By Slim Jim @slimjim on August 26, 2014
You want to hold the most epic fantasy football draft party of all time, but you don’t know whom to invite. Don’t worry because we have you covered. In order to have a party that will be talked about for years to come, it’s imperative that the right people attend. That means celebrities, athletes and everyone in between. You don’t have to invite all 20 athletes on this list, but they are definitely athletes you should love to have in attendance.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is someone you should invite if you need that incredibly intelligent athlete who will help you pick a winning team. Fitzpatrick’s IQ is off the charts and he knows the game of football about as well as anyone can. Even if his intelligence doesn’t always translate to good production on the gridiron, he still knows the perfect combination of players that will give you the highest probability to be victorious.
If you really want to pick Drew Brees at the beginning of the second round, but you’re afraid your buddy will pick him prior to your selection, make sure MMA fighter Alistair Overeem is sitting close by. Overeem is one of the most intimidating fighters in the world. One look at him and your friend will surely give you the right away.
If Overeem’s presence isn’t enough to make your opponent fear for his life, maybe going with pure physical intimidation is the way to go. At 7’0”, 425 pounds, wrestler the Big Show will ensure that no one messes with you throughout your drafting process.
Retired tennis superstar Andy Roddick is a huge fantasy football fan. In fact, he has no problem bragging about his accomplishments in his fantasy league. Even though someone who gloats is never a good time, it’s better to have Roddick do it then the guy who won your league last year.
Greg Jennings isn’t as big of a fantasy threat now that he plays for the Minnesota Vikings. However, he still takes fantasy football very seriously. In fact, he has extra incentive to score touchdowns because he knows it will help fantasy players win. Seriously, how can you not have someone who cares as much as he does at your party?
J.J. Watt is one of the coolest players in the NFL. He’s an incredibly genuine person, gives back to the community and he’s a beast on game day. He also proved he knows how to have fun after he appeared in two episodes of FX’s “The League,” which is a hilarious television show about fantasy football. And, having fun is what fantasy football is all about.
Why on earth would anyone want Jameis Winston at their party? Actually, it’s rather simple. Fantasy draft parties are filled with tense situations. If something comes up and it looks like a fight is about to break out, someone can ease the tension by asking Winston a question about the recent history of his name constantly popping up in the media for stupid reasons. I recommend anything that has to do with crab legs.
New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia once reportedly worked on his fantasy football team during a rain delay. It may not seem like a big deal, but that kind of dedication shouldn’t go unnoticed. On top of that, Sabathia is loaded with money and he’s a big man so he’s guaranteed to bring all sorts of good food to the draft party.
There may not be an athlete on this planet who likes to gamble on sports more than Floyd Mayweather Jr. The legendary boxer typically looks for the sure thing when placing a bet. That means if he’s leaning towards putting cash down on you there’s a good chance you’re putting together a solid roster. Along with that, Mayweather spends money at a rapid place, which could lead to some interesting moments.
Andrew Luck is a very smart man with a wide-ranged vocabulary. As much fun as it would be for him to use words you didn’t even know existed to describe how awesome your team is, the real reason you should want Luck at your party is because he has a great sense of humor. He’s also a talented player who knows which players will get the job done on game day.
Offensive Rookie of the Year Eddie Lacy has quickly become one of the most feared running backs in the league. Even though running backs have fallen off in some leagues as a key area of focus, Lacy will be there to steer you in the right direction. He also can tell you great stories about what happens behind closed doors at Alabama, which is great conversation to have while sipping on celebratory drinks at the conclusion of the draft.
Brees is easily one of the coolest players in the NFL. He’s well-liked by fans, and he has opened the door for countless shorter quarterbacks to succeed at the professional level. He’s also a big fan of Madden, the NFL video game that is certain to be busted out and played at some point during the draft party.
Matt Forte knows his stuff when it comes to fantasy football. More importantly, he’s very loyal to his teammates and dedicated to winning. A few years ago, Forte picked a majority of the Chicago Bears players for his fantasy team, which worked as an advantage and a disadvantage depending on the week. Still, his loyalty is refreshing, which is why it would be good to have him at the party.
Do you need to turn your stale fantasy draft party up a notch? Inviting Rob Gronkowski is guaranteed to bring all sorts of craziness, which could turn out to be good or bad. The good news is you don’t have to worry about the repercussions until the next morning. Until then, unleash your wild side with one of the best partiers in the NFL.
If you’re not into the outrageous party lifestyle, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. That’s what Tom Brady is for. The classy quarterback will bring a classy atmosphere to your draft party with classy women in attendance. Yeah, I’m talking about model wife Gisele Bundchen and her Victoria’s Secret model friends. The only issue will be staying focused on the draft itself. But, that’s what we like to call a good problem to have.
Is there a cooler athlete in the world than Derek Jeter? The guy has lived one of the best bachelor lives known to man in the greatest city on this planet. He may not be interested in fantasy football or who is going to win your league, but does that really matter? Jeter’s presence alone is guaranteed to make your party the hippest place to be.
Rory McIlroy is currently one of the most talked about athletes on the planet. Having someone who is as trendy as him at your party will most likely land you on SportsCenter. If anything else, it will be awesome to throw back drinks with the Ireland native as he tells engaging stories about becoming the greatest golfer alive.
If you want to hold an awesome draft party, but you don’t know how to do it, invite Dale Earnhardt Jr. The NASCAR driver recently held a star-studded fantasy football draft party that included several famous racers and fantasy football guru Matthew Berry. You want Matthew Berry at your party? Make sure Earnhardt Jr. is in attendance.
Speaking of fantasy football gurus, Maurice Jones-Drew is the most gifted NFL player when it comes to selecting fantasy rosters. He’s very involved in his team and typically makes the right decisions on game day. He also gets very upset when he has a bad game because that usually means he cost himself a win in fantasy.
If you know of a cooler football player than Peyton Manning, please let me know. Manning is hilarious, generous and one of the most lethal quarterbacks to ever play the game. From his stint on SNL and his various funny commercials, Manning has the look of someone who would liven up a draft party just by walking through the door. On top of that, he’s a football genius, which will definitely help with the draft process.
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