Every August I spend three consecutive Sunday evenings drafting fantasy football teams that will determine which teams and players I will follow for the entire NFL season. I have always found it interesting that I look for very similar traits in both fantasy players and stocks. I like players and stocks that have a proven track record, but are still young enough to grow and improve their performance. I like players and stocks that are coming off their best years. I like players and stocks that are on good teams and in good sectors. I try to focus on numbers, not opinions.
In light of all of these similarities, I thought it would be fun to assign stock market counterparts to a few big name fantasy quarterbacks. Here are some of the better ones I came up with:
- AAPL – Aaron Rodgers
- Widely accepted as #1 overall. Both are considered the most likely to put up huge numbers this year.
- GOOG – Tom Brady
- Slightly older than AAPL/Aaron Rodgers, but also very likely to put up big numbers this year. Both are TV friendly. (Tom was on Entourage and GOOG has a CNBC documentary)
- C – Donovan McNabb
- Both used to be pretty good but have since fallen off the face of the Earth.
- KORS – Cam Newton
- Rocketed off to a hot start last year, then cooled off a bit, but now poised to possibly explode to a new high.
- NSM – Robert Griffin III
- Rookies. All the ability in the world, but no track record to speak of.
- EBAY – Peyton Manning
- Former big stars that hit a rough patch but are diligently planning their return to the big time.
- SWI – Matthew Stafford
- Young. Talented. Putting up amazing numbers.
- WPI – Eli Manning
- Not flashy or exciting, but constantly improving year after year.
- PETM – Michael Vick
- Both love dogs.
Feel free to add any other comparisons in the comments. I had so much fun with quarterbacks that I never even got to running backs or wide receivers.