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Jumping Into the Shark Pool with My Floaties On: Week 14

This weekly article serves as a case study for those of you who would like to play in a high stakes league but don’t want to make the jump from a $50 to $1,500 buy-in.

I joined a $250 Fantasy Football Player’s Championship satellite league in order to get a feel for the type of competition that you will see as you work your way up the ranks. I’ll explore the nuances that I find different from the low-stakes leagues I am in and will write about lessons that I’ve learned for that week. Since this is a series that was created for the sake of helping others, please ask questions in the comments sections below and I will address them. Unless you ask me why my team sucks. In that instance, you can go fly a kite. FFPC leagues are Tight End Premium PPR leagues with 20 roster spots.



390 passing yards from Ryan Fitzpatrick!? Tyrod Taylor scored a couple of more points, but I’m not going to complain. Fitzmagic has been damn impressive this season. I don’t think this is the last time he will see my starting lineup.

My main home league, to which I devote the most time, is half PPR, so I forget how fun full PPR scoring can be. Without the five receptions, Chris Ivory‘s day looks pretty disappointing. Instead, he logs double digits. I love it. Thomas Rawls continues to look like a league winning waiver wire pick up after yet another solid week filling in for Marshawn LynchLamar Miller surprised me by hitting the 100 yard marker, but his lack of receiving work really put a damper on that performance. Spencer Ware was fortunate enough to score a touchdown, but other than that he didn’t do much at all. I’m not sure if I trust him moving forward.

Alshon Jeffery had a pretty good game considering Jay Cutler‘s struggles versus San Francisco. Twelve points seems to be Jeffery’s floor. I have a feeling that he is due for a monster game soon. John Brown has the second best schedule for Week 14-16 according to the Buy Low Machine, so he will also remain in my starting line up for the rest of the season. My newest addition, DeVante Parker, may play his way into a flex spot if he continues to produce in Rishard Matthews‘ absence.

Yes, I am fully aware that Delanie Walker is the featured image to this article almost every week. I don’t know who else has been more deserving though. I was worried about only starting one tight end with Rob Gronkowski out, but Walker did more than his share to make up for Gronk’s departure. Although Jason Witten made history this past Monday for recording his 1,000th reception, he is nowhere near a trustworthy option moving forward. In the beginning of the year, I was ranting and raving about starting three tight ends. Moving forward, that will not happen again.

WTF, Cairo!?

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Here is a graph of the remaining free agent auction budget money remaining for teams according to what place they finished for the playoffs. The pretty obvious takeaway here is that the teams who spent more money in free agency placed higher than those who didn’t. The biggest surprise to me was that someone would pay $250 for a league (in real money, not FAAB) and then only put in one or two bids over the entire season. Always remember: it takes money to make money. Ignoring the waiver wire is a death wish.


If you look at the graph in the prior section you will see that the team in second place has zero FAAB dollars remaining. That would be me. While you can still submit bids for $0, I did not do so this week. I believe that all players with any potential fantasy relevance have been rostered. Of course, I am wrong in saying that. I just needed to justify my inability to find any of those players proactively.


I’ve determined a first round bye in fantasy to be the ultimate example of “peace of mind.” I feel at one with the world knowing that I will be just one win away from the championship game after this week, regardless of how my team performs in Week 14. I almost want to take a dive this week so I can feel that it’s done and out of the way, but it would probably mean that some of my team is injured or had their volume decreased. I guess I don’t really care what happens this week. I’m just grateful to have a next week.

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