His fantasy team was 6-0. He had just joined the office league this year. A seasoned veteran of fantasy, he had been carefully managing his roster and staying on top of everything. And the results were palpable. No one seemed able to stop him. The competition didn’t appear to be quite as strong as he was led to believe. He had this new league in the bag, so he thought, and with that, he began to ease off the pedal and focus more on his other leagues. Eight weeks and seven losses later, his office fantasy team now sits on the outside looking in after getting bounced in the first round of the league playoffs. Gone. Done. Finished. What in the world happened to that 6-0 fantasy team? How the hell did it fall apart so completely and dramatically? What went wrong? By his own admission, there was one reason, and one reason only, for his team’s remarkable collapse: complacency.
Fantasy football is a very dynamic game. These days, the weekly intrigue of DFS play leaves season-long leagues looking like a boring jigsaw puzzle in comparison. But the traditional style of fantasy football is not as slow and antiquated as it might seem. The adjustments that need to be made in that format of play are not necessarily weekly, and often-times, they are more subtle and take more forethought than the approach taken to DFS. Did anyone out there drop Michael Thomas or Jordan Howard after a couple of weeks of play? If so, how unfortunate. You probably drafted them based on their preseason potential to make an impact by season’s end. And yet, some fantasy owners got complacent and quickly lost track of that train of thought, letting these players go just before they started making an impact. Injuries, player development, adjustments to offensive lines, and NFL trades, among other changes throughout the season, can significantly affect your fantasy roster at any point in the season. The prudent owner stays on top of these changes and continually assesses and re-assesses their players all season long.
Complacency is sometimes just a brief hiccup in our efforts to succeed. Sadly, it is more often indicative of either hubris or perennial disease. The former can be temporary in nature; it is normal to get caught up in your own success and believe you’ve got it made without the need for much additional effort. The latter is more insidious, and indicative of shallow standards, habitual procrastination, and a recurring belief that you can obtain what you want without paying the price for it. And it is sometimes furthered by one’s initial success when taking that approach. The harsh reality is that, in the end, we reap what we sow. If you aren’t willing to put in the time and effort it takes to succeed, it will eventually turn around and bite you in the ass. To win with skill and effort is to be successful. To win with no skill and no effort is to be lucky. To lose with skill and effort is to be unfortunate. To lose with skill and no effort is to be complacent.
In life or fantasy, if you want to make something of yourself, get your shit together. There is little room for complacency.