Most of what I learned about fantasy football has been from watching The League on FX. We’ll see how that holds up as I explore my first season in a fantasy football league.
Stage 10: Playing Week 8
Well, this was the week that my team had to prove its worth, at least to give me some sort of bragging rights. Why Because I’m playing the last undefeated team in the league.
Luck must be on my side, however. The undefeated team has Doug Martin (out), DeMarco Murray (doubtful), and Tony Romo, who is due to Romo up a game sooner or later. so maybe this isn’t the worst match-up imaginable. I can probably play it safe and not start a gimpy Jimmy Graham and still come away with a win, even if I have to rely on Matt Ryan throwing to Mike Smith if necessary due to a decimated Falcons receiving corp.
I picked up Harry Douglas of the Falcons because, hey, Matt Ryan can throw, and Douglas seemed to be able to catch last week. I was low on the waiver wire, but either everyone else was asleep or I’m the only person that had any faith that Douglas could do it again.
Matt Ryan (ATL): QB1
Projected Points: 77
I really didn’t have a choice in playing Matt Ryan against the hefty defense of Arizona. Luckily, the Falcons don’t have to actually win in order for Ryan to have a decent fantasy game.
Geez, you’d think Matt Ryan was trying to lose this game. Well, he did, but that’s besides the point. 4 interceptions? Ryan with the highest rushing yards at 13? You’d think I was doomed. Luckily, he threw for a ton of yards, so at least I got some decent points.
Demaryius Thomas (DEN): WR1
Projected Points: 16
Ah, Demaryius. It’s a rough life to be on as prolific offense as the Denver Broncos this season. Just give me some decent yards and a touchdown and I’ll be happy and won’t lambast you on Twitter. I don’t think you even have a Twitter account, but whatever. Promise?
Exactly what I needed. Thank you, Demaryius. I’ve forgotten about all those lost battles for the ball from last week. Thank you.
Antonio Brown (PIT): WR2
Projected Points: 19
Antonio Brown has to be due another big game. The Steelers are playing the Raiders. They’re not bad, but the Chargers blew them up. Certainly Big Ben can do some damage throwing to Brown.
Dammit! Emmanuel Sanders got the touchdown. It almost makes me think I picked the wrong Steelers receiver. Not really, but almost.
Harry Douglas (ATL): WR3
Projected Points: 16
Can he do it again? Can Harry Douglas say, “Hey! Julio Jones and Roddy White are out? No problem. Give me the ball, Matty Ice. I’ll do you proud.
Well, Douglas didn’t exactly do the Falcons proud, since they lost, but Ryan threw to him enough to get me a big chunk of much needed points. Glad I’m not a Falcons fan. I’m just a Ryan-Douglas connection fan.
Jamaal Charles (KC): RB1
Projected Points: 23
There’s a ton of talk about how Jamaal Charles has replaced Vikings running back Adrian Peterson as the fantasy player to own. I’ll buy that. I own him, so it’s nice to know that not getting the first draft pick worked out for me.
Charles has finally become mortal himself. He had a scary injury, but he came back, finished the job, and left me with the points of a normal, ho-hum running back.
Le’Veon Bell (PIT): RB2
Projected Points: 11
Speaking of ho-hum running backs, Le’Veon Bell hasn’t been the monster I’ve expected him to be. Must be something about that beat up Pittsburgh line coupled with the Steelers playing from behind all the time. Well, I gotta believe, because I’m not ready to put Maurice Jones-Drew or a returning Steven Jackson into the lineup yet.
MJD actually got 2 more points than Bell, so I can’t really complain too much. I worked with what I had.
Heath Miller (PIT): TE
Projected Points: 12
Jimmy Graham was an enigma all week. will he play? Will he be a decoy? Will he be on a snap count? All these questions led me to keep Heath Miller in and hope for the best.
Yeah, so Jimmy Graham was on a snap count. A red zone, 2 touchdown snap count that netted him 18 points. Sometimes playing it safe just sucks.
Steven Hauschka (SEA): K
Projected Points: 8
Steven Hauschka is my damn kicker, which sounds awesome for a game like this against a defensively stout Rams team. Maybe the Seahawks won’t get into the end zone, so they’ll rely on Hauschka to hit field goals all day.
2 extra points. That’s it. Marshawn Lynch got less rushing yards than Arian Foster, and he’s on a bye.
Panthers (CAR): DEF/ST
Projected Points: 10
The Panthers did amazing last week for me against St. Louis. A-MA-ZING with 20 points. I think the Bucs are a bit worse than the Rams, which means that, this week, the Panthers defense should be DOUBLE A-MA-ZING this week.
Meh. Not very goddamn amazing at all, but it still beats the junk I was dealing with when I drafted the Texans defense.
How I Did
Week 8 Points: 190
Total Points: 1,582
Who’s got two thumbs and knocked the league’s king off his throne? This guy. Granted, it wasn’t pretty, and the kingpin played with one hand tied behind his back (Murray didn’t play because this guy loaded up on receivers for the playoffs and probably couldn’t part with anyone. Not my problem.)
So I get to keep my 3rd place spot, and am only 1 game down from 1st place. No complaints here.
Coming up next, Stage 11: Week 9 tinkering, playing, and (hopefully) winning.
Stage 10: Playing Week 8