Saturday, January 8, 2011

Fantasy Football: The Comeback; A Post-Mortem

By Artistry

Back in August, I wrote about how I'd committed myself to regaining my fantasy football mojo, and I know you've been waiting patiently to hear about how things turned out. With the playoffs starting today, I'm not going to make GTOG Nation wait any longer for the answer. The Don Draper of fantasy football is back, baby!

Uh huh. That's right. Four leagues. Four playoff teams. Three finals appearances. Two championships. Untold riches. OK, not enough for early retirement, but Fantasy Football Comeback Rule No. 6 makes clear you can't do this for the money. How did I make it back to the mountaintop?

1) Michael Vick. Had him on every team. Any time you can pick up an ex-convict off waivers after 11 other owners passed on him, and there's any chance he goes on to have an NFL MVP-caliber year and an even better season for fantasy purposes, you really have to do it. In my auction league, Finesse had the first waiver pick the week Andy Reid sat Kevin Kolb back down, and, knowing I needed a quarterback, he offered to take Vick and trade him to me for Shady McCoy. I sat tight. Vick fell all the way to me at no. 12, and the rest is history. Pure luck. Nobody saw fit to pick him up, even as a backup, in any of my other three leagues either. Vick is this year's single best argument that fantasy football is so unpredictable, you might as well just play the Powerball. It also validates Fantasy Football Comeback Rule No. 8: Live by the waiver wire.

2) I drafted based on inspiration more than anything else. See Fantasy Football Rule No. 9. I closed my eyes, took deep breaths, tried to clear my mind, and this is what came to me: Hakeem Nicks. Dwayne Bowe. Arian Foster. Jeremy Maclin.....Chad Henne. They're not all winners. But did I mention I picked up Mike Vick?

3) I quit my job. Nobody said this was easy, folks. You need real commitment. See Fantasy Football Comeback Rule No. 2.

Now we're looking forward to a big weekend, and if you're not doing a playoff pool, there's still time. Quitting your job may not be necessary for the playoff pool, but do what you need to do.

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