The season has been going just okay so I haven’t felt overly excited to share my journey. I am currently sitting with a 4-3 record. Considering this means I have won more than I have lost I should be happy, but given my past fantasy football experiences this is really a bad record for me. I drafted Peyton Manning partly because it is Peyton Manning and partly because he was the best option when I was looking for a quarterback. He was off this week so I picked up Brian Hoyer to fill in. Many people may say “Brian Hoyer?” but there is reasoning behind this move. Unlike your typical fantasy player looking at records or performance I selected him because he played collegiate football at Michigan State University. I grew up in East Lansing and am a fierce Spartan fan. This week I was anticipating a lost because my team was so hap hazard so I threw Hoyer in the mix. The first half of his game I thought I made a huge mistake, but like all of my Spartans he made a huge comeback and actual got me more points than Peyton has been producing this season. Peyton will be heading my team again this week, but only because I will be at the Bronco/Packers game! I have Emmanuel Sanders on my team so if Peyton can connect with Sanders just once it is a great play for me.
Overall, my frustration this season is the lack of consistency from my players. For example, Donte Moncrief had a great start to the season, but showed signs of slowing down with declines three weeks in a row. When he only scored .4 for me I decided to bench him in the hopes of finding someone to pick up the slack. The week he was benched he scored 13.5 points!!! I maintain you can do all the research you want for your team, but sometimes it really does just come down to luck.
I promise to get you an update heading into playoffs. Although, I am only slightly hopeful it will be that I made the playoffs. It has been an interesting, exciting, and frustrating season to date. Good luck this week!
Draft Day has come and gone! My league held our live draft yesterday and I am pretty happy with the outcome. Here is my team:
Quarterbacks: Peyton Manning and Jay Cutler
Running Backs: Jamaal Charles, Carlos Hyde, Darren McFadden, Andre Williams, Matt Jones
Wide Receivers: Emmanuel Sanders, Golden Tate, Nelson Agholar, Pierre Garcon, Donte Moncrief, Brian Quick
Tight Ends: Martellus Bennett, Delanie Walker, Owen Daniels
Kicker: Justin Tucker
Some of my disappointments were not drafting Andrew Luck and or TY Hilton. They were both members of my team last year and got me to the playoffs. However, I do think picking up Peyton Manning was a score if for nothing else trade leverage down the road.
The live draft was fun from a social perspective. I wore an Atlanta Falcons shirt and had my son dressed in Broncos gear. My family doesn’t have a “favorite” team per say we just enjoy the game. It did feel like it took a lot longer than past years. The draft started at 6:00pm and finally wrapped at 8:45pm. The extended time frame was mostly because there are a number of people that would have just placed their online profile to auto pick if we hadn’t been together, but with the live draft they attended and actually participated.
It should be interesting to see if there are any trade negotiations in the next few weeks before regular season and how the teams hold up the first week. I think some of the players that drafted in the middle might look to more stuff around. Luckily, I was 2nd overall pick for this draft. I am happy with the team I drafted so I am going to let it roll for week one. I am sure trade offers are coming my way for Peyton Manning, but I may be wrong.
Stay tuned for an update after the first week of games!
Draft day is quickly approaching for my league. I really know very little about the players and am a nervous about draft. Usually not a big deal because we have done the draft online in past years and I could review stats on the computer while waiting for my turn. My league has decided to have a live draft this year. I'll certainly fill you in on my thoughts about the outcome afterwards.
My league knowledge is limited to the fact that Tom Brady is suspended and in/out of court trying to overturn the suspension. Also noticed that Michael Sam has "retired" from football, but since he wasn't even playing in the NFL anymore that information is pretty useless. Plus, Jets QB Geno smith is out for a few weeks with a broken jaw. Not earth shattering news to me because I had no intention of drafting him. I will likely complete a mock draft or two this week leading up to my live draft scheduled this Sunday. Unlike my seasoned counterparts that review stats and look at last year's performance in depth I will glance over that information briefly prior-to my draft, but my methods are much more superficial: Do I like the team? Do I like the player (if I know anything about them)? And lastly are their stats okay and do I need that position filled?
For example, I am not a huge new England patriots fan, but I know they are a winning team. I really can't stand Tom Brady so I drafted Rob Gronkowski on my team last year. He was a great player to have so I got my slice of the points pie and had incentive to cheer on the patriots. A few years back my husband and I went to an Atlanta Falcons game at the Georgia dome so I held Roddy White throughout the season.
Mostly I revert back to my first bit of advice, I picked up a lot of people based on ranking during the draft and as long as they were performing I kept them. If I felt I needed to make changes I usually went to the waiver wire. My league didn't do a lot of trading last year and I just never felt good about offers made to me. I am hoping to trade a little more this season.
I made the playoffs last year and plan to win all this season. Good luck with your drafts! I'll be sure to let you know how mine turns out and yes, the ring is real!
Jill - The Wife