Profile: Michael LaVallee
Certified athletic trainer
I work as the lead athletic trainer at a high school. I have worked with both high school and college athletes. My job is to prevent injuries and help athletes recover from injuries. This includes bracing, taping, rehab exercises, modality use, consultation, proper nutrition, and first aid application. I am certified through the Board of Certification for athletic trainers, and I am licensed to practice in the state of Illinois. I’ve spent three years working in this field and have seen all types and severities of injuries. I enjoy helping young adults through their injury journey and allowing them to fully recover and return to sport.
Sport is much of my life and I follow many types of sports through different mediums. Football is my favorite sport and I follow this sport with a lot of passion. I am very active in the fantasy football world and have been playing for years. The experience and strategies I have gained over the years have helped me be a top competitor every year. My plan is to use my knowledge and help others formulate strategies to dominate their own leagues.
NoteStreams By Michael LaVallee
Football is officially back for another season and the excitement is at an all-time high, except for the preseason and what comes along with it. Every year fans, players, coaches, and analysts complain about the preseason being too long and unnecessary. Making matters worse, the amount of injuries that occur during the preseason are mind numbing. The new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) has even reduced the amount of hitting, practicing, contact, and training that players are allowed to do in hopes to reduce the injuries and make the transition back to football easier.
For most people drafting the late rounds of the draft are often the most boring. This is about the point when you're fantasy draft buzz is wearing off, and you want to go to a bar to celebrate your the team you drafted. However, for the fans that spend hours crunching numbers, dissecting every player's stats, and creating hundreds of spreadsheets, this is the time to shine. This is where you apply all of your knowledge to acquire sleepers, steals, rookies, and the not so flashy positions like kicker and defense.
Figuring out whom to pick number one overall for a fantasy football draft can be a very tough decision, often leaving an uncomfortable feeling in your stomach if you get it wrong. Every website and writer has their own opinion, and they rarely have the same guy tagged as number one overall. This is supposed to be a sure fire no-brainer pick that will generate double digit points week after week. For the sake of this article we will say that this is a 12-team league with standard scoring and no point-per-reception (NON-PPR) format.
Every year around the start of August fantasy football drafts begin to kick off. Along with the start of drafts comes the preparation and design of a strategy. Each manager is posed with the question of who to draft first, what rounds to get talented players for cheap, and which position is most important to go after.
For years the philosophy has been to acquire the top tier running backs in the first round. However, now the league has transformed into an aerial passing attack. Wide receivers and quarterbacks have become slightly favored by managers as their first round picks.