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HOW TO SURVIVE YOUR OFFICE FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE

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Twice a year, office production levels across the country seem to take a steep decline: during March Madness and the start of the NFL season. And if you ask us, rightfully so because there’s nothing wrong with injecting some sports and comradery into the workplace every now and then. With fantasy football drafts taking place right about now and fantasy seasons starting up, we’ve brought you the top five tips on how to survive (and maybe even win!) your office fantasy football league.

1. DON’T INVITE THE CO-WORKER WHO TAKES TWO DAYS TO RESPOND TO AN EMAIL

Hey, you needed those TPS reports yesterday and Jim in Finance hasn’t got you the dataset you need. You’ve sent a few emails that apparently missed the target like an out route pass thrown by Blake Bortles. If you can’t get a quick response on important work emails, imagine trying to work a trade with ol' Jimbo! You’re better off filling your league with people who will participate and engage with league members the whole season.

2. DO NOT LET SOMEONE IN HUMAN RESOURCES BE THE COMMISSIONER

Being the commissioner in a fantasy football league is like being Superman: with great power comes great responsibility. Do you really want the person who controls your personnel file and payroll also in charge of your league? One smartass comment on the league message board and you might find yourself suddenly all out of vacation days.

3. DON’T SET YOUR ROSTER ON FRIDAY AT THE OFFICE

Saturdays are for the boys and they are also for locking in your fantasy roster for the week. Do not – we repeat – do not work on your fantasy football team on the company computer, even if it is a late Friday afternoon...it really is for your own good. True TravisMathew story: an employee had a presentation in an executive’s office and had his laptop screen displayed on the executive’s big television screen. After the meeting, he went back to his desk and starting adjusting his fantasy football lineup. Unfortunately, he forgot to disconnect the wireless signal to the TV and the executive got to witness firsthand the employee’s agony of whether or not to start Matt Forte or Jeremy Hill in Week 6. Needless to say, the employee was let go quicker than a fourth-string tight end on HBO's ‘Hard Knocks’.

4. IT’S OKAY TO BEAT YOUR BOSS, JUST DON’T GLOAT AFTERWARDS

Some might say you need to fold like a lawn chain in a hurricane when playing your boss to earn brownie points but we disagree. Our TravisMathew fantasy football mantra is “Win at all costs (as long as these five rules aren’t broken)” so don't expect us to support tanking during the season, even if for one week. If you do beat your boss in your head-to-head match-up, do it with grace and humility…it’ll pay off in the end.

5. USE THE WATER COOLER TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

Fantasy football, just like the real thing, is a contact sport. Don’t be afraid the next time you’re in the elevator with Patty in Accounting to throw some fake football news at her to gain that competitive advantage. “My college roommate’s sister is dating the guy who delivers the nacho cheese to Lambeau Field and he heard that Aaron Rodgers has a hangnail on his right foot – you know, his plant foot – and he’s lost some zip on his throws in practice this week. But what do I know, I’m only in second place in our league."

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