Tonight’s game between the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders is a snoozer of a matchup, but it does mean the start of the Catalina Wine Mixer II’s fantasy football playoffs.
I was 4-2 against the five other teams in the playoffs during the regular season, and have beaten the top seed twice. That being said, I had my lowest fantasy scoring week against the team I’m playing this week, and still only lost by .38 points.
Here’s what happened:
• My running backs (and RG3) failed to hit their ridiculous average of 340 rushing yards per game.
• RG3 put up less than 12 points (only other time that happened was when he left a game with a concussion).
• Owen Daniels was on a bye, and Martellus Bennett only put up 2.9 points.
• AJ Green and Torrey Smith were on a bye, and Antonio Brown only put up 3.8 points.
• Sat Stevan Ridley, who put up 127 yards and a touchdown, which would have been a higher point total than the three I started: Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson, and Alfred Morris.
• Peterson was still a beast though.
Here are the similarities this time:
• RG3 and Alfred Morris are playing, yet again, a top team from the AFC North.
• Chris Johnson is playing against the Colts again.
• I’m sitting Stevan Ridley again (Patriots are playing the Texans).
• I’m starting a player (Owen Daniels this time, Chris Givens last time) against the Patriots, my favorite team.
• Adrian Peterson is going up against a tough rush defense.
• A WR is going against the susceptible Redskins secondary.
Key differences this time:
• AJ Green and Torrey Smith are playing, with Smith going against Redskins. He’s definitely a better receiver than Brown.
• RG3 and Alfred Morris aren’t up against the Steelers. Why is that important? Pittsburgh allows the least yards per game, and Baltimore allows the 8th most.
• Jason Hanson isn’t going up against the Seahawks. Sure, he’s only a kicker, but he scored 18 points last week.
• Tom Brady won’t win 45-7 with over 300 yards and 4 touchdowns, right? Right…?
• Eric Decker isn’t going against the atrocious Saints pass defense. (Oh, they’re playing Oakland…)
• Bryce Brown is playing really well, with points in the 20s the past two games.
• His kicker won’t get just one point.
• The Seahawks won’t give up 28 points to the Cardinals.
Well, regardless, nothing is certain in fantasy football, and everyone who’s in the playoffs deserves to be there. With a very close matchup projection and Tom Brady, my favorite QB on my favorite team, playing on Monday, I can only hope that I’ll be up 60 going into that day.
Otherwise, I guess I’ll be rooting for myself to lose. Because when it comes down to it, I guess the best way to go would be the Patriots lighting up the Texans in what will quite possibly be a playoff preview. The next fantasy-related post will either be pure joy, or bitter disappointment. It’s been fun, for sure, and I guess I’ll have to talk about regular football if I’m eliminated. Could be worse.