One of the nice things about fantasy football is that you can step away from your team for two or three days in the middle of the week and not have to worry. The weekly nature of the sport means that you don't need to be acutely aware of things every day in a sport like baseball.
When the week's action is over, it's only natural to take stock of your performance and address your needs later on in the week as injury reports take shape or you wrestle with a tough decision on who to start and who to sit.
But the NFL really throws a wrench into those plans with its ever-increasing slate of Thursday games.
Before it was just Thanksgiving and maybe another week or two. But now they get you on opening week and the entire second half of the season.
If you are in a league that forces you to lock in a starting lineup by the start of the the first game for the week, this is horrible.
Your running back and his injured toe are far from a sure thing so you make the decision on Thursday to bench him. Of course, he goes out on Sunday and rushes for 150 yards.
Even worse is the mid-week brain cramp when you forget about the Thursday game. By the time you look at your team on Friday, your lineup is locked and you are starting two players who are questionable for their games that weekend. They never play when this happens, of course.
Even if your league doesn't make you lock in a lineup by the start of the first game of the week, it most likely doesn't allow you to make any transactions aside from swiching your own players in and out. Forget about the waiver wire gamble you were going to make this week, it's too late.
And of course the NFL does this at the most crucial point of the fantasy season with the playoffs rapidly approaching. With less than 72 hours between the end of one week and the start of the next, you barely have time to think.
And speaking of the end of a fantasy week...