You don't want to be 0-2 in your fantasy football league

By Eric Kay | CBSSports.com Staff

Being 0-2 in fantasy football, like in the NFL, has reason to make you sad. (USATSI)
Being 0-2 in fantasy football, like in the NFL, has reason to make you sad. (USATSI)

You may have heard by now, but starting 0-2 in the NFL is essentially a murder-death-kill to your playoff dreams.

We know this from our statistically minded friend, Pat Kirwan, who reports that in the past three seasons, not a single team that went winless in the first two weeks made the playoffs.

It gets even worse the farther back you look through the NFL history books.

Since 1990, starting 0-2 gives a team a 12 percent shot at making the playoffs. Whereas starting 1-1 offers a 41 percent ray of hope and going 2-0 offers a 63 percent chance of playing in January.

But what about when it comes to fantasy football? Does an 0-2 start ensure doom? Should your focus shift toward, oh, fantasy basketball I guess.

Fantasy, my friends, does imitate reality.

Using data mined from the deepest abyss of our Apple IIGS-powered databases, we learn that a smidge over 10 percent of teams that started 0-2 in head-to-head leagues during 2012 made the playoffs.

On the flip side, for all you fortunate, nay, skilled, players who have gone 2-0 so far, your playoff chances are a robust 40 percent.

So if you're worried that your 0-2 fantasy team is in trouble, well, it is. Just don't go 0-3, for only 3 percent of playoff teams started off with such an ineptitude.

Eric Kay is an assistant managing editor at CBSSports.com, and enjoys Belgian trappist ales, but not in the bottle.

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