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Fantasy Football 2012 - Year In Review.
Fantasy Football 2012 wrap up.
When the 2012 NFL season began, I set my mind on doing something that I've never done before. I've been playing fantasy football since 2006, and I thought it would be pretty cool to do a weekly update on how my various fantasy teams performed. When the idea of trying to accomplish this feat came to mind, it initially sounded like a great idea. However, as time passed on and the weeks went by, I found that keeping up doing weekly reviews was a tougher obstacle than I imagined. Things got busy for me around the holidays, and I just decided to basically throw in the towel of doing updates after week 12 of the NFL season.
I have to admit that I felt bad abandoning what I set out to accomplish, but falling behind so many weeks made it difficult to recover from. Now that the NFL playoffs have begun, I thought it would be a good time to wrap up the 2012 fantasy football season that I endured through. Anyone who read my previous write-ups on this topic are aware that I participated in three different leagues during 2012. I normally play in no more than two different leagues, so this was a different experience for me. Managing three different fantasy teams was a daunting challenge, and it made me wonder how people who play in several leagues do it. Anyway, here is a wrap up on how things went for me in the various leagues. I hope you enjoy.
ESPN: The Screwshop 2012.
Alright, so I've been playing in the ESPN Screwshop league since 2009. All of the guys that participate in this league are members of a message board titled "The Screwshop", which is a site dedicated to the late DJ Screw out of Houston, Texas. Since I've been playing in this league, I've had very little luck. If I can remember correctly, my best finish was 7th place - which was back in 2010.
The 2012 season in this league started out rough, but things got better as the weeks carried on. During the final stretch of the season, my team ran off a streak of five straight wins - which helped me to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010. After pulling off a win in the first round of the playoffs, I found myself in the final four teams left to compete for the championship. Unfortunately for me, I was the fourth seed - which meant that I had to play the number one ranked team in the semi-finals.
After getting myself into the semi-finals, I lost to the number one ranked team by 16 total points. It was very disappointing to say the least. The Screwshop leagues are always competitive, and this year was the closet I came to making it to the finals. Since I lost in the semi-finals, I found myself playing for third place in the final week of the season. Luckily, my fantasy players helped me to a victory on the final game. I finished in 3rd place out of 10 teams.
Although I didn't win the championship, I felt pretty happy with the finish I got. If anything, it gave me more confidence and hope for next season when I play with these guys again.
NFL.com: The Turf 13.
Of the three leagues that I participated in during 2012, this one probably came with the most disappointing results from a numbers perspective. Lets put it like this - my team was basically the number one ranked team for the majority of the season. However, to my great dismay, things began to take a turn for the worse around week number 11. From that point on, things seemed to go downhill.
Although I was on a four game losing skid, I was still able to make the the playoffs. Since my record was fairly good before the losing streak began, I manged to stumble into the playoffs. It would have been nice to maintain that number one seed and have momentum heading into the games that counted the most, however, I guess it wasn't meant to happen that way. The losing ways continued for me in the first round of the playoffs, and I was eliminated in the first round.
Inconsistent numbers down the stretch is what lead to my downfall. For example, the Chicago Bears defense put up monster fantasy numbers the first half of the season by creating turnovers. However, as injuries built up on their defense, the turnovers stopped - which meant fewer fantasy points for their owners. Poor running back play also contributed to the downward spiral. The only thing that I can take comfort in is winning the final two games in the consolation bracket to take fourth place overall.
Being that I'm a former champion in this league, I would have loved to take that championship again. It's hard enough as it is to win in fantasy football, so being a two-time champion would have been awesome. Oh well, I guess I'll have to give it another crack next fantasy football season.
Yahoo: Da League.
Unlike the other two leagues, this was my first time playing in this league. The only reason I got involved was because one of my friends asked me. I'll admit that I didn't care much about how well I done in this league initially. However, winning a few games managed to change that view. Having a bit of success can definitely be a motivating factor in the desire to do better.
My fantasy team pretty much did horrible the first third of the season. I kept hovering around 7th and 8th place, until I managed to go on a winning streak that catapulted me into the top two teams. I came into the playoffs as the number 2 seed, which meant that I had a bye in the first round. The level of confidence I felt in regards to winning the entire thing was pretty high. It was also evident among my peers, as my friend told me that he thought I was the favorite to win it all.
Even though the hopes and aspirations were high, I managed to lose in the semi-finals. What made it even worse was that I was eliminated from the playoffs in The Screwshop league during the same week. I was really hoping that I would have a shot at the championship in one of them. Knowing that there was no chance of finishing first, I didn't care much about the third place game. I managed to lose that game one as well. The final result was a 4th place finish.
I'm not entirely sure if I'll play in this league again next year if I'm asked. Quite frankly, there were a few things that I noticed that somewhat troubled me, but I won't say much about it. Don't wanna come across as a sore loser. I'll just say that I feel more comfortable playing with people that I'm familiar with, or have a history of playing with.
Alright so that concludes my final wrap up for Fantasy Football 2012. I can pretty much guarantee that I won't be doing weekly reviews next season. I'll never say never, but right now it's unlikely. Here are the final standings for me one last time.
- ESPN: The Screwshop 2012: 3rd place out of 10 teams total.
- NFL.com: The Turf 13: 4th place out of 12 teams total.
- Yahoo: Da League: 4th place out of 8 teams total.
Overall I can say that I enjoyed playing fantasy football once again during 2012. Although fantasy football tests your loyalty to your favorite NFL team on a weekly basis, I think it gives fans even more of a reason to follow other teams besides our favorites. I personally don't see this as a bad thing. Anyway, if you want to read my other reviews, feel free to check them out on my profile page. Also, feel free to let me know how you done in your fantasy leagues for 2012. Thanks to everyone who followed or read, and see you all next season.