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High Staked: Just Start Derrick Henry Already, OK?

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

There are two tweets that provide crucial context to this year’s FFPC Main Event Championship Round leader board. First:1

Now, this one:

Only 16 of the 365 teams in the championship round even own Derrick Henry. Just two teams started him during his Week 14 explosion. If you really want to know what fantasy football pain is, consider this: The team that’s currently in fourth place overall – basically one TD catch out of first place – has Henry on its roster and benched him both games. As if that wasn’t painful enough, in Week 14 that team started Chris Godwin, who had 1 catch. The team right behind that fourth-place squad also has Henry and benched him for Bruce Ellington in Week 14 but started Henry this past weekend.

So the dominant player in this year’s championship round is a guy who likely sunk the vast majority of teams that drafted him, and, of those Henry owners who were fortunate enough to make it to the big money round, most haven’t trusted him enough to start him. Our opponent a few weeks ago happened to show some faith in Henry – it didn’t turn out that well.

Other notable tidbits from Week 15:

  • How weird a week was it? Ka’imi Fairbairn was the 17th-best scorer, besting the likes of Alvin Kamara, Davante Adams, Patrick Mahomes, Julio Jones and Ezekiel Elliott.
  • The highest-scoring Week 15 lineup included Damien Williams, Justin Jackson, Taylor Gabriel, Matt LaCosse and the Colts defense, which was widely regarded as the worst team defense on draft day. It cracks me up that those players contributed to a week-winning score. Before you declare that owner some kind of genius, take note: His bench included seven players who didn’t even dress for their respective games.
  • Only 8 out of 23 teams started Mike Williams, the week’s second-highest scorer (behind DeAndre Hopkins). In our Main Event league, Williams was dropped in the final round of waivers – for the Cleveland defense, no less.

The Main Event team I share with three friends did moderately better last week, moving up roughly 60 spots in the rankings and putting us within striking distance of finishing in the money. Our lone bench star was Tevin Coleman, whom we never considered starting. Our weekly nightmare of trying to fill two flex spots with six candidates gets a little easier for the final week, now that Tyler Boyd will likely miss the last two games.


This time last year, we were second overall, but our dreams of taking the $250,000 grand prize were crushed by the Todd Gurley Express, on which we were not passengers. This year, Gurley helped win us a league title, but now there’s talk he could sit out Week 16, which, of course, would be just our luck. If only we had Derrick Henry.

Wait, what?

Anyway, our roster going into the final week:


  1. FFPC scoring differs from the point totals referenced in the below tweet, but you get the picture  (back)

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