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High Staked: Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

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

Welcome to Week 11 in FFPC high stakes, where, once again, we’re reminded that there’s a big difference between what we think should happen and what actually occurs.

For a lot of teams, it’s – mercifully – the final reminder, because it also happens to be the last week of the regular season. Unfortunately, it’s also the end of the line for the two Main Event teams I help run with three friends, ending the streak of five straight times we’ve advanced out of our league, including four consecutive league titles. Please respect our privacy in this difficult time.

Of course, where we went wrong was thinking that what should have happened was for one of Rashaad Penny, Nyheim Hines, Ronald Jones or Jalen Richard to produce as an effective second running back for at least a stretch during the season, a point I’ve already belabored but will keep hammering because, come on, Penny was a first-round draft pick! While Jones did post some strong games, he and most of the rest of the Tampa Bay offense threw up a clunker yesterday, which helped end the slim shot we had of advancing past this week.

In fact, I’m sure running backs were the cause of much fantasy football agita yesterday. Lions coach Matt Patricia is taking his Bill Belichick-like philosophy a little too far, giving Bo Scarbrough – promoted from the practice squad on Saturday – 14 carries, which he turned into 55 yards and a touchdown. It’s reminiscent of Week 8, when everyone presumed Ty Johnson would be the lead back after Kerryon Johnson’s season-ending injury, only to see Tra Carson assume the starting role. With the Eagles’ Jordan Howard declared inactive, it was supposed to be Miles Sanders Smash Week. His line? How about 47 total yards and two catches.

As for the hot waiver add of the week, Atlanta’s Brian Hill carried the ball 15 times and had three targets, which is what most everyone figured would happen as he stepped into the injured Devonta Freeman’s starting role. But in a game in which Atlanta scored 29 points and led pretty much wire to wire, Hill had just 38 total yards and one catch, ceding a running score to Qadree Ollison while also having a TD called back on a penalty. At least Hill had fun with it, though.

Finally, there was George Kittle, who we all knew would be the latest tight end to make a mockery of the Arizona Cardinals defense – and we would have been correct, had he played. Instead, it was Ross Dwelley who caught two TDs on five targets.

Just like we all predicted.

Image Credit: Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Brian Hill.

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