Fantasy players that robbed you of a fantasy championship
Unless you play in a league where the playoffs continue into Week 17, which leads to headaches and hair pulling over the fact that you’re stressing over trying to figure out who’s playing in the final week of the regular season and who’s not. For the normal folks our season is over, and I’ll start off by saying that the only league that I made a championship appearance in out of six leagues, well I blew it. The depression is starting to kick in, yet another season I make it to the championship and I blow it. Might as well call me Jim Kelly because I just can’t get the job done. However I’m brave enough to admit that because that’s simply just fantasy football. Ultimately I didn’t completely blow it. I had Kamara, Ingram, and Gronk in my lineup which wasn’t bad, but here’s what basically happened. TODD f*****g GURLEY!!
Oh my god. For those who had to go through the wrath of Todd Gurley I’m here for you, to give you a hug and to tell you that it’ll be ok, and hell there’s always next year, but just like having Gurley in your lineup more than likely got you a championship, there’s other players who definitely cost you your game and this is what this article is about. Fantasy players probably felt like Roman Reigns, or Dean Ambrose here, with their teams replicating Seth Rollins and the Authority. Because we gained their trust all the way until the end, to only get screwed. So here you go. The what should have been, to bring you to fantasy stardom.
Ok first of all, what the f**k Dak? Atlanta and Detroit took their time to wrap up a nice big present for you with a bow, and all you simply had to do was keep playing the way you have been the past few weeks and you blew it. What the hell? Prescott was in several lineups, but instead of a championship performance, he looked very average with 181 passing yards and two touchdowns. Not what we were hoping for.
At least with Prescott you got some points although it was single digit points, with Jeffrey he gave you a big fat zero! Coming into Week 16 Jeffrey had four touchdowns in his past five games, with no less than four catches, so going up against a Oakland defense who’s been shredded by the big play made Jeffrey a must start right? Well we were fooled, because Jeffrey was only targeted twice, and didn’t catch either of those.
You know what Dez, I love you but I don’t know why I’m surprised with the stat line of 3 for 43. Seems like his normal stat line from the season without the touchdowns, but on championship week? If you want to be elite, and be in the same conversation with Antonio Brown and Julio Jones. Being held to under 100 yards in the past 20+ games isn’t going to cut it.
I was wondering if someone snatched Crabtree’s chain, but then again that would’ve cost him to go nuts, and that’s exactly what fantasy players needed if they were down in their match up in the final game of the week, and well you would’ve been better off starting Michael Campanaro, or Jake Grant of all people… yeah it was just that kind of week.
This was a shocker if you ask me. Yes Thielen had a poor game in Week 15 against Cincinnati, but who would’ve predicted two mediocre performances in back-to-back weeks? In a perfect world Thielen should’ve had a monster game against a Packers team with very little life in them, and if you started Thielen on Saturday night, his stat line of 2 for 24 yards, alone probably set the tone for your match up. It’s going to get very interesting in seeing how high Thielen is drafted in 2018.
Either Jimmy G is the real deal headed into next season, or the Jags defense took Garoppolo and the Niners to lightly with them wrapping up the AFC South. The number #1 defense put up a shaky performance allowing the 49ers to drop 38 points on their elite defense, and if the Jags defense was a key reason for you losing your matchup well here’s a sample of some teams who outscored the Jags defense last week. The Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers, and the New York Giants. What do these teams all have in common outside of the Jags? They all rank at the very bottom when it comes to defensive standings.
Remember in the earlier part of 2017 when Cooks was traded to New England, and no all but several speculated that Cooks would be a solid #1 WR in 2017? Fun times right? There were scenarios where you probably went double RB’s in your draft and ended up with Cooks as your #1 Wr, for a guy who’s been up and down, we take the gamble because of the big playability Cooks provides, but 2-19 against the Bills? C’mon man!
Since Week 12 headed into Week 16 Kyle Rudolph had five touchdowns, five! So plugging him into your lineup for all the marbles was the right move correct? Well hypothetically yes it was, but Adam Thielen wasn’t the only Viking who left you hanging high and dry in Week 16, and unless you play in PPR he got you 1.6 points, so for those of you who play in standard, Rudolph also put up a fat zero with Crabtree and Jeffrey.
To be fair you knew the roller coaster that Freeman provided when starting him. Freeman was likely a low-end first round pick, or high-end second round pick, but he hasn’t been very consistent, so Freeman is another guy that’s going to bring up some interesting conversations about where he should be drafted in 2018 drafts. The good part was that in week 14-15 Freeman was a monster and looked like his old self, that was until week 16 where he and the Falcons fell back to earth, and if you somehow managed to make the championship let alone the playoffs with Freeman on your roster, there’s no doubt that he got you bounced in week 16.
The Irish tap dancer finally hit a wall on Saturday and it was just simply bad timing. Alex Collins was owned in a high percentage of championship teams, and although Collins wasn’t completely horrible because 18/51 on the ground and 3/15 through the air won’t necessarily kill you, Collins was basically a RB1 that you got for free through waivers, and the big play and touchdowns just weren’t there for your team when you needed it the most.
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