I’m Quitting Fantasy Football

Fantasy football is a game.  It should be a fun way to get into football and a good way for friends to generally share some laughs together.

This is far from what it is.

It has become a complete and whole disdain of my existence.  It causes me literally enough frustration to throw and break objects in my home.  Don’t get me wrong here – I’m generally a very easy going person and don’t very often let my temper get the better of me.  But, for some reason, Fantasy football has the power to turn my Sundays into 12 hour marathons of pure, unbridled, non-filterd, blinding sheer brutality.

I cannot even BEGIN to explain how pissed off I am.

This “game” shouldn’t matter to me this much.  I shouldn’t give a shit less whether I win or lose or by how much.  But sitting here tonight I am absolutely in-fucking-furiated.

Here’s why:  I AM GETTING COMPLETELY SCREWED in Fantasy football.

So many readers might be saying “stop whining” or “suck it up” or something along those lines – but before you pass judgment on my attitude and sour mood, please allow me to explain my frustrations.

Currently, I am in a matchup with “Vanlandw” – and I must say that I mean no ill will or offense toward his person – but his Fantasy football team was 0 – 4 before playing me.  In those 4 losses, his team scored an average of 90 fantasy points per game.  This is important so I’m going to re-iterate:  His average points per game this year in Fantasy football is ninety (90) points.  He even said to me about our matchup “well it’s an easy win for you”.  One more time:  Vanlandw’s team is WINLESS and averaging NINETY points per game.

Vanlandw has fully admitted multiple times that he has an awful fantasy team.  Guys that were expected to be awesome for him have been rancid – this is no fault of his own and it’s very unfortunate that he has a bad fantasy football team (LEEEENNNNNNDAAAAAAALLLLLLEEEEE).  I share honor and pride with Vanlandw and am glad that we are gladiating against each other.  However, I should be destroying him in our contest this week.   In my first 4 games, my team is averaging 113.75 points per game.  You will note that this is 23.75 points higher than Vanlandw’s team average points per game.

Our current score, with each having one more player remaining, is currently 108 – 121.  Vanlandw is destroying me.

I’m fine losing to Vanlandw – losing to a fellow Van is the least of my frustrations.  I congratulate him on actually getting a victory this fantasy season.  But, for me, this is a trend that has been the case since last season and it has come to the boiling point where I have submitted to my frustrations.

I have a very competitive fantasy team.  I feel that I drafted very well amongst a sea of auto-picking teams.   My team has scored 563 fantasy points so far this season including my score tonight.  This amount of points is bested by only the #1 and #2 teams in our league who have 598 and and 584 points respectively.  With similar point values; you might think that I’d be somewhere around the top three.  WOULDN’T THAT BE SOMETHING.  But, Vanbergs is currently in 3rd place.   My team has more points than his.   My team is currently in 8th place out of 10 teams.  Let that settle in a bit – 8th place out of 10.  Rancid rancid hideous awful place.

This is similar to last year, where my fantasy team actually led the regular season in points but I ended up finishing in 8th place and barely making the “consolation” playoff round.

So, the trend has continued where I have put up enough points every week to beat nearly every other person in our league; but the person I happen to be playing puts up season-high numbers to beat me.  My team’s points-against is 598.  This means my opponents in 5 weeks have scored an average of 119.6 points per game against me.  Compare that to the REST OF THE LEAGUE PLAYING ANYBODY ELSE and the average points per game are:  103.7.   So, any team playing anybody in our league will score an average of 16 points less than the person playing me.  Which, holds true this week looking at my contest with Vanlandw.

This has resulted in my team having an abysmal 1-4 record even though I have 100 more points than teams in that same ballpark (7th, 9th places, etc).  I’m really the only big outlier in our league.  Most other teams’ point totals are corresponding to the place that they are in and the number of wins/losses that they have.  I don’t feel mine is at all in line.  I’m not sure why this keeps happening – but I’ve had enough of the bullshit.  There’s no other way to put it except that I’m getting screwed.

I’m done playing fantasy football.

  • Week 1:  Payner’s Eagle defense scores over 40 fantasy points which is simply unheard of by a defense.  I lose 112 – 133 in what I am very confident in calling a “bad beat”.
  • Week 2:  I ACTUALLY WIN.  142 – 101.  But, only because Devin Brown failed to start the 2 highest scorers on his team.  If he had done that, I would have lost – so I’m very surprised that did not occur.
  • Week 3:  Skinny’s entire team puts up double digit numbers across the board just crushing me.  114 – 139.  He was projected to have 111 points and I was projected to have 114.  yeah.
  • Week 4:  My three WRs combine for 13 points TOTAL in a loss to Flo that I did actually deserve.  87 – 104.
  • Week 5:  Vanlandw is killing me.  His 0 – 4 team is led by Roddy White who of course puts up career high, franchise high 200+ yards receiving with god knows how many touchdowns.  Roddy just swings out 32 Fantasy points by himself.   Odd – since Roddy White in the previous 4 games total had 119 receiving yards and 1 TD.  A perfect display of what happens when fantasy owners are playing against me.

I sit with a 1 – 4 record with almost no chance of doing well this season even though my team puts up consistently high numbers.  Other team’s players continue to put up career high and just absolute record breaking numbers seemingly only when they are playing against my team.  I’m sick of it.  I want my Sundays back.  It’s BS.  It pisses me off.  And, I’m done.

Just to follow up to this, I’m going to post last season’s final standings.

1. T.J Whosyourmama  9-5-0     .643     1463
2. Bun                         9-5-0     .643     1321
3. Free Kwame             8-6-0     .571     1354
4. vanlandw                 9-5-0     .643     1452
5. The Secret Muslims   7-7-0     .500     1291
6. Jon Kitna’s Bible       7-7-0     .500     1315
7. The Dark Knights    6-8-0    .429    1464
8. $5 Footlongs             7-7-0    .500     1235
9. That’s what she said   5-9-0     .357    1269
10. The Ninnies             3-11-0   .214    1289

You will notice the drastic similarity in 2008’s season numbers compared to this season.  my 1464 points is THE HIGHEST of all other teams in the league.  Note that the first place team has 1463 compared to my 1464 points.  Those point totals should put me somewhere at least near the top 3 teams in the league with an overwhelmingly positive record.  But, as you can see, I finished with a .429 winning percentage and a final record of 6 wins, 8 losses.

I simply cannot let this go and am overwhelmingly infuriated further as I review these statistics.

10 thoughts on “I’m Quitting Fantasy Football

  1. Jeffrey

    As dramatic as you make it sound, those are actually pretty close games. For example, in week two I won 235-79, and then lost the following week 68-139 with the same godamn players.

    This year has been really tough because of the wild swings across the board. Very few players are playing consistently week to week. I’ve been playing for years, and I haven’t seen anything like it.

    I think part of the reason is that teams are doing a much better job managing the depth of their teams. So, if a player isn’t doing fantastic out of the gates, they basically get replaced by someone else almost as good. Its a system that really allows for break out performances that are completely unpredictable.
    If you look at it on the bright side, the Lions won a game this year. 😉

  2. Vanberge

    You bring up a good point fulljeff – but I actually think I’ve played to those trends very well and being pretty consistent.

    For example, I was able to capitalize on those types of fluke performances from Saints RB Mike Bell and also from Eagles RB Lesean McCoy.

    It just really really REALLY sucks that I am 1 – 4 and other people are 4 – 1 when they have scored less points than my team. I may need to see an anger management counsellor regarding this.

  3. vanlandw

    Fantasy Football is just a rollercoster of emotions. Please don’t quit vanberge you kept me playing after I was 0-4 and I lost a few close ones there too. I would just suggest taking a few weeks off. Just set your line up before the weekend and forget about it. If you quit our entire leauge is done forever. I also wouldn’t say the talent on my team is bad just nobody really picked it up. I put up a few decent weeks during my losing streak and I only lost by one point in week 1. I’ve also made some good moves as well by getting Orton this week.

    I was only on stat tracker yesterday becuase I was playing against you. Next week I’m just going to set my lineup and hopefully not even check till monday. If you have made and finalized your decision to 100% brb fantasy football I will understand but for the sake of our leauge I will be sad to see you go :'(

    I’ll trade you Brees for Turner. lol?

  4. vanlandw

    “looking forward to Ricky Williams rushing for 870 yards tonight, scoring 45 touchdowns, and throwing a TD pass to himself for 99 yards. 3 hrs ago”

    Yeah I started drooling from laughing after reading that.

    I don’t think Ricky Williams is going to score 200 points tonight but I guess you never know lol

  5. Vanberge Post author

    I will set my lineups and finish out the year but I’m not looking at stat tracker and not paying attention to scores any more this year.

    And I am 95% sure I am not joining the league next year.

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  7. Joe

    Hey bro… I am curious if you have given up fantasy since you posted this… I have been playing with the same group of guys for over a decade.. every year I tell myself ” That’s it.. I gotta stop playing.. ” I get so bummed out every year because I am so stressed out every Sunday.. I miss just watching football and not rooting for players and hoping other players suck. I just cant remember watching football before fantasy.. Anyway.. I always say I am going to quit, and then the next year I forget how that feeling felt and I rejoin… then I regret it by week two.

  8. Vanberge Post author

    I’m pretty much the same as you. Even thought I hate it more than I like it, I can’t seem to live without it. It’s an addiction I think.

    I always come back for more, and have been every year since this.

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