The long season is finally at a close.
Week 17 of the NFL season, to me, is like the denouement of a story.
A typical story map starts with a beginning, has a rising action, builds to a climax and then ends with a denouement, or a final resolution.
Fantasy football is a lot like a story.
The beginning is the draft where the fantasy season starts. The rising action is the fantasy regular season: filled with twists, turns, trades made, games won and games lost. The climax is the playoffs. Everything builds up to that pivotal semifinal matchup where you either win and go on for the championship, or lose and end up playing for pride.
The denouement is week 17. Many leagues have already crowned a championship and are done playing games. Week 17 is the first time of the season, in my opinion, where the drama of the NFL is greater than the drama of fantasy football.
With most leagues finished, attention turns to the pro football regular season finale, to see who will play in the NFL's second season and who will go home.
Win the season over, it's time to take stock and see where you finished in your league (or in my case leagues).
Three of my leagues were inactive in week 17. I finished eighth out of 14 teams, third out of six teams and sixth out of 12 teams in those three leagues. All three of them were leagues I made the playoffs, but failed to win in the quarter or semifinals.
The three leagues that did play in week 17 went 2-1. I was able to save face and avoid last place in one league, but finished 11th out of 12 teams. After coming so close to the playoffs in my money league, I finished seventh out of 10 teams. Finally, in my best finish of the season, I finished fourth out of 12 teams.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed by this season. I had much higher expectations for the year, but unfortunately was unable to achieve them.
Whether you were able to come away with the championship this year, fell just short, or just never got off the ground this season, you have a reason to celebrate: The NFL playoffs are finally here!
How did your fantasy season go? I'd love to hear about it! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to check back early in 2015! I'm going to evaluate my Waiver Wire Picks of the Week, to see the highs and lows of the year.
Happy New Year, fantasy fans!