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THE DIARY of a FANTASY VIRGIN: Week 5

The Patriots lose! They end up 3-1 without one Tom Brady and now after this last week it makes you wonder how they ended up 3-1 to begin with. Football is a game of opportunity. You get the ball and it is your opportunity. Every time you give the ball back an opportunity is lost. Every time you turn the ball over an opportunity is lost. The game in this way speeds up and if it is going in the wrong direction a score of 13-0 might as well be 100-0. My team is living on the ability of two participants. I will win if they score four points. Four lousy points.

My Country for Four Points

The two participants for tonight’s drama are WR Odell Beckham Jr. and the Giants defense. I need a combination of four points. DSTs always start out with a nifty 20 points and as the opposite team scores and piles up the yardage, the result is points are taken away. If the DST gets a sack or an interception or a defensive TD, the points get added. So any combination that gets me four points will do the job. In the end, the DST scored 2. This was not enough. But I have WR Odell Beckham Jr. All I need is 4 receptions or 1 reception for 30 yards. Surely it can be done. And Odell had 3 receptions for 23 yards in the first half. And he was shut out in the second half. Come on! As a result I am now 3-1. In what should be an easy win it was anything but and that is how Fantasy Football gets played out.

Taking Stock in Your Team

This is now Week 5 and through the first 4 weeks you can take stock in your fantasy football team. In my league draft Adrian Peterson went in the first round. In my league, Rob Gronkowski went in the first round. Your ability to react and adjust to these issues will make a statement about the future of your Fantasy Football season. Keep on rolling through the available free agents. One of the free agents that is currently out there will help a team and help you forget why your draft day triumph is your daft bet today. My diary entry is about two great October things. The Ryder Cup and the Boston Red Sox.

Dear Diary

Oh, those Red Sox found a way to get first place in the AL East and now they take their team to Cleveland to face the Indians. This is a best of five series and it would have been a home field start if and only if they had gone 3-3 to end the year. Their starting pitching is decent with Porcello and Price and their bullpen may be their biggest weakness. But seeing October baseball again in David Ortiz’s final season is a gift. What could possibly go wrong?

I will be watching.

Speaking of watching, did you take in the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in Minnesota over the weekend?

I love golf. There. I said it. I have been hitting golf balls since a fateful April weekend in 1986 where I witnessed on television the back nine at Augusta and the last major win for 46-year-old Jack Nicklaus. I went out that afternoon and took out an old set of clubs from my cousin and hit 9 irons for the first time.

Now, it is 30 years later and I have a decent enough golf game but when you see the stuff that happened during this last Ryder Cup you realize there is a whole other stratosphere in which golf can exist. Was it the 10-birdie performance by Phil Mickelson which only earned him a tie against Sergio Garcia? Was it the performance of Patrick Reed defeating Rory McIlroy 1-up? It was all of it as the Americans defeated the Europeans by a final score of 17-11. It was the biggest win for the Americans since 1981 and it was the first win since 2008.

It had been a long time coming and the US finally came out on top.

Master D.

Tim can now be reached at tdavoll@fantasysharks.com and welcomes your opinions on the Diary of a Fantasy Virgin Articles.

About Tim Davoll

Author of the Weekly Series "Diary of a Fantasy Virgin" since opening day of FantasySharks.com. That particular date? It was September 12, 2002 when my first article was published on this site. It has been a great ride ever since.