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A Noob in Fantasy Football: Week 11


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.


Week 11

Record: 8-3

Well, it’s time to see if that blockbuster Calvin Johnson trade comes back to bite me in the ass, because I’m playing the team that I gave my left nut to last week for Megatron, which he used to beat the #1 ranked team by over 30 points.

Add that pressure to the problem of not being sure which quarterback will be worse, Matt Ryan or Philip Rivers, as well as obsessing over injury reports and carrying 2 defenses, and this week was probably the scariest fantasy week ever.


With a gaping hole in my roster due to my mega-trade of 3 players for Calvin Johnson in Week 10, I decided to pick up the New York Jets D/ST right before waivers began. Our league allows 3 roster moves per week (not counting trades), and I had high hopes that the Jets would be able to stymie the Buffalo Bills in Week 11. I also picked up Redskins tight-end Jordan Reed because Jimmy Graham has been giving me nightmares of plantar fasciitis, a foot injury I had no idea about until I got involved in fantasy football, kind of like Lisfranc fracture.

I also dropped the Tennessee D/ST to pick up the Carolina D/ST because, really, if a defense can’t get major points against the Jaguars, then they aren’t allowed to call themselves a defense.

How I Did


Week 11 Points: 209

Total Points: 2,178

One of the unwritten rules of fantasy football (so I’ve heard) is don’t tinker with your line-up. Set it and forget it…unless someone gets injured during practice.

I broke this rule at least 3 times this week, but ended up with the same line-up that I originally set.

Seriously, Matt Ryan and a lack of healthy receivers against the Bucs, or Philip Rivers and a lack of receivers against the Dolphins? I almost flipped a coin. I decided on Matt Ryan, but then Harry Douglas hurt himself in practice and was listed as questionable. With Tony Gonzalez also questionable, I switch Ryan with Rivers and told myself, “I’ll switch back IF Harry Douglas is okay.” A day later, sports pundits are all in agreement that Douglas would play, so I switched them back. Then I saw that Gonzalez was a game-time decision, so I switched QBs yet again before switching once again to my original choice, Matt Ryan. Apparently, it didn’t matter, as both quarterbacks scored about the same: average.

Keenan Allen was another question mark for me. First I had Alshon Jeffery in. Then I went to Keenan Allen because I heard the weather would be bad in Chicago, which usually means some really bad throws. I didn’t hear that there would be tornadoes in the area, but bad weather usually means a lot of running. Then I switched back to Jeffery because I remembered that he usually runs short in routes. Good thing I made that choice, as Jeffery got me a lean 16 points while Allen left his game injured with 7.

Calvin Johnson and Antonio Brown never moved from their line-up spots because, seriously, why would I? They ended up scoring 45 and 43 points respectively.

I left Jimmy Graham out there with his plantar fascia foot, which was depressing because he only got 10 points when he usually gets about 10-houndred points (in comparison to other tight-ends, anyway) but it was a good call to leave Jordan Reed on the bench. He got 2 points and a concussion.

Steven Hauschka kicked a lot of field goals. That’s what he does, which means I may end up wasting a roster spot for a replacement kicker next week to keep Hauschka during Seattle’s bye. I know, another fantasy football rule broken, but I’m sticking to it.

Defensively, I might as well have started the Titans, or stopped being such a pussy when it comes to the Patriots. The Jets gave me a big fat donut while Tennessee…oh, they got zero points to. But Carolina got 7 points. Serves me right for carrying 2 defenses, something I vowed never to do.

Luckily, all ended well, as I had the biggest blowout win of the week (my 4th) and moved back up the chart to 3rd place.

Coming up next: Week 12 tinkering, playing, and (hopefully) winning.

About Author

Patrick is a self-proclaimed NFL analyst, critic, and lampooner, but he has also been known to provide commentary on baseball, basketball, hockey, MMA, and even cricket one time when he was delirious. Patrick is also a major homer when it comes to sports teams in his home state of NY, although he reserves the majority of his mockery to those teams. His heartbreaking teams are the New York Jets (football), New York Knicks (basketball), New York Islanders (hockey), Long Island Lizards (lacrosse), and evens it all out as a fan of the New York Yankees (baseball).