Back in September, before anyone knew the Patriots would go undefeated, several Foolish writers picked their own fantasy football teams. Since this is the Fool, our teams were made of stocks, rather than actual players.
We're long-term thinkers here, so we would never give you investment picks with an investing horizon as short as a 17-week football season -- even including the bye week. That said, as the Super Bowl approaches, it seems like a good time to check on those picks.
Score some points
Tom Brady may know how to sling the long bomb, but he's got nothing on the Brazilian behemoth Petrobras
Other high-performing picks are Gilead Sciences
Mitigate the losses
None of us knew it when we made our picks, but the playoff season turned out to be a pretty good environment to test our defensive picks, given the S&P 500's 8% drop since the contest began.
The winner thus far was a pick I wouldn't have thought of: Wrigley
Not counting dividends, Dave Mock's pick is just a tad short of breakeven at this point. That's not the best performance, but when the other teams in the league, along with the S&P 500, are letting in touchdown after touchdown, it's a solid enough performance to make the playoffs.
Pharmaceuticals are usually a pretty good defensive bet, but surprisingly, they gave up quite a few first downs. Then again, both Brian Lawler and I picked GlaxoSmithKline
Special teams on injured reserve
We all did pretty poorly with our special-teams picks. There were a lot of missed field goals and a muffed punt or two, but I'm not sure you should judge us too harshly. By definition, the special teams aren't on the field very much. They shouldn't be a very large percentage of your portfolio, unless you're really good at picking them.
The short time frame for the contest probably affects these special contenders more than any other, since they often grow in sudden spurts. Heck, in my corner of the stock world, multibaggers can happen literally overnight.
In case you're wondering, China Mobile
The best offense is a good offense
Thanks to Petrobras's stellar performance, this season's award goes to Toby Shute's Team Energy. Its high-flying offense was able to cancel out losses from Toby's other two picks, including Precision Drilling Trust. It just shows that offense should be the centerpiece of your portfolio.
Will energy continue to dominate through March Madness and into the baseball season? You can make your opinion known on our Motley Fool CAPS service.
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Fool contributor Brian Orelli, Ph.D., cheers for the 49ers, Bears, and Chargers, since he's lived in their home cities. He doesn't own shares of any company mentioned in this article. The Fool's disclosure policy never gets sacked.