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Keeping Ahead: Cue the Funeral Dirge

I honestly did not even want to write today’s column.

My emails are flooded with the mourning and panicked. I look over the craters that have become of my own rosters with disdain and contempt.

Put simply…this weekend was the worst.

For those of you living under a rock and enjoying your blissful ignorance, allow me to catch you up. The following players were injured this weekend:

Le’Veon Bell

Matt Forte

Steve Smith

Keenan Allen

Kendall Wright

Reggie Bush

Khiry Robinson

Brandon Marshall

Calvin Johnson

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ladarius Green

Larry Donnell

Ronnie Hillman

Brian Hartline

Mike Davis

There were more, I promise you, but I can’t bear to list any more. Some of these are big names – every week starters – that will be close to impossible to replace unless you either: a) had handcuffed your star; b) know some wicked voodoo; or c) play in the shallowest of leagues. Others were handcuffs waiting in the wings, such as Brian Hartline, Reggie Bush, and Khiry Robinson, each of whom went down before ever really getting a chance to do anything for owners.

It is imperative at this time, more than ever, to keep things in perspective though. Fantasy football is a game, simply put. Yes, it is one that we invest a lot of time, energy, resources, and emotions into, but still, it is just a game. Nothing is more disgusting than seeing a fantasy football fan upset at a player for getting injured, claiming that their injury tanked their fantasy season. These are people’s lives and livelihoods. Does Keenan Allen suddenly having kidney issues derail my plans for the coming weeks? Sure. Does that really matter in the scheme of things? Not. One. Bit. The most important thing is that Keenan Allen gets the treatment he needs and goes on to continue living and playing the game he loves. Same goes for the rest of the list up above.

Now, with that said, I want to share an extreme case with you.

See, we can whine and complain and moan about losing a few players here and there, and lament poor trade choices and bad karma and all that nonsense. But none of that, NONE OF THAT, can compare to one of my reader’s fantasy luck this weekend.

With permission from said reader, here is the email I received Monday morning:

“Dear MJ,

I wanted to share with you my misery. As you know, I had been doing well in my league and turning the corner on what was going to be a potential championship run. Much of this is due to your column and I want to thank you before riding off into the sunset. This is the lineup I started this week:

QB – Ryan Fitzpatrick

RB – Le’Veon Bell

RB – Matt Forte

WR – Steve Smith

WR – Keenan Allen

TE – Larry Donnell

FLEX – Reggie Bush

K – Travis Coons

DST – New York Jets

It’s been a fun season. See you in 2016.”

For those of you counting, that’s literally an entire roster decimated by injuries. One week, nothing left. Oh, and to add insult to injury, Travis Coons scored him a whopping 2 points and the New York Jets actually lost him points, crash-landing at minus-3 for the day.

So see? Your roster doesn’t look so bad anymore does it?

About MJ Brown

MJ Brown has been an avid fantasy football keeper league enthusiast and player for over a decade. A member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association, MJ delivers weekly content on multiple platforms, bringing a combination of advice, humor, and tips to keep your team at the top of your league.