Monday, October 4, 2010

Fantasy Football

The Twins start their playoff series against the Yankees Wednesday night at Target Field.  Even if you'd rather the Twins play the Rays for strategical reasons, the good thing about the Yankees is that you can be sure the Twins games will be in prime time.

But today I wanted to write about fantasy football.  I liked reading Yahoo's "Terrible team that beat you this week", where they picked out a team of players that were expected to do little or nothing and actually put up big numbers.  They no longer do it (at least that I've noticed) so I decided to take matters into my own hands.  Here are the guidelines I used in my selections:

1) Standard scoring, non-PPR.  That means different things to different people, but it's approximately the same.
2) Players must have actually been started in my Yahoo league.  This way it's more like a team you could have actually faced.
3) While Yahoo's projected stat total plays a role, so does the player's draft day value and availability in leagues.

So, the horrible fantasy team that beat your fantasy team this week...

QB - Matt Ryan, 14.42
RB - Peyton Hillis, 17.00
RB - Willis McGahee, 8.10
WR - Braylon Edwards, 14.60
WR - T.J. Houshmandzadeh, 10.90
TE - Zach Miller, 18.20
W/R - Kenneth Darby, 8.00
K - Jay Feely, 6.00
Def - Cleveland, 11.00

And in addition, your awesome fantasy team that totally collapsed (but hey, it would have lost to the above team anyways!).

QB - Eli Manning, 3.60 (12.83)
RB - Chris Johnson, 4.40 (23.43)
RB - Cedric Benson, 6.00 (12.42)
WR - DeSean Jackson, 2.10 (10.77)
WR - Marques Colston, 3.60 (8.97)
TE - Tony Gonzalez, 4.10 (10.10)
W/R - Steve Smith (CAR), 1.10 (6.53)
K - Mason Crosby, 4.00 (10.56)
DEF - Baltimore, 5.00 (11.93)

Seriously, even if this team reached their potential (the Yahoo projected points are in parentheses), they would have lost to the awful-looking team above, 108.22 to 107.54.

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