In my fantasy draft, I selected Adrian Peterson, Chester Taylor, Tarvaris Jackson, and the Viking defense. I tried to draft Troy Williamson, but it was late in the draft and I could only afford a dollar player, and J-Rod took the bid to two dollars.
As it happens, these picks won't hurt me (The RBs are a solid and affordable duo, the Viking defense is a solid start, and Tarvaris Jackson cost me only a dollar for a sentimental smile). But homer picks have hurt me in the past. In an auction I once got bid up to 121 dollars (out of 265) on Randy Moss, and I took Daunte Culpepper 2nd overall before his ill-fated 2005 season.
But it's painful to be cheering for your favorite team's touchdown, and then realize that touchdown helped a fantasy competitor. I don't like it. Psychologically it can be wrenching to hope your team scores but to hope it's not that guy. Of course my rooting interest in the Vikings always wins out over my rooting interest in my fantasy team, but I prefer to avoid the situation entirely by simply drafting the relevant Viking players.
I'm bringing this up to ask two questions:
1. What do you do to balance any tension or conflict of interest between your favorite real team and your fantasy team?
2. Does anybody have any homer stories to share?