Fantasy: Imagining ideas and situations that seem almost impossible, as well as the best song from Earth, Wind & Fire. Fantasy football has given their nearly 75 million users the dream of being a general manager and head coach of their very own football team. Decisions such as trades, signing and releasing players and determining that week’s starting lineup is now left in the hands of the fans. And every fan, as the season begins, believe themselves to having the best team in their league. So let’s see if they keep that same excitement a month into the season.
Daniel’s “Men of Steel”
A little peak behind the curtain, this is the second time I am writing about my fantasy team. I thought I was done when I wrote this prior to Sunday’s games, but then something happened. First, I won to move me in a tie in first place at 4-2, but it came at a terrible cost. My quarterback! With Aaron Rodgers out for the year with a broken collarbone, my team is without their signal caller. Which is a shame because this was one of my best teams. Le’Veon Bell as my running back. The two best statistical tight ends in the league in Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate. A receiving core of Michael Crabtree, Alshon Jeffery, Chris Hogan and Nelson Agholor. I survived losing Dalvin Cook a few weeks ago, but I’m definitely going to have to scout free agency or make a trade to stay on top of the standings.
QB: Aaron Rodgers, RB(s): Le’Veon Bell, Frank Gore and Tevin Coleman, WR(s) Chris Hogan, Alshon Jeffery and Michael Crabtree, TE: Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate, K/DEF: Matt Prater and Denver Broncos
Chelsea’s Team — I Made A FOUR-CHUN
I am one of two teams in my 10 man league that is 4-1. I am in first place in my league along with one other person. My team is pretty stacked and the bench is almost as good as my starters. Players like Golden Tate and Tyreek Hill occupy my bench. Evan Engram is my backup tight end and he is about to come on considering that Odell is out for the season and so is Brandon Marshall so Engram should be getting more targets and more touchdowns. Andrew Luck is my backup QB. Once he comes back from injury he is going to be lights-out because he will actually be playing healthy unlike all of last year when he played extremely well and was unhealthy. I’m looking to take home the league trophy this year, and I believe I have the firepower to do so.
QB: Matthew Stafford, RB(s): Le’veon Bell, Leonard Fournette, WR(s): DeAndre Hopkins, Dez Bryant, Brandin Cooks, TE: Rob Gronkowski, K/DEF: Greg Zuerlein and New England Patriots
Brayden’s “LUUUUKE !!”
I am the only two-to-three team in my league and currently am in fourth place in my division. We got off to a very slow start to begin the season at 0-3 despite me having a fairly strong roster. Week One was not my fault however as the Miami vs. Tampa Bay game got cancelled and I had three players in my starting lineup who were supposed to play in that game. I also drafted Joe Mixon under the assumption that he would be the Bengals starting running back and he began as a third stringer. However, things are beginning to turn around for me as my starting receivers Antonio Brown and AJ Green are having monster seasons so far. I was also to pick up Deshaun Watson from the waiver wire and he has been one of the most productive QB’s in Fantasy this year. I believe that my team will keep it up and compete for a championship as I currently have seven players who are ranked in the top 10 at their position.
QB: Deshaun Watson, RB(s): Jay Ajayi, Alvin Kamara, WR(s): Antonio Brown, AJ Green, Tyreek Hill, TE: Travis Kelce, K/DEF: Graham Gano, Kansas City Chiefs
Tripp’s “You Working By Yourself?”
My fantasy team has been a disaster. Making things worse is the fact that I started this league with a group of nine co-workers, who I assumed would be fairly easy competition. Most of the guys I work with are not as into fantasy football as I am, yet I find my team in dead last. Tenth out of ten. I believe my team may actually be cursed, and if you don’t believe in curses, just listen to this chain of events: With the first overall pick in our draft I selected David Johnson, who injured his wrist in the first half of the first game and hasn’t played since. With my second round pick I selected Zele Elliott who was suspended for six weeks. Dalvin Cook was my third round pick and two weeks ago he was lost for the season after tearing his ACL. I also managed to pick Adrian Peterson, who has been a total dud, and had Cam Newton on my bench for his only two decent games so far. Hopefully things will turn around but right now I feel like I’m playing for the Giants. So much potential at the start of the season, but now looking around for a miracle to drop out of the sky.
QB: Cam Newton RB: Duke Johnson Jr., Derrick Henry WR: Keenan Allen, Deandre Hopkins TE: Travis Kelce FLEX: Devin Funchess K/DEF: G. Zuerlein/Houston