Fantasy Fridays

November 16th, 2012 § Leave a Comment

Pick a Winner

My beloved team went on a six game losing streak. I’m done. Where did it all go wrong? Felt good after the draft. Felt strong. On paper, my team looked solid if not phenomenal with lots of potential for upside. And then came out of the gates with the groan to never really find her stride. Why? Let’s take a look. It’d be a shame to go through all this without learning a lesson. And here’s an important one: Pick a winner.

Rarely do you get a player in fantasy who puts up nice numbers while wallowing on a losing team. You can have all the talent in the world, but without the opportunities the talent lies mostly dormant. My six game losing streak was due in no small part to the dismal teams my players represent. Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans, San Diego Chargers, Carolina Panthers, the Buffalo Bills. That’s a list of who’s who of coaches getting fired at the end of the season. I mean can you think of a more comprehensive list of disappointing teams?

Now take a quick scan in your mind of players on winning teams: Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, and even the Indianapolis Colts. Right? Nice numbers.

It’s tricky. The Eagles were the sexy preseason pick to win the NFC East. And Buffalo looked like they were stacking for a run at the Pats. And who had the Broncos being an offensive juggernaut? And Indy at 6-3? Nevertheless, the lesson here is a player is not an island. More often than not they are as good as the ten other guys on the field around them. Can you imagine what Larry Fitzgerald would do as part of the New England Patriots receiving corps?

To the degree you can pick a winner preseason will determine you picking winners in your draft.

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