Sometimes in life you just can’t win, even when you’re supposed to.
Just ask the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles were supposed to be a championship contender this season.
They had the most hyped offseason in NFL history, re-signing their superstar quarterback to a long-term deal and adding four former Pro Bowlers (including the most sought after free agent on the market) to a team that had made the playoffs with a 10-6 record just one year prior.
They were christened a “Dream Team” before the season began and rightfully so: With that much talent compiled, they should have been among the best teams in football.
That’s what was supposed to happen.
What actually did happen is quite the opposite, as midway through the season the “Dream Team” label was dead, the Eagles were 3-5 on their way to a pedestrian 8-8 record and Michael Vick, the electric 31 year old quarterback they’d just inked to a lavish nine-figure contract over the summer, was one week away from cracking two of his ribs during a loss to the 2-6 Arizona Cardinals that would sideline him for almost a month straight.
What on earth went wrong?
It’s a question no Eagles fan can answer with confidence and it’s a question the majority of fantasy football players can relate to with frustrating ease.
Few fantasy football teams live up to the expectations their owners initially place on them.
For every no-name bench warmer that breaks out as a fantasy stud each season, after all, there’s some established fantasy force who completely flames out unexpectedly, and for every overachieving fantasy team that takes its league by surprise, there’s another who looks perfectly good on paper but just can’t seem to get it done on game day.
With so many fantasy leagues but so few champions, there’s a good chance your own team just met this very fate, and looking back on draft day now, it’s pretty clear things could have been different if only you’d have made some better decisions.
Read on to remember in horror how you totally blew it all this season, round by excruciating round.