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- See my Week 5 Preview
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- See my Week 8 Preview
- See my Week 9 Preview
I’m so fucked.
I mean, last week was just a trainwreck. Beasts beat up on King Flippy Nips 202.40 to 133.30. There was nothing I could do! If you thought Carr’s 9.05 on Thursday night was bad, wait til you get a load of Sam Darnold’s -4.55! Every skill guy except for Greg Olsen underperformed. My Chicago defense was always going to be my best thing going – and that proved true at a whopping 41.00 points – but even they were undercut by my opponent’s defense (Minnesota) and their 35.00. Just unreal.
I’m officially demoralized. I STILL have the 3rd most points scored, but I’m in 5th place with a 4-5 record (I’m up to the 2nd most points scored against). Thankfully, this league allows 6 teams into the playoffs, because my only hope is to sneak in as one of the last ones in, but even that is looking grim.
I have 4 games left in the regular season. 3 of the 4 are against the top 3 teams in the league, record-wise (including the top 2 scoring teams, and the #4 scoring team). The one “push-over” (if you want to call him that) is TheGangUnderperforms, who (with my luck) will probably see a return of Le’Veon Bell by the time I play him. His team is actually really good, and having Bell around will only further cement my demise, as he shares my 4-5 record and is only behind me because of total points.
So, odds are, I’m going to need a TON of help. The biggest help of them all would be just winning some fucking games, but I can’t see that happening any time soon.
One way to get that help is to make some drastic moves. As chance would have it, TheGangUnderperforms – being in my same boat – is equally as desperate to shake things up. So, just ahead of this week’s trade deadline, we did the following:
I traded away:
- Kenny Golladay
- Leonard Fournette
- Sam Darnold
He traded away:
- Tyler Boyd
- Jameis Winston
- Le’Veon Bell
So, the worst-case scenario in all this is we swapped two useless quarterbacks, two running backs who can’t/won’t stay on the field, and two equally-disappointing wide receivers. But, I figure his rationale is he wants Darnold as a potential keeper (assuming Darnold makes The Leap in year 2), Fournette is a stud when he’s healthy, and Golladay might turn out to be a real boss (particularly with Golden Tate off the team).
My rationale is: I figure Winston will get his job back eventually (and throwing a ton of picks per game or not, he still gets a lot of fantasy points), Tyler Boyd is a solid receiver who is a great fill-in this week and a good FLEX option going forward, and if Le’Veon Bell ever decides to come back, he could be a champion-maker (or, if nothing else, he’s a solid keeper option for 2019).
All the risk is on my end. TheGangUnderperforms really doesn’t have a lot to lose at this point, because holding onto a Le’Veon Bell who doesn’t play this year isn’t going to help his playoff chances. Sam Darnold is and always was potential keeper fodder for a guy desperately looking for a quality quarterback going foreward. And, if Fournette returns to form and keeps from getting injured the rest of the way, could be a real game-changer in the fantasy playoffs.
I haven’t seen a lot of Boyd, but I think Golladay is the more-talented guy, in a more passer-friendly offense, and has a higher upside to be a true #1 (whereas Boyd will always be second fiddle as long as A.J. Green is around, and when he’s not around, then Boyd will be drawing the opposing team’s #1 cornerback). Bell is a better fantasy back than Fournette, but he might not play at all this year (and even if he does, he’ll likely be in some fucked up timeshare). And, the quarterbacks don’t matter because I have Wentz and Dalton; I’m just hanging onto Winston as a potential backup/injury replacement.
If you look at this trade from a perspective of just the 2018 season, it feels like a wash right now, with a lot of variables left to play out. We won’t know the true effect on this season until it’s over. If you look at it from a keeper perspective, then yeah, Le’Veon Bell is the prize pig in this thing; I was never in a million years going to keep Darnold, because I already have a QB I like in Wentz, and I highly doubt he’s going to look even remotely promising between now and the end of the year. But, of course, our league could choose to vote keepers out next year, at which point I did all this for nothing. So, yeah, good talk.
Here’s this week’s lineup:
- QB1 – Carson Wentz vs. DAL
- QB2 – Andy Dalton vs. NO
- WR1 – Tyreek Hill vs. ARI
- WR2 – Robert Woods vs. SEA
- RB1 – Ezekiel Elliott @ PHI
- RB2 – Adrian Peterson @ TB
- TE – Greg Olsen @ PIT
- FLEX – Tyler Boyd vs. NO
- K – Matt Prater @ CHI
- DEF – Chicago vs. DET
My bench is: Thielen (BYE), Carr, Bell, Carson, Winston, Devonta Freeman (IR).
I keep telling people how frustrating this year is, and that “I like my team,” but that’s starting to not be so true anymore. I DON’T like this team! It’s underperforming like a mofo! Hence my willingness to do this blockbuster deal. I have bad matchups every week, I’m playing the league’s toughest schedule, everything is fucked and I fucking hate fantasy football.
This week’s huge embarrassing failure will be at the hands of my Week 1 opponent, Crazy N8’s Prostates. You may recall he beat me by less than 3 points because Derek Carr is a fucking piece of shit (but, I’m the guy who’s kept him on my roster all year long, so who’s REALLY the fucking piece of shit in this scenario?). He’s got some decent players on BYE, but what does that mean? Nothing means anything! Here you go:
- QB1 – Alex Smith @ TB
- QB2 – Josh Rosen @ KC
- WR1 – Keenan Allen @ OAK
- WR2 – Odell Beckham Jr. @ SF
- RB1 – James Conner vs. CAR
- RB2 – David Johnson @ KC
- TE – Travis Kelce vs. ARI
- FLEX –
Chris Thompson @ TBMarquez Valdes-Scantling vs. MIA
- K – Greg Zuerlein vs. SEA
- DEF – Green Bay vs. MIA
His bench is: Cousins (BYE),
Courtland Sutton (BYE) Chris Thompson, Latavius Murray (BYE), Dez Bryant, Baltimore (BYE).
I see a lot of direct conflicts again between his guys and mine. If the Redskins keep up or beat the Bucs, then Adrian Peterson will likely do well. If they stink and have to throw to come back, then Alex Smith and Chris Thompson will likely dominate. He has all the great matchups you could ever want: Travis Kelce, who will surely poach all the TDs away from Tyreek Hill; the two Arizona guys going up against Kansas City’s nothing defense; Keenan Allen going up against the Raiders’ nothing defense; and ODB going up against the 49ers’ nothing defense. Zuerlein is going to make a minimum of three 50-yard field goals to spite me (as I’m sure Robert Woods will go scoreless yet again). I wish I was fucking dead.
I’m predicting a comfortable defeat this week. One of my quarterbacks will shit the bed, my skill guys will continue to disappoint, and I’m sure the Lions’ offense will just shred the Bears’ defense (and me without my Golladay to boot!).
THURSDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: Crazy N8’s Prostates is trying to make a mockery of my weekly blogging about my fantasy team by making post-Thursday morning roster moves. Courtland Sutton hits the waiver wire, and Green Bay’s new #2 receiver hits the FLEX thanks to a Chris Thompson injury (ruled out this week, which gives me more hope for Adrian Peterson).