You can do all the research in the world, study matchups, look at trends, etc., and sometimes success in fantasy football comes down to Lady Luck.
And she happened to kick me square in the groin this week.
I made the postseason in seven of my 10 fantasy leagues, and I missed an eighth by way of a tiebreaker (I also scored the third-most points in that league). Oh well, it happens, and 70 percent isn’t bad.
But what happened from there is tough to swallow. In my biggest league, I opened as the No. 2 seed. The league lets eight team make the postseason and uses a brackets-style postseason, much like the NCAA Tournament — the No. 1 seed plays the No. 8 seed, the No. 2 plays the No. 7, etc.
Believe it or not, but all four of the top seeds lost. I was one of them, thanks to Broncos WR Brandon Marshall and his 53 fantasy points. If he scores 30 fantasy points, which is the equivalent of 10 catches, 140 yards and one touchdown, I would have won.
That wasn’t the end of my misery.
In another league (non-PPR), I had a 32-point lead going into last night’s game. My opponent had, you guessed it, 49ers RB Frank Gore and WR Michael Crabtree. Gore scored 23 points — he had 24 in his previous three games combined!
Of course, Crabtree has his second-best fantasy game of the season, scoring 12 points.
All told, I lose by three points.
So if I sound a little bitter, well, I am! I’m still alive in four leagues, but man is it frustrating to lose in such a fashion. Now I know how the Browns felt back in Week 11, when they lost to the Lions on a questionable pass interference call and last-minute touchdown pass from a one-armed quarterback.
With no home-field advantages in fantasy football, there’s really no way to give top seeds a break (outside of byes). But I’d like to hear from you — does your league reward higher seeds? How so? Do you have a unique way to run your postseason that you think should be the norm in all fantasy leagues?
Whether you’re frustrated like me or moving on in your postseason, leave your suggestions in our comments section below or send it to AskFabiano@nfl.com!
I’d love to hear some of your thoughts!