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High Staked: *Sigh* … Drake

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

When you’re already thin at running back and forced to start Kenyan Drake, this is infuriating to read, especially when it’s 30 minutes after the early Sunday games have already started:

As someone who drafted Drake quite a bit this year, the only thing that would be more frustrating than the above scenario is if, after all this, he isn’t even traded. But back to this week: I’m part of two high-stakes teams that, due to a bye (Ezekiel Elliott) for one team and an injury (David Johnson) on another, were forced to put Drake in the lineup, only to get zeroes when it was too late to switch him out.

It was a really annoying way to start off my Sunday for my high-stakes teams, and it didn’t get much better. So I’m just going to rattle off some more of my gripes:

  • OK, Patriots defense, we get it. It’s ridiculous now. Coming into the week, the Patriots defense was 23rd overall in FFPC scoring. In seven games, it has 147 points. Last year’s top defense, Chicago, scored 187 in 16 games. New England is on pace to score 336 points, which would be like having an extra first-round pick – with your defense. Will it continue at that pace? Likely not. But getting spotted 10 to 15 points every week because you’ve got the Patriots defense is one of the biggest advantages of the season, and it’s making me lose my mind.

  • I have an idea. Hear me out: All the requirements regarding lineup submission are the same, except in the case of tight ends, which is now governed by rules of best-ball. Because you’re as sick of these tight ends as I am, right? When the week is led by the likes of Ryan Griffin, Darren Fells and Jonnu Smith, I’m sure I could get people behind my best-ball tight end (BBTE) rule. Who says no, especially when there are stats like this:

  • Finally, there’s Ty Johnson, the presumed replacement for Kerryon Johnson whom some 140 FFPC Main Event teams blew the majority of their remaining blind-bidding cash to acquire last week. I say “presumed” because the Lions running back who got the first three carries of the game was … Tra Carson, who ended up leading the team with 12 carries and 34 yards, while Johnson carried the ball seven times for 25 yards and added one catch for 13. For all you frustrated Johnson owners, here’s some solace: Just wait until the Lions trade for Drake!
Image Credit: Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Kenyan Drake.

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