By Bob Moser
August 23, 2011
For American ex-pats who still ache on Sunday afternoons for our brand of football, I&rsquot;m offering the best remedy possible while living in São Paulo: A local Ex-pats Fantasy Football League.
I&rsquot;ve been a fantasy football fanatic since my early teens, and long for the camaraderie that stems from weekly competition with coworkers or friends through fantasy football. This will be the third year of the São Paulo Ex-Pats Fantasy Football League, and we have a few openings to fill due to past owners moving away.
For those who&rsquot;ve never played fantasy football, 10 or 12 coworkers, classmates or friends (we prefer these even numbers) form a league together, with each person as owner” of their team. The group gathers for a live draft together, often at a restaurant, house or office, where owners take turns drafting real NFL players to fill their teams. Draft night is usually the most fun part of the whole season, as the group setting invites jokes, heckling and optimism for every owner who walks out thinking they drafted a championship-caliber squad.
Then during each week of the NFL season (17 weeks, Sept. 10-Jan. 3), your team will face off against another owner&rsquot;s team, with each owner choosing his best players to start. Those players earn points based on how they perform in the real NFL games that weekend, and your team earns a “W” if it amasses more points than your opponent&rsquot;s team.
If you have never played fantasy football, no worries. The winner of our league in the first year was playing for the first time, and in year 2 a rookie got third place. They made the effort to read up and study beforehand, but caught quite a bit of luck along the way as well, which is usually the deciding factor in this game, anyways. As long as you care enough to read about the NFL results each week online, I will help all new owners prepare before the draft, offering a variety of Web sites where you&rsquot;ll find fantasy tips and “cheat sheets” that rank NFL players based on their expected fantasy performance.
To keep league members interested and competitive through the whole season, each owner will pay an entrance fee, likely R$100 this year. The fees would stay within the league, used to buy pizza for draft night, and as a cash prize for the league winner.
We’re going to hold our live draft together on the weekend of Sept. 3-4 (one of those days), so you would need to make sure you have that weekend free in SP. If interested, e-mail me ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.