I am that guy: I drafted a quarterback in the first round of fantasy football this year. I am also this guy: His name is Drew Brees. So now, with the end of the fantasy football season at hand, I have to watch as my number-one fantasy football draft pick takes on the best St. Louis Rams team in years, with legitimate playoff implications in both the fantasy and iRL worlds.â†µ
I am not completely sure about the proper football-fan etiquette here, but I'd like to propose some, which we can then talk over: Fantasy football employees who play against Your Team can't be rooted for at the expense of Your Team—that much is clear. I can't cheer for Drew Brees to annihilate the Rams' secondary all afternoon. It's important we start there.
Things get more difficult if the Rams are clearly being dominated by the Saints. If Brees tosses a touchdown pass, instead of handing it to Chris Ivory, a brief and fleeting sense of satisfaction is inevitable and mustn't be fought, less it sprout later on into full-blown contentment. If, in garbage time, Brees runs the ball in for a meaningless touchdown instead of offering it to somebody else for a meaningless touchdown, don't do anything—don't make eye contact with your fellow Rams fans, don't try to look especially pissed off, don't mention you own him. I can't tell you, finally, what to feel in your heart of fantasy football hearts, but I can suggest that you make sure nobody knows what it is. Nobody wants to hear about your fantasy football team in the best of times, let alone the worst.â†µ