Week 2 decision time on rankings, lineups

Updated: September 18, 2009, 3:47 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
You don't need to love football to have a good fantasy football team, but I think it helps if you actually enjoy the game a little. I have a friend who is a huge baseball fan -- well, who isn't, right? -- and he always does well in fantasy baseball leagues but stinks up the joint in fantasy football. He wanted to know why.

Well, obviously the sports are very different from a fantasy aspect, but his main problem is he just doesn't like football very much, and he doesn't understand the nuances of why we like certain players this week and would avoid others. I think to be consistently successful in any fantasy sport it's a lot easier if you enjoy the game and follow it enough to grasp what's happening. You don't need to watch every last game and be able to name every Oakland Raiders lineman, but it might help explain why we all keep recommending Darren McFadden.

Hopefully we can make those who don't really like the game of football enjoy it a bit more, because then the entire fantasy football experience will be a better one.