Despite months of concern that COVID-19 would result in its cancellation, the 2020 NFL season is well underway, and with it comes the long-awaited fantasy football season. Every year, Pace students of all ages compete against one another in an attempt to prove their dominance on the virtual gridiron. For many, fantasy football is more than just a game, it’s a lifestyle.
Before the season begins, leagues get together to draft players that will make up their team for the year. A league decides to hold either an auction draft or a snake draft. In an auction draft, each person begins with an imaginary $200 to bid on the players that they want on their team. In a snake draft, participants choose players in an order that reverses each round. Therefore if someone receives the last pick in the first round, that person will hold the first pick in the next round.
Both the auction and snake format are represented with different groups at Pace. One league of junior boys led by commissioner Alex Karamanolis uses the auction draft. League member Josh Reed explained that “the auction draft is more fun and it results in the teams being more fair.” Despite Gabriel Kadoori holding the title of most points scored through Week 4, Reed believes that either Matthew or Will Aronson will be crowned this year’s champion.
Porter Kendall is the commissioner of a sophomore league that uses the snake draft on the ESPN app. When asked who has the best chance of winning this league, sophomore Charlie Fleming chose Kendall as this year’s favorite. However, this did not come without some harsh criticism and a heavy accusation from Fleming. “Porter kind of cheated the system to get the first pick,” he explained. “As commissioner, he took advantage of his power and gave himself the first pick of the draft.”
Like the sophomores, a league in the senior class headed by Bennett Boushka enjoys the ESPN snake draft. Being senior year, the stakes are higher than ever. When asked who will win this year’s competition, senior Josh Mininberg tooted his own horn, saying, “Me, definitely me.” Although this will be their final year competing at Pace, the seniors plan to continue their league. It will “be a great way to stay in touch as we all go to college,” said Mininberg.
Junior Henry Smith described why he loves fantasy football, and why it is indeed more than just a game. “It just brings all the boys together,” he said. “It’s a great, magnificent time that creates a competitive atmosphere between all of our friends around the greatest sport, football.”