I’m gonna tell you what, if I would’ve lost this last week, I MIGHT’VE quit fantasy football entirely.
In every sense of the word, I was lucky to win this one, 128.93 – 124.86. For starters, if he’d gone with MY version of his best lineup, he would’ve only lost by a little over a point. He ended up subbing in Cam Newton for Deshaun Watson and that cost him 6 points. He also subbed in Dion Lewis for Jay Ajayi, which added a little over 3 points to his total, so if he’d split the difference and just kept Watson in there, he would’ve beat me.
He also had the Mason Crosby Experience in there, which absolutely destroyed him. I got super lucky that the Seahawks did as well as they did against his Rams defense (which ended up getting him just 1 point).
On my end of things, the Carolina defense was a boon, getting me 15 points. Robbie Gould, though, got me 0. Calvin Ridley – who I’d been hyping up all week – had a mediocre 7.8 points. And, obviously, I should’ve benched Tyreek Hill for either Robert Woods or Kenny Golladay. But, that’s neither here nor there.
Going into the Monday Night game, I had a 119.63 – 87.51 lead. He had Drew Brees, I had the combo of Adrian Peterson and Jordan Reed. And I BARELY won!
Now, obviously this is by far my worst week of the season. I would’ve lost to all but 2 guys in my league. So, in that sense, I was fucking due for a squeaker. But, I’m gonna need a much better week this week to keep the train rolling.
King Flippy Nips is now 2-3 on the season and up to 5th place. I’ve fallen to 3rd in total points though (I’m still tops in the league in points against).
No waiver claims this week. I didn’t have a super-pressing need and felt it was a better use of my status to climb the waiver priority ranks (come Thursday morning, after a few moves by others, I’m up to 7th). But, that doesn’t mean I didn’t do anything. For starters, Greg Olsen is playing again, which means I can’t use an IR spot on him anymore. I ended up dropping last week’s fill-in defense (Carolina) to make room. Then, after the big, fat zero I got from Robbie Gould last week, I cut him and owned Wendell Smallwood for a hot minute.
See, I’ve got a real quandary at running back. Fournette is out of commission (he has since claimed my team’s coveted IR spot for at least a week), and Adrian Peterson apparently injured his shoulder last week. The Redskins’ offense is a total mess, so the sooner I can get rid of these guys (he and Jordan Reed), the better. But, for now, I have to keep them. And yet, I also need to fill a fucking roster! There are no easy weeks in this league. Smallwood looked like a good bet, but he’s in a 50/50 time-share with Corey Clement, and neither one has really established himself as a goalline back vs. a 3rd down/pass-catching back. Clement appears to be BOTH, if I’m being honest, yet Smallwood still eats into about half the snaps.
Anyway, Smallwood and the Eagles are playing on Thursday, and even if AP is a hundred years old, I still prefer him over a 50/50 guy. So, a few hours later, I ended up dropping Smallwood and picked up Alfred Morris. Morris plays on Monday Night, in Green Bay, but he looks to be the team’s lead running back for at least this one week. So, come Sunday morning, if it looks like AP is going to be inactive, I at least have someone competent to throw in my lineup. It’s not ideal, but it is what it is.
Finally, once I was able to IR Fournette, I was able to pick up a kicker. I went with Houston’s guy Fairbairn. It’s pretty slim pickin’s for kickers out there. I didn’t have the roster flexibility to stash Legatron and the other guy I was looking at was Tennessee’s Ryan Succop, but they’re going against Baltimore this week and I just hate the Titans’ offense. At least with Houston they seem to move the ball a little better. I might do some kicker scrounging as the season goes on, in case someone has to drop their guy in a crucial BYE week. It might ultimately be worth it to keep a second kicker on my roster through a BYE just to cover my ass come playoff time.
Here’s this week’s lineup:
- QB1 – Carson Wentz @ NYG
- QB2 – Andy Dalton vs. PIT
- WR1 – Tyreek Hill @ NE
- WR2 – Adam Thielen vs. AZ
- RB1 – Ezekiel Elliott vs. JAX
- RB2 – Adrian Peterson vs. CAR
- TE – Jordan Reed vs. CAR
- FLEX – Calvin Ridley vs. TB
- K – Ka’imi Fairbairn vs. BUF
- DEF – Chicago @ MIA
My bench is: Carr, Woods, Fournette (IR), Golladay (BYE), Olsen, Morris.
I don’t like Carr against the Seahawks (in London) nearly as much as I like Dalton against the Steelers. Fournette is still sucking my will to live, so I’m stuck rolling with old man Peterson. Olsen is coming off of a terrible injury, so I need to see him play a game before putting him in my lineup. Woods is going up against Denver’s secondary, so I’m gonna roll with Ridley against Tampa’s garbage defense. If Ridley lets me down again, I’m gonna have to make a move with that FLEX spot, but for now I’m hoping for a bounce-back.
This week, I’m up against DelBocaVistaPhase2, who is also 2-3 and in 7th place in our league. His team is STRONG up and down … except at quarterback. To wit:
- QB1 –
Josh Allen @ HOU Eli Manning vs. PHI
- QB2 – Sam Darnold vs. IND
- WR1 – Stefon Diggs vs. AZ
- WR2 – Mike Evans @ ATL
- RB1 – Saquon Barkley vs. PHI
- RB2 –
James Conner @ CIN Joe Mixon vs. PIT
- TE – Jimmy Graham vs. SF
- FLEX –
Joe Mixon vs. PIT Sammy Watkins @ NE
- K – Harrison Butker @ NE
- DEF – Jacksonville @ DAL
His bench is: Dak Prescott,
Chris Thompson Josh Allen, Michael Thomas (BYE), Kenyan Drake, and Keelan Cole LeSean McCoy.
I mean, that’s a murderer’s row … minus the QBs. We’ve got some interesting direct conflicts as well. I’ve got Thielen, he’s got Diggs. That game figures to be a blowout, so it’s up to whoever gets off to a hotter start before Minnesota runs out the clock in the second half. I’ve also got Andy Dalton and he’s got Joe Mixon, so what’s that game gonna be? A throw-fest, or a slug-em-out? And, finally, he’s got Jacksonville’s defense and I’ve got Ezekiel Elliott; obviously the more my guy scores, the less his defense gets.
Also, not for nothing, but I like Darnold against that Colts defense an awful lot, and think he has the potential to put up big numbers. Between the shootout that should be the Falcons/Bucs, the consistent greatness that Barkley shows on an every-week basis (at least from a fantasy perspective), and the fact that LeVeon Bell chose to wait until AFTER this week to return from his holdout, all goes great lengths in fucking me over. The Good Luck Gods showered me with love in Week 5, but they’re looking to royally fuck me over once again in Week 6. I’m Charlie Brown with the football, and that bitch Lucy is fixing to pull it away from me once again.
***THURSDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE***
Blockbuster trade went down. DelBocaVistaPhase2 sent away James Conner and Chris Thompson, acquiring Shady McCoy and Eli Manning. So, sub Eli in for Allen, move Mixon up to RB2, and insert Sammy Watkins into the FLEX spot (Keelan Cole hits the waiver wire). It looks like he’s trying to poach points from Tyreek Hill, which I think is 100% appropriate. The way New England likes to take away their opponents’ best weapons, I could see a lot of targets funnelled Watkins’ way.