My fantasy baseball team "Thuganomics" has been completely terrible for years. We're in a keeper league that has been going since 2003. I've had a couple decent runs, but never a championship and I truly thought this year would be different. My keepers this year were Jake Peavy, Brad Penny, Jon Papelbon, Ryan Braun, Troy Tulowitzki, and Adrian Gonzalez. I had a decent draft selecting Ichiro in the first round (seventh round if you count the six keepers) and I thought I was ready to roll.
I was even in first place until right around the All-Star break. First place! Even with Brad Penny pitching Henry Rowengartner after his magical arm ligaments loosed up and Troy Tulowitzki getting injured twice and I was still at the top. Since the All-Star break, my team has lost 7 (count 'em 7!) weeks in a row. This would be the equivalent of a Major League team losing 45 games straight.
Am I an awful fantasy baseball manager? I really don't think so. I typically do research, regularly peruse the free agent market, read MLBTradeRumors.com, and set my line-up (the same could not be said about my free Yahoo league this year, but I digress.)
Obviously, Jake Peavy hasn't been as good as he was last year, and some of my keepers have underachieved, but other players I picked up have over achieved. Matt Garza, Joakim Soria, Brian Wilson, and Gavin Floyd have all been solid. I'm not sure if anyone would've predicted great seasons from that bunch.
My track record makes me look like I manage a team about as well as Warren from There's Something About Mary, but I really feel like I'm better than that. I'll do my research, try to make a trade or two, and get ready for next year.