This Week in Fantasy Football

Too many eggs. One basket. That cliché pretty much sums up a lost Week 3 for my fantasy football teams. Both the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions were supposed to engage in a good old-fashioned shootout, putting up as many fantasy points (I was hoping) as an NBA All-Star game. Alas the teams only combined for 26 real points and the surprisingly stingy Detroit defense held Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to a mere touchdown. That game is more to blame than anything else for my anemic 3-9 record, my worst showing since Week 2 of 2012 (where I posted an identical mark).

Here are how my squads fared in Week 3:

Green Bay Gamblers (1-2)      Loss: 133.29-105.94
Sterling Sharpe (1-2)                 Loss: 107.56-95.28
Brc (1-2)                                           Loss: 150-104
Snuffleupagus (2-0-1)               Win: 105-99
TR’s Peepers (1-2)                       Loss: 95.94-57.38
Pangaea (1-5)                                 Losses: 107-92, 94-92
Valley Forge (2-1)                        Loss: 76.8-68
GBG (2-1)                                         Loss: 85-60
Fuzzy Dunlop (1-2)                      Win: 139-126
The Taco Stand (1-2)                   Loss: 95.78-68.54
Unironic Witty Name (3-0)     Win: 194.12-176.78

Week 3 record: 3-9. Overall: 16-19-1 (.458)

Still Unbeaten: Snuffleupagus and Unironic Witty Name
Yet to Win: None

With not much good to say about my teams this week, how about a trip down memory lane? Culled from my Twitter feed, here are my week-by-week records for the last three seasons:

2011:

Week 1: 10-2 (.833)
Week 2: 5-7 (15-9, .625)
Week 3: 6-6 (21-15, .583)
Week 4: 7-5 (28-20, .583)
Week 5: 9-3 (37-23, .617)
Week 6: 8-4 (45-27, .625)
Week 7: 7-5 (52-32, .619)
Week 8: 9-3 (61-35, .635)
Week 9: 6-5-1 (67-40-1, .625)
Week 10: 7-5 (74-45-1, .621)
Week 11: 8-4 (82-49-1, .625)
Week 12: 5-6-1 (87-55-2, .620)
Week 13: 9-3 (96-58-2, .622)
Week 14: 4-2 (100-60-2, .623); 1-2 (.333)
Week 15: 5-3 (6-5, .545)
Week 16: 2-3 (8-8, .500)
Week 17: 1-1 (9-9, .500)

2012:

Week 1: 9-3 (.750)
Week 2: 3-9 (12-12, .500)
Week 3: 10-2 (22-14, .611)
Week 4: 5-7 (27-21, .563)
Week 5: 6-6 (33-27, .550)
Week 6: 8-4 (41-31, .569)
Week 7: 7-5 (48-36, .571)
Week 8: 7-5 (55-41, .573)
Week 9: 8-4 (63-45, .583)
Week 10: 6-6 (69-51, .575)
Week 11: 6-6 (75-57, .568)
Week 12: 5-7 (80-64, .556)
Week 13: 5-7 (85-71, .545)
Week 14: 1-3 (86-74, .538); 2-1 (.667)
Week 15: 3-4 (5-5, .500)
Week 16: 5-0 (10-5, .667)
Week 17: 2-0 (12-5, .706)

2013:

Week 1: 8-4 (.667)
Week 2: 7-5 (15-9, .625)
Week 3: 7-5 (22-14, .611)
Week 4: 8-4 (30-18, .625)
Week 5: 7-5 (37-23, .617)
Week 6: 8-4 (45-27, .625)
Week 7: 8-4 (53-31, .646)
Week 8: 9-3 (62-34, .646)
Week 9: 4-8 (66-42, .611)
Week 10: 6-6 (72-48, .600)
Week 11: 5-7 (77-55, .583)
Week 12: 8-4 (85-59, .586)
Week 13: 5-6-1 (90-65-1,
Week 14: 2-2 (92-67-1, .575); 1-0 (1.000)
Week 15: 1-7 (2-7, .222)
Week 16: 3-0 (5-7, .417)
Week 17: 1-0 (6-7, .462)

Regular Season: 278-201-3 (.580)
Playoffs: 27-21 (.563)

Here’s hoping this week was a mere aberration. I did lose some close games but what troubles me more is this weekly point breakdown:

Week 1: 1,677.6
Week 2: 1,391.1
Week 3: 1,181.3

Definitely need to reverse that trend to come out ahead in Week 4.

This week’s awards:

Player of the Week: None.

Goat of the Week: Aaron Rodgers. Despite this dubious distinction I don’t lay all blame at his doorstop, but he was definitely off his game on Sunday. (The errant fourth down pass to Jordy Nelson is worth 1,000 words—and unfortunately zero fantasy points!)

Team of the Week: Fuzzy Dunlop. My only squad yet to go to bed Monday evening (in the States) with a smile on their collective faces, my two point-per-reception league (where only six of 12 teams qualify for the playoffs) was a virtual must-win. And prevail I did with a 139-126 victory.

Pure Genius: Picking up Eagles placekicker Cody Parkey in Aaron Rodgers’ Avenue. He outscored his counterpart, Green Bay’s Mason Crosby, by 14 points, narrowly providing the six point margin in Snuffleupagus’ 105-99 victory.

What was I thinking?!: My decision making with regards to Pangaea continue to haunt me. I chose to start Buffalo Bills wideout Sammy Watkins who garnered me a measly three points. Had I played either Michael Floyd (16) or Brandin Cooks (15) I would have come out with both a win and a loss on the weekend. To add insult to injury, in the 94-92 defeat, my opponent played Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis (30 points) where I normally would have had Jamaal Charles available.

Dishonorable mention: Valley Forge starting Golden Tate (5.1 points) over Victor Cruz (16.7); I lost by 8.8 points and the 11.6 differential would have been enough for the win.

Pickup of the Week: Pittsburgh Steelers defense (three teams). Any team playing at home against Tampa Bay is a must defensive start.

Drop of the Week: Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta (six). Another season-ending hip injury for the talented Pitta.

Isn’t it Ironic?: The two stat lines of last week’s Pickup and Drop of the Week:

Player 1: Two catches for 11 yards.

Player 2: Four catches for 52 yards and two touchdowns.

Can you guess which is which?

Lambeau Field update: A much better showing than last week as my 105.94 points were the third most in the league. Nonetheless the defending champion Green Bay Gamblers sit at 1-2 and in eighth place after three weeks.

And Then There Were Thirty-Nine

Stay alive and advance: that’s my mantra for the Survival Pool, now entering its 11th season. To pay tribute to the most drama-filled fantasy sport of them all—and by far the most popular of my gambits—I will provide a weekly update of this terrific enterprise. For those unfamiliar this is how it works: You pick one NFL team every week. If they win, you stay in. If they lose, you’re out. You cannot pick the same team twice.

We started with 66 entries—with six not paying the booty is $1,200 for a modest $20 pay-in—and 17 teams were eliminated in Week 1 and 11 in Week 2. Week 3’s selections looked like this:

Most Popular (Successful) Choice: New England (21)
Most Popular (Unsuccessful) Choice: None

Least Popular (Successful) Choice: Cincinnati (1)
Least Popular (Unsuccessful) Choice: None

Other wise selections included New Orleans (12), Indianapolis (3), and Atlanta (2).

No one was eliminated by any particular team but one person did forget to choose so after three weeks we are down to 39 eligible for the booty.

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Follow my quest for fantasy football dominance—including the highs and lows of such a dynamic and distressing hobby—on Twitter: @nicholasjonwood.

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