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Bracket Busting: Decisions, Decisions

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

The scenario: We had an ailing Amari Cooper we wanted to start against the woeful Eagles secondary, but the Cowboys weren’t playing until Sunday night, and all our other best options were going in the early Sunday games.

The decision: We rolled the dice that Cooper would be active and benched Will Fuller against the Colts.

The result: It was the right call. Cooper put up a decent effort, while Fuller left in the first quarter with a hamstring pull after recording only one catch for 6 yards.

Having perfectly executed a difficult fantasy football maneuver, my partner, John, and I enjoyed hearty congratulatory wishes from friends and family near and far, basking in the afterglow of all we accomplished.

If only that were true. The reality was that Kliff Kingsbury and David Johnson ruined the party.

It started with panicked messages from John, asking why Chase Edmonds was getting all the carries. Johnson would end up with one carry for two yards and 0.2 points, which, pathetically, was more than Rashaad Penny, and only 0.1 points less than our only other viable option at running back, Ryquell Armstead.

So, going into the Sunday night game, we were virtually tied with our opponent. Each team had one player left.

Narrator: Ezekiel Elliott would have his best game of the season, easily outscoring Cooper.

Yeah, so we lost. It was just an altogether annoying weekend of football. I pointed out to John that even with a loss, we could gain on the points leader as long as the Patriots defense scored less than 30 points.

As it stands, we are second in points, and our opponent this week is the points leader. Moreover, through seven weeks, the top four teams are tied at 5-2, and the same four teams lead the league in points, which I’ve almost never seen this late in a high-stakes fantasy season. A win this week would put us in the driver’s seat for a top seed.

Image Credit: Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Amari Cooper.

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