The nice thing about having three teams to juggle (and it is three now – more on that in a minute) is that one can have a truly catastrophic week without it ruining the entire fantasy football experience.
By Thursday night, it was pretty clear I was going to lose my matchup in the FFT Original league. Team BlueAndGold had two players in the Thursday night matchup: Brandin Cooks, who had 8 points and didn’t necessarily disappoint, and the Patriots defense, who had -4 points and disappointed very much. There’s also the fact that my first round draft pick, Mike Evans, suddenly had this week off when the Tampa Bay game was postponed. And my opponent’s team this week is pretty stacked, so I’d be headed uphill no matter what.
I wrote this one off, pretty much, after Thursday. Now it’s gotten more complicated since then – as I write this, the games are in progress, and although my team is not exactly kicking ass, she’s made some lineup errors as well and we’re pretty neck and neck. Final results for this matchup, as for all matchups, won’t be known until after the Monday night games. But even if I do eke out a win here – and that’s still a pretty big if – I’m only on track for about 75 points and I’m not going to be proud of this lineup’s performance.
But I don’t have to fear the very mention of fantasy football, even with this disappointment. Win or lose, underperformance or not, I’m not completely hopeless. I have two other shots at fantasy glory this week. The first is with my new FFT Remix league and my new team, Turn Down For Watt.
Yes, I named my new team Turn Down For Watt. If you’re surprised, welcome to the blog.
I like this team and I like the players I ended up with here. There’s a lot of crossover with Team BlueAndGold, which you can understand when you realize I had almost no notice to put this team together. I relied on the same research; therefore I liked the same players. I have Mariota, Fournette, Rudolph, and, of course, Perkins and Forbath in both leagues, to say nothing of Terrance West and Eric Decker on both benches. My big difference is the WR corps – Odell Beckham Jr. and Alshon Jeffery instead of Mike Evans and Brandin Cooks – and the second RB – Frank Gore instead of Ty Montgomery. And I have the Texans defense, of course, as you must do if you name your team Turn Down For Watt.
This league is where I had the most interesting start-or-sit dilemma of the week. I drafted OBJ really high. Like first round high. So of course I intend to start him if I can. Trouble is, can I? He’s been questionable with an injury all week, and while the word is that he was improving and could possibly start, there are equally good indications that the Giants won’t start him unless he was 100% healthy, which he probably isn’t quite yet. And this is the Sunday night game, so the Giants don’t have to commit to whether or not they want to play him until about 4:00pm, by which time most other players would already have gone (and I’d already be at work). I’m writing this Sunday afternoon well before any facts are known here, but it would behoove me to already know what I plan to do about OBJ.
So I made plans to go without him, but I’m filling in for him with a WR I had on my bench who plays Monday night anyway. So if OBJ ends up playing – and I end up being able to sneak away at work and make lineup changes – I could swap him in, but if he doesn’t, which seems likelier, then I’ll be set with Ted Ginn Jr.
I headed into a matchup here with my friend, the FFT Original commish, and all indications were that the game would be tight. I like his team a lot too – he’s got my dream QB, for one. But as the day has shaken out, my team has held up its end a lot better. I wouldn’t say I’ve overperformed – with one exception which I will get to in a bit – but his has not impressed. I’m in line to win this one at the moment, 86 to 67 – although he’s got a lot of players currently playing, and I’ve got a lot lined up for Monday night, so much is still possible.
That one exception, by the way? Leonard Fournette. Rookie running back. Where have we heard that one before? He stepped out this week and had 18 points in his debut. It’s not the 39 points another rookie RB, Kareem Hunt, had in his first game for Kansas City, but it’s damn respectable – and probably more sustainable. It’s early in the season, of course, but drafting a rookie as high as I did in two leagues is a risk, and so far it’s paying off. Fournette’s going to be an MVP for me this year, I can feel it.
And as for that third fantasy team I mentioned at the beginning?
The third one’s not really mine. It’s my dad’s. He was invited to join his first fantasy football team this year, and – I hope – inspired by the fun I had last year, he accepted. But he brought me on as his co-manager and ringer. It’s his team, he’s calling all the shots, but I’m advising him. I’m putting as much work into these recommendations as I am into my own lineups, and I feel pretty proprietary about this team, even though it’s definitely his and his alone. Anyway, you get to be subjected to me ranting about them too.
He calls his team Rookie Mistake, although he has yet to really make one. I love the team we put together – David Johnson, Amari Cooper, Matt Ryan, Jordan Reed, lots of good quality mid-pack guys (many of whom are, surprise surprise, similar to the ones on my other two teams).
And so far, they’re looking in solid shape. Sure, Jordan Reed underperformed, and the Washington offense looks like such a mess that I’m not sure he’s going to be able to get it on track in the long run. And yes, David Johnson took an injury that may or may not be season-limiting – no one knows the severity yet. But for this particular week, for this particular matchup, he’s on track to win handily. Part of that is his opponent’s mismanagement, but a bigger part is that he’s got a stacked set of powerhouse players, most of whom have high floors even when they don’t reach their super-high ceilings. He’s tracking towards a score of 86, and his team could easily do 90 or better on a week to week basis.
So it’s about halfway through the first weekend, and I’m about halfway confidant on all three of my fantasy matchups. Sounds about right.
Wish me (and my dad!) luck for the rest of the weekend!