This column chronicles the ups and downs of the team drafted with three friends in the FFPC’s Terminator contest – one player from our roster must be eliminated each week. The first installment outlined the tournament rules.
Yes, as you can see from that feature photo, we cut Le’Veon Bell, the third overall pick, from our Terminator team. Our long national nightmare is over. Let the healing begin.
Oh, wait, what’s that? We still have three more weeks of this tournament? And there won’t be healing, but instead probably more pain? Well, that’s wonderful news. Thank you.
By some minor miracle, we gained two spots in our Terminator league standings, posting the second-highest score of the week, despite getting no points from either of our quarterbacks, the injured Ryan Tannehill and the benched Jameis Winston. One team we overtook failed to eliminate a player the previous week, and it was doing so well that it took us two weeks of scores to overtake him. Slow and steady places sixth in the race! At this point, though, we know the fantasy gods are just toying with us by offering the carrot before clobbering us with the stick. Their troll game is strong.
We trail the fourth-place team by 112 points for the final playoff spot, but we made up 30 points this past week. We’re still in it, in the same way as when the announcer says, “They’re down by 11 with 90 seconds left and no timeouts, so if they can score here, make the 2-point conversion, recover the on-side kick and make the field goal, they can force overtime!” One team in our league had both of the highest-scoring QBs of the week, Mitchell Trubisky and Ben Roethlisberger, so while we had zero points at the position, that guy had Big Ben and his five TD passes on his bench, taunting us.
With Tannehill on bye and the Bucs fully committed to Ryan Fitzpatrick, we’ll likely post another goose egg at QB. Tannehill might play next week, though. We’ve pinned all our hopes on Ryan Tannehill. Can it get lower?1
Note: Next week, John Lapinski is taking over this column, because his Terminator team is much better and there’s only so many words I can spend whining in a given season.
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