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18Dec/071

Fantasy portfolio diversification

What a season this has been. All three of my fantasy football teams are heading to the Super Bowl, and another team which I helped a buddy draft is also in the big game. Brian Westbrook and Jason Witten are shared by three of these teams, but the compositions are otherwise fairly diverse (key players highlighted):

Keeper
QB Romo
RB Westbrook
WR Owens
WR Wayne
TE Witten

Auction
RB Westbrook
RB McGahee
WR Boldin
WR Mason
WR Driver
TE Witten
D Pittsburgh

Free
QB Roethlisberger
RB Lewis
WR Houshmandzadeh
WR Wayne
D Minnesota

14-team
QB Romo
RB Westbrook
TE Witten
D Minnesota

Despite my being less of an FF fanatic this season, perhaps because I am less emotionally invested, it has been more enjoyable than in prior years. Winning adds to the joy of course, but I used to become quite traumatized on a weekly basis when my teams lost, and that is insane. I view FF as a season-long lottery that entails some skill, but as with all games of chance, there are factors that are well beyond our control. Having absolute control over drafting and lineup decisions, on the other hand, is what makes this fun. A computer can make choices based on someone else's cheatsheet or lineup ranking, but defying conventional wisdom and taking risks has tremendous appeal to me.

Speaking of unpredictable circumstances, I was shocked and mildly annoyed when Westbrook took a knee at the goal line on Sunday, but my thoughts quickly shifted to admiration: a smart, selfless, and simply phenomenal player. I hate having to relinquish him in my keeper league after five seasons (max allowed), even more so than giving up LT last season. Cheers to you, little man.

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