- See my Intro to understand what this is all about.
- See my Draft Recap to learn where my team started.
- See my Week 1 Recap
- See my Week 2 Recap
- See my Week 3 Recap
- See my Week 4 Preview
- See my Week 5 Preview
- See my Week 6 Preview
At some point heading into last weekend, I dropped Alfred Morris for Bilal Powell. Morris was an absolute last-ditch option for me (I assumed the 49ers would get KILLED by Green Bay and throw it constantly, not necessarily that they wouldn’t play him whatsoever). I had Bilal Powell in my lineup for a hot minute – as a potential hedge against the iffy proposition of starting a semi-injured Adrian Peterson – but then before gametime Sunday morning, I saw that Isaiah Crowell was active, and I reverted back to having AP get the nod. Even though the Jets were at home, and in a favorable-appearing matchup with the Colts, I still liked the chances of AP over any sort of Jets timeshare.
As soon as I knew I wasn’t going to need Powell on my team, I swapped him out and picked up Detroit’s kicker (who was on BYE), who will be my guy going forward. Yes, Robbie Gould had a fantastic game against the Packers, but I’m not counting on the 49ers being this high scoring going forward; Detroit’s offense is always going to be good as long as Stafford is around.
All in all, these moves had very little to do with my 184.95 to 142.25 drubbing of DelBocaVistaPhase2. Truth be told, I had this week in the bag as soon as he traded away James Conner (28.90) and kept Dak Prescott (35.35) on his bench. It’s hard to blame him for the trade, because who knows how long Conner is going to be Pittsburgh’s starting RB; and I know I won’t fault him for benching Dak, who was going up against the Jags (a defense I liked an awful lot in that matchup in Big D). Those are the What If’s you have to live with as a fantasy owner; it’s why this game is a total mindfuck sometimes.
My ass was pulled out of the fire by Hill (39.20), Wentz (33.30), Thielen (29.30) and Dalton (23.45). I got a shameful amount from my Bears defense, and Calvin Ridley’s day was cut short by an ankle injury. Ridley will be on my bench going forward, as Robert Woods is too prolific to keep off my starting lineup any longer. 5 straight weeks of 14+ points!
I’m now 3-3, holding steady in 5th place in the league. I have the 3rd most points scored, and I’m down to the 3rd most points against, so we’re slowly but surely starting to even out.
No waiver claims for me this week, as I’m not on the Ito Smith train just yet. Gonna need to see him REALLY take over that Devonta Freeman role before I believe it (someone did pick up Ito Smith as a free agent and actually waived Freeman even though we have an IR spot at our disposal, which is something to think about). That puts me up to 6th in the league’s waiver priority going forward, which isn’t great, but it’s better than nothing.
I was eyeballing David Njoku – who’s got a juicy matchup against the worst defense in football against tight ends – but Yahoo was dicking around with my IR designation on Fournette, as there’s apparently a quote/unquote chance that he plays this week. Apparently, if you’re not ruled out completely, you’ve still got to be rostered on the bench. Since I didn’t really want to give up on Calvin Ridley just yet – on top of the fact that I have 2 tight ends on my roster already – I decided to let Njoku sit out there. He was promptly picked up Thursday morning, so we’ll see if I’m regretting this come next week.
Here’s this week’s lineup:
- QB1 – Carson Wentz vs. CAR
- QB2 – Andy Dalton @ KC
- WR1 – Tyreek Hill vs. CIN
- WR2 – Adam Thielen @ NYJ
- RB1 – Ezekiel Elliott @ WAS
- RB2 – Adrian Peterson vs. DAL
- TE – Greg Olsen @ PHI
- FLEX – Robert Woods @ SF
- K – Matt Prater @ MIA
- DEF – Chicago vs. NE
My bench is: Carr (BYE), Ridley, Fournette, Golladay, Reed.
Watch this be the week that Jordan Reed goes off, but I don’t care anymore. God dammit is he sucking my will to live! I know Philly is pretty amazing against the TE position, but they also haven’t played very many elite tight ends so far this year, and it’s not like they’re perfect. I’ll take my chances with the upside of Olsen (and hope he doesn’t re-injure his foot mid-game) over the steady mediocrity of Reed.
As I said before, Woods is in my lineup to stay. Most likely. I might mix n’ match him and Golladay depending on who they’re going up against, but Ridley is gonna be riding in the bitch seat for a while (his days on King Flippy Nips are probably numbered, if I need to make any emergency roster moves).
Up next, I’ve got a date with Sloane N Steady, who I’m catching on a pretty good week, as one of his main guys is Aaron Rodgers, who will be on a BYE.
Sloane N Steady has arguably had even worse luck than King Flippy Nips this year! Last week, he suffered the same fate I did a couple weeks prior, in having the second-most points for the week in a losing effort. But, his loss was by only 2.9 points. He’s also had another loss earlier this season by a mere 0.45 points, so to say he’s due for an unlikely win is an understatement. Here’s who he’s got:
- QB1 – Andrew Luck vs. BUF
- QB2 – Case Keenum @ AZ
- WR1 – Josh Gordon @ CHI
- WR2 – Devin Funchess @ PHI
- RB1 – Melvin Gordon vs. TEN
- RB2 – Isaiah Crowell vs. MIN
- TE – Trey Burton vs. NE
- FLEX – Allen Robinson vs. NE
- K – Adam Vinatieri vs. BUF
- DEF – Houston @ JAX
His bench is: Rodgers (BYE), Dalvin Cook, Lamar Miller, Nick Chubb, T.Y. Hilton.
All things considered, I probably couldn’t be playing him in a better week. No A-Rod, he’s got a bunch of guys banged up, the Browns haven’t recognized that Chubb deserves to be getting the lion’s share of the carries in that backfield (I have him on another team and it’s a constant source of frustration, as I absolutely REFUSE to drop him from my team; it’s a matter of principle at this point).
Sloane N Steady is 1-5 and in last place in the league (he’s 5th in points scored, and has the 2nd-most points against), but it wouldn’t shock me in the slightest if he makes a second half run. With Rodgers and Luck dealing, with Gordon, Cook, and Chubb all eventually healthy and starting, with solid points out of his receivers and a good defense and kicker, he could definitely make some noise if he goes on a winning streak.
As for this week, however, it would take quite an upset. We’ll see. That wouldn’t shock me in the slightest either; my fantasy teams tend to play down to their competition, so if I’m back on here bitching about a loss next week, don’t say I didn’t warn myself.