This article is part of our Exploiting the Matchups series.
2018 was one of the better cumulative fantasy football seasons I've ever had, but I came up empty in the end. Zero titles (unless you count the league I drafted for my girlfriend's father and mostly managed all year).
Zero bragging rights.
I entered the playoffs as a first or second seed with a bye in five leagues and survived four of them laying eggs in the semifinals to make three title games, only to see my opponents go off for the weekly high scores while I was second in each league.
Heck, in my favorite home league, my brother-in-law beat me with the highest score we've had in the league in about five years. I played against Deshaun Watson, Christian McCaffrey and Zach Ertz in two of them and CMC in all three.
My one winnable matchup was versus fellow RotoWire writer and all-around good guy Jim Coventry, and I lost because I didn't play Watson. Of course, I was never benching Patrick Mahomes, so I can't be upset about it. And although I should have been upset about the match with Jim when another owner who lost in the semis claimed Jamaal Williams ahead of me "because he's 23" and it's a keeper league so I don't restrict transactions for ousted teams, I'm choosing not to be. Even though I would have started him over Leonard Fournette and won.
I refuse to be mad because I made way more right choices than wrong ones this year