Thursday, December 25, 2014

Fantasy Football Roundup

I am currently suffering through a 256K DSL connection (f'realz), so this will probably be short and sweet.

When I ranked my team after the initial draft, I was given a very low ranking - most people thought my team sucked.  Then Adrian Peterson was suspended.

Somehow, my team banded together, jelled and this happened:


And so it came to the first round of the playoffs.  I was reasonably confident in my team.  They had been on a roll lately.  And then Aaron Rodgers decided to have his career-worst game.  Luckily, my opponent's QB was even worse!


The game was extremely close, but in the end:


Had Firestarters started any other QB, I would have been sitting on the sidelines.  Instead, I was onto the Super Bowl!  

All week long, I debated started a different WR or TE (like every other game!).  Instead, I decided to go with what got me there.

It hurt that I left this on the bench, when I really, really, really wanted to start them instead:
Still, I was in good shape.  Aaron would redeem himself.  Everyone else would feed off of his energy and we would take home the trophy!  Except, wait...


Le'Veon Bell decided to join Aaron in mediocrity during the most important week of our season!  Still, we had a chance.  C.J. Anderson had a monster game, but ultimately fell a little short of carrying us all by himself to the Promised Land.

Afterwards, we all hugged each other.  We forgave Aaron Rodgers for some of his sins - after all, he's still a GB Packer!

See you next year!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Thanks (for nothing), Rex! (AKA - Week 3 of Fantasy Football)

I'll say it - Rex Ryan cost me a victory.  Via CBSSports.com:
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Following a two-touchdown performance, Bears tight end Martellus Bennett said he felt disrespected by New York Jets coach Rex Ryan leading up to Chicago's 27-19 Monday night victory at MetLife Stadium. 
"Today I felt a little disrespected," Bennett told reporters in the postgame locker room. "We [the Bears] played a highlight video, and in the highlight video, Rex is talking about [how the Bears] have monsters on the outside with [receivers] Brandon [Marshall] and Alshon [Jeffery], and he was like, 'Oh, yeah, the tight end is a big dude.' 
"I feel like when he talks about me he should talk about me with enthusiasm as well. He was just kind of monotone when he mentioned me. I was kind of [upset] about that. I feel like when somebody talks about me they should use some enthusiasm. 
"So I came out clicking. I was too jittery in the beginning trying to make a whole lot of plays, and I missed some balls here and there. But I kind of calmed down in the second half and got back to normal."

Getting "back to normal" meant dropping 22 points on me, in a game that I lost by 6 points. I did have a chance to win, but somehow did not start DeSean Jackson (going with Chris Johnson in the Flex position).  

Furthermore, my team has been decimated by injuries and suspensions - besides the AP situation, my starting TE is out for the season, and my other TE hasn't played since week one.  Back to the waiver wire!

The bloody stats:
Position
Me
Score
Opponent
Score
QB
A Rodgers
9.48
P. Manning
20.52
RB
L. Bell
18.70
F. Gore
1.00
RB
I. Cromwell
11.50
E. Lacy
3.50
WR
P Garcon
33.80
R. Wayne
10.20
WR
S. Watkins
3.90
M. Sanu
14.12
TE
D Pitta
4.20
M. Bennett
22.40
W/R/Flex
C. Johnson
3.40
K. Davis
20.20
K
J Tucker
11.00
R.Gould
10.00
Def
Seahawks
8.45
Patriots
8.65

Monday, September 22, 2014

Yo! Adrian! (AKA - Week 2 of Fantasy Football)

Remember back in the preseason, how excited I was about getting Adrian Peterson and Aaron Rodgers?  What's that old saying, "Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it?"

Enough about AP - there might be a separate blog post dedicated specifically to him later.

Going into Sunday night's game (Bears vs San Fran), I needed Michael Crabtree and Matt Forte to combine for -1 points to win.  Jay Cutler fumbles the first snap, Michael Crabtree gets a touchdown on the first SF play, and the rout is on.

Sickening.  Here's the bloody stats:

Position
Me
Score
Opponent
Score
QB
A Rodgers
34.44
D. Brees
14.78
RB
C. Johnson
3.10
M. Forte
8.60
RB
I. Cromwell
6.70
R. Matthews
9.70
WR
P Garcon
2.20
A. Johnson
13.40
WR
V Jackson
10.10
A. Brown
17.65
TE
D Pitta
6.00
J. Witten
7.20
W/R/Flex
L Bell
16.70
M. Crabtree
21.20
K
J Tucker
14.00
S. Gostkowski
14.00
Def
Seahawks
4.70
Cardinals
22.20

Saturday, September 13, 2014

David vs Goliath (AKA - Week 1 of Fantasy Football)

Week One

So there i was, staring at my lineup - do I go with Aaron Rodgers of the hated Packers against my number 1 defense (Seattle)?  Do I switch it up and use my 2nd QB, who hasn't done well in the preseason (Robert Griffin III) or my 2nd defense (KC)?  In the end, I choose to go with Aaron Rodgers and KC, but even then, I was projected to lose by 50 points.

I had already moved Chris Johnson to start at running back, but at the last minute,  added Le'Veon Bell in at W/R Flex, which proved to be a great decision, as the two ofthem combined for over 50 points, in route to a 20 point victory over the heavily favored Firestarters.

By position:
PositionMeScoreOpponentScore
QBA Rodgers8.06N Foles17.38
RBC. Johnson20.10C Spiller16.85
RBA Peterson11.30B Tate4.10
WRP Garcon17.70D Thomas8.80
WRV Jackson7.60A Jeffery12.10
TED Pitta18.30J Graham16.20
W/R/FlexL Bell33.70E Sanders14.80
KJ Tucker4.00M Bryant18.00
DefChiefs9.20Rams1.50

Saturday, August 23, 2014

NFL Fantasy Football - 2014 Blog #1 - The Draft

I recently joined an NFL Fantasy Football league, and decided to try to write a blog about it each week.  It's hosted via NFL.com and last night we held the live (on-live) draft.  It's a 10 team league, with 15 rounds of the draft.  I had the #3 pick in the draft.  

The draft went different than how I thought it would.  Going in, I was hoping to get some stud receivers early, devaluing the RB position.  I would also have liked to pair up a QB/receiver combo - Cutler & Marshall or Jeffries would be ideal. A secondary goal was to take some chances - get some players who have the potential to be game-busters if things happen right, while still having enough proven talent to be a contender.

So, after all is said - here is my team, by position, along with commentary:
QB
- Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
- Robert Griffin III Washington
 - Rodgers is expected to have a monster this year, and will start most weeks.  However, week 1 he plays my one of my defenses, so RG3 will probably start against a weaker team.  It's quite possible that he'll revert back to his rookie year's numbers and be a very solid back-up or trade-bait (maybe someone hitched their wagon to Jay Cutler?).

RB
- Adrian Peterson, Minnesota
- Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh
- Chris Johnson, Jets
- AP and LVB should both put up good numbers this year.  CJ2K will hopefully have a chip on his shoulder, and fill in the Flex spot and I'm hoping Geno Smith plays just good enough where teams can't put 8 or 9 men in the box to stop the run.

WR
- Pierre Garcon, Wash
- Vincent Jackson, TB
- Dwayne Bowe, KC
- Mike Evans, TB
- Sammy Watkins, Buffalo
- Solid, if not spectacular WRs - I'm hoping the two rookies (Evans and Watkins) are lightning in the bottle and do some fun things, especially early in the season.

TE
- Jordan Reed, Wash
- Dennis Pitta, Baltimore
- It seems that I've gone all-in on the 'Skins, which is odd because I picked them to be last in their division.  In any case, from an FFL standpoint, I think I have the best TE's in this league.  I expect one to slide the the Flex, or become trade-bait.

K
- Justin Tucker, Baltimore
- One of the best, IMO, and should have lots of chances for FGs.

Defense
- Seattle
- Kansas City
- Wow, talk about having a excess of talent.  Assuming I keep them both, I can play the odds week to week and choose the one that should have the best go of it.

So there you have it...  What do you think?