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High Staked: Gettin’ Gesicki Wit It

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

So, yeah, it’s come to this. I think we’re starting Mike Gesicki this week.

In the perfect encapsulation of our season so far, our FFPC Super Bracket team has to bench our starting tight end, Evan Engram, because the Giants play tonight and he couldn’t recover quickly enough from his knee injury to suit up on a short week but also probably doesn’t want to get murdered by the Patriots defense. Our other potential starter, Darren Waller, is on bye. That leaves either Gesicki or someone off the barren waiver wire.

Our decision? Gesicki. YOLO!

I say that this encapsulates our season because of course our starting TE would get injured on a short week when our highly capable backup is on bye. When we drafted this team, we were able to land Odell Beckham well after his ADP because of a rumored hip injury earlier that day that scared some people off. He ended up fine, except that one of the best wide receivers in the game is having his coaches design run plays for him because his quarterback can’t get him the ball. On a Main Event team, we were thrilled to get Juju Smith-Schuster, who now might be catching passes from someone named … Devlin Hodges? On that same team we took Stefon Diggs, whose coaches apparently have the archaic football philosophy of “only three things can happen on a pass play, and two of them are bad.” And I’ve already detailed how we drafted a QB who contracted mononucleosis.

Hence, Gesicki. But Miami does play Washington, so if you’re going to start any Dolphins, this is the week to do it, I guess?

Waiver Notes

Teams went crazy this week, throwing wads of FAAB cash at … wait, team defenses? Can that be right? Someone actually bid $400 – out of a starting amount of $1,000 in FAAB – on the 49ers defense? And 111 teams added the defense of winless Washington, including one that bid $165? Is this real life?

Apparently so:1

For us, an “outrageously high” bid for a defense we’re targeting is around $19. So I knew something was up when the Packers and 49ers defenses, both of which we put in for, went for $84 and $77, respectively – to the same team.

I’m not sure a defense is the key to saving one’s season, but this is the point in the schedule when desperation does tend to set in. Ergo, you get 72 Main Event teams adding TE Gerald Everett at an average of $334 per winning bid, including a high of $659. Or 139 teams grabbing Byron Pringle – the fifth different player in five weeks to log the most fantasy points for the Chiefs as a receiving option – at an average of $82 per winning bid, and a high of $481. Pro tip: Add Chiefs WR De’Anthony Thomas in Friday’s waiver run to save some money a week from now since he is sure to score the most points at receiver for his team on Sunday.

The rest of Wednesday’s Main Event waiver adds and drops:

WeekPlayerPosAddsDropsAvg Winning BidLow Winning BidMedian Winning BidHigh Winning Bid
6Reggie BonnafonRB1480101186.5477
6Byron PringleWR139082162481
6Darius SlaytonWR112055144.5301
6WAS Team DefenseDF11141317165
6Jonathan HillimanRB110094159.5477
6GB Team DefenseDF91123117101
6Mark WaltonRB87834126146
6Gardner MinshewQB84076166251
6DAL Team DefenseDF80832128111
6Geoff SwaimTE78038126211
6Gerald EverettTE72033419334.5659
6Duke WilliamsWR70039144.587
6Benny SnellRB64066147329
6Mike NugentPK633121865
6SF Team DefenseDF63164151400
6Matt PraterPK511121881
6Cam NewtonQB501134125.5129
6Darren FellsTE50041120.5186
6PIT Team DefenseDF481123112105
6Rhett EllisonTE48032121121
6LAC Team DefenseDF4722532276
6Matt LaCosseTE4313121988
6CAR Team DefenseDF4291811766
6Tyler HigbeeTE41233120210
6Zane GonzalezPK41191576
6SEA Team DefenseDF40812110.575
6Zay JonesWR38332129101
6DEN Team DefenseDF342613.521
6Hayden HurstTE34622114140
6BAL Team DefenseDF3243112998
6DeAndre WashingtonRB32117113.590
6Jakobi MeyersWR31229127137
6Keke CouteeWR302059123.5272
6Kirk CousinsQB30427322.583
6Kyle AllenQB29191911171
6Josh LamboPK27561421
6Sam DarnoldQB26630124107
6TB Team DefenseDF2610715.526
6Teddy BridgewaterQB26222120.560
6Demaryius ThomasWR25247322300
6Jordan AkinsTE25322011687
6Ryan IzzoTE23083129271
6Willie SneadWR22451133150
6Darrell HendersonRB211939728109
6Ka'imi FairbairnPK2112151671
6Matt BryantPK207713.527
6NO Team DefenseDF20201912060
6Mason CrosbyPK19751120
6Albert WilsonWR1861915121
6DeVante ParkerWR17456541189
6Derrius GuiceRB17835233114
6Dan BaileyPK161611.550
6Anthony MillerWR15142512565
6Josh ReynoldsWR15333323101
6NYJ Team DefenseDF1512161560
6Matt GayPK1415101533
6Tra CarsonRB1401611369
6Ty JohnsonRB1427816.529
6Adrian PetersonRB13111192196388
6BUF Team DefenseDF131149115188
6Danny AmendolaWR1312141983
6Foster MoreauTE1301511041
6Marquise GoodwinWR131847237174
6KeeSean JohnsonWR124230122.578
6MIN Team DefenseDF121526113.5100
6Vernon DavisTE122728126.573
6Brandon BoldenRB1002716.5102
6Giovani BernardRB10542120.5124
6James O'ShaughnessyTE10892111356
6Jeremy SprinkleTE94191751
6Josh OliverTE903413377
6Kenny StillsWR9122711180
6Marcus MariotaQB9102612555
6Paul RichardsonWR9342211949
6Taylor GabrielWR920141847
6Ted GinnWR932112161
6Antonio BrownWR82428123101
6Dawson KnoxTE82353156153
6JAC Team DefenseDF837914.533
6Justin JacksonRB8251115.527
6Randall CobbWR82120119.539
6Ricky Seals-JonesTE852121153
6Trey BurtonTE8113121792
6Dare OgunbowaleRB716111737
6Gus EdwardsRB79121533
6John RossWR7261511341
6Tyler EifertTE72439333111
6ATL Team DefenseDF622113
6Andy DaltonQB62325114.590
6DET Team DefenseDF6171618
6Elijhaa PennyRB6176116301
6IND Team DefenseDF69616.511
6Jamaal WilliamsRB63652451.5131
6Josh AllenQB611265194.5222
6Justice HillRB61630131.563
6LA Team DefenseDF6912110.537
6MIA Team DefenseDF6071317
6PHI Team DefenseDF6871116.528
6Brett MaherPK5313138
6Daniel JonesQB5343421196
6Darwin ThompsonRB536101235
6David NjokuTE561211425
6Dion LewisRB5182413343
6HOU Team DefenseDF5252411101
6Jacoby BrissettQB52430119100
6Jordan WilkinsRB5242221347
6Kyle RudolphTE52933172457
6Mitchell TrubiskyQB510102818
6Preston WilliamsWR505767084
6Robbie GouldPK5201811739
6CLE Team DefenseDF4381419.537
6Chris BoswellPK4341311
6Chris ConleyWR4281316.539
6Damien HarrisRB41527123.559
6Drew BreesQB41826178112
6Jason WittenTE4411496105.5151
6Joey SlyePK4214038.5142
6Nelson AgholorWR4215416192
6Robert FosterWR402211262
6Brandon McManusPK321111
6Bryce LoveRB302133
6Chase EdmondsRB30446372465501
6Dallas GoedertTE334765679
6James WashingtonWR35061612
6Jared CookTE30312202338397
6Jimmy GaroppoloQB3870213194
6Joe FlaccoQB3871118
6Kalen BallageRB31841111
6Mike GesickiTE361111
6Peyton BarberRB301613338412
6TEN Team DefenseDF3592313334
6Antonio CallawayWR248414.58
6Cameron BrateTE27827.513
6Case KeenumQB231151117
6Deebo SamuelWR21126826.545
6Derek CarrQB28201719.522
6Devlin HodgesQB20616.512
6Irv SmithTE2141111
6J.D. McKissicRB2320419.535
6Jack DoyleTE21262362121
6Jake ElliottPK2332112141
6Jake KumerowWR27211.52
6Jay AjayiRB2251021018
6Jeff WilsonRB2561611631
6Jesse JamesTE203135
6Jordan ReedTE222121111.512
6KC Team DefenseDF2573135
6Malcolm BrownRB21154101154.5208
6Mohamed SanuWR2155455565
6Nick VannettTE22314814.521
6Ryquell ArmsteadRB23422742.558
6Tre'Quan SmithWR2101019.518
6Trey QuinnWR23011101112
6ARI Team DefenseDF132222
6Adam HumphriesWR1181111
6Auden TateWR1041414141
6Austin SeibertPK1231111
6Bisi JohnsonWR103333
6Blake JarwinTE11241414141
6Chase McLaughlinPK153333
6Cody ParkeyPK109999
6Damiere ByrdWR1422222222
6David MooreWR1311111111
6Eddy PineiroPK1201111
6Ian ThomasTE1101111
6Jalen RichardRB12412121212
6Jason MyersPK1193333
6Jonnu SmithTE1025252525
6Jordan ScarlettRB161111
6Josh RosenQB101111
6Justin TuckerPK10151151151151
6Kareem HuntRB1058585858
6Kenyan DrakeRB10612612612612
6Latavius MurrayRB13160160160160
6Marcedes LewisTE101111
6Miles BoykinWR11011111111
6N'Keal HarryWR1313131313
6NYG Team DefenseDF123333
6Nick BoyleTE112222
6Nyheim HinesRB1829292929
6Parris CampbellWR14331313131
6Raheem MostertRB120139139139139
6Ronnie HillmanRB10130130130130
6Stephen HauschkaPK113333
6T.J. YeldonRB12215151515
6Ty MontgomeryRB12012121212
6Tyler KroftTE112222
6Aaron RodgersQB01NANANANA
6Adam VinatieriPK02NANANANA
6Aldrick RosasPK04NANANANA
6Andy IsabellaWR048NANANANA
6Baker MayfieldQB05NANANANA
6Ben RoethlisbergerQB01NANANANA
6Benjamin WatsonTE0153NANANANA
6Bennie FowlerWR02NANANANA
6Breshad PerrimanWR01NANANANA
6C.J. AndersonRB017NANANANA
6C.J. ProsiseRB030NANANANA
6CIN Team DefenseDF012NANANANA
6Cairo SantosPK09NANANANA
6Chase DanielQB06NANANANA
6Chester RogersWR010NANANANA
6Cole BeasleyWR05NANANANA
6Corey DavisWR04NANANANA
6D'Ernest JohnsonRB04NANANANA
6DaeSean HamiltonWR05NANANANA
6Dante PettisWR031NANANANA
6Darrel WilliamsRB01NANANANA
6Darren SprolesRB08NANANANA
6Delanie WalkerTE01NANANANA
6Demarcus RobinsonWR01NANANANA
6Demetrius HarrisTE012NANANANA
6Devin FunchessWR01NANANANA
6Devin SmithWR018NANANANA
6Devine OzigboRB01NANANANA
6Dexter WilliamsRB065NANANANA
6Diontae JohnsonWR02NANANANA
6Donte MoncriefWR08NANANANA
6Dontrell HilliardRB072NANANANA
6Dontrelle InmanWR02NANANANA
6Dustin HopkinsPK01NANANANA
6Elijah McGuireRB01NANANANA
6Geremy DavisWR01NANANANA
6Geronimo AllisonWR02NANANANA
6Hunter RenfrowWR012NANANANA
6JJ Arcega-WhitesideWR05NANANANA
6Jaylen SamuelsRB028NANANANA
6Jordan MatthewsWR01NANANANA
6Kai ForbathPK01NANANANA
6Keelan ColeWR01NANANANA
6Kyle JuszczykRB01NANANANA
6Lance KendricksTE05NANANANA
6Luke StockerTE01NANANANA
6Luke WillsonTE02NANANANA
6Mack HollinsWR01NANANANA
6Mason RudolphQB045NANANANA
6Matthew StaffordQB03NANANANA
6Mecole HardmanWR05NANANANA
6Michael BadgleyPK01NANANANA
6Michael CrabtreeWR01NANANANA
6Mike DavisRB034NANANANA
6Paul PerkinsRB02NANANANA
6Philip RiversQB03NANANANA
6Phillip DorsettWR05NANANANA
6Qadree OllisonRB01NANANANA
6Randy BullockPK016NANANANA
6Rashard HigginsWR06NANANANA
6Rex BurkheadRB06NANANANA
6Rob GronkowskiTE020NANANANA
6Stephen AndersonTE02NANANANA
6Stephen GostkowskiPK011NANANANA
6Taysom HillQB02NANANANA
6Tony PollardRB01NANANANA
6Travis BenjaminWR01NANANANA
6Trent SherfieldWR03NANANANA
6Troymaine PopeRB02NANANANA
6Virgil GreenTE01NANANANA
6Wayne GallmanRB06NANANANA
6Zach PascalWR047NANANANA
Image Credit: Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Mike Gesicki.

  1. And these were only the top 10. In all, 28 different defenses were added by teams this week. 28!  (back)

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