Fantasy football losses aren’t always the defeated owner’s fault. If you lost a game in fantasy this year, it could have happened for several reasons.
Maybe you ran into a buzz saw of an opponent. Maybe injuries struck your fantasy team—which hurt the players involved more than you—and rendered it uncompetitive. Maybe your studs all happened to have bad matchups at the same time and couldn’t overcome the odds. Maybe you weren’t prepared for your draft and simply ended up with a bad team.
Well, that part is your fault.
Or maybe—just maybe—a guy for whom you and countless others had high expectations was just a colossal flop, for injury reasons or otherwise. Well over 50 players were drafted much higher among their positional contemporaries (according to Average Draft Position information on ESPN.com) than their season-to-date fantasy position rank suggests that they should have been.
If you’ve got a lot of these top 50 flops on your fantasy roster, chances are that that’s why your team didn’t take home the title this winter.