- Pre-Season Week 1 HERE – Here We Fucking Go Again
- Pre-Season Week 2 HERE – Corona-Draft Prep
- Fantasy Draft HERE – Nobody Beats The Wiz!
- Week 1 HERE – Crisis Averted!
- Week 2 HERE – Everything That Could Go Wrong
- Week 3 HERE – Some Nobody Did, In Fact, Beat The Wiz!
- Week 4 HERE – Literally Everyone Beats The Fucking Wiz
- Week 5 HERE – Signs Of Life!
- Week 6 HERE – And Tua All A Good Night
- Week 7 HERE – Tua Be Or Not Tua Be, That Is The Question
- Week 8 HERE – Tua Thine Own Self Be True
- Week 9 HERE – Tua The Window, Tua The Wall!!!
- Week 10 HERE – Tua Infinity & Beyond!
- Week 11 HERE – Tua Err Is Human
- Week 12 HERE – Although We’ve Come Tua The End Of The Road
- Week 13 HERE – Tua No Avail
At the risk of putting this column’s stink on my other fantasy league, honestly I don’t know how I could do any worse, since I limped into the playoffs over there riding the wave of a four-game losing streak. But, here’s the thing: Nobody Beats The Wiz took his first round playoff exit like a man, and all that’s left is the Fifth Place Game (going up against the heavily-favored Space Forcin’ for the right to draft fifth in next year’s fantasy draft; I would otherwise draft sixth if I lose).
Colinoscopy Time beat me 171.10 to 149.95. That’s probably not a surprising score if you’ve been following my team all year, but it’s particularly heartbreaking when two of my guys got injured VERY early in their respective games (DeVante Parker and Deebo Samuel), netting me a combined 0.90 points. If they had simply gotten what they were projected to get, I would have won easily. If I had substituted them for my two bench receivers, I would’ve won even easier. Alas, that’s the way it goes sometimes.
The Rams’ defense really got me off to a fantastic start, scoring 33 against the Patriots. Tua was next up with a SOLID 32.2. A.J. Brown and Kirk Cousins also scored over 20 to keep me somewhat respectable.
Fuck it though, it’s time to talk about my other league!
If you’ve never seen the film MacGruber, then a team name like Pound Some Cunth might not make a lot of sense. But also, come on, you get it. Anyway, the rules of the other league are remarkably similar, except it’s only a four-team playoff. And, instead of having a mandatory tight end and one FLEX spot, I have two FLEX spots where you can play a tight end (or two) if you want (also, no kickers in this league, because kickers are dumb).
A team called Look At Me Run did indeed run away with the regular season, with a 12-2 record. But! Pound Some Cunth was NOT far behind! I started out 8-2, keeping pace with the consensus best team in the league, but have since gotten quite unlucky. I scored the second-most points in the league by a pretty significant margin this season, making me the best of the three 8-6 teams to make the playoffs. I’ve also had the second-most points scored against me, to show how unlucky I’ve been.
I rode an early-season blitzkrieg thanks to my super-studs: Russell Wilson, D.K. Metcalf, Dalvin Cook, Drew Brees, Terry McLaurin, and Tee Higgins (who was elite until Joe Burrow got injured). Once Brees went down – forcing me into starting Taysom Hill – it’s been quite a shitshow; not necessarily Hill’s fault, either! Wilson has stunk, my various 49ers players (Raheem Mostert, Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk) have all missed chunks of the season with injuries and/or COVID, and I was forced into trading away Miles Sanders in the middle of the season to help fill out my roster (getting Cooper Kupp and Kareem Hunt back, while also trading away Kirk Cousins to complete the deal).
This week, Pound Some Cunth is going up against Vinegar Strokes – the two sexiest names in the league, apologies to Vagician’s Assistant and 50 Shades Of Gritty – in the 2 vs. 3 matchup (my brother, Beer Thirty, is the sacrificial lamb facing Look At Me Run). Here’s the loaded roster I’ve got going:
- Russell Wilson (QB) @ WA
- Taysom Hill (QB) vs. KC
- D.K. Metcalf (WR) @ WA
- Terry McLaurin (WR) vs. SEA
- Dalvin Cook (RB) vs. CHI
- Cam Akers (RB) vs. NYJ
- Cooper Kupp (WR) vs. NYJ
- Brandon Aiyuk (WR) @ DAL
- Cleveland (DEF) @ NYG
I don’t love the Seahawks’ offense at Washington, nor do I love Scary Terry’s prospects against a resurgent Seahawks defense. My flex receivers should be okay, but they can be weirdly hit-or-miss. I’m mostly going with the Browns because I know how bad the Giants’ offense CAN be, and I’m hoping they prove me sage this time around. Cam Akers was a new pick-up this week, and he’s been GOING OFF for the Rams the last couple games. So, I’m hoping he eats the Jets’ defense for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
And, here is what Vinegar Strokes will be throwing against me:
- Lamar Jackson (QB) vs. JAX
- Matt Ryan (QB) vs. TB
- Davante Adams (WR) vs. CAR
- Jamison Crowder (WR) @ LAR
- Jonathan Taylor (RB) vs. HOU
- David Montgomery (RB) @ MIN
- Brandin Cooks (WR) @ IND
- Stefon Diggs (WR) @ DEN
- Pittsburgh (DEF) @ CIN
He’s got some FANTASTIC matchups. Pittsburgh, Lamar, Davante, and Jonathan should all destroy. I’m going to need the other guys to have abnormally bad games, and I’m also going to need my team to over-perform.
This is really the best fantasy team I’ve fielded in quite a while. When Russell Wilson was in MVP mode, I was tough to beat. But, lately it’s just been one continuous slump that I’m hoping can turn around as of this week. I just need to go 2-0 over the next two weeks and I can win this league! I haven’t done so great since I took myself out of the commissioner’s seat in the original league and started this Splinter League (so I could set my own rules and keep them the way I want them forever), as you can see by my finishes:
- 2019 – BrundleFly: 3rd Place
- 2018 – ManChine: 5th Place
- 2017 – Gamel Of Thrones: 3rd Place
- 2016 – PimpDaddySupreme: 5th Place
- 2015 – Toad Load Weekly: 3rd Place
As you can see, I’ve broken the streak of 3rd-5th-3rd-5th-3rd place finishes, so CLEARLY Pound Some Cunth is something special. We’ll see if that’s actually the case or not!
Next week, I’ll have an answer to that, as well as talk about my potential keepers in my regular league. It’s all happening!