and $$$

I am sure I just caught you wondering what Jerry Rice has been up to these days. I was wondering when he was going to start demanding that he be paid not to return to the NFL.

Apparently, he’s too busy in his new role as commissioner of Fanball’s Fantasy Football Open Championship.

With combined prize money of nearly $2 million, the inaugural FFOC will provide the richest payout in fantasy football history in an effort to find the best player in the world.

Not that I am going to tell them now that they offered up that kind of money, but if they were looking for me, all they had to do was ask.

Jerry Rice’s got sort of a creepy Uncle Fester look to him on the FFOC site, but he could be overseeing your quest for millions this football season if you want to put the entry fee on the line. Serious fantasy football players will put money up for the chance to win millions and a jacket that you will constantly have to explain to people…while feeling awesome.

That sums up the email grab bag of fun and freebies for now. If any more pop up that are giving away some great prizes, I’ll post them up when I get a chance. Follow me on Twitter if you want to catch ‘em early, or subscribe to receive updates from Fantasy Football Fools.