Just Some Fantasy Football Talk

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Are you sitting down?  If you’re standing then make sure there is something you can hold onto nearby.  I am going to say something that is going to shock you to your core.  I really enjoy playing fantasy football!  

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Okay…this is the opposite of shocking because I have mentioned this before in a previous article and everyone who knows me knows that I enjoy the sweet statistical competition.  It has been a fun season filled with breakout players, highlight plays and lots and lots aaaand lots of offense.  It is bittersweet that the season is about to end.  This weekend will mark the end of most fantasy football leagues.  Week 16 is usually the championship round for these stats warriors (that may be a little much.)  I can’t continue this article without extending my congratulations to all those playing for a fantasy football title.  It isn’t easy to win, and man does it suck to lose, so I tip my cap to all the fantasy players still alive in their leagues.  I myself am in three leagues, all of which were a blast.

This year I was invited to play in a new league that was started just this season.  The XSGFFL is a dynasty league and some of its general managers are from the Boston Sports Syndicate including the Syndicate’s own Ryan Besse.  You may know him as the Boston Sports Syndicate’s resident fantasy expert.  And, as you may have guessed, he IS in the championship.  Hopefully you listened to some of his advice throughout the season.  If you did maybe you’re also playing this weekend.  This is a very competitive league with many knowledgeable members.  I really enjoyed playing with these guys, and I’m grateful I was given an invitation.  I get the feeling that we will be playing in this league for a long time.

The XSGFFL wasn’t the only new fantasy football league that I was a part of this year.  My wife and some the cousins all formed a point per reception league.  In my opinion it was a success.  I can’t speak for everyone, but I think it was awesome.  There was one night we were all together celebrating a birthday.  That night was great, and at one point we were all on the porch (maybe a tad tipsy) throwing around trade proposals.  I will admit that it was mostly me, but still, the porch was a-buzzin’ with trade negotiations.  In my experience, when a family gathering resorts to trade talk then the league was a great success.  Ask my mother or my wife, they will tell you.  

I play in other fantasy leagues with my brother, cousin and father, and most parties turn into a fantasy news show.  This was no different.  I can say now that I was pleasantly surprised by the effort from everyone in the league.  You never know what to expect when starting a league, but these gals and guys were fantastic.  Cheers everyone, it was an awesome season!  I had so much fun playing in this league, and I hope we continue to all play against one another for years to come. 

It wouldn’t be fantasy football without the prestigious GoldnPonyFantsyFootballExperience, my oldest and dearest dynasty league.  Everyone has been in the league for 7 years.  Seven years is a long time, and before we know it we will be celebrating our 10 year “fantiversary.”  Our league is compiled of friends and family.  Most of us have known one another since we were young.  

Have you ever watched the movie “Tag”?  It is very funny and a good watch.  It is about a group of grown men that use a game to have a reason to get together as they get older.  Our fantasy league is kind of like that for this group of grown men.  Every year we all get together, and that is all due to fantasy football.  Over the years this league has provided many many memories.  Some were funny, some were ridiculous, some were frustrating, and some were epic memories that have all come from this group of guys.  I’d like to thank you gentlemen for another incredible year.  I must apologize to all other fantasy football leagues out there, but this is the greatest fantasy league to ever exist!  There are so many legit leagues out there, and I’m actually part of some awesome ones, but Golden Pony is the best of the best.  It is an honor to compete against you jabronis.  Seven down - a million to go!

What a year it has been.  Out of the three leagues I mentioned I am actually lucky enough to be competing in the championship in all three.  If you read this please wish me luck! Like tons and tons of LUCK!

Week 15 was a complete circus.  It was kind to few and cruel to many.  There were a few elite players that were complete duds in the playoff semi finals.  And if you owned one or many of these guys unfortunately you are probably playing in the third place game this week. 

If you had Saquon Barkley on your squad, then you were extremely happy this year.  The rookie running back averaged over 20 points a game in PPR leagues.  He would routinely score 20, maybe 30 points for your team.  Going into last Sunday’s final four matchup, anyone who had Barkley was playing him with confidence.  But for many fantasy players who drafted Saquon, he didn’t perform to his usual excellence.  The Titans held him to only 31 rushing and 25 scoreless receiving yards.  His measly 9 points last week was the downfall to playoff teams everywhere.  My wife was sadly one of them…sorry my love.  If you still advanced despite the lack of fantasy points from Barkley, you are 100% playing him in your fantasy championship. 

Adam Thielen has been one of the best wide receivers in fantasy this season.  Thanks to his high scoring performances the fantasy teams he was on made the playoffs in bunches.  Thielen had a great matchup in week 15 as his Minnesota Vikings hosted the Miami Dolphins.  Miami was a team that was missing their best cornerback.  Well, that didn’t end up helping because Thielen only had 19 yards receiving and scored 3 points in PPR formats.  It just hurts when the guys that carry you to the dance ditch you when it matters most.  What can you do?  Adam Thielen is very good at football, it just wasn’t his day.

Starting Andrew Luck was a wonderful strategy that produced many wins for teams all throughout the regular season.  Luck is a top 5 fantasy quarterback, but just like Barkley and Thielen, he left his fantasy GM’s wishing they had gone with a different player.  After averaging around 25 points a game, Mr. Luck failed to even score double digits in Week 15.  I guess the moral of the story is that even the best fantasy players can underperform when it matters most for you pretend squad. 

Not all players were shockingly bad in Week 15.  There were also players that were surprisingly good in the playoff semifinals.  If you started Houston kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn, or the Atlanta Falcons D/ST, then you were more than happy with their fantasy scores.  Both scored over 20 points for your fantasy team.  Getting that many points from those positions can boost your score dramatically because it will give you a major advance over your opponent.  Hopefully you were lucky enough to start them.

You must be saying to yourself…”yes I already know this information, but do you have anything that can help me this week?”  Yes I do.

Since this article is coming out after most leagues’ waiver wires have cleared, I can’t really give good pick up advice.  But what I can give is advice on some of the players that may have slipped through the cracks and are still available after other teams’ claims are in.  These are the sleepiest of sleeper adds. 

**DISCLAIMER** for those who are playing against me in any league.  These are lies! I don’t think any of these are good players.

By this time of the season some of your league mates have stopped paying attention to NFL news and notes.  Here is a name that probably won’t give you much, but if times are desperate you may turn to him.  Just to be clear, there are many, many players I would use before him, but like I said these are the sleepiest of sleepers.  Kapri Bibbs was just signed to the Green Bay Packers.  They recently just lost their starting running back.  Bibbs has always shown the ability to catch the ball, and if things go bad for Green Bay, maybe Bibbs can stumble on some receptions.  He is strictly an add in deep PPR leagues. 

If you are using a website that lists Patriots’ receivers as both a wide receiver and a running back, then you should look to add Cordarrelle “this is what I’m gon’ do” Patterson.  In PPR formats he could be the desperation RB you are looking for.  Given that fact that he can always catch a deep touchdown from Tom Brady, Patterson may be one of the best Hail Mary plays of the week at running back or wide receiver.

These two running backs and once wide receiver were once must starts, but now are more than likely on your league’s scrap heap.  Duke Johnson Jr and Darren Sproles are the satellite backs for their offense.  When times are tough, and you don’t have great options at running back, using backs that can catch passes at least give you a chance at a solid game.  Washington wideout Jameson Crowder was hurt most of the season, which is the main reason he is not on anyone’s roster.  The pass catcher has been decent since he has returned from injury, and given his soft matchup against Tennessee, Crowder could be that deep sleeper that helps you win a ship.

Fantasy football was kind to its players in 2018.  Let’s all cross our fingers that next year is as exciting.  This year had breakout stars like Pat Mahomes, Tyler Boyd, and Philip Lindsay shoot onto the scene.  It had exciting games, and maybe the best fantasy game ever when the Kansas City Chiefs faced off against the Los Angeles Rams.  Big shout out to 2018 fantasy football and everyone who I played against.  Good luck to those still battling it out, and you’ll get em next year to those who have been eliminated. 

Over at the Boston Sports Syndicate we would love to hear some of your 2018 fantasy football stories with us.  If you have a good story or moment hit us up on twitter (@BostonSportsSYN) or on our facebook page (Boston Sports Syndicate), or on our phenomenal website (bostonsportssyndicate.com)

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