Social (Fantasy) Network: Suffering buyer’s remorse

Because I consider myself a wannabe gentleman of leisure, I do enjoy a brewed adult beverage from time to time. As such, I recently went to my local supermarket where I was met with an interesting option — a cherry wheat beer. Since I like both cherries and wheat beer I figured, why not? Two great tastes that go great together, right? It’s the same logic I’ve applied, with great effect, to chicken and waffles. This time, not so much. A couple of sips into the first one, it was so awful that I couldn’t bear to choke down the rest of it. Instead, I must see five more of them sitting in my refrigerator, taunting me for making such a foolish choice.

However, buyer’s remorse is not exclusive to poor lager purchases. It extends to fantasy football owners as well. On draft day, we all had the best of intentions when picking our teams. We targeted players we were sure were going to have big seasons. A fantasy championship was in the bag so long as we could grab Larry Fitzgerald.

Then Week 1 happened.

If you’re like most of us, there are probably one or two draft picks you’d like a do-over for. Since we’ve yet to master the ins-and-outs of time travel (the DeLorean is still in the shop), the best option we can offer you is a forum to vent your frustration. Welcome back to the Social (Fantasy) Network!

This week, we asked which of your draft picks you’d like to have a mulligan for. While I saw a variety of responses, there was one name that popped up repeatedly. I’ll let Eddie fill you in.

Yep … the Fred Jackson Remorse Brigade was loud and proud this week. Another season that started with so much potential and is once again on hold because of an injury. If you had the foresight or good fortune to pick up C.J. Spiller, you’re feeling OK. If not,  this is going down about as well as a plate of nuclear-level buffalo wings after midnight.

There was a time when fantasy enthusiasts drafted a running back and felt comfortable that they had their guy for the season. Now, with so many RB platoons, picking a running back is like playing fantasy craps. And quite a few of you feel like you’ve rolled snake eyes.

Sad face indeed, Tyler. Sad face indeed.

While plenty of you just wanted to unload your troubles for the next best thing, a few of you out there had an alternate target in mind. That’s kinda like buying an iPhone4S and watching the new unveiling begin as you walk out of the store. And it seems at least a couple people are eyeing the same guy.

Ah, yes. The Muscle Hamster is pretty popular nowadays. Live and learn, eh. Like learning the lesson about not letting your allegiances affect your fantasy team. Right, Samantha?

If it makes you feel any better, two seasons ago I played in a league with a die-hard Fresno State alum who drafted Ryan Mathews second … overall. I wish I were making that up.

This week’s last word goes to Alex, who … well, I’ll just let him explain.

Don’t worry, Alex. I’m sure the rest of your league mates are grateful for your donation to the pot this season. Hey, there’s always next year.

Have anyone you wish you could get a re-do on? Hit it in the comments section. And keep your eyes open for next week’s #SocialFF question. In the meantime, here’s to getting it right the first time in Week 2.

— Marcas Grant

Follow Marcas on Twitter @MarcasG

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