I’m just happy I can say I’ve been to the mountaintop. It was only a few seasons ago the Billy Oceans reached the summit of fantasy football glory by finishing #1 in the Turn Down for Football League made up of teams coached by friends here in Nashville. Since then, some friends have moved out of state, some of passed their team ownership to others, and this year is a milestone for my team. As an owner, I have to make the hard decisions and this one… well, it actually doesn’t irk me too much.
I’ve decided I will not be returning for the 2020 season for one reason, and one reason alone: I have zero faith that the NFL season will look anything like fans want it to, and by that I envision the season being messy, disorganized, full of drama, and falling apart before playoffs are even close to the horizon. With that in mind, I don’t want to become emotionally invested in my fantasy team (which we all know WILL happen because I’m competitive like that) so I am 99% sure I won’t be fielding a team this year.
Oddly, I’m at peace with it.
What I wish would happen is that the players would just carry on as usual and if they feel sick, or even test positive for the coronavirus, then decide what they want to do. But we all know that won’t be how this goes down. The second any player, including a team’s captain or #1 player test positive, they’re out… and that’s when things start getting messy all around the league. In the fantasy world, how do you manage a team where a few of your studs, guys you’ve built your team around, test positive and sit out. Then you’re not even worried about their “bye weeks,” you’re worried EVERY SINGLE WEEK! That’s no fun and won’t really be a test of anyone’s fantasy football skills, much less the players and teams real life skills.
I predict this season will go down as a special one, where any team that makes it to the Super Bowl and wins (that’s a big “if,” by the way, seeing as how I’m guessing the season might just stop midway through) will be accompanied by an asterick next to their championship record.
What do you think? Am I just being overly dramatic? Will you be playing fantasy football and if so, what concerns do you have?
-Out of the Wilderness