Dangersquirrel Fantasy Football Week 1
So I’m starting this now series wherein I’m gonna keep y’all posted on my fantasy football teams. I have three, the Benjithia Sassafras Llamas, who I drafted several months ago and was very pleased with the draft; the Hogwarts Hippogriphs, who I drafted a couple weeks later and was not too happy with the draft; and Sarchasm United, so named because during the draft I made several sarcastic comments that went right over the heads of other teams.
These are all in standard scoring leagues on NFL.com against random strangers, the drafts were standard, not auction. I hate auction drafts.
The pictures above are A) a chart of the scoring by both teams with the final score, and B) a breakdown by roster. I’ll also give a little blurb on each team and how things went, my process for what decisions I make. Let’s get this show on the road!
The Sassafras Llamas caught a lucky break in week 1. I started Stevan Ridley and Marshawn Lynch at RB, what was supposed to be an extremely solid pair, but both backs flopped. Ridley fumbled and was benched, and Lynch was wrapped up by a talented LB group in Carolina. I guess he’s not matchup-proof. On top of that unit leaving me hanging, my opponent scored an impressive 116 points, which is more often than not good enough to win a matchup.
But it did not matter, because A) my superstar draft steal, TE Jared Cook from the Rams, took in 24 points; B) Anquan Boldin tore it up for 26 points, and C) Oh, right, Peyton Manning scored 46 points by passing for 462 yards, 7 TD and 0 INT. Thanks, Peyton, I’ll take those.
I won by a seemingly large margin, but without those three players outscoring their projections, I would have lost. I’ll take the credit for targeting the value, though. I like where this team is headed.
Quite the low-scoring affair! Again my stud runners fell flat, Ridley again and also CJ Spiller. Kinda really frustrating, I got those guys for really high picks. My flex guy, also a RB, was Chris Ivory, who is clearly not getting anything done. I told you I didn’t like this draft.
I only got to win because someone is on autopilot. They drafted first, they have Adrian Peterson, but they have a few players on their roster who clearly should have been benched. Maybe they just didn’t draft for enough depth at those positions? Still, if you know someone’s out either trade or pick someone off waivers, a crappy TE is better than a good one who stays home.
Outside of that though, Tom Brady didn’t score what he was supposed to. David Wilson netter negative points. This team was a mess, which gave me an out for my crappy team. Gotta make some changes to this roster quick. Time to get creative. Oh, again though, got a cheap TE who got me points. I think this is my calling, identifying sleeper tight ends for fantasy. Thanks, Brandon Myers.
What a squeaker! I feel kinda sorry for the other guy, 130 points should win games.
A win by one point means it was a matter of one person making a tackle, or dropping a pass, or missing a field goal, that decided this matchup. AJ green catches one ball and I lose the week. But he didn’t.
Another high-profile RB who didn’t live up to his hype, Chris Johnson. However, I finally struck gold with LeSean McCoy, he won me the week. Anyone under Chip Kelly’s schemes is fantasy gold. Brandon Marshall, Jason Witten, and the Cardinals defense all came up strong for me too. There are fewer big playmakers here than on my other teams, though.
A big deal was Aaron Rodgers’ play, a lot of people didn’t expect a lot from him because of the defense, but unless it’s @SEA, Rodgers is matchup-proof. It comes with being the best QB in the league.
My opponent had some sound starts, but I spy a lot of mediocre and not a lot of upside players. Consistently scoring okay numbers isn’t how to win when so many people are boom-and-bust. You’ll hit too many booms as opponents. Like this week.
I need to adjust this roster a bit too.
All things considered I’m quite confident. I didn’t expect Sarchasm UTD to win, but we did, so now I’m 3-0. I have some work to do, as I think is probably usually the case after week 1, when we have a better idea of how things are actually going to work this year.
See you next week!