Oct 03 2012
Well, that was fast, wasn’t it? After taking the summer to buy all the different fantasy football magazines, staying up late the night before your draft to pre-rank your “must-haves,” and then being stoked you tricked your entire league into thinking you really wanted a wide receiver in the first round, you’re now 0-4 in your fantasy league. It’s still early, but really? How could it possibly go so wrong, so fast?
These reasons are exactly how it can happen so fast. But have no fear, just because you messed-up and started actually started the guy who was questionable last week – only to see him actually stay on the sideline – doesn’t mean you can’t redeem yourself as the season progress. Make the necessary changes, and who knows, you might just sneak away with the prize money after all. Remember, all it takes is getting into the playoffs, so don’t lose hope just yet.
You Drank the Kool-Aid
Each year, there’s so-called fantasy experts all over the internet telling you who’s going to have a breakout season. They give you all the reasons in the book – he’s on a team that wants to run the ball more, or he’ll be carrying the load now that such and such is getting old. Guess what? It didn’t work. That expert you listened to is probably sitting at 0-4 himself, regretting he listened to his own advice.
You’ve Been Killed By Injuries
Typically the most common reason any team (both real or fake) underperforms – just ask the Chicago Bulls – if you don’t have a chance to start your key guys, how do you really expect to bring home the gold? It’s part of fantasy though, so stop making excuses that someone else scooped your injured starting running back’s back-up, when you should’ve done that in the first place!
You’ve Gotten Lazy
This can be anything from forgetting to update your team; hoping that none of your guys happen to be on bye or hurt, to just not monitoring the waiver wire. We like to think of a fantasy football league as a relationship; we put into it what we expect to get out. Therefore, if you’re constantly ignoring your girlfriend, expect her to get a little fed up. Karma can be a b*tch.
You Drafted Your Favorite Team’s Players
We’re all for supporting your hometown team, but let’s face it, you’re a Browns fan, and there’s not a single soul on that squad that should ever be starting in a fantasy football league. It’s great to get the double whammy every weekend, and be able to cheer for your guys because it relates to your fantasy team, but if you get too carried away, and they have a clunker of a game, you end up paying for your fanhood twice.
Your Team Just Blows
Plain and simple, there’s no other way of putting it. You drafted Chris Johnson in the first round. Hoped that Matt Cassel could be a sleeper at quarterback. Or for some reason took Beanie Wells as your second running back, only to see him suck while he played, and then end up on IR. Stop sulking about sh*t, and try and work the waiver wire or make a major trade, otherwise, you’re just annoying the hell out of the entire league by complaining.
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