It seems that my season isn’t as terrible as I thought it was. I am currently in a tie for first place with a record of 4-2 but sadly, I am in 7th points as I have the team with the third least points in the league. Some how, I am managing to win games without scoring points. This is puzzling to me but I am going to ride this wave as far as it will take me. After all, who can argue with winning? In fact, last week I won against one of my biggest rivals, a friend of mine who used to be my head coach for 3 years with a score of 107.6-80.13.
This week I have to patch up my roster a little, as I have 4 players on a bye week! This is a big number, but luckily they are all in slots that are easily replaceable, such as kicker, linebacker and defensive back and tight end. The hardest to find a replacement for would undoubtedly be TE, however, judging from the tremendously bad season I am getting out of Eric Ebron I decided to cut him and look for the next best alternative. I claimed George Kittle of the 49ers, a nobody who shockingly has better numbers than Ebron. This combined with the fact that he is being reunited with his college Quarterback makes him an interesting start for this week.
I had an interesting proposal for a trade this weekend which made me doubt my awareness of what is going on this football season. I was offered to trade Ben Roethlisberger for Russel Wilson. I initially said yes; it was a no brainer to me Big Ben is the better QB right?… Well, the numbers say something completely different. Turns out Russel Wilson has had top 10 numbers for a Quarterback, whereas Big Ben is struggling with turnovers and has posted below his predicted amount of points for the past 4 weeks. I put this trade on hold because I want to evaluate Wilson’s performance a little more. I was certain that the poor offensive line play and a struggling run game would make him suffer, but the numbers don’t lie. He is without a doubt a better player through 6 games this year.
What has hurt me the most this year is that I have simply not been watching enough football and the reason for this is clear; I am watching more college football. When I decided to come to Penn State I had no idea that I would lose my whole Saturday afternoon to Penn State football. In no way am I complaining, I absolutely love being here and going to the games but it takes up a whole day which leaves me with homework heavy Sundays. I have tried to keep up by reading and looking for alerts, but the effectiveness is not the same. The biggest source of uprising players for me in the past were players I watched play. As I am no longer watching as much, I have failed to keep up with my high scoring rivals.
I would also like to address all of you that had Aaron Rodgers on your team. After watching him go down with a gruesome collarbone injury, I can only offer my sympathy to you and to him, one of the great players in the league. I broke my collarbone once back when I still played and I can speak for the discomfort that comes with it. I wish Rodgers a speedy recovery.
It’s so easy to blame luck for your failures here and there. But the more you do it, the more evident it becomes that it has nothing to do with luck and that it is in fact your own fault. This is a great way to summarize my fantasy football season. After watching my star player, promising rookie running back Dalvin Cook, go down for a season ending ACL injury I find myself with an exceedingly mediocre team of players that have potential, but constantly fail to reach it. It is easy to say that the reason for my struggles is based on the fact that I have good players that are simply not registering good stats. But inevitably I must take the blame for myself; after all I made the decisions that got me here.
I made many adjustments this week, finally deciding to cut TE Austin Hooper and add RB Alex Collins of the Baltimore Ravens, a nobody that had a surprisingly good game against the Steelers last weekend. Is he the solution? No probably not, but at this point I am trying to be as scrappy as possible, and if this works out the payoff will be great. I also picked up WR/RB Ty Montgomery, who is an interesting player, that can get touches at two positions, which has lead to some great fantasy numbers dating to last year; but also some slumps. Lets hope for the best. In the past I have found that you can salvage a season by looking to injured player’s back ups to shine when a star player goes down. Such was the case with Charkandrick West when Jamaal Charles got injured a couple of years ago. For this reason I am going to take a chance on Latavius Murray the RB for the Minnesota Vikings. Last year, Murray played a decent roll as the starter for the Raiders but has not seem much action as Cook’s back up this year. Based on his past performance and Minnesota’s tendency and ability to run the ball I decided I would pick him up and cut Matt Forte, who it seems has seen the best of his days come and go.
My record currently sits at 2-2. Which is worrying because it seems that I have a bad game, followed by a mediocre game in which I barely get the win. As I lost last week it is obviously my turn to win; and as I look to my opponent who is currently starting 5 players that are on a bye week, it seems that I should most certainly pick up the win. But even with something as sure as this, I feel nervous as if I might still lose.
I have also decided to bench Russell Wilson. He is proof to my theory that you must consider not only the talent of the player you select, but also the talent of the teammates. Russell Wilson is behind what is proving to be the worst o-line in all of football; which has lead to countless sacks, fumbles and interceptions. A player with such volatile changes to statistics is a risk to start; so I will go on with the less impressive but more consistent Philip Rivers.
As I look forward, I am nervous to see the season unfolds. I usually aspire to score the most points or be in the top 4 places. But due to the circumstances, if I can get into the playoffs I will consider myself to be lucky. One thing is for sure, I would be happy just to get some bragging rights over my friends and win a couple of head to head match ups. In a season that seems inevitably doomed, the least I can ask for is that. It is going to be an interesting ride from here on out.