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High Staked: Notes from Week 6

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

I’m taking the easy way out this week: notes from a full Sunday of NFL football, which, for me, started at around 8 a.m., because 6:30 a.m. is way too early to get up on a Sunday:1

  • To how many of you does this pattern apply?

Week 1: D.J. Chark scores 24.6 points. He’s not on anyone’s roster, so you pick him up off waivers.

Week 2: Chark scores 18.5 on your bench. You think, Hmm, interesting, but if I start him in Week 3, he won’t do anything.

Week 3: Chark scores 17.6 on your bench. Well, I’m definitely starting him Week 4.

Week 4: Chark scores 8.4 in your lineup. Dammit, I knew he wasn’t that good!

Week 5: Chark scores 36.4 on your bench. Arrgghh, that’s it! I’m never taking him out of my lineup!

Week 6: Chark scores 7.3 in your lineup. Why do I do this to myself?

  • All offseason, there was plenty of evidence that grabbing a top tight end early would be crucial to drafting a successful team, especially in FFPC scoring, which awards 1.5 points per reception. But the big three TEs – Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz and George Kittle – each have just one touchdown so far this year. Meanwhile, guys who were drafted much later – Austin Hooper, Darren Waller and Mark Andrews, for example – have carried their respective teams.

But once you get past the top nine TEs, the position really thins out. So you can expect that a line like this one was particularly frustrating, seeing as, due to this particular player’s questionable status and Sunday night start time, he was likely on most team’s benches:

Now, imagine if you were one of the five FFPC Main Event teams that gave up on Hunter Henry after his Week 1 injury.

  • While on the subject of tight ends, it can’t go without saying that I hoped Seattle’s Will Dissly was going to be this year’s Kittle. Again, with the TE position so barren, Dissly was a revelation, coming into Week 6 as the overall TE6 in FFPC scoring despite having been a waiver addition for a lot of the teams he was on. If he truly did suffer a serious Achilles’ injury, it would be a huge blow to an already thin position.
  • Finally, with more than half of the FFPC Main Event regular season now complete, two of the top three quarterbacks – Russell Wilson and Lamar Jackson – are guys you could have drafted after every other team already had a QB. And the guy at the top isn’t Patrick Mahomes – it’s Deshaun Watson.
Image Credit: Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Hunter Henry.

  1. Stupid early London games.  (back)

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