It seems one of the biggest dilemmas I have regarding my fantasy football Sundays, especially when you are in 13 leagues, is that you have so many of the same players as your opponents in other leagues. I treat all of my leagues like gold, but there are some that I do value more than others. Obviously, my local league is regarded as the highest, since I play against people I actually know. Plus, I share it with a longtime high school friend. Another I consider highly is a two-player keeper that I share with my dad. Not only does it bring us together and give us something to talk about, but it allows us to bounce ideas off of each other.
But, unfortunately, here is where the problem began. The opponent my friend and I were playing just so happened to have Saints quarterback Drew Brees. If that was bad enough (the dude went off Week One), the team that me and my pop share also had Brees as our starting quarterback. To make matters worse, Brees was going against my beloved Eagles, which added to the pain. Yes, I could have hoped Brees went off, but the Eagles won at the same time. But as anyone who watched the game knows, that definitely did not happen. The Eagles got trounced, and Brees threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns, but it was a bittersweet fantasy day for yours truly. In the local league, Brees gave our opponent 26 points. But it wouldn’t have mattered much if he gave him six. He also had Chargers running back Darren Sproles and 49ers running back Frank Gore, who combined gave him 58 points. No way we were going to beat that. On the flipside, Brees gave me and my dad 23.6 points. Add the fact that we also had Saints wide receiver Marques Colston, and we got a cool 53.4 combined points from just two players.
Needless to say, I went 1-1 this week in the two leagues. I guess it’s the fact that I hate losing that is bothering me the most. But like I said at the beginning, I will always have this problem with so many leagues. Oh Well.
One of the perks regarding writing for such a popular publication as the Weekender is that it connects you with some influential people in the area media. I was approached by “The Ace” of Fox Sports Radio–The Game (1280 in Berwick, 1340 in Wilkes Barre, 1400 in Scranton, 1590 in the Pocono Lake Region), which is the largest sports network in Northeastern Pa., to come on the air and help out with their new fantasy show called “Fantasy Football Friday.” How could I turn that down? I’ll be on from 4:30-5 p.m. every Friday. But of course, The Ace ended up getting me sucked into yet another fantasy league. But how could I say no? Unfortunately, I ended up having to undergo surgery on the same day as the live draft, but the system gave me a pretty sweet team.
QB: Peyton Manning, Kyle Orton
RB: Maurice Jones-Drew, Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward, Julus Jones, Kevin Faulk
WR: Brandon Marshall, Hines Ward, Nate Burleson, Lee Evans, Devery HendersonTE: Tony Gonzalez, Anthony Fasano
K: Rob Bironas, Nick Folk
DST: Baltimore, Miami
Looking at the team, you would think I would be destroying the competition, but wrenches have been thrown into my plans. Marshall isn’t the true No. 1 receiver he should be, Burleson doesn’t look as good as he did in Week One (seven catches, 74 yards, one touchdown) and Ward seems to be in a timeshare with two other players instead of one. I ended up winning Week One but got destroyed by my Week Two opponent, 122.15-101.75. I guess a 1-1 record is OK, but I hate to lose!
Players I think I like: Texans quarterback Matt Schaub. Schaub was shutdown against the Jets in Week One but blew up against the Titans to a tune of 357 yards and four touchdowns. Schaub has a nice matchup against the Jaguars Week Three.
Bengals running back Cedric Benson: It looks like Benson’s fluky 2008 wasn’t just a mirage. So far this season, he has run for 217 yards and averaged 4.3 yards per carry. It would be nice to see more touchdown runs. He only has one so far.
Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson: Jackson was on the cusp of stardom last year and it now looks like he has found paydirt. With 197 yards on just eleven catches, it looks like Jackson may have reached WR1 status.