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Fantasy poop.

This may be my final fantasy update of the season as I have no teams with anything to play for.  When we last spoke, Roll Over needed a small miracle to make the playoffs.  We had to win our game against the first place team, then have the 4th place team lose to a 4-9 team.  The 4-9 team started off with a zero from the Titans’ defense against the Colts on Thursday night, that didn’t bode well.  With his opponent starting Aaron Rodgers against the Lions, all seemed lost.  Then Rodgers got hurt early and I let a little slice of hope creep in….dummy.  The 4-9 team had picked up Lance Moore earlier in the week, but in this league, if you pick someone up they aren’t automatically placed in your starting lineup.  So this guy had a vacant spot in his lineup as the 4:00 games approached.  He had Lance Moore and Vincent Jackson to choose from, so I figured he was just waiting to see if Jackson was active.  4:15 came and went and he didn’t make any changes.  That was that.  His opponent had DeSean Jackson going on Sunday night to throw the last shovelfuls of dirt on our grave.  We won our game by 52 points, by the way, and are the overall points leader by more than 70 points.

What went wrong with this team?  Long story short, we were a victim of the schedule.  We were one of the top three scoring teams most weeks, but just happened to play someone that scored more that week.  In weeks 12 and 13, when all we needed was one win, we lost by a combined 1.74 points.  I blame Chris Johnson’s two week crapfest, and Andre Johnson’s ejection for this.  That’s that.

As for Space Mountain, ugggh.  As predicted Matt Prater got hurt, leaving us with no kicker, because we have no drop/add moves left.  This week, Kyle Orton got benched, or is he hurt too?  Honestly, I stopped looking.

I think there’s a chance we can finish in 4th and make some money, but I don’t care enough to do the math, because there’s a tie involved.  Ryan Mathews apparently had a good game finally.  Suck it, Ryan Mathews, suck it all day long.

What looks like our only bright spot, will surely lead to some frustration.  We actually have a lot of decent players to pick from when thinking about our two keepers next season.  Michael Vick, Mathews?, maybe Felix Jones, Brandon Marshall, Sidney Rice, Vincent Jackson, and Michael Crabtree.  Some of these guys will be on different teams, or have new quarterbacks, or new coaches, so a lot needs to happen.  First we need to find out when they’ll be playing football again.

There you go.  At least I’m sleeping much better than I was in August.

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Space Mountain update.

In the middle of my daily coffee ingestion period yesterday I came across the type of news that makes me the way I am about fantasy football.  To review, in TUFFKL, Space Mountain’s running backs heading into this week were Ryan Mathews, DeAngelo Williams, Joseph Addai, and Tim Hightower.  You’ll remember that I was thrilled with what I considered great depth as of last Monday.  Winning will rot your brain that way.

The first bit of news that I saw was that Beanie Wells was most likely going to be making his return this week.  Not good for Hightower.  I then saw that Joseph Addai missed practice on Wednesday because of a knee injury that I was unaware of.  Then I saw that Ryan Mathews was “iffy” to play with what some were reporting as the dreaded high ankle sprain.  Now we at Space Mountain are no fools.  We realized that Tim Hightower’s numbers were sky high right now, but mostly because he hasn’t been splitting time with Beanie Wells.  Since that’s probably ending this week, it made sense to try to sell high on Hightower.  Personally I can’t stand the headache of playing match-ups every week.  I want as many studs as I can start and not have to think on Sunday morning about who to play.  So what if Austin Collie had a big week and outscored Randy Moss.  Would you ever sit Randy Moss for Austin Collie?  Having Hightower splitting carries and Addai hurt with Donald Brown breathing down his neck for playing time does not make me giddy.

How did Space Mountain handle this?  First I looked at the league rosters to find out who had Beanie Wells.  Maybe they’d be willing to take Hightower just to handcuff the two.  There may even be a time where they’re as successful as DeAngelo Williams and Johnathan Stewart (last year) and it’s possible that you play them both the same week.  As I found out Wells’ owner (The Toads)  was also 0-2.  Last place teams are always more willing to trade than teams higher up in the standings.  His other running backs were Cedric Benson, Clinton Portis, Steve Slaton, and Laurence Maroney.  Portis has been slowly declining in fantasy terms for the last year and a half, and he’s coached by fantasy football hater, Mike Shanahan.  Needless to say I wouldn’t trade Hightower straight up for him.  Benson is the stand out of that group anyway.  He’s their lone back and the Bengals next three games are against the Panthers, Browns, and Buccaneers, that’s not bad if Mathews is out for a while.  As long as DeAngelo stays healthy.  You’ll remember that The Toads drafted Benson with their first pick in the draft so it was going to take some wrangling to get Benson.

My Life Associate and I emailed back and forth a few times to discuss what to offer.  We settled on Addai and Hightower for Benson and Maroney.  We probably wouldn’t keep Maroney, and when and if Mathews is ever healthy we’d always play him and DeAngelo unless they were on byes, so Addai and Hightower were just headaches that could have big weeks on our bench.  The same could be said for Benson, but I’d certainly rather have three studs and one scrub than two studs and two “sometimes” performers.   A stud running back that can be kept for two more seasons has way more value in this league if we have to trade out of more trouble.

I sent the offer to The Toads.  We had debated on whether to ask for Portis instead of Maroney as Portis will still score a few touchdowns, but decided we could use the flexibility of Maroney’s slot on our roster.  I failed to mention how Kevin Kolb’s benching and A.J. Smith’s being Grand Moff Jackass put a damper on Space Mountain’s week.  We had to drop Kolb and pick-up Matt Hasselbeck, I was actually happy that he was available.  We’ll also  be dropping Vincent Jackson too, because he’s not playing this season.  Anyway, after we sent the offer we debated on whether or not we’d trade DeAngelo and Hightower for Besnon and Maroney if The Toads countered with that offer.  We didn’t even have time to think about it, because he accepted our offer pretty quickly.  As a result we now have DeAngelo Williams, Cedric Benson, the off this week Ryan Mathews, and Laurence Maroney as our running backs.  Wouldn’t you know it, Laurence Maroney’s value is already climbing.

Wrong Benson.

So there you have it.  We’ll be starting Benson and DeAngelo this week as the Panther’s host the Bengals in Jimmy Clausen’s first game as a starter.  Feed the beast, Jimmy.  Feed him!

Early T.U.F.F.K.L. thoughts

I’ve posted the link to my fantasy league on the right side of the page, feel free to look around and rip us apart.  My team, Space Mountain, drafts 3rd this year and I’m elated that we’re not picking any lower than that.  I usually prefer to be in the middle of the pack in this draft, but with only DeAngelo Williams to keep, and only a handful of top flight players not being kept, the elite pickings are slim.

DeAngelo Williams signing his Space Mountain contract which stipulates he will have 1600 yards and 27 TDs.

As this league awards a point per reception (PPR) to only receivers, we’ve been tending to draft big name receivers early and getting away from the by-the-book approach of getting two stud running backs early.

Use one running back? Never!

Add to that most NFL teams have been vomiting on fantasy players with their running back by committee approach, and you only really have 7, maybe 8 stud running backs who get the bulk of their team’s carries.  Two of those (Adrian Peterson and Steven Jackson) are draft eligible this year.  Frankly, both of them scare the hell out of me.  The annual Favre nonsense doesn’t really matter here, Peterson should get his numbers either way.  What scares me are the fumbles and his keepability.  Obviously your first pick is someone that you most likely want to keep on your team for the next 3 years.  The guy is only 25, but he’s never shied away from contact and it stands to reason that eventually that will take it’s toll on his body.  The same can be said for Steven Jackson( and he’s on a crappy team to boot.  Will either break down in the next 3 years?  Probably not, and I don’t see Peterson making it past the first pick in the draft let alone sliding to 3rd, so I’m not going to worry about it.  Rivers, Gore, and Peterson looks pretty damn solid for Body Count, but then he has to wait 24-26 picks before you get to pick your first receiver.  And there is a ton of receiver talent that should be gone pretty early this year, but some of them have big question marks too.  Randy Moss is getting old, are you keeping him for 3 years?  Larry Fitzgerald will be catching poorly thrown balls from Matt Leinart and Derrick Anderson all year.  Yikes.  Roddy White, Calvin Johnson, Sidney Rice, Brandon Marshall, Greg Jennings, and Marques Colston are all studs, but all of them have injury histories or young quarterbacks.  Actually, White and Jennings don’t really seem to have any issues except for Jennings’ crappy touchdown total last year.

There are some young running backs to take into account here too.  Shonn Greene and Ryan Matthews are both unproven.  It’s risky business  pulling the trigger on one of them that early, but I’m always up for a little risky business.

I should mention that 7 of the top 8 quarterbacks are being kept this year, with Tom Brady the only one not being kept.  He’s been on a team’s roster for the last 3 years so he has to go back in the pool.  Last year we kept Aaron Rodgers, but traded him away mid-season, because we felt confident in Ben Rosinbagger’s abilities to score on the field, not in the can.  So yes, at some point last year we traded away Aaron Rodgers, Beanie Wells, Vincent Jackson, and Reggie Wayne.  We also cut Steve Smith 2.0 in Week 1, because we were overwhelmed with the early success of John Carlson (tight ends count as receivers in T.U.F.F.K.L.).

Thanks, John Carlson. Thanks a whole lot.

The point I’m trying to make somewhere in there is that we won’t be taking Brady as early as #3.  He’s someone to consider with the supplemental pick, but I don’t see him making it that far.

Bottom line:  I have no idea yet.  I started sending my Life Associate emails two months ago about what our draft strategy should be.  We can pretty much guess that we’ll have a pretty decent, but not great running back to pick from or a stud receiver to go with DeAngelo Williams.  Then we’ll have a supplemental pick somewhere in the low teens.  Personally, on August 4th, I feel like I want to go back to the book this year and have two stud running backs.  As good as he is, DeAngelo Williams is coming off an injury last year, and he’s in a committee with Johnathan Stewart, so that worries me a little.

What I will do is write down my predictions for the first round of the draft this year and time stamp them somehow so we can all mock me after the fact.  I won’t do more than the first round, because madness breaks out after that and I might as well blow bubbles in the bathtub.