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I am my own worst Fantasy enemy

Posted on: October 13, 2008 2:07 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2008 2:27 pm

I'm Henry. I'm Edward.

I am my own worst Fantasy enemy.

LeRon McClainI have few rules in life (like never buy meat from Icky Woods), let alone Fantasy life. But one Fantasy life rule I subscribe to is, if two players are relatively equal always start the one with the later kickoff time.

What this really means is, if you have players playing on Monday night, activate them. The logic being, it gives you reason to watch the game and players tend to perform slightly better on the national stage.

(Eric, do you have any data to back that last point up?)

Quiet, you.

I ignored my rule, opting to start LeRon McClain instead of Jamal Lewis. McClain registed a solid -1.5 points. I lost by 9 points. So if I hadn't started McClain, I would be down 7.5 points heading into Lewis' matchup with the Giants.

That's doable.

But this is Fantasy life. It's 17 weeks of suddenly relevant Christian Slater. In other words, it's a tortuous existence of being one's own Christian Slaterenemy.

The funny thing is, it's not my fault.

Fantasy football puts new meaning in the motto: it's better to be lucky than good.

It would have been better if I simply hit the Top Lineup button on my fantasy team. That's not being good, that's being lucky. Being good is picking the right spot to defy convention. Being lucky is drafting players who stay healthy, having the right waiver position at the right time and hitting the Top Lineup button.

(Eric, here's an idea. You have a half dozen fantasy teams. Chose one and always hit Top Lineup. See how that team does vs. teams you manipulate week in and out.)

Good idea, you.

Anyway, because I spend hours upon hours examining ever minute detail of my roster, activating players on Wednesdays only to put them back on the bench on Wednesday night, then activating them Friday, only to bench them Saturday afternoon, I am my own worst enemy, Fantasy speaking.

I'm not alone. I can't be. I bet you do it too. And you. There's nothing more frustrating than losing with points on the bench. I can take losing. I can take losing a close game. I just can't take losing with points on the bench.

Why? It's the ultimate sign of being one's own worst enemy, which, I've heard once or twice since the Olympics, stars Christian Slater as Henry, and Edward.

Michael Turner vs. L.T. 

If you recall, I have a bet going with a lawyer buddy in Toledo involving a bottle of at-least-12-year-old scotch. I said Michal Turner would outperform LT in two of the three following categories:

  • 100-yard game
  • Rushing yards
  • Total TDs

Here's the breakdown:

Name | 100-yard games | rushing yards | touchdowns

Michael Turner | 3 | 597 yards | 6
LaDainian Tomlinson | 1 | 405 | 4

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Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2008 2:58 pm

I am my own worst Fantasy enemy

No, no. I'm great at building a team. I'm just horrible at managing it.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2008 6:43 am

I am my own worst Fantasy enemy

So this means I shouldn't come to you for Fantasy Football advise should I decide to take the plunge and actually build a team next year? 

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2008 10:23 pm

I am my own worst Fantasy enemy

LOL Eric. That just indicates you have a deep bench and that's a good problem to have. I can understand why you chose McClain over Lewis. The Colts run defense isn't as effective without Bob Sanders. Lewis is going up against a NY Giants defense that is 6th defending the run and only allowing 3.7 y/a and 82 yard/game. Common sense would tell you to start McClain.

I too have a rule that I broke this weekend. I tend to stick with my starters whether or not the matchup is favorable or not. The logic is that a stud fantasy player will perform against a tough defense more often than not. This week, I chose to bench MJD. My bad. I've had Frank Gore and Brian Westbrook to start every week. What did I do? I started Correll Buckhalter. Fortunately for me, the difference between Buckhalter and MJD was only a 3 point dropoff. But common sense should've told me to start MJD, who is a proven fantasy performer and playing against a soft Denver defense.


Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2008 10:18 pm

I am my own worst Fantasy enemy

for  higher  ?

now  ,  that's  funny  .

higher  "education"  ,  perhaps  ?

or  ,  higher  "horse"  ?

all kidding aside ,  your point is well taken .

my  favorite  quote  comes from shaquille  ,  who  said  "things just get worserer  and  worserer  , all the time " .

Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2008 7:20 pm

I am my own worst Fantasy enemy

That’s ok at least yours is unpredictable with the game still having to take place tonight (Jamal Lewis can still blow it as he has pretty much all season against a tough run defense), as for mine... I started Julius Jones over Maurice Jones-Drew this week and I lost by four points. While I watched JJ get stuffed at the line time and time again (under 50 rush yards and no TD’s), MJD was taking advantage of Fred Taylor getting knocked out of the game early (125 rush yards and 2 TD’s). Talk about having a tough decision and really blowing it. What’s even more frustrating is that I got my advice from listening to a CBS sports analysis and pulled MJD from my line up Sunday morning on my way out to church. Well that’s fantasy for you. Sometimes gut feelings are worth following and sometimes it may just be gas. And in this case I should have stuck to my initial line up and not played musical chairs with my players. Anyways…<o:p></o:p&

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As for your bet of Michael Turner V.S. LT…it’s all good. I supported you from the start as I posted in your original posting. I am hoping as the Falcons schedule gets easier I can ride turner right into the playoffs. <o:p></o:p>

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One last things, can you please tell me or maybe write a blog on why CBS is not proof reading anything. I have been finding more mistakes in your staffs weekly write ups than I do in my wife’s second grade one sentence stories. Seriously I get a migraine just reading some of the stories.  I am for higher if you would like…pass the word around. I have some great idea just waiting to get out. <o:p></o:p>

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Well enjoy the game tonight, hopefully Jamal Lewis won’t do anything and then you won’t feel so bad after all.


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