Why I Don't (And Shouldn't) Care About Your Fantasy Team
Well, it's Monday and chances are there are plenty of your coworkers who look pretty bummed. Not because there's a full week of work ahead, but now, after ten glorious hours, we're six full days away from another Sunday with the NFL. I'm certainly one of those people. The silver lining? Most of my Monday conversations (that don't revolve around Inbound Marketing software) find me discussing all of the excitement from that previous Sunday. So there's that.
One problem. Not all talk centers around real football. Everyone who owns a fantasy team, myself included, has just experienced the roller coaster that is a fantasy Sunday. Big days for you, big days for your opponent, and usually, no-shows on your team that result in terrible two point losses. As a result you hear a lot of this: "OH MY GOD. So last night I was down 5 and had Braylon Edwards. Final minute, he's wide open in the end zone, and he drops it. And I benched Brandon Tate! AH I WOULD HAVE WON!" Reliving these stories is irresitable.
But it totally defeats the purpose of having a fantasy team. We play fantasy for two reasons. First, we want to act like GMs and make fun roster moves. Second... we want to do that better than everyone else. We pick up Arian Foster because we're a genius. High draft picks flop, but because we're unlucky. When I lose by a point, that's because my guys underachieved and someone on your roster lucked into a big day. You get the idea. That's why your Braylon Edwards stories are unwelcome. That stuff only happens to me!
Perfect example. A few weeks back, Hakeem Nicks exploded for something like 40 pts (I'm in a PPR league). This was a fantasy wet dream for me: I took him as an upside rookie pick last year, liked enough of what I saw to draft again this year (still under the radar at that point), and now he's blossomed into premier big play guy. Simply awesome. Then I overheard a HubSpot colleague of mine beaming about how Nicks led his team to a huge day. I reacted like he had just slept with my girlfriend.
"What?! You have Nicks too?! That's MY guy! I knew about him first!"
Is this rational? Absolutely not. Millions of peeps play fantasy. Don't care. In fact, I'm quite comfortable not caring. That's why I play! That's what makes winning fantasy fun. Sometimes, like in real life, it's can be good to put your head in the sand. Allow me.
So what do you think? Do you enjoy other fantasy stories or do you want them to disappear like the Jets offense?