The Desperate Fantasy Owner
This time a year we fantasy football owners are usually in one of several categories; the undefeated dominator, at .500 and optimistic, or sitting winless and anxiety ridden. For the latter, it is what we do next that determines if we break out of the slump or start looking forward to next year. For some players making a trade or two is their first instinct. For others scouting the waiver wire for any hidden gems, or just mixing up the starting lineup is the logical course of action. What I have seen some owners do out of desperation in the ten years I’ve been playing fantasy sports is at least entertaining, if not hilarious. I have seen owners drop practically their entire team and pick up a whole new lineup off waivers. They will trade a player that had one bad week for one or two guys that have had one good week. There is also my personal favorite, the “my team sucks so I’m not going to set my lineup anymore” guy.
One thing I have learned is that you have to stick with your players. Just because Andrew Luck has gotten off to a bad start doesn’t mean you trade, bench, or drop him. He’s still Andrew Luck, he will turn it around. Don’t offer up good players in a trade for someone like Jimmy Graham when you can pick up Antonio Gates off the waiver wire, he’s coming off a four game suspension and is probably available. If you have a lot of players that are injured that’s one thing, but don’t change out your lineup every week just because a couple guys didn’t produce. The biggest thing to remember about fantasy football is that it’s not the same as real football. A good portion of it is luck (no pun intended) and a couple bad weeks can turn into twice as many good weeks. Who cares if you are 0-4? You have typically 9 more games in the fantasy season to put together a win streak. The Detroit Lions are 0-4, and they are most likely not going to win the rest of their games and make the playoffs, but you might! That’s the difference between fantasy and reality. I am currently 1-3 in one league and 3-1 in the other, and I still like my chances in both to win it all. Stay positive and have fun!
Kevin McQuade covers the NFL for MFST, you can follow him on twitter @kmcquade9.