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Tuesday Morning Relief: Let’s Go Streaking!

originalPhase one of my balls out quest to go on a winning streak is coming to fruition. With 8 weeks left in the fantasy basketball season, if I can keep the streak alive, I’ve got more than a fighting chance! Right now I sit at 6-5 after wining 4 straight match ups. This section of the schedule is brutal, though, but I did beat one of the top dogs last week, just barely.

bball week 11I’ve tossed a lot of talent out in the last week or two, including Jimmy Butler, Carlos Boozer, and Ryan Anderson. But now I have a couple spots to play with, and I’ve been fluidly filling and replacing them for added games during the week. Plus, this has allowed me to key on players who are hot at the moment, including Darren Collison, Randy Foye, and Kendall Marshall.

This week I’m playing a good friend, and although I really like him, I definitely want to avenge myself of the curse of DeAndre Jordan, who he swooped up after I dropped him for Spencer Hawes before the season started. After one day, I’m up a bit, but I’ve definitely gotta be on my game the next month or so if I aim to make the playoffs.

bball week 11 score

Tuesday Morning Relief: A Tie in My Playoff Matchup

ugly-tie-contest-sideI got my first tie in fantasy football in the consolation ladder. We ended up knotted at 206. Luckily I had more overall points, I got to advance to play The Blair Walsh Project, who finished up in the 8 spot and beat Dez Dispenser with the help of Justin Tucker. Here’s a glimpse at the other scores:

wk 15 resultsIn the winner’s bracket, both favorites Cuusin Vinny’s Escort Services and [Br]eaking [Br]adshaw won out and will advance to the championship:

wk 16 champRight now, the computers and scary robots have the slight edge on the side of Cousin Vinny, but either way, it should be a really exciting game! these two have led the pack the whole way this season, and it’s great to finally see them duke it out for The Belt. They’ve met once before during the season, with [Br]eaking [Br]adshaw winning outright with a score of 98-87, on the backs of Jamaal Charles and Knowshon Moreno. Charles just had one of the greatest games in fantasy football history, and with the Chiefs in a hotly contested race for the playoffs, he could be the key to victory for [Br]eaking [Br]adshaw. However, if Cousin Vinny can get a healthy Adrian Peterson, anything is possible. Here’s their last match up in week 6:

champ matchupVote below for who you think will win this time!!

Tuesday Morning Relief: The End Game

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Hi, I’m Tyler, and I’m currently in the playoffs.

Okay, that’s not me (In my opinion, I’m definitely more attractive), but like this Mr. Stock Photo Guy, I’m beaming with confidence.

I still need to hold strong with three games left in the fantasy football regular season, but things are definitely looking up. Here’s the results from the Literally Literate FFL week 10 games:

wk 10 results

And here’s a peaksie at the current ESPN ranks:

week 11 standings

I was hoping for more points this week, but I’ll take what I can get. The next two weeks have me pitted against the first and second ranked teams, so it’s make or break time right now. If Zac Stacy wasn’t on bye, I’d be filling more confident going into this next match up. I may have to make some moves. Here’s my lineup currently:

wk 11 lineup

Tuesday Morning Relief: Still in the Hunt

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Another week in the books, and we’re one step closer to the playoffs. At 5-4 I’m still in the hunt.

wk 9 results

I had a decent game, but I really got saved by Luck, Stacy, and Allen. The byes and injuries really gave me a down lineup. Currently I’m ranked fifth, just out of the playoff picture, but I have the same record as third and fourth place. I’m just missing out based on my points for total, which is still relatively close.

wk 9 standings

With four weeks left, I’ve really got to rack up points and wins. 7-6 may make it to the playoffs, but I’d like to sittin’ a little prettier than that! My lineup is finally coming together full strength, and despite losing my RB2, RB3, and WR2, I’m expecting my biggest week yet.

my line

Zac Stacy has proven to be a beast, and him and Gore are two of the top scoring backs right now. Keenan Allen resurfaced this week, and I’m expecting big things from him as well. Luck is hanging steady, although I may try and grab a backup this week just for insurance purposes. Thomas &Thomas should do what they always do, barring a setback from J.Thomas’ injury.

All in all, I’ve still got a shot.

*Fingers Crossed*

Tuesday Morning Relief: Man Down!

injuredSo I lost Reggie Wayne and Doug Martin this week. At least I wasn’t the only one. Sam Bradford, Matt Schaub, Jay Cutler, Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Roddy White, Julio Jones, Jermichael Finley, Randall Cobb, DeMarco Murray, Arian Foster, Ben Tate, Steven Jackson, Brandon Jacobs, David Wilson, Miles Austin, and Jimmy Graham are all injured or have been having lingering problems. Most of the scores this week reflected all of this, not to mention bye weeks. I’m definitely going to have to scramble on the waiver wire! Here’s how this week’s games turned out:

wk 7 resultsYours truly got the most points, but I’m really worried about my roster going forward, with my RB2 and my WR2 both done for the season, most likely. I’m 4th in the waiver order, so it’s definitely time to wheel and deal!

The Dreaded FLEX: Part Deux

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[The Dreaded FLEX: Part One]

“Who do you think I should I play?” I ask my girlfriend.
Yes, halfway through the season, it’s already to the point where I throw strategy out the window and shoot arrows in the dark. “Darren Sproles or James Jones?”
“I like James Jones,” she tells me.
“Well, Sproles burned me last time I sat him.”
“That’s true. I don’t know, I just like Jones.”
“Yeah, he is playing a weak D, and his numbers have been real solid so far.”
“You should totally plaaaayyy himmm,” my girlfriend teases me.
“Eh, I think I’m just gonna leave my lineup like it is.”
“All right,” my girlfriend says.
I exit the fantasy football app on my phone and set it on the coffee table in the living room of our two-bedroom apartment, at about 11:50 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Ten minutes till kickoff.
“You know, I expect James Jones to have a huge fantasy day, against a Baltimore D that has allowed some huge receiving numbers this year,” Matthew Berry tells Tim Hasselbeck on ESPN’s Fantasy Football Now “FLEX Appeal” segment.
“Isn’t that the guy you were thinking about playing?” she asks me.
“Yes.”
“See, even the ESPN people said he’s good,” my girlfriend tells me.
Great.
I grab my phone and take another peak at my lineup. I’m unable to view the “points against” category on my phone, so I dodge to the man cave. Opening our league’s home page and viewing my lineup, I can see that the Ravens D really does have holes.
It’s 11:55.
Five minutes till kickoff, but my roster has the GB game as already in play.
What the HELL? Can I not change my lineup?
I start to slightly freak and double-check that I can still make roster moves at this point.
It looks like just a glitch.
I insert James Jones.
It’s 12:05.
The game has just started.
“Rodgers to James Jones for ten yards,” the announcer tells us.
Yes! What a great start!
“Isn’t that the guy you started?” my girlfriend asks me.
“Oh, yeah! Pretty good start so far!”
The next play is a run for Eddie Lacy for about three yards.
“And it looks like James Jones is down.”
Greeeeaaaaatttttt!!
“Isn’t that that guy you started?”

First of all, I don’t really understand how my girlfriend can’t memorize all 32 offensive rosters either. I mean, there’s only like 200 players to keep track of. Get it together, babe.

But most importantly, I can’t seem to get the FLEX position worked out just right. Both James Jones and my Christlike self-confidence would not return that afternoon.

Early this season, WR’s and TE’s had the vast majority of scoring and TD’s while teams have since mellowed out and started to rely on RB’s more in the red zone (Teams like the Pats, the Browns, and Broncos, and the Chargers giving it to the backs at an outstanding rate).

My lineup just straight up sucked this week, though. My highest point-getter was my kicker. So, yeah. I was hoping for a W, to move up into a more solid spot in the rankings. Instead, I’m now bunched right in the thick of the playoff hopefuls. Halfway through the season, and I’m 3-3, so no real signs of dominance there. Hopefully I can get a winning streak together.

Here’s how the other games shook out:
wk 6 results[Br]eaking [Br]adshaw continues to stomp the life out of the competition, and he didn’t even play Justin Blackmon, who I ended up dropping for Jonathan Franklin a week before Blackmon’s suspension was up.

Jonathan who?

Exactly.

Kicking myself on that one.

But I will take credit for the good call after the draft, though. The management issues, those clearly fall on my girlfriend’s intuition.