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High Staked: Getting Trolled

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

Here’s a perfect summary of Week 7 in the NFL: David Johnson, highly questionable all week, is declared active for the game, to the relief of his owners. He takes a handoff on the game’s second play, gains 2 yards, then sits the rest of the day. Naturally, his backup, Chase Edmonds – likely on benches everywhere – logs 150 total yards and 3 touchdowns.

So many fantasy lives, ruined.

Oh, but as if it wasn’t enough to lament having had Johnson’s 0.2 points in your lineup or Edmonds’s 35 points on your bench, you also had to endure straight-up trolling from the Cardinals, in tweet form. First, the beat writer:

Then, from the team’s official Twitter account:


Just two weeks ago, I was writing about the insanely high scores being put up in the FFPC Main Event. Well, what went up also came down, which is likely unsurprising, seeing as the overall top scorer entering the weekend in FFPC formats, Christian McCaffrey, and the overall WR1, Chris Godwin, were both on bye. Add to that the Patrick Mahomes injury on Thursday, which seemed to portend a weekend of bad breaks to come.

The overall RB4, Nick Chubb: bye. The overall RB6, Johnson: 1 carry for 2 yards. The overall RB8, Alvin Kamara: out. The overall WR8, Mike Evans: bye. The overall WR9, Adam Thielen: knocked out of the game in the first quarter after notching one catch, a TD. The overall WR13, Will Fuller: also out for the game in the first quarter after recording one catch, which was not a TD.

And in one of the weekend’s greatest mysteries, Evan Engram, whose owners were absolutely salivating at his prospects of his becoming the latest tight end to steamroll the Cardinals defense: 1 catch, 6 yards. Arizona did allow a TD to a TE, though – from Giants secret weapon Rhett Ellison.

On the subject of tight ends, the position continues to be an absolute wasteland. The overall TE1, Austin Hooper, salvaged his otherwise forgettable day with a meaningless late-game TD from Falcons backup Matt Schaub. Mark Andrews: 2 catches, 39 yards. Travis Kelce: 6 catches, 44 yards. Engram: ugh. Zach Ertz: 2 catches, 38 yards. George Kittle: 3 catches, 38 yards. The star at the position continues to be Darren Waller, who, fresh off his bye, put up 7 catches for 126 yards and 2 TDs.

The premium 1.5 points per reception for TEs in FFPC scoring and the overall weakness at the position means teams are constantly on the hunt for viable starters. If you’re one of them, check the wire to see if Kyle Rudolph or even rookie Irv Smith are available. The Vikings play on Thursday and could be without Thielen against Washington.

Also, ignore the trolls. I’m talking about you, Kliff Kingsbury.

Image Credit: Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: David Johnson.

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