Decision Time: Pleasant surprises make the agony worth it
In truth, we all hate fantasy football. We don't remember why we started playing, but we do know why we want to stop. Nothing ever seems to go our way.
Like when our starting quarterback posts 42 passing yards, one interception, nine sacks, and one concussion in the first half before leaving the game for good. How beautiful.
Or when our elite receiver fails to record a catch despite perfect health, and allegedly argues with his golden-armed quarterback over hairstyles before he is jettisoned to a team with a 41-year-old QB who is more prone for interceptions than accuracy. How awesome.
How about when our sure-handed tight end injures his knee on the second play of the game while doing what he doesn't get paid to do: making a tackle? Of course.
Fantasy football has also changed the social order of our universe. It has made it perfectly normal to be glued to our smartphones while begging for a field goal from our kicker. It now feels natural to root against our beloved franchises for a few drives if it nets us more fantasy points. I compete against people I have never met who have team names like Your Mom and Touchdown There (okay, I'm actually friends with Your Mom).
Despite all the misfortunes and reclusiveness, we keep torturing ourselves because of the pleasant surprises. We play because sometimes we get lucky with unheralded guys like
So as long as we keep grinding it out in this crazy game, here is some help in deciding on your lineup for the upcoming weeks:
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