Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 7/14/13
Fantasy AnxietyToday, the Denver Broncos and left tackle Ryan Clady agreed to terms on a 5-year deal. Other than that, fellow Broncos’ fans, I am afraid I have hit a wall on what to write about. We, as writers, can’t be as lucky as the guys in New England, from Hernandez to Dennard. Which is OK, we will have all our players on the field this season, or at least for training camp which starts in T-minus 11 days. Because of this lack of news coming out of the Mile-High city, I decided to share with you something I feel a majority of us have experienced. Fantasy Football. If you haven’t started forming your league or at least thought about strategy yet, I would say it is a good time to get on it. Preseason is in less than a month. Last year, every Sunday night, I wept. The clock ticked down to the final seconds of the Sunday night football game, and I was on my computer, spilling salty tears all over my keyboard. No, I wasn’t a Browns fan. I am a fantasy football player. Many fantasy football players could argue that I still had the Monday night game to play, and possibly win, but that just wasn’t the case last season. Not only was I the only woman in a league of twelve, but in each of our teams, we started double or triple of each position. What does that mean? Well, if you have an injury, your only options are comprised of players like Jeremy Kerley and Kendall Hunter. That was my team. The bottom of the barrel wide receivers who are what I like to call, “one play a day”-ers. Now before New York and San Francisco fans everywhere start attacking me, you must understand, they may have been good players on your team, but they just were not working on mine. Or you have never heard of them, which should further prove my point. However, that is now doubtful after the 49ers Super Bowl appearance. I remember simpler days, before fantasy football ever existed. We all had one team. As true fans, we probably still all love that same team. Win or lose, we watched with a passion for the players, and a hate for the other team and their fans. Those were the days. Now, we wake up, watch the waiver wires and,”Fantasy Football Now” for three hours, while we frantically change our lineup, questioning and doubting our every move. Then, the real fun begins. Let’s say you’re a die-hard Vikings fan, playing your biggest rival, the Green Bay Packers. Sure, you want your defense to destroy Aaron Rodgers…but wait, you have Aaron Rodgers as your fantasy quarterback. Now you are happy when he throws a touchdown pass, but are also happy when he gets sacked. It is exhausting. You pray that the Patriots lose every single game…but you need, or at least used to need, Wes Welker to do good to win in your league. Now, as Broncos’ fans…we not only need but want him to do well. We have become a nation of obsessive-compulsive fantasy point counters and waiver wire watchers. We have lost all the passion we once had for just one team and spread it out across a 12-man made up team. Our fathers would be disappointed, if they weren’t playing right along with us. Only after the real football playoffs start do we return to true fandom. Unless our team didn’t make it…then we’re back to weeping on our keyboards watching reruns of “The League.”

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

No harm will come from MLB extending its netting

Ezekiel Elliott’s attorney speculates on NFL’s motivation for legal battle

Philip Rivers on 0-2 start: ‘There’s no worry or concern’

NFL players wrote Roger Goodell seeking support for political activism

On the similarities between Kyrie Irving and Kobe Bryant

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Todd Frazier, Yankees embracing thumbs down symbol

Tickets for 49ers-Rams game at Levi's going for $14

Sixers still open to trading Jahlil Okafor

Aaron Rodgers has funny quote on never beating the Bengals

Raul Mondesi sentenced to prison for corruption as mayor in Dominican Republic

WATCH: Youth football coaches engage in ugly brawl

NFL Week 3 predictions

The 'MLB is as powerful as ever' quiz

After a decade in the WNBA, MVP Sylvia Fowles is ready for the spotlight

College football 2017 Week 4 predictions

10 teams that can unseat the Warriors in 2018

NFL Referee Hotline: Mike McCarthy is sick of these calls

The 'Kevin Durant has mad (Twitter) handles' quiz

Baseball's most underwhelming teams of 2017

The 'Remember the tight ends' quiz

Ranking the best college football fan bases

Getaway Day: Time runs short as postseason nears

Sports & Politics Intersect: White House sticks it to sports

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

NFL Week 3 predictions

After a decade in the WNBA, MVP Sylvia Fowles is ready for the spotlight

The 'MLB is as powerful as ever' quiz

10 teams that can unseat the Warriors in 2018

College football 2017 Week 4 predictions

NFL Referee Hotline: Mike McCarthy is sick of these calls

Baseball's most underwhelming teams of 2017

The 'Kevin Durant has mad (Twitter) handles' quiz

Ranking the best college football fan bases

The 'Remember the tight ends' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker