- 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
- See my Week 7 Preview
- See my Week 8 Preview
- See my Week 9 Preview
- See my Week 10 Preview
- See my Week 11 Preview
- See my Week 12 Preview
- See my Week 13 Preview
Spoiler alert: I backed into the playoffs.
That’s right, I lost yet again to Korky Butchek, albeit narrowly, 154.40 to 149.45. I had good games out of my QB’s (Wentz & Winston) as well as Elliott and Woods; but Tyreek Hill did nothing, Greg Olsen got hurt and is out for the rest of the season, and my Chicago defense royally shit the bed. My opponent, meanwhile, got nothing out of his QB’s (Stafford & Goff) and had a paltry game out of Mark Ingram. But, Antonio Brown killed it, the Seahawks defense dominated, and Zach Ertz did just enough to counter-balance my Philly quarterback going on Monday Night to fend me off.
Luckily, the guy I was fighting for that 6th and final playoff spot who had the same record as me also lost. That game was pretty well decided before we even got to the Sunday Night game, so I had that going for me.
So, I’m 5-8. I’m 3rd in total points scored, and 2nd in most points scored against. It is what it is. The bottom line is I got into the playoffs, and it all starts over from here.
If I had won, I would’ve jumped up to the 5th seed, playing the 4-seed in the first round. We’ll see what happens this week, but that’s yet another thing I can bitch about if things don’t go my way. Also, if I’d won, I would’ve knocked Korky Butchek out of the 2-seed (top two seeds get a first round BYE). Instead, I’m the 6th seed, playing the team I would’ve bumped up to #2 had I won. He’s obviously not pleased with me.
That team: Crazy N8’s Prostates. That’s right, a third contest with the team that so far has beaten me twice by a combined 7 points. He’s the team who won my way into the playoffs by beating my closest rival for the 6th seed, so obviously I’m pretty happy with this fella! He’s already lost Alex Smith for the year, and now he’s down Colt McCoy as well. I don’t know who he’ll play as his second QB this week, but he’s got options (albeit, not great ones).
First, here’s my lineup:
- QB1 – Jameis Winston vs. NO
- QB2 – Derek Carr vs. PIT
- WR1 – Tyreek Hill vs. BAL
- WR2 – Adam Thielen @ SEA
- RB1 – Ezekiel Elliott vs. PHI
- RB2 – Chris Carson vs. MIN
- TE – Jimmy Graham vs. ATL
- FLEX – Robert Woods @ CHI
- K – Matt Bryant @ GB
- DEF – New York @ WAS
My bench is: Wentz, Peterson, Boyd, Adams, Chicago, Bell (IR).
I put in a claim for the Steelers’ backup running back, but of course I didn’t get it. What’s worse, the ninnies with the highest waiver priority didn’t claim him either. Which means Crazy N8’s Prostates – who suffered the devastating loss of James Conner – now gets to slide his backup right into his lineup and not skip a beat. Great.
I did end up nabbing Jimmy Graham as my tight end. I don’t feel super confident about that – because I’m a Seahawks fan, and I’ve seen what he brings to the table – but at this point I have to go for upside. Jordan Reed with Mark Sanchez throwing to him isn’t exciting. Austin Hooper is, like, Atlanta’s 4th or 5th option offensively. And the rest is downhill from there. All told, Graham should hopefully be okay.
And, I tried to stick to Chicago each and every week as my defense, hoping that maybe they’ll get just enough sacks or something to help me out and get me SOME points. But, I’ve been burned against the better offenses. I put them in against New England and I’m pretty sure that’s why I lost that week. It seems like, if they’re not scoring touchdowns, they’re not doing anything for me; now, it speaks volumes that they’ve scored as many TDs as they have this year, but I just can’t throw them out there against the Rams. I WANTED the Chargers – who host Cincinnati this week – but some guy who didn’t even need them used his high waiver priority on them over that Steelers’ backup running back, so I’m putting the blame (if I lose) squarely on that guy! I don’t love the Giants’ defense, but I hate Washington’s offense, so I’m hoping for a miracle. Any time you stream a defense that’s on the road, you’re just asking for trouble.
As far as matchups go for my guys, these are about as bad as they get. The Cowboys and Saints both have terrific defenses. Meanwhile, the Steelers aren’t great. Considering the tear the Cowboys are on, I’ve got to go with the higher-upside plays over my keeper in Wentz. It’s more likely Winston and Carr will be involved in shootouts; whereas the Eagles/Cowboys game is likely to be a grind-it-out affair.
Things don’t get better for my team from there. Baltimore’s defense is one of the best in the league, the Vikings have to go to Seattle on Monday Night, and I could see the Bears shutting down Robert Woods. I need to hope for crazy miracles up and down my roster or I’m toast.