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High Staked: Mistakes Were Made

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season.

Let’s just get this out of the way: We didn’t have Amari Cooper, Derrick Henry or George Kittle in Week 14. We had, like, the opposite.

To be fair, only two teams out of the 365 that qualified for the FFPC Main Event Championship Round started Henry. But if you had Cooper or Kittle – or, better yet, both, which a handful of teams did – then you’re likely near the top of the leaderboard in the first round of the three-week contest for the $250,000 grand prize.

Like I mentioned, though, the team that I share with three friends had none of those guys. We had Chris Godwin, who had 10 targets but only 1 catch. We had Todd Gurley, who had his worst game of the season, failing to reach double-digit points in a game for the first time since Week 5 … of last year. We had exactly one passing touchdown, one rushing score and one receiving TD. The result: our lowest score all season, and likely one that will make it exceedingly difficult to repeat our performance from last year, when we finished ninth overall.


The bottom line is that we absolutely bombed when choosing our two flex spots. Our house has a new puppy that my eighth-grade daughter has had at the top of her Christmas and birthday wish lists for years. Honestly, we could’ve put six names on the floor – Godwin, Tyler Boyd, Jarvis Landry, D.J. Moore, Tyler Lockett and Demaryius Thomas – and picked the first two that this little dog pissed on, and that would have been at least as successful a method than whatever rationale we used to choose the guys we did. Also, it would’ve added a “fun” dimension to cleaning up dog piss, which is pretty much my life now.

We ended up going with Godwin and Boyd, and while the rationale was sound, the results were that they were the lowest scorers from among our choices – in other words, out of 15 possible combinations to fill our two flex spots, we chose the worst one. Had we gone with the best combination, Landry and Moore, we would be in 102nd place overall, instead of 224th, where we’re at now. Our current lineup and bench, as it stands now:


It was at this point last year when Gurley put up a combined 456 total yards, 13 receptions and six TDs in weeks 15 and 16, carrying teams to fantasy glory. That’s pretty much what we’d need to make a run at this point. At least the Rams are now tied with the Saints for the NFC’s top seed, making it less likely Gurley will rest in Week 16. Yay?

Of course, we also need to guess correctly on the rest of our lineup, particularly those two pesky flex spots. And then we need those guys to score massive points. And then we need to repeat that the following week. Piece of cake!

Now, where’s that puppy?

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