Never give up on your fantasy football season! 10 reasons to fight to the finish in fantasy... - NFL.com
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Fantasy Football
All you have to do is get in the playoffs.
And even if you don't, you can be a spoiler!
Did you have a rough start to the first half of the season for your fantasy team(s)? Well don't quit just yet because there are still (depending on your league's playoff structure) five solid weeks left of the regular fantasy season.
So I've put together a list of reasons why you should stick it out and fight to the finish even if your team is riddled with injuries and your record currently shows that your chances are slim-to-none of making the fantasy playoffs. So keep your head up, and go down with dignity! Wait, scratch that ... you're not going down at all. Here's why:
10. Anything can happen
The Dallas Cowboys could lose their next eight games in a row and not make the playoffs. The Jaguars could win every remaining game and finish at the top of their division. Too bold? OK, so take it one week at a time, like real NFL teams do. "On to Cincinnati," as one team's coach repeated after a devastating Week 4 loss. And look at what they've done since (in case you're lost here, I'm talking about Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots). As long as you slot in the best lineup you can each week, you definitely still have a chance to crawl out of the hole you might be in. It has definitely happened before and it will happen again, you just need to have faith. So keep setting your lineup and keep your eyes on the prize.
9. Streaks: Winning and losing
So your buddy is hanging out at the top of the standings with a 7-1 record after Week 8. And you my friend, well, you're 2-6. Take a deep breath. Winning streaks and losing streaks happen all the time. So say your buddy, whom you're probably sick of hearing brag about how great his team is, loses his next five matchups. That'd put him at 7-6 on the season. And it's not out of the question for you to win your next five in a row, which would put you at 7-6 for the season. See what I did there? I gave you hope. It may be just a tiny shred of hope, but it's better than nothing! Keep on truckin' and get those wins darn it!
8. The demise of other fantasy teams at the top of the standings
This sort of goes along with the losing streak idea where a team or maybe even two at the top of the standings can fall from glory just as quickly as they rose. The teams that are dominating your league now might not be doing so hot by Week 13. An injury here, a stat correction there, and the entire season can easily come down to one single matchup to determine who gets into the playoffs. And if those top ranked teams are laughing up in their towers now, go ahead and let them laugh. Because you're determined to make a second-half comeback, tear their towers down and turn their laughter into tears! Go!
7. Spoil another team's fantasy playoff hopes, revenge is sweet
All right, so let's be honest with ourselves. You haven't won a matchup yet. You're 0-8 and hate fantasy football and you'll never play it again. Unless ... you have a rematch before the season is over against a team who barely beat you earlier in the season. Because what's better than being the worst team in the league that knocks your arch-nemesis out of playoff contention? Nothing! Be that winless team that beats the undefeated team during a bye week. Be that bottom feeder that fights to the end to spoil the dreams of other playoff contenders! Revenge is so sweet isn't it?