Okay, now I’m ready.
Like most football crazed folks on this planet, I love Fantasy Football. This will be my twelfth year playing and between championships, heartbreak, epic victories in the final seconds of Monday Night Football, and running my own league for 10 years now, I like to think I have done it all.
Even some of my haters who I have played with will tell you it’s not easy competing against Team Da Crew week in and week out.
Unfortunately though, as you get older, life transitions and the real world sometimes get in the way. My biggest money draft is this Thursday night at 7 p.m., and I need to work late before heading to my friend’s wedding in Pittsburgh Labor Day Weekend.
This is where you come in as I am soliciting applications for someone to draft my team for me Thursday night.
I will be managing the team myself from then on, but should I finish in first or second place, I would be willing to work out something where you would get a cut of the prize winnings for a job well done. It is a 12-team league, and everyone puts in $100, so between weekly prizes, bonuses for making the playoffs, and obviously getting to the championship game, there is money to be had and zero risk for you.
If this sounds enticing, continue reading to find out how to apply.
- Passion for Fantasy Football
- Complete availability on Thursday, August 28, between 6:50 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Eastern time)
- A strong Internet connection — I need you to be all in here. Trying to draft on some app while sitting in some parking lot with shaky WiFi won’t cut it.
- 30-minute availability on Monday or Wednesday night to go over any questions and instructions
- Not a jackass — This is a well-run league with good people. I like to think that I am a nice person, and while trash talking is always fun, if I’m sending you into a draft, I expect you to be nice too.
If you believe that you meet all five of these aforementioned requirements, send an email to drewbbalis [at] gmail [dot] [com] with the following information. Again, that is firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your Fantasy Football knowledge and past credentials — Basically, what sets you apart, and why should I choose you over someone else?
- Explain to me how you would approach the first two picks in the draft if you have the ninth pick out of 12 teams (snake draft) and passing touchdowns, rushing touchdowns, and receiving touchdowns are all worth six points.
- Rank these five fantasy quarterbacks — Robert Griffin, Andrew Luck, Nick Foles, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick (If you regularly read this blog or follow me on Twitter, you know that I really like Nick Foles. Don’t be afraid to challenge me as long as you can back it up with reasons and not clichés. There is really no correct answer; I just want to get an idea of your thought process).
- A phone number where I can contact you
A note on the first bullet point: While a past resume will certainly be attractive, I will consider all experience levels. Chip Kelly took the league by storm and won the NFC East last season with no prior NFL coaching experience. If you are newer to the game but are innovative and have ideas, I promise I’m interested.
You will have a few specific orders from me for the first couple rounds, but after that, it’s all you. The draft is run through CBS Sports’ Fantasy site. I will provide you with all of the login information. It is extremely user-friendly even if you have never done a league on there before. I would simply ask that you are logged in early and play around on it a bit.
Applications will remain open until Sunday, August 24th at 9 p.m. eastern time, and the selected person will be notified by noon on Monday.
I appreciate anyone who takes the time to apply, so I will be sure to reply with a thank you even if I end up choosing someone else.
Have at it, folks.