Let’s start this week’s IceBox out with a double shot of fantasy espresso…you know, that bone-shattering, toe-curling double dose of harsh reality many of us have had shoved down our throats so far this season. Because one thing I hate, and it is happening in one of my leagues right now, is seeing a guy who couldn’t draft his way out of a paper bag kicking a lot of serious players butts… and in a money league no less.
Is there no justice?
Ok, here we go. This is a comparison of two teams I drafted in two different money leagues. This doesn’t reflect the original draft. Instead, it is what is left of those drafts and what I have been able to scrape off the wire as the weeks progress.
Bench-Brandon Jacobs, Donte Stallworth, Jay Cutler, DeAngelo Williams, Reggie Brown, LJ Smith
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Bench: Marc Bulger, MJD, Steve Smith,
You know where I’m going with this. Team one looked really good at the beginning of the season. Not so good now with a 1-5 record. Team two looked pretty good too, and is 5-1, but several of the players who contributed to that record are the real surprise. I
settled for Ronnie Brown and Lamont Jordan… picking them up at the end of rounds 1 and 3. Call me hysterical because there is no way I’d have predicted the performances by these two… and in fact I started Brown and Green the first week, leaving Lamont to languish on the bench.
This example also highlights one of my most profound rules of drafting a fantasy football team. There will always, ALWAYS be a top five QB available on the waiver wire. That is why I hate drafting a QB early, and never before the fifth round. Another good example is Brian Griese, who has done a very serviceable job since taking over for Rex Grossman in
See, just when you think you have this game figured out it bites you in the behind. Like when SJax, Gore, LJ and Shaun are getting outscored by Jordan, Brown, AP and Addai. Meanwhile Peyton Manning, who was often selected in the first round, is residing in sixth place behind Brady, Romo, Derek Anderson, Carson Palmer and Brett Favre, while Drew Brees and Marc Bulger are completely off the charts, as in “Where the hell did they go?”
(Note, your standings may differ depending on your scoring system)
I preach this in the forums constantly, and often to much derision. You cannot win with last year’s best players. You have to have a combination of solid analysis, common sense, a low aversion to risk and some good old fashioned luck to be continually successful. I picked up
So, back to my trade. I have Drew Brees in that league. Yes, please send tissues with your condolences… thanks. I also have Engram, Marvin Harrison, Antonio Gates, MB3, Kris Brown, the
Some final thoughts-
Tony Romo versus the Vikings pass defense… yoikes! Ditto Tom Brady against the Dolphins. Michael Bennett… who cares? The guy couldn’t stay healthy and couldn’t crack the starting lineup for a bunch of teams. Hmm, come to think of it, that makes him a perfect fit for the Buccaneers. If he doesn’t get broken by the Jaguars in week eight he might actually have an impact on the team… but don’t count on him living through that game, as brittle as he has proven to be.
Cedric Benson… Brandon Jackson… Shaun Alexander… Frank Gore… glad I didn’t like any of these guys. Sucks that I liked Brees and Philip Rivers though.
Ok Randy Moss, I admit it. I was wrong. Way wrong. I guess the motivation to seal your career with a Super Bowl ring was enough to make you behave. It certainly has you playing at a level unseen since Daunte Culpepper only had eyes for you in 2002 and 2003. So here’s a challenge for ya. I dare you… make that double dare… ah the heck with it lets go all the way, I DOUBLE DOG DARE you… to set records for receptions, yards and touchdowns. That’s a dare for each record set. Whaddya say Randy? Don’t implode like you have in recent memory, leaving that feel good story on the trash heap of fantasy legend. If you are going to make me look bad, do it right. Stomp me into the dust with it. That way the two teams I actually drafted you on, against my own advice, might earn a little glory of their own.
Come one now? Who says a guy can’t hedge a little eh?
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