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Yeah, I lost again. Crazy N8’s Prostates beat King Flippy Nips 175.40 to 171.55, meaning in two games against him this year, I lost by a combined 7 points.
These sorts of demoralizing defeats are coming so fast and furiously that I don’t really feel much of anything at this point. Ho hum, live to fight another day, right?
By all rights, I had no business even being all that close. Andy Dalton shit the bed, as I predicted he might. Tyler Boyd did nothing for me (more on my ill-fated trade in a minute). I went into the Sunday Night game losing by a considerable margin. It took a combined 63.40 points from Wentz and Elliott to give me an improbable 20-point lead heading into Monday Night. By that point, my score was locked in. My opponent only had Odell Beckham Jr. If the 49ers could’ve held him to under 20 points, I had a win in hand. Instead, they left him wide open for 2 touchdowns and I lost. Such is life.
Such is MY life, that is.
I’m currently 4-6, in 6th place in the league. I still have the 3rd most points. I still have the 2nd most points against. Three teams have already clinched playoff spots. The four teams currently below me are all at 3-7. Thankfully, I have more total points than all of them, but at this rate, I’m going to lose the rest of my games and someone will beat me with a better overall record.
Oh yeah, that trade from last week. Well, let’s see. Predictably, Tyler Boyd struggled as the Bengals’ #1 receiver. As long as A.J. Green is out, Boyd is going to suck, that’s the bottom line. Jameis Winson, as we knew, didn’t play; I don’t think Fitzmagic has done enough to get re-benched, so nothing changes there.
Meanwhile, TheGangUnderperforms got 27.90 points from Fournette. Had I held onto him, I would’ve won last week. That’s a fact. He beat Adrian Peterson’s score by almost 20 points, so there you go. Kenny Golladay had 19.80 for his bench; he would’ve gotten me an additional 10 points over Boyd. Had I just held onto Golladay and started him, I would’ve won last week.
The cherry on the sundae is the final nail in the Le’Veon Bell coffin for 2018. He’s not returning to the Steelers and is officially eliminated from returning this season. I still think it was a valiant effort – and I still think Fournette is an iffy prospect going forward, with all his injury issues – but in the end it’s looking like closer to a Worst Case Scenario for me in this deal. The only way I can salvage anything is if Jameis Winston returns to starting – which would be an upgrade over Andy Dalton most weeks – but in looking at Cincinnati’s schedule, they play the Browns twice and the Raiders once going forward (including both teams in weeks 15 & 16), so I’m not sure even that would net me anything. I’ve essentially traded at least one win in 2018 for a potential Le’Veon Bell keeper in 2019. Here’s hoping that wherever he goes, he’s not in a timeshare. Or behind a shitty offensive line. Or gets immediately injured.
Is it possible for my life to get any worse? Well, let’s see. What if I told you I now get to go up against TheGangUnderperforms this very week!? An opportunity not just to lose, but to lose by my own hand!
The only move I made this week was essentially the purchase of a lottery ticket. Malcolm Brown is Todd Gurley’s handcuff; I don’t expect Gurley to get injured, but at this point I’m going to need a hail mary to win the league this season, so I might as well use my extra bench spot for something potentially useful. Devonta Freeman probably isn’t coming back this year, and if he does, he probably won’t be effective.
Here’s this week’s lineup:
- QB1 – Carson Wentz @ NO
- QB2 – Andy Dalton @ Bal
- WR1 – Tyreek Hill @ LAR
- WR2 – Adam Thielen @ CHI
- RB1 – Ezekiel Elliott @ ATL
- RB2 –
Adrian Peterson vs. HOUChris Carson vs. GB
- TE – Greg Olsen @ DET
- FLEX – Robert Woods vs. KC
- K – Matt Prater vs. CAR
- DEF – Chicago vs. MIN
My bench is: Boyd, Carr,
Carson AP, Winston, Brown, Bell (IR).
The only decision to make was AP over Chris Carson. While Carson is the superior running back at this point, the Seahawks are playing the Packers on a short week and I can’t imagine Carson will get the lion’s share of the carries in this offense. I just have to hope he makes it through this game without a setback and that he regains his starting role in the weeks ahead.
THURSDAY PANIC UPDATE: I’ve been mulling this over ever since I locked in my roster with this blog post, trying to find a way to talk myself out of Adrian Peterson and into Chris Carson. I ultimately made the change for a number of reasons. For starters, Carson was taken off of the injury report. On top of which, every time Carson has missed a game (I count the second half of that Bears contest – where he was inexplicably not re-inserted for no good reason – as a “missed game” because he certainly could’ve done more there if given the opportunity), he’s come back the next week to rush for over 100 yards. He obviously was held out of last week’s Rams game with an eye towards this Packers game tonight. I don’t believe that Penny is going to significantly eat into the running back carries (barring injury to one of the other guys). And, with this being a Must Win, I believe the Seahawks are going to ride their best players to either victory or defeat. As Carson is the clearcut best running back on this team, I think that means he gets the kind of workload we saw in Detroit a few weeks back. Conversely, the Texans are really good against the run. The Redskins O-Line is in shambles right now. Even though AP is as healthy as he’s been in a long time, I think his upside is relatively low. I think that’s a low scoring game any way you slice it, and ultimately it comes down to the potential in a Chris Carson. I think the likelihood of getting a 20+ point game out of Carson is higher than it is getting a 20+ point game out of AP. That being said, obviously, I think AP’s floor is higher – he’s more likely to bottom out around 10 points, whereas Carson could get injured on the first series of the game – but at this point in my season, I need to take a shot. I’ll know as early as tonight if I fucked up royally; I’m dreading this decision already.
Here’s who TheGangUnderperforms has going against me:
- QB1 – Ben Roethlisberger @ JAX
- QB2 – Marcus Mariota @ IND
- WR1 – Julio Jones vs. DAL
- WR2 – Kenny Golladay vs. CAR
- RB1 – Kareem Hunt @ LAR
- RB2 – Leonard Fournette vs. PIT
- TE – Rob Gronkowski (BYE)
- FLEX – Emmanuel Sanders @ LAC
- K – Justin Tucker vs. CIN
- DEF – Washington vs. HOU
His bench is: Matt Breida (BYE), Baker Mayfield (BYE), Sam Darnold (BYE), Doug Baldwin, Marvin Jones Jr.
For a while there, he had Jordan Reed as his backup tight end. As I joked with him on Monday, with him picking up Jordan Reed (on top of Fournette and Golladay dominating), he’s doing more with my team than I ever have! But, with New England going on the BYE this week, it appears Yahoo took Gronk off of IR. I don’t expect him to keep his tight end spot blank through the weekend, but for now I guess I get to have a little hope. I also feel like even more of an idiot because I could’ve had Justin Tucker for absolutely nothing, as he was a free agent pick-up; that’s what I get for not paying closer attention to the various moves of kickers in our league.
I’ve got good matchups, or at least, I’ve got matchups that Yahoo seems to like. They’ve got me pegged as among the Week 11 leaders in predicted points, so look for me to shit the bed HARD. I don’t know anymore. I need at least one win in the last three weeks – with some help – to hopefully sneak into the 6th seed in the playoffs. It’s not looking likely. I predict yet another demoralizing loss this week.