This column chronicles the ups and downs of the team drafted in the FFPC’s Terminator Tournament – one player from our roster must be eliminated each week.
If your NFL team plays a game without a quarterback, you’re screwed. If your fantasy team plays without a QB, there’s still a glimmer of hope. At least that’s what I was telling myself.
The injury to Cam Newton assured I wouldn’t have a chance for a big score this year, but heading into the final week of the Terminator Tournament sitting in 12th place, I just needed to hang in the top 20 to at least cash. I had some heroic efforts to try to keep me in there.
I’ll spare you the Kyle Rudolph Christmas puns, mostly because I already slipped one into the title, but this is the game I had been waiting for all year. Sure, it took a 44-yard Hail Mary to get there, but even if you take that away, 8/78/1 would be 25.8 points in TE-Premium scoring.
Rudolph hadn’t caught a touchdown since Week 3, but most of his owners were still rolling him out there because 2018 was the year where tight ends went to die. I had planned on cutting him before now, but thankfully my first-round wide receiver and my QB got injured, so I still had him rostered this week. Lucky me.
Michael Thomas also came roaring back to life with a big day. If the Saints actually needed to throw the ball more often, Thomas would have smashed Davante Adams’ stats for the year.1 He’s been a rock for me all season, and put up a big performance here in championship week.
So was it enough?
I could blame missing the cash by seven points on the Newton injury, but there was plenty of blame to go around this week.
Steve Sarkisian has a Post-It note in the top corner of his playsheet with the words “DON’T THROW IT TO TEVIN COLEMAN” scrawled in permanent marker. Coleman got hurt later in this game, but I thought surely with Ito Smith out, Coleman would get at least a few targets to get him out in space. Instead Coleman had just one target again and has a grand total of three targets in his last three weeks. More like Steve Suckisian, am I right?
Tampa Bay hasn’t been as bad against the pass in recent weeks, but I was expecting more than six points out of Amari Cooper. Apparently Cooper decided to front-load all of his scoring into Week 14 and take a break for the rest of the fantasy playoffs.
And in what was a theme for my team this week, not only did Coleman get injured during the game, Eric Ebron and Phillip Lindsay both got hurt and couldn’t finish their respective contests. I was fortunate that my team stayed healthy enough through the first 13 weeks to win my league championship, but things fell apart when the playoffs hit. Despite owning the top fantasy scorer for Weeks 14 through 16 in Derrick Henry, a player owned by just three percent of the field, I just couldn’t overcome all the injuries to my squad.
We’re On To Next Season
First off, I’d like to thank Monty Phan for starting off the season, and then passing the torch once his Le’Veon-Bell-led squad was put out of its misery. My team suffered a similarly painful fate in 2017, so I know all too well how fun it is to write about a team that is languishing in the bottom or middle of the standings all year. At least Monty had his Bare Knuckle Title to brag about, a feat that is the fantasy football equivalent of winning The Hunger Games.2
As for next year, I’ll probably take another shot at the Terminator Tournament, but look for some more content on some of the unique high-stakes leagues that put a fun twist on the traditional fantasy format. Monty and I may even join forces to try to take down the big prize in one of these leagues, or to fail miserably and try to keep our dumpster fire entertaining for a full season.
Either way, thanks for readings this year, and hope to see some of you in drafts in 2019!