For the first time ever, I have gone 0-3 in one of my leagues. Let me tell you, there's nothing fun about it. The worst part is that I was the league champion last year and the people who beat me get the satisfaction of saying "I beat the Fantasy Football Nerd". There is certainly a drop in the fun level when you're losing, but if you're in the 0-3 club with me, take comfort in the fact that even nerds like me lose.
In another league, I've gone 1-2 which absolutely floors me when I look at my team. I lost this week with the following starters:
QB: Matt Schaub
RB: Ray Rice
RB: Jahvid Best
Flex: DeAngelo Williams
WR: Andre Johnson
WR: Wes Welker
TE: Antonio Gates
K: Neil Rackers
It's an 8-team PPR league and I'm looking at this team saying WTF? I also have Ryan Mathews who managed 5 points last week before getting hurt. This week saw Jahvid Best with a toe injury and Andre Johnson being helped off the field in the 3rd quarter. Ray Rice has a knee sprain and has yet to see the endzone. Schaub ran out of bullets in the Battle for Texas shootout. DeAngelo Williams has as many fantasy points on the season as Cadillac Williams. "WTF" is the only appropriate response. Under normal conditions, this is a fantastic team. This week that team is the lowest scoring team in the league.
It's disappointing, but after 3 weeks, I'm already praying for a Rudy Ruettiger-type moment. I so badly want to get these teams into a locker room and say to them:
We're gonna go inside, we're gonna go outside, inside and outside. We're gonna get 'em on the run boys and once we get 'em on the run we're gonna keep 'em on the run. And then we're gonna go go go go go go and we're not gonna stop til we get across that goalline. This is a team they say is... is good, well I think we're better than them. They can't lick us, so what do you say men?
Alas, I am not Rudy, nor can I give the team a pep-talk. I'm doing quite well in the rest of my leagues, but I'm a competitive person and want to do better in the two that I care the most about. This means trying to negotiate a decent trade, watching the waiver wire, and playing the matchups. With the team listed above, I'm not going to improve through waivers but perhaps a nice trade or two.
For those of you struggling with a losing record already, keep your chin up. Don't just look at potential trades, make them happen. If that doesn't work, here's a trick: focus on something else. Be happy that you're not Not Garrett Hartley duffing a game winning kick from 29 yards. Be happy that you're not Eli Manning shoveling the worst left-handed endzone pick I've ever seen. Be happy that you're not Derek Anderson tossing a comical pick a few yards in front of you. Be happy that you're not Sebastian Janikowski missing three of six field goal attempts including the potential game winner. Yes, that's it my friends...don't worry, be happy. At the very least pretend like you're happy and keep smiling. It'll confuse the rest of the folks in your league.
Good luck next week.