Every year, there are fantasy busts. Everyone who has played fantasy football has drafted one and known the debilitating opportunity cost at season’s end…the infamous: “If only I took Player A instead of Player B in Round X, I would’ve won it all.”
Our brains are designed to look for patterns, and when a player burns us in the past our emotional thought processes subjectively avoid them.
For poker players, this is also known as the “I always fold pocket jacks, I never win with them!” attitude. Part of fantasy football is having a short memory: last year is last year, and those bygone statistics don’t get you any points in the upcoming season. Good fantasy players look through the windshield, not the rear-view mirror.