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Fantasy Football Week 8 Recap – Matt Ryan Ruined Me

mattryanI haven’t been writing recaps in a while because I was in a place the last few weeks where I was dominating, but at the same time I was busy. For as high as I was scoring, the weeks were fairly uneventful, a lack of real choices. I was happy to report that my team in each league started performing up to expectations, and in at least my Yahoo league, I’ve been the best team over the last three weeks, quickly climbing the rankings into playoff contention.

But Week 8 proved to be very tumultuous, with some last minute scrambling and real time outcomes that shaped my week dramatically.

Let’s start with the one that didn’t go so great.

Week 8
Opponent The Other Brian’s Team – Brian
Outcome 100.30 – 105.22 L
Meltdowns Player Team Points
QB Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts 18.40
RB1 Devontae Booker Denver Broncos 12.40
RB2 Jeremy Hill Cincinatti Bengals 13.30
WR1 Jordy Nelson Green Bay Packers 15.40
WR2 Brandon Marshall New York Jets 6.80
TE Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots 16.90
FLEX Terrelle Pryor Sr. Cleveland Browns 12.10
K Adam Vinatieri Indianapolis Colts 2.00
DST Arizona Cardinals 3.00
BN Terrance West Baltimore Ravens BYE
BN Kyle Rudolph Minnesota Vikings 3.10
BN Jerick McKinnon Minnesota Vikings 0.00
BN Doug Martin Tampa Bay Bucs 0.00
BN Seattle Seahawks 10.00
BN Jordan Matthews Philadelphia Eagles 12.50

Allow me to set the stage. It’s about 4 PM Los Angeles time. The second batch of games are wrapping up in the 4th quarter, and I have about a 20 point lead on my opponent, also named Brian, and also the only person playing in both leagues with me. Remaining players for my team include Jordy Nelson and Devontae Booker, and for him, Melvin Gordon, Matt Bryant and Matt Ryan. I felt pretty good before even these games started, and already looking at a Jordy TD and a Booker TD at this point, I felt confident that I would come away with the win.¬† Continue reading

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FF Week 6 & 7 Recap and Preview – It Starts Now

My team has arrived! And all because a few of those guys I drafted actually showed up to play last week. #FreeLamarMiller #GronkYouTour2016 #WhateversGreatAboutTerrenceWest

I was the #1 and #2 point finisher in each league respectively this week, and I won both of my matchups to help boost me in the rankings. You get the sense that my team is finally starting to play as expected. Gronk went off for 7 catches, 162 yards and a touchdown and even got flagged for taunting while he was at it. Miller and Houston looked like they might’ve been having some trouble figuring out how to win, but it turns out the Colts are far better at figuring out how to lose, and allowed him to run in for two TDs and 149 yards. After that performance, Miller ranks 5th in rushing yards overall and 9th overall among running backs, despite having only scored two touchdowns in six weeks. His schedule is a lot more favorable moving forward as well, so I’m fortunate I didn’t sell high. Gronk still has some work to do to catch up to the likes of Greg Olsen and even his teammate Martellus Bennett, but the production is coming.

Wildcats Player Team Points
QB Derek Carr Oakland Raiders 11
RB1 Lamar Miller Houston Texans 31
RB2 Jordan Howard Chicago Bears 11
WR1 Kelvin Benjamin Carolina Panthers 16
WR2 Jordan Matthews Philadelphia Eagles 10
WR3 Randall Cobb Green Bay Packers 18
TE Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots 29
K Matt Bryant Atlanta Falcons 6
DST Philadelphia Eagles 16
BN Sterling Shepard New York Giants 6
BN Kirk Cousins Washington Redskins 17
BN Seattle Seahawks 10
BN Cameron Meredith Chicago Bears 22
BN Dennis Pitta Baltimore Ravens 9
BN Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs 12

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Fantasy Football Week 5 Recap – Showing Some Life

Would you like to know how I know I’m a pessimist? Despite being up by as many as 60 points going into Sunday’s middle afternoon games in one of my leagues, I was in a tight, and ultimately losing race in my other league. Guess which of those I spent all day dwelling on?

In both leagues, my teams showed some signs of life, bouncing back with some high point totals among my best this season, and that’s what you want. That’s why I drafted these guys or made these additions. You just wish that when things start to go right that it actually translates into a win.

So let’s start on that losing side and see what went wrong, shall we?

Week 5
Opponent Sarknado 2 – David
Outcome 128 – 139 L
Wildcats Player Team Points
QB Derek Carr Oakland Raiders 25
RB1 Lamar Miller Houston Texans 3
RB2 Jordan Howard Chicago Bears 24
WR1 Kelvin Benjamin Carolina Panthers 12
WR2 Jordan Matthews Philadelphia Eagles 10
WR3 Randall Cobb Green Bay Packers 19
TE Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots 15
K Matt Bryant Atlanta Falcons 12
DST Philadelphia Eagles 8
BN Sterling Shepard New York Giants 3
BN Kirk Cousins Washington Redskins 16
BN Seattle Seahawks BYE
BN Jamison Crowder Washington Redskins 12
BN Dennis Pitta Baltimore Ravens 12
BN Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs BYE

128 points was my second highest point total in my Yahoo PPR league this season, but it came against the 139 highest point total put up by the previously 0-4 team sitting in last place. David started Theo Riddick, Philip Rivers, Odell Beckham Jr. and Amari Cooper against me, and they all paid off in bigger and better ways than my standouts. Riddick, a running back, caught both of his touchdown passes for an extra jab of points, and they came against my Philadelphia defense, which I streamed this week in place of Seattle on a bye week. I started Derek Carr, who delivered a solid 25 after playing well from behind in the first half, but of course Carr’s primary weapon was Amari Cooper, so any of those gains were effectively neutralized. And while the Raiders may have won that game, Rivers came away with the bigger fantasy day, throwing four touchdowns despite throwing two interceptions.

And finally let’s talk about that Packers-Giants game. Full disclosure, I’ve actually proposed a trade to Sarknado 2 acquiring Odell Beckham Jr. in exchange for Randall Cobb and Dennis Pitta. So I was interested in the outcome of this game for a handful of reasons. If either player had faltered and failed to put up solid numbers, either I would cancel the trade or he would decline it. But the way the scores would have it, I needed Beckham to have another poor game and for Cobb to get back on track. In fact, Cobb did get back on track. He had nine receptions on 11 targets, the most of either in all four of the Packers’ games. He even found the endzone in a play that was ultimately called back. The touchdown that wasn’t called back however was Beckham’s controversial late TD, in which it was a question as to whether he actually landed in bounds. Could you imagine if both of those had gone my way? I’d be writing a much different column today.

But look back at my chart above and tell me if you notice any other deficiencies on that roster. Got it? It’s Lamar Miller! Three points? Are you kidding? If you recall in my preview from last week, I expected that against Minnesota, this would not be the week that Lamar Miller would turn it around, but I didn’t expect it to be this bad. Orleans Darkwa scored more points against him in Week 4 than Miller did in Week 5. There’s something wrong with the Texans, and there’s something seriously right about the Vikings. It’s a situation where I’m not sure what to do with Miller. If he doesn’t turn it around against Indianapolis in Week 6, then you hit the panic button and try and cut bait while you can. But after this, do I still start him over Jamaal Charles finally returning from an injury against the Raiders? It’d be impossible to sit Jordan Howard after he’s quickly emerged as a borderline RB1 and will be getting Jacksonville in Week 6.

Jordan Matthews had a slow day and might be finally settling back into a WR3 role, hardly the target monster you were expecting after the first four weeks, Gronk looked good but ended up having all the TDs go Martellus Bennett’s way, and Kelvin Benjamin might’ve had a more productive day had Cam Newton been behind center. I finished this week having my best record since Week 1, so you hope if I can keep this up things will eventually turn around.

Week 5
Opponent Poopshoot – Tony
Outcome 116.28 – 90.26 W
Meltdowns Player Team Points
QB Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts 22.18
RB1 Terrance West Baltimore Ravens 8.90
RB2 Jerick McKinnon Minnesota Vikings 4.60
WR1 Jordy Nelson Green Bay Packers 9.80
WR2 Brandon Marshall New York Jets 17.40
TE Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots 10.90
FLEX Jordan Matthews Philadelphia Eagles 6.50
K Adam Vinatieri Indianapolis Colts 21.00
DST Arizona Cardinals 15.00
BN Doug Martin Tampa Bay Bucs 0.00
BN Tyrod Taylor Buffalo Bills 15.76
BN Jeremy Hill Minnesota Vikings 1.20
BN Seattle Seahawks BYE
BN Sterling Shepard New York Giants 1.40
BN Terrelle Pryor Sr. Cleveland Browns 5.30

In my other league, you look at that point total and it’s very easy to get excited. It was good enough for beating six of the nine remaining teams in all, and my lineup choices of benching Jeremy Hill and Sterling Shepard were smart ones.

But I might not want to get too excited. Take away that Adam Vinatieri performance, five FGs, two of them 50+ yards, and you have a much more pedestrian day. Maybe it’s still a win over a team that only posted 90 points, but it’s not as much cause for celebration. Running back still proves to be a sore spot. Doug martin and Jerick McKinnon both go on bye in Week 6, limiting me to Terrance West and Jeremy Hill. West has been great, but still could lose his job to Kenneth Dixon once he’s fully healthy. Hill continues to be boom or bust, and next week he plays New England. I dropped Darren Sproles in favor of the Seattle defense, but I may regret that. Seattle next week gets Atlanta, and I won’t feel comfortable starting them after seeing their statement victory over Denver in Week 6. Sproles meanwhile looked good in Week 5, but nothing so exciting as to think he has enough upside to be owned in a 10-team league. During the waivers this week I may be looking to add someone like Jalen Richard or Cameron Artis Payne and still sitting Hill until I see some more consistent production.

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Fantasy Football Week 4 Recap – No (Andrew) Luck

If you’re an Andrew Luck owner like me, you’re probably feeling pretty nervous right now, and perhaps not all that Lucky. He’s an extremely talented QB playing for a 1-3 team in arguably the worst division in the NFL, and he’s at a severe injury risk for the simple fact that his offensive line can not keep him protected. And unlike his opponent Blake Bortles this past Sunday, he’s not prone to getting a shit ton of garbage time points in the final moments of the game because his receivers keep dropping passes!

But Luck wasn’t the root of all my problems. It didn’t help that Rob Gronkowski and the entire Patriots offense got shut out this past week (Tom Brady can’t come back soon enough), or that Michael Crabtree put up three late touchdowns, or that two of the three TDs Kirk Cousins threw were to my opponent’s Jordan Reed, or that I played against Cam Newton in both leagues.

Some other quick stats, and I’m not trying to pretend that my teams aren’t terrible. But in my NFL league over 450 points have been put up against my team in four weeks, 40 more points than the next highest team, but I’ve also put up the 3rd fewest points. In my Yahoo league, I’m the team with the 4th most points put up against, but the team with the fewest points overall.

Week 4
Opponent Rhydon Dis – Julian
Outcome 85.26 – 113.70 L
Meltdowns Player Team Points
QB Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts 17.66
RB1 Jerick McKinnon Minnesota Vikings 15.50
RB2 Jeremy Hill Cincinatti Bengals 7.10
WR1 Sterling Shepard New York Giants 3.00
WR2 Brandon Marshall New York Jets 14.90
TE Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots 1.10
FLEX Terrelle Pryor Sr. Cleveland Browns 10.00
K Adam Vinatieri Indianapolis Colts 11.00
DST Arizona Cardinals 5.00
BN Doug Martin Tampa Bay Bucs 0.00
BN Tyrod Taylor Buffalo Bills 16.64
BN Chris Ivory Jacksonville Jaguars 2.90
BN Darren Sproles Philadelphia Eagles BYE
BN Jordan Matthews Philadelphia Eagles BYE
BN Jordy Nelson Green Bay Packers BYE

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Week 2 Recap – Garbage Time

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Blake Bortles had negative points going into the third quarter of his Sunday matchup against the San Diego Chargers. So of course he would end the 4th quarter with 23 points, that’s 329 passing yards and 2 TDs despite 2 interceptions and a lost fumble. This, my friends, is what you call garbage time. And might I add, what the hell?

It resulted in a 105-110 loss in my PPR league, dropping me to an even 1-1 after two weeks. It could be worse, obviously, like in my other league, where I managed only 78 points and had the second worst score of the week.

Wildcats Player Team Points
QB Kirk Cousins Washington Redskins 22
RB1 Lamar Miller Houston Texans 11
RB2 Ameer Abdullah Detroit Lions 3
WR1 Randall Cobb Green Bay Packers 9
WR2 Kelvin Benjamin Carolina Panthers 29
WR3 Jordan Matthews Philadelphia Eagles 13
TE Virgil Green New England Patriots 7
K Roberto Aguayo Tampa Bay Bucs 1
DST Seattle Seahawks 10
BN Sterling Shepard New York Giants 19
BN Joe Flacco Baltimore Ravens 23
BN Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots 0
BN Tyler Boyd Cincinatti Bengals 11
BN Bilal Powell New York Jets 1
BN Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs 0

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Fantasy Football Week 1 Recap – I Miss Gronk

I miss Gronk. Week 1 was a pretty rough week for tight ends, and I could’ve used him to win in one of my leagues this week.

But hey, I’m not the only one who had some ups and downs this week. Whereas I’m wishing for more from Doug Martin, frustrated with Brandon Marshall and kicking myself for not drafting Spencer Ware, others are seriously sweating Dez Bryant, devastated over Keenan Allen and wondering what happened with Adrian Peterson, Tyrod Taylor, Coby Fleener and more.

And I also basked in the glory of starting Ameer Abdullah in my PPR league, Andrew Luck in my 10-team league and Jordan Matthews in BOTH¬†leagues. Now I’m wondering how I find a spot for Sterling Shepard in my lineup, and wondering who I drop to pick up any one of Theo Riddick, Will Fuller, Willie Snead or maybe even Carson Wentz.

To recap this week, I’ll start with my losing team, the Meltdowns:

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Fantasy Baseball Week 22 Recap – Matt Shoemaker’s scary moment

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I was prepared to write this week, “Call me the spoiler.” This was my best performance since week 16. I only lost to three teams across the league, and ended up in a 5-5 tie with Hog Heat in which I lost the tie breaker. Ties are for Father’s Day. I hate ties, and I hate losing tie breakers.

Let me start off by saying, I wish Matt Shoemaker a speedy recovery. The injury he suffered on Sunday was a scary moment, a hard-hit comebacker that landed square in his skull. He suffered a skull fracture and was placed on the DL today, but was on the ground for a solid five minutes before walking off on his own power. Apparently Shoemaker needed emergency surgery to stop the bleeding in his brain. That he’s talking at all has been reported as good news. It was horrific.

And it sucks to find out that it happened via a stat line. I checked my score when the game started, saw that Shoemaker had struck out two batters in the first inning and already had a 2-0 lead. Looking good, I thought. An hour later I check again, and my score total hasn’t changed. I see that Shoemaker has only gone 1.2 innings, and when I don’t see seven earned runs next to his name, I realize something must’ve gone wrong. To find out what actually happened was a death blow. Continue reading