- 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
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- See my Week 13 Preview
- See my Playoffs Round 1 Preview
Well, it looked dicey there for a while on Sunday – as both King Flippy Nips and Crazy N8’s Prostates struggled to do much of anything – but as the day wore on, my guys had just enough in the tank to prevail, 164.77 to 124.10.
Predictably, I made a bunch of pre-game panic moves that either had no bearing on the outcome, or totally cost me points because I’m an idiot. For starters, I put Wentz back in my lineup over Carr. It was the right call – as my fantasy confidant and sherpa guide told me, “… this time of year I generally say play your best players,” – and in the end I got an extra point out of the deal. Turns out Carr against the Steelers was also a good call, as I figured. But, the risk of Carr totally melting down was too much for me, so I went with my keeper.
I also ditched the Giants defense, going with Detroit’s. That ended up costing me 4 points, which was no big thing (thankfully). But, I could’ve just stuck with Chicago’s defense (who DOMINATED the Rams, to my surprise) and had 10 more points! IDIOT!
Finally, I put Adrian Peterson in there, thinking that the Redskins would hang around and try to run the ball a ton. He got me less than 3 points in a week where Carson would’ve gotten me 15. Woof.
Luckily, Zeke came to play (31.20), both my QB’s showed up, and Tyreek Hill shook off an early injury to get me over 20 points. More importantly, Crazy N8’s Prostates had to replace ODB at the last minute (Chris Godwin, who got less than 3 points), and had mediocre games up and down his lineup.
So, I advance to the next round. As a 6-seed, my reward is to play the 1-seed, Space Forcin’. You know, the guy who managed to keep Mahomes, Kamara, and Rivers (QB1, RB5, and QB6). The guy who – on his BYE week last week – still managed to lead the league in scoring with over 200 points. This dude is a juggernaut. I’m so fucked it’s not even funny.
Barring a miracle, I’m pretty much where I deserve to be: in the final four. I will say this, though: for a team as good as mine, it’s weird that I’ve yet to surpass 200 points in any given week. Most all of the other good teams in our league has had at least one 200-point week this year. Just sayin’.
Anyway, here are my guys:
- QB1 – Carson Wentz or Nick Foles @ LAR
- QB2 – Derek Carr @ CIN
- WR1 – Tyreek Hill vs. LAC
- WR2 – Adam Thielen vs. MIA
- RB1 – Ezekiel Elliott @ IND
- RB2 – Chris Carson @ SF
- TE – Vance McDonald vs. NE
- FLEX – Robert Woods vs. PHI
- K – Ryan Succop @ NYG
- DEF – Chicago vs. GB
My bench is: Winston, Peterson, Boyd, Adams, Detroit, Bell (IR).
Come Wednesday morning, I made a flurry of moves. Gone: Jimmy Graham. Fuck that guy, I fucking hate him anyway. Plus, with the Packers going up against my defense, it’s not like I want him to do well anyway. So, watch him have a monster game with multiple touchdowns. In his place, I grabbed Vance McDonald. There aren’t a lot of great tight ends out on waivers this time of year, and the ones I like are in tough matchups. With McDonald, I just want to get SOME points, and I feel like he’s got the safest floor.
Also gone: Matt Bryant. The dude is old, their offense has sucked lately, and again I just want POINTS. Per Yahoo, the Giants give up the most points to kickers in the league, so in comes Succop. I don’t love Tennessee’s offense, but hopefully he’ll get me a 50-yarder or two.
Finally, I didn’t need two defenses, as I’m FOR REAL THIS TIME sticking with Chicago the rest of the way. With word coming down on Wednesday that Carson Wentz is unlikely to play this week, I picked up Nick Foles. I still like him more than Jameis Winston against that Baltimore defense.
My guys are okay, my matchups are okay, but Space Forcin’ is just STACKED. The aforementioned Mahomes & Rivers (in a matchup against one another on Thursday night that’s destined to be a shootout to end all shootouts), Adams and Smith-Schuster as his starting wideouts, Kamara and Aaron Jones as his starting RBs, the immortal Kittle as his TE, Jacksonville’s defense going up against the pathetic Redskins. I mean, how do you compete with these guys?
I’m gonna need my first 200-point week, and even then, will it be enough? Yahoo has me losing by over 20 points already, before anyone has played a game. It’s gonna be ugly.