As usual, Yogi Berra said it best. “It’s deja vu all over again.” One year ago, in week 13, I was playing my son in the last regular season game of the 2017 fantasy football regular season. I was 8-4 and locked in for a first-round bye.
One year later, in week 13, I’m playing Nathan again. I’m 8-4 (again) and currently in the second seed. A win will earn a first-round bye. The difference is that Nathan is 10-2 this year and locked in to the No. 1 seed for the playoffs.
I advised Nathan to rest his best players this week. No sense taking a risk on getting them injured in a game that’s meaningless in the standings. For some reason, Nathan doesn’t always appreciate my dry sense of humor.
Considering everything, the 2018 season has been a good one for me. I believe I have a better team this year than I did last year. Unfortunately, the league we’re playing in is better, and I’ll need some luck to win another title.
“There is nothing better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time,” said Malcolm X, who’s life ended in assassination.
I’ve overcome the loss of Le’Veon Bell. I’ve overcome the loss of Cooper Kupp, the brilliant Rams receiver. I’ve overcome some terrible trades and some unforeseen events like the demise of Golden Tate after the Eagles trade.
Heading into the playoffs, I have one of the best teams. Not the best team. I will need some things to break my way. I can’t afford any more devastating injuries. I need my starters to put up big numbers. It’s deja vu all over again.