That can be a loaded phrase, huh? Well, I am watching Monday Night Football. And yeah, there are fantasy implications. It’s championship week in my year-long league, and I came into the game as the #2 seed after the regular season, facing off against #1, and I was a big underdog. Neither of us have had a great week, though, and I was within reasonable striking distance coming into Monday night. And here’s the key part: as long as my Broncos (Peyton, Demaryius, and C.J. Anderson) had big games.
No matter what, I had to root for the Broncos. What if I were a Patriots fan, rooting for them to clinch home-field advantage? I would not want to be rooting for Peyton to get back on track and start playing well late in December, that’s for sure. But truth be told, I would anyway. Sure, I’d root for Peyton to throw for 450 and 5 and still find a way to lose, but the 450 and 5 would be first in my mind.
Let’s take it a step up from being a Patriots fan, though – what if I was in two fantasy championship games? And in one I had Peyton and in the other I was playing against him? Well, talk about their being nothing I could do. That’s what you call a win-lose situation, which is not a thing. Nothing good, anyway.
This year, I was in four leagues. It’s not healthy. I made the playoffs in all four, with very different bunches of players – something I was proud of. But while four leagues seemed like too many at times, there was one great advantage: there were simply too many players to care about to actively root for them all. When you considered opponents’ players, I’d have to be rooting either for or against something like 50 or 60 different players. So I didn’t bother trying. I set lineups, and I checked scores and that was it. I actually watched football again and just enjoyed it. Rooted for the teams I liked, and not the players I was invested in. It was nice.
But in the end, I wanted to win, and simply put, it wasn’t going to happen. There was no way I was advancing in the playoffs in more that one or maybe two of my leagues – how could I? I was going to be facing all the same players I had elsewhere. So, in other words, some of my leagues, from the get-go, were bound to be losers, no matter how well I played.
And there you have it – another benefit of daily fantasy football. You don’t need to be the loser in four leagues to get the same benefits. Just one league and a handful of contest entries will do the trick just fine. You know in the back of your mind which players you owned for that week, so you can get excited when you see any of those names making a big play on Sunday. If you see a guy you don’t have making plays, you don’t have to wonder if you’re playing against him – you are. You are playing against every guy out there scoring a touchdown when you’re playing daily games, and it’s hard to root against them all.
And this is not even mentioning all the new guys you DO get to root for. Missed out on Odell Beckham on waivers and now he’s gonna be a keeper for the next eight years and you’re never going to get a chance to own him? Put him on your daily team. Peyton Manning owner, and a Pats fan? Invest in Gronk for your daily team so you can stop feeling dirty.
So the lesson, as always: more fantasy. Fantasy giving you troubles watching football on Sunday because you don’t know who to root for? More fantasy. Fantasy making you feel bad about yourself because you can’t bring home that title? More fantasy, more (weekly) chances. More fantasy. Good luck.