At this point in the fantasy baseball season I feel like I’m running on vapors. Other folks might say they are running on fumes. Still others might say nitrogen, argon, or some other noble gas TBD. However you wish to describe it, I’m sure you understand what I’m talking about: the fantasy baseball season is a looooong season. (Editor’s Note: Using that many ‘ooooo’s didn’t make it through spell check, but we let it slide.)
In fact, this post is a result of my weariness in even writing about fantasy baseball at this point. What more is there to be said? Let’s just end the season and crown our champions! But they say to ‘write what you know’ and I know that for me – and for most – that this is the point in the season where it gets tough to see it through.
Fantasy football has started (I assure you, this will be one of the few times that the phrase “fantasy football” is found on this site!). I’m not really engaged with my one fantasy football team, but it has taken some of my attention away. Distractions.
There are also anxieties involved in wishing your fantasy baseball season was over. If you are at the bottom of the roto standings it may be difficult to see things through and not lose interest, but Dixon made a compelling case for why you should. It’s not any easier if you are on top however. It’s an anxious feeling to be holding on to a razor thin lead, just hoping the season will end and you’ll be sitting at number one.
And if you are in the middle? What’s the difference between 6th and 7th place really (particularly if you went to a Montessori school where every kid gets a ribbon)? It’s a pride thing, for certain, but it’s understandable that your tank is running on empty.
So let’s flip this around and look at it a different way. The beauty of playing roto fantasy baseball is that it is a long slog of a summer. With just about three weeks remaining in the season you have managed a team through ups and downs, changed strategies, made trades, worked the wire and researched endlessly. That’s an accomplishment and something to take pride in. Celebrate it.
Rarely are the best things the easiest things. Sure it feels like a long season at times, but what makes roto-style fantasy baseball a great game in part is that sense of accomplishment that comes at the end of a long, hard-fought season.
So suck it up, catch your wind, and manage well right ’til the end. Good luck, it’ll feel good when the season is done.