It’s that time of year again, folks. Time for millions of fantasy football players to hang their heads in shame and finally accept that they’re not winning their league’s championship this year, and there’s nothing they can do about it.
Don’t be too hard on yourself if you’re one of those people, but don’t underestimate the emotional toll of the experience either. Just because this whole competition is nothing but a random juxtaposition of meaningless statistics you played no role whatsoever in actually creating does not make it hurt any less.
In fact, just like any other psychological episode, the manner in which your brain processed this failure of a season probably played out in a somewhat predictable fashion—see the Kubler-Ross model—and depending on how bad your team was, it might have been ongoing for quite some time now.
Think back to early September, right after your team played its first game. Is it fair to assume that even then you’d already begun to notice a nagging sense of…