I did a version of this column last season, but I think it’s a concept worth repeating. As fantasy owners, we love the competition and talking smack to our friends. Personally, I love the stats, the knowledge gained each season and feeling like I could hold a conversation with Michelle Beadle if I ever ran into her. But if you are a fan of a specific NFL team, it’s not always as easy to love your players.
Sports turn normal, hardworking individuals into crazed, body-painted maniacs. If you saw the video of the brawl between Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers fans over a preseason game, you know what I mean. Team loyalty is usually an admirable trait—until it turns violent—but not in fantasy sports.
In order to get past feeling like a traitor because you drafted the Steelers defense but you’re wearing a Ravens jersey, you must remind yourself that you’re working toward the success of your team. Leave the Ravens’ success to the professionals. Forget your biases. Here’s some advice for those who are fans of the teams with the biggest NFL rivalries.