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.
- Stupid early London games. (back)