I’m fairly new to the world of fantasy sports. With fantasy golf I’ve done just fine.
Fantasy football — not so much.
Drafting Jonathan Stewart ...
My second year ended yesterday — and none too soon enough. I lost my final five games to finish the season 9-17 overall, last place in my six-team division.
Actually I wasn’t that bad. I scored 1459 points, the eighth most in the sixteen-team Cascade Auto Glass fantasy golf league. That was only forty points less than my fellow competitor BigHeadEd — his 1499 points earned him a 17-9 record. Where I got clobbered was on “defense.” My opponents scored a total 1691 points against me for an average of 65 points/game. By way of comparison, the aforementioned BigHeadEd had only 50 points/game scored against him. The second most points put up against a team was 1529 – about ten percent less than my 1691. Of course, you don’t play “defense” in fantasy football — you just have matchups and hope your opponent doesn’t score more than you. When they do there’s a phrase that comes to mind: “bad luck.” (Had I have had BigHeadEd’s schedule rather than my own, I would have gone 14-11-1 — a full 5.5 games better than I actually did.)
instead of Arian Foster ...
To be fair and to accept some responsibility, it wasn’t all bad luck. My running game was all but nonexistent, largely because I drafted Jonathan Stewart when I could have had Arian Foster. Stewart was a disaster with thirty points all year. Foster, by contrast, went for one hundred sixty-three points — including thirty-one points the first week alone. My second back, Dallas’s Marion Barber, scored a whopping twenty-five points all year — about what Foster had in the first three quarters of the first game of the year. My third back, Shonn Greene of the Jets, scored a whole twenty two. To make matters worse, I kept Greene as a holdover from my ’09 team on the thought that ’10 would be his breakout year. Yeah, right.
To put my running backs’ ineptitude in better perspective, DeAngelo Hall scored 68.5 points this year — 28.5 of them in one game. I picked up Hall as a free agent three weeks into the season. He’s a defensive back.
and keeping Shonn Greene on my roster as a holdover from '09 made '10 a disasterous year in fantasy football.
All of this represents a monumental step backwards. I went 16-16 in ’09 — not great, but if I was an MLB pitcher that’s be good for $7-9 million/year. Then I won my fantasy golf league and thought I was really onto something.
Alas not. Football ain’t golf. In football you can’t control your own destiny nearly as much as you can in golf, where you don’t play against a single opponent each week and where you get new players every week. I made things tough for myself on draft day — lady luck sealed my fate.
Here’s hoping she smiles on me a bit more when the ’11 season comes around.
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