Fantasy football has its own buzzwords and cliches. Here is what you'll hear at your fantasy draft and what it really means.
Quote: "Hey everyone, why don't we try an auction draft this year to keep things fresh."
Said by: The guy who's finished in 9th place for the last three years.
What it really means: "I clearly suck at doing this the normal way, so maybe if we do it in a way no one understands, that'll even the playing field a little bit."
Quote: "This guy is my rock"
Said by: The guy who just drafted Clinton Portis in the first round for the fifth straight year.
What it really means: "I won a championship with this guy on my team five years ago and I keep drafting him even though he sucks now. He's like the rock I'm tied to as I sink to the bottom of the standings."
Quote: "All the experts say this guy could be a real sleeper this year."
Said by: The guy who did all his draft homework five minutes before the draft by skimming the magazines at Borders.
What it really means: "Sure, I've never actually heard of this guy, but I saw his name in three different magazines, so he's gotta be good, right?"
Quote: "I might have reached for him, but he fills a need on my team."
Said by: The guy who just drafted a kicker in the 7th round.
What it really means: "What the? Did I really draft a kicker before getting a second wide receiver? I'm so screwed."
Quote: "Wow, he's is still available in the 9th round? I'm grabbing him. That's a great value pick."
Said by: The guy who hasn't been paying attention all preseason.
What it really means: "I see no reason to be worried about my team of Matt Leinart, Thomas Jones, LaDainian Tomlinson, Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice. That's all kinds of talent. Why are you laughing?"
Quote: "I couldn't live with myself if I had a guy like that on my team."
Said by: The guy who just missed out on drafting Ben Roethlisberger.
What it really means: "I was going to draft him with the next pick, but since you stole him from me, I'm going to pretend to have morals. On a related note, my next pick is Donte' Stallworth."
Quote: "This is really just my 'for fun' league. I care WAY more about my money league."
Said by: The guy who will definitely finish in last
What it really means: "We're six rounds into this draft, and I hate my team already. Time to start making pre-emptive excuses."
Quote: "I have to remember to handcuff my running backs and spread out my bye week hits."
Said by: The fantasy football newcomer
What it really means: "Hey, check out these fantasy football terms I heard used by someone on TV. They make sense, right?"
Quote: "Who made that pick for you? Your mom?
Said by: Multiple people.
What it really means: "That was an excellent pick. I am impressed by your fantasy football drafting abilities."
Quote: "That was an excellent pick.I am impressed by your fantasy football drafting abilities."
Said by: ?
What it really means: Unknown. This has never been said at a fantasy football draft.