You may be surprised that this post is being written by me, the female, the wife, the mother, and not by the macho man of the house. But football has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. And on top of that, competition has been even more a part of my life.
So when a joking conversation about which one of us four kids was Mom and Dad’s favorite led to the name for our Fantasy Football League (Who’s the Favorite) this year, the stakes were even higher. Oh, and my little brother would be playing for the first time, and my mom was coming back after her “Belle’s Beau’s” won the last time she played (she picked her players based strictly off of their appearance, it worked!). So needless to say, everyone needed a good team.
The draft went great, and we intentionally delayed when our draft would be so that we wouldn’t have the horrible situation of drafting someone and having them get hurt in the preseason. I was really pleased with my team.
I should have taken it as a sign when immediately after the draft I was having to switch out players because one that I drafted was actually going to be out for the season.
So here’s who I had drafted:
QB: Peyton Manning and Sam Bradford
WR: Anquan Boldin, Victor Cruze, Reggie Wayne, Greg Jennings, James Jones, and Julio Jones
RB: Bilal Powell, Trent Richardson, Steven Jackson, and Pierre Thomas
TE: Greg Olsen and Kyle Rudolph
K: Stephen Gostkowski and Justin Tucker
D: New England and Chicago
Not too shabby, right? I started off the season with Manning’s amazing 60+ FF Point game. I had no doubt in my mind that this was going to be the best Fantasy Football season ever.
Boy was I wrong.
Steven Jackson was the first to go. He had been putting up 20+ point games, then next thing I knew, he was out with a hamstring injury. They didn’t know if he would return.
The Jones’s dropped next.
Then in one horrible weekend, I lose both Reggie Wayne and Sam Bradford.
Manning hasn’t had his bye week. I don’t have another backup QB. Only my dad got 4 quarterbacks. Not me. I stocked up on players only to be injured. I stocked up on wide receivers. 4 of them are now out.
I tell you, nothing is more disheartening in Fantasy Football than going to check on your team’s score and you see a red flag. You click on the red flag. This is the message: “Sam Bradford has been dropped by 42494 teams in Yahoo leagues” and “Reggie Wayne has been dropped by 65751 teams in Yahoo leagues”.
So what do you do?
You can quit.
You go to the store, buy you a pint of ice cream, put your big girl panties on and start drafting some new players.
As the Dr. Seuss book Oh the Places You’ll Go says, you won’t always win all of the games that you play. I guess that’s even true of Fantasy Football. Even if I am the favorite 🙂