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Bracket Busting: Chark Week

High-stakes writers Monty Phan and John Lapinski chronicle their entry in the FFPC Super Bracket contest.

Here’s an interesting stat: Through the first three weeks, D.J. Chark is the overall WR8 in FFPC scoring.

Here’s another interesting stat: Through the first three weeks, Chark has been in our starting lineup exactly zero times.

And here’s an interesting side note: Last year, someone named a team Baby Chark, and now every time I see his name, I get that godforsaken song stuck in my head. Dee … Jay … CHARK doo doo, doo doo doo-doo!1

That second stat likely changes this week, assuming T.Y. Hilton remains gimpy (and maybe even if he doesn’t). Chark is tentatively in our lineup, which doesn’t mean much, considering our recent start/bench track record. I mean, up to now, my partner, John Lapinski, and I didn’t even consider Chark to be the best guy named D.J. on our team.2

Take, for example, our decision-making process when deciding whether to start Hilton or Will Fuller on Sunday.

Our fears did come true, though: Hilton aggravated his quad injury and left the game … after doubling the amount of points Fuller would later score. That injury along with a George Kittle bye has opened a spot for Chark in our lineup, so I expect next week that either John or I will be writing about how “Chark turned to chum” or something else extremely witty to describe what will surely be his perfectly timed pitiful performance.

It turns out, though, that we didn’t need Chark last week. We won handily and kept alive our undefeated record, even though we’re sixth in the league in points. Another fun fact from our first three weeks: In two of our matchups this season, we’ve gotten zero points from our defense. Only six defenses have recorded at least one goose egg this season, and we’ve started two of them. The defense we drafted, Denver, has yet to score a single point this season. The defense we started in Week 3, Tennessee, is the highest-scoring team to post a zero. #defensesdon’tmatter.

Still, with more than a quarter of the season done, we’re 3-0, and even if we’ve so far been so-so, we’ll take it. And, yes, since you’re dying to know, we’re starting the New Orleans defense this week against Dallas. Geaux Saints, don’t score a zereaux!

Image Credit: David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: D.J. Chark.

  1. Now it’s in your head, too. Feel my pain.  (back)
  2. That honor is reserved for D.J. Moore, or RotoViz’s embodiment of the emoji that has hearts instead of eyes.  (back)

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