Reflections on a season I’d prefer NOT to fantasize about
I know, I know… it’s been over a month since I posted. The last advice I gave was in Week 14 of the regular season, which for many of you was the first or second round of your league’s playoffs. For me, however, it was the last week of my regular season and, in fact, the end of a less than epic fantasy campaign. While my wounds are still tender, enough time has passed that I think I can broach the top without throwing a Philip Rivers sized hissy fit.
For the first time in my fantasy career, I didn’t make the playoffs. WTF? I know. Despite having a higher point total than the third, fourth, and fifth place teams in Total Noobs, I missed making the playoffs by just one game with a 7-7 record. Mad props, however, to The Cleveland Steamers who won both the Regular Season and The Super Bowl. With Drew Brees as your QB1, Brett Favre as your QB2, and Rashard Mendenhall, Joseph Addai, and LaDainian Tomlinson rounding out your running game, you were unstoppable. That being said, next season I plan to Rusty Trombone the sh*t out of your Steamers.
In my other league, Evertrue, I managed to sit in first place for the first two thirds of the season. In the final weeks, however, I just couldn’t keep it together and plummeted to 10th place. Ugh, the shame and horror! Without question, I could and should have managed this team better. That being said, I didn’t draft the bulk of the team and had to make a ton of moves to even keep it afloat. Between season-ending injuries to both Anthony “I’m no Marvin Harrison” Gonzalez and Clinton “How many fingers am I holding up” Portis in addition to Randy Moss’s fall from grace and Derrick Mason‘s inability to retire, I just couldn’t get any traction. I felt like Tom Hanks in the Money Pit, making one lopsided move after another.
All in all, I did learn a lot this season. Namely, how OVER-managing your team can lead to its ultimate demise. Sometimes, you just need to stick with what you have and wait for a pattern to develop. Once a rhythm is established (preferably in the first half of the season) THEN you can better identify problem areas and make more specific changes. I employed a love ’em and leave ’em strategy this year and it didn’t work. While doing a bunch of research is great, it doesn’t win championships. Next year, I’m still going to identify players with potential, but if I don’t have a hole to fill I’m not going to jump on their bandwagons so quickly. Just like the Ravens did to the Pats in the Wild-Card Round of the playoffs, I’m going back to basics.