It goes without saying that this sucks for any fantasy football owners who actually work real jobs on weekdays. It also sucks for the 15 million American with Time Warner Cable, as they do not get the NFL Network on which these games are broadcast. And what about injuries occurring to players on your roster on Fridays or Saturdays? You are simply up a creek without a paddle, compliments of Commissioner Goodell.
Listen, there is no shame in admitting that you are sometimes "that guy" who forgot to update his/her fantasy roster prior to the kickoff of the weekend's first NFL game. People have lives, careers, and families. The next time someone taunts you for forgetting to update your roster, look them in the eye and ask them when's the last time they got laid. Boom, you just won that argument.
Oh, I remember the days of doing my roster on Sunday mornings before I hit the bar. That was awesome, and made perfect human sense. Now you have to do it on Thursday, or run the risk of losing by 50 week in and week out.
So how to avoid being "that guy" who forgets to update his or her roster? Let's consider a few ways make sure you don't miss roster lockdown on a regular basis.
- Make it your Thursday lunch ritual - Even on the West Coast, Thursday lunch break is still five-ish hours before the roster lockdown. Eat lunch at your desk, figure out who has a bye this week and who's injured, and do all the coach-y things you so enjoy doing while getting food on your keyboard.
- Set a reminder in Outlook or your workplace scheduling system - Did you know that fantasy football costs U.S. workplaces $6.5 billion in lost productivity? Let's add a little more to that total. You can even set your roster time in Outlook as a meeting, therefore your colleagues will consider you "unavailable" during this time.
- Set a reminder on your smartphone - Here's how to set a reminder on an iPhone. Here's how to set a reminder on an Android phone. You can also get apps like NotifyMe, BugMe!, and 2Do that will send you reminders on your smartphone to help ensure your roster has been updated prior to the lockdown.
- Set a reminder in your Gmail - Do you use Gmail? If so, log in and click on Calendar at the top of your screen, and set an event reminder within GMail. You can have the GMail system send you an email, a text, or simply pop up on your screen.