Allow me to set the stage for you. I was 4-0 in my one and only Fantasy Football league, hoping to make it five straight against a team with Tom Brady at quarterback. We can start one quarterback, one running back, two wide receivers, one tight end, one flex player (RB, WR, or TE), one kicker and one defense. I’ve started more or less the same line-up in these spots for all of my games this year: Phil Rivers at QB, Joseph Addai at RB, T. J. Houshmandzadeh and Santonio Holmes at WR, Antonio “Third Round was not too soon to draft him” Gates at TE, Larry Maroney (I call him Larry) at Flex, Josh Brown at Kicker and Minnesota’s Defense as, of course, my defense. Great team, built around consistent points.
But not for Week Five. Maroney and Addai were both out. They were, it is important to note, my first two draft picks. Losing one of your first two selections is often the kiss of death. Losing both is what’s known in fantasy sports as the “Getting Shot in the Head, and then the Chest” of death. My RB back-up, Chester Taylor, was on a bye week, along with his team’s (Minnesota’s) defense. Santonio Holmes, I learned halfway through his game, was out with a sudden hamstring injury. Favored WR back-up Santana Moss was also out. Phil Rivers was still Phil Rivers, and was playing a Denver team that is exceedingly tough to pass against. Oh, and I’ll save you the suspense now – Josh Brown didn’t record a single point.
So, my starting line-up was as follows:
QB– Phil Rivers
WR– T.J. Houzy Whatzit
WR– Donte’ “Oh right, that other guy” Stallworth
TE– Antonio Gates
Flex– Antwaan “Oh right, that other guy” Randel El (waiver wire acquisition)
K– Josh Brown… so, NONE
Defense– Cardinals (waiver wire acquisition)
To call this team “patchwork” would be an insult to the fine quilt craftswomen of America. Read More