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High Staked: Fuller Throttle

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

Let me start off by saying that neither of our FFPC Main Event teams nor our lone Super Bracket squad had any of the following, either in our lineup or on our bench: Will Fuller (53.7 points in FFPC scoring); Aaron Jones (49.2); Christian McCaffrey (47.7); or Deshaun Watson (46). We did have Michael Thomas and his 41.2 points on one team. Yay for us!

In FFPC scoring, 40 points is pretty rare. Eclipsing 50 points is almost unheard of. Yet in Week 5, five guys posted 40 or more points — as many as in the first four weeks combined — and that’s not counting Amari Cooper, who barely missed the cut with 39.6 points. It was a truly crazy week, one that can make an entire season if you hit it right.

Unfortunately, for me and the three friends who run our teams together, failing to cash in on these scoring bonanzas hurts our chances, which were already in some peril to begin with. But I’m not going to dwell on that. I’ll just throw out some tidbits from Week 5:

  • Unsurprisingly, the team that scored the most points in Week 5 (with just the 49ers-Browns game remaining) had Fuller, Jones, Thomas and Cooper, and, curiously, also started Fuller’s teammate, DeAndre Hopkins. In FFPC scoring, reaching 200 points is a phenomenal week. This team scored nearly 268.

  • The current Main Event leader was in 18th place overall going into Week 5. He took over first place behind the strength of Watson, Jones and McCaffrey and posted 248 points, which was still only the sixth-highest score of the week, pending the Monday night game.

  • Through the first five weeks, it’s pretty clear that if you were lucky enough to pick first or second and you took McCaffrey, then you’re likely in contention to win your league. Of the aforementioned 40-point scorers, McCaffrey is the only one to do it twice so far this season. I like to say that it’s possible to win from any draft slot, but McCaffrey is making that argument difficult right now.
  • The other players on the 40-point list are Chris Godwin (Week 4); Russell Wilson and Mike Evans (Week 3); and Sammy Watkins and McCaffrey (Week 1). Evans and Watkins have to be the most frustrating from that list, with both posting zeroes on Sunday.1
  • Narrowly missing that 40-point club was D.J. Chark, who posted 36.4. Chark has to be considered an every-week starter now, with five touchdowns in five games. Will that be enough for me to start him from now on? You’d think so, but, then again, I’m the dope who left Fuller on his bench in two leagues.
Image Credit: Tom Walko/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Will Fuller.

  1. Watkins did leave his game with an injury.  (back)

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