Earlier this year, The Thinking Chair unveiled a new term for fantasy sports -- instead of a draft-day "sleeper," we termed someone who falls below their perceived value to be a "slipper." Speaking humbly, it's a good phrase, and one that many readers acknowledged was more realistic in a day and age where information is so readily available. I mention this because recently, I came up with a new term that is just as apt, if a little less family friendly.
It happens during the fantasy football season. It's helped you, and it's hurt you; and indeed, it's probably impossible to do well over the course of a season without it. I'm talking about the stinky win. That's when your team lays the proverbial egg and has a horrible outing; but by chance, your opponent had an even worse week. Often, you have the second-lowest point total of the week, but your opponent just happens to have the lowest.
Now, before we get to the term, a step back. If you are a regular reader of this column, you'll know that I am the proud parent of a baby girl. And if there's anything a parent knows about, it's poop. Yep, I said it -- poop.
Why do I mention this here? Because we're talking about a poopy win. But sometimes the non-diapery poop manages to float to the top of the bowl. (Sorry, were you eating? My bad.) So, when you eke out a win you really don't deserve? That's a floater.
Yep, a floater. I was the victim of a floater last week in my main league, mostly thanks to a terrible performance by young
I fell victim to a floater. But in truth, I've won twice in that same league by the same shady margin, once beating an opponent who sat
Speaking of the game, we've got Thursday night football, folks. And that's a gorgeous development. For those of us who commute on the West Coast, that means we can listen to NFL games on the ride home. Regrettably, the Jets-Patriots game featured
Speaking of floaters, my condolences out there to everyone who sat
The so-called Hot Stove League is in full swing (hey now) and trades are abounding, many of which have a fantasy impact. The biggest name to move recently was
The Cubs have apparently given up on
The Yankees traded for
Speaking of plans, I've got a plan to wrap this column up. So I'll leave you with this -- don't fear the floater.