The e-mail from NFL.com fantasy writer Michael Fabiano finally arrived over the long holiday weekend. It was sent to all members of the NFL.com Fantasy 2008 Magazine League. It said: “Congrats to Craig Ellenport for taking home the title.”
That’s right. Team Ellenport claims the crown in a league that includes Fabiano, fantasy vet Nick Bakay and NFL.com football gurus Gil Brandt, Pat Kirwan and Adam Schefter, among others. I don’t want to say it was a foregone conclusion that I would win this championship, but Team Ellenport did finish the regular season as the top point scorer.
In fact, yours truly was the top point scorer in four different fantasy leagues (this is where you call me a loser for being in five leagues — even I’m ashamed to admit it). I made the finals in three leagues. Tragically, I lost two of them, but thankfully, I managed to come out on top in the most important one — the one that’s actually part of my job. (Will this earn me a bonus? I doubt it.)
We drafted our teams for this league back in late April, as part of the fantasy magazine’s mock draft. I knew it was an awesome squad back then, but when I managed to unload Chargers WR Chris Chambers in early September for Jets RB Thomas Jones, well, that was the clincher.
Now I’m looking for the double-whammy: I’m the only one of the magazine’s prognosticators whose two Super Bowl picks are still alive (most everyone else had the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots). My pick was San Diego over the New York Giants. And yes, the Chargers will knock off the red-hot Indianapolis Colts this weekend. You just watch.
I’m on such a hot streak that I’m tempted to relieve Fabiano of his role as NFL.com’s fantasy expert. But truth be told, he simply works too hard to help you all succeed. And it’s clear you need all the help you can get to keep up with … me!