Nobody Wants To Hear About My Fantasy Team 2022: RoundTine Is On A Roll!

It’s crazy to me that I’ve won two games in a row. It’s even crazier to me that I outscored every single person in the league, one week after setting my previous season-high in points. It’s crazier still that I’m not even in last place anymore, in spite of me having far and away the fewest points in the league (and over 200 fewer points than the actual last place team at the moment).

None of this is supposed to happen! Yet, here I am, 3-7 on the season, 3-2 in my last five games, with four weeks to fuck around and see if I can sneak into the sixth and final playoff spot (currently held by a team that’s only one game – and hundreds of points – better than me).

This is the kind of optimism you can get out of me when things start going my way. It’s taken A LOT of patience so far this season (starting out 0-5, you kinda have no choice BUT to be patient and wear some of these lopsided losses), but I finally feel like the tide is turning.

RoundTine defeated Space Forcin’ 186.90 to 178.21. It’s supremely unlucky for him that he scored the second-most points this past week, and just so happened to run into a juggernaut, but them’s the breaks.

Justin Fields got me another 43.05 points, one week after putting up almost 50. CeeDee Lamb got me an even 38 points. Gabe Davis and Tony Pollard each got me over 20. Everything pretty much went my way, except the kicker and defense I picked up for BYE replacements. Philly’s kicker only got me 3 points, and the Rams D only got me 4. But, everyone else did their jobs, and that’s all I can ask.

We’re getting pretty far into the season, and I’ve been hanging onto this #1 waiver priority for quite some time. I figured it was time to cash it in on a potential stud. So, I put in a claim for Christian Watson, who caught 4 balls on 8 targets for 107 yards against the Cowboys last week. The big thing was that three of those catches went for touchdowns. Also, he’s like 6’5 and was their highest-drafted receiver in ages. I’m fully expecting him to disappoint the rest of the way (just kidding! Two more TDs and 21.1 points last night). But, if there’s even a sliver of a chance for him to blow up in the back-half of this season, I’m willing to try it out.

I also, not for nothing, have a couple BYEs I’m worrying about this week (both Seahawks players), so I’d like to actually fill out a roster in the short term. In the long term, though, I’m not entirely sold on Gabe Davis as a viable fantasy keeper. He seems better suited as roster depth. Watson – if he blows up – could be a top 10 receiver in this league, as long as Aaron Rodgers is there throwing him the ball, anyway.

This week, I go up against Toot Cannons, who has a number of BYE issues of his own. Here’s who I’m rolling out:

  • Justin Fields (QB) @ Atl
  • Davis Mills (QB) vs. Was
  • CeeDee Lamb (WR) @ Min
  • Gabe Davis (WR) vs. Cle
  • Brian Robinson (RB) @ Hou
  • Tony Pollard (RB) @ Min
  • T.J. Hockenson (TE) vs. Dal
  • Christian Watson (WR) vs. Ten
  • Evan McPherson (K) @ Pit
  • N.Y. Jets (DEF) @ NE

Losing D.K. and Walker this week is a blow, but I don’t mind those guys getting a week off to rest and recover. Mac Jones gets to ride my bench for … the rest of the year? That guy’s a total trainwreck. It really says something when I don’t even think twice about ranking Davis Mills ahead of him. It looks like Stafford returns from injury this week, though I hate him even more now that Cooper Kupp is on IR. Also, at this point, consider me among the loud majority who are calling for Zeke Elliott to take a backseat to Pollard.

Here’s who Toot Cannons might be playing:

  • QB Cardinals (QB) vs. SF
  • Baker Mayfield (QB) @ Bal
  • Justin Jefferson (WR) vs. Dal
  • Tee Higgins (WR) @ Pit
  • Saquon Barkley (RB) vs. Det
  • Najee Harris (RB) vs. Cin
  • TBD (TE) vs. TBD
  • Chris Olave (WR) vs. LAR
  • Harrison Butker (K) @ LAC
  • San Francisco (DEF) vs. Ari

Rough week to lose your top two tight ends, as both Waller and now Goedert are out. He’s also missing Tua, which is a huge blow. But, there’s a significant amount of talent at the skill positions to make this week challenging as hell for RoundTine.

Are The Seahawks Actually Good?

Well, if we lose this weekend, I think the answer is a pretty safe “no”. In reality, this is a game we’re supposed to lose, but it’s going to look considerably worse when we lose while the Saints are missing Jameis Winston and probably Michael Thomas. Old Man Dalton carving us up? That’s going to be a REALLY bad look.

But, here’s the thing: if the Seahawks win, that’s back-to-back wins – on the road, in 10am starts (not that that’s a thing anymore, but I still think it’s impressive when we win with wonky body clocks) – against teams that are allegedly comparable to us. 50/50 games are everything in the NFL. Win more of those 50/50 games – while dominating the games you’re supposed to win, and not losing too many of the games you’re supposed to lose – and you’re looking at a playoff-contending team. I’m not saying that if we win against the Lions and Saints that we’ll make the playoffs – maybe they’re just terrible teams! – but it’s at least an interesting look.

If we win, I think the national narrative is going to be just that, though: Are The Seahawks Actually Good? It’s especially going to happen if Geno Smith continues to look like GENO SMITH!

I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know a ton about the Saints. They were projected to have a good defense, but I think that was vastly overblown. They’re 1-3 on the season, with a 1-point victory over the Falcons. Then, there were a couple of non-competitive losses to the Bucs and Panthers, before a 3-point loss to the Vikings in London. It’s early, but I think I may have overrated them heading into the season. Bad coaching? Mediocre quarterback play? Not a lot to really scare you.

Chris Olave looks like he could be a stud. I’d be worried about him. I’d be MORE worried about him if we had the Jameis deep ball to contend with, but I can’t imagine Andy Dalton’s Noodle Arm TM will take too many chances down field. Kamara is an obvious baller (when healthy), but he hasn’t been the same weapon since Drew Brees retired.

Nevertheless, the Seahawks’ defense is so bad right now, it might not matter. There’s a world where the Saints put up 30+ points and really embarrass us hard. That’s because I kinda have a hard time believing the Seahawks’ offense is THIS elite. My guess is we lose 30-22, where the Seahawks maybe get some garbage points to bring it to within one score late.