It happened, guys. It actually happened. I won a fantasy match-up. No thanks to Davante Adams, either.
Actually, scratch that, I won TWO fantasy matchups. The other league is usually an afterthought, but in this case, I feel as though it’s important to mention I went 2-0 this week after starting a combined 0-4 in both.
This has been a traditionally self-deprecating column, but that’s not going to be the case today. For the first time this season, I’m optimistic. That’s in any capacity. Quick Eagles-based note, I’d be remiss if I didn’t clarify that they actually had me excited in Week 1, or as I now refer to it as, the T.J. Hockenson week. That only lasted until the Birds took the field to warm-up in Atlanta, though, so I’m not sure if we can actually count that as genuine optimism.
Still, I don’t want to get stuck on the dumpster fire that the Eagles season has become, let’s stick to fantasy.
I was nervous for this match-up all week, simply because the other guy had Dak Prescott and the Cowboys were playing the Dolphins. I don’t care if that sounds hyperbolic now, I was certain that Dallas would hang 40 points on those dudes and Prescott would be chillin with a cool 36 points next to his name. He fell about 14 points shy of that, which is massive, because those additional points would’ve sent my opponent over the top and I would’ve yet again fallen victim to a statistical anomaly.
Low and behold, he only scored 22, and my first legitimate dream of the fantasy football season was Prescott not putting up the 36 points I thought he would. Again, maybe I was being unrealistic, but my brain had been conditioned to expect days like that and Prescott looked primed to join Hockenson and the Patriots defense in the fantasy anomaly hall of fame.
Again, he didn’t, and I feel like I have a new lease on the season.
I do feel for my buddy though, if he were to jot down his dreams and nightmares from this week in fantasy, I’m certain Mark Andrews and Stefon Diggs combining for three points would be discussed near the top.
Side note: for all the new readers, I’m one of the few that still plays in a standard league. It might be an unpopular opinion, but I’m not the biggest fan of catches being used to determine value. I do also play in a PPR league, and I hate the fact that Cole Beasley, who finished with eight catches for 48 yards and had little impact on his actual game, only finished with four fewer points than Mecole Hardman.
In the spirit of transparency, I do appreciate the fact that volume is rewarded in PPR, but I think a player shouldn’t be awarded 0.8 points for a screen pass that loses two yards. I am, however, open to the idea of integrating half-point PPR scoring at some point. I feel like that’s a happy medium and keeps the gap between players like Beasley and Hardman, which I think is necessary, intact.
Players that make an actual impact on a game deserve the most value. Sometimes, catching a ton of passes doesn’t necessarily affect the outcome.
Okay, I digress.
Where was I, Mark Andrews and Joe Mixon combine for three points, oh, yeah, the tough luck I benefited from this week. The Jaguars did their best to prolong my defense-based woes, with nine sacks against the Titans. The Packers defense had none of it, though, countering with 13 points. At long last, a defense didn’t serve as the difference maker when it was all said and done. I also swooped Harrison Butker off waivers, so the two most annoying positions in fantasy, D/ST and kicker, look to be solidified.
Other than that, it was a pretty run-of-the-mill matchup.
Alright, let’s get into this week’s dreams