The Equalists were eliminated officially in Week 13. I got the win, and I needed at least 1 of two teams to lose, but they both won. It was a team that was 3rd highest in scoring during the regular season; it looked better on paper than it performed in actuality. I mean, I had two top RBs: Alfred Morris and Ray Rice. I had a good QB in Stafford, although he underperformed a lot. My WRs were also decent: I had Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker. Solid WR1 and WR2. I never got good production out of kicker or defense. My team didn’t struggle that much with injury; losses of Fred Jackson and Antonio Brown shouldn’t have hurt that much. I finished week 14 with a loss. My team was 6-8. Still, I was 5th place. This was the only year I didn’t make the playoffs, which officially makes it my worst season ever. I do have a 5th place finish in another league last year, but that includes a playoff appearance.
The league was a disappointment. We had to replace 4 teams in a 10 team league, and the draft was postponed at the last second. Two of the replacements were good owners. I was happy to introduce Calvin to fantasy football and all its frustrations. I also had my nephew playing, but it was difficult to essentially manage his team for him, so he had a lot of inactive weeks. I think Tommy was swamped between a crazy amount of credits at school and graveyard shifts at work. Overall, we had 4 inactive teams. Hope we can make it more competitive next year.
My other team, Drowned Men, won the last game of the regular season and made it into the playoffs as the 5th seed in a 12 team league. It was also the 2nd highest scoring team. This team improved after trading DHB and Roddy White for RGIII and Demaryius Thomas. I thought Thomas was a WR2 with great upside; instead he morphed into a reliable WR1. So, I improved at QB and stayed the same at WR. Carson Palmer was a top 12 QB, but RGIII’s upside saved me in many games. I thought about trading Palmer at the peak of his value. I saved him in case RGIII got hurt, which he has…
Last week I won my first playoff game, I won despite RGIII getting hurt. My opponent had Adrian Peterson, and I thought my team was done after his 30pt game. Then, the Seattle defense had a monster 45pt game! They destroyed Arizona, who were starting Lindley and Skelton at QB. I had a strong performance from Randall Cobb and Jason Hanson. I started Chris Givens over Stevie Johnson, which was a mistake. Brandon Myers also did nothing for TE. Still, I had enough points to outlast Aaron Hernandez’s two TD game.
I’m proud of this team I made. I created it through that good trade, and by picking off other teams’ castoffs from the waiver wire. Specifically, I spent a waiver claim on Cobb, and nabbed the Seattle Defense. I also replaced my kicker with Jason Hanson, after someone dropped him. He’s been on fire.
Let’s see if I can win this week. The opponent’s team is better, and I don’t have RGIII. I should have an advantage at defense, but Chicago has kept Green Bay scoreless so far. Rodgers missed Cobb on a sure TD.