Fantasy Football Semifinals – Mission Accomplished!

December 14, 2008 at 8:47 PM (Fantasy Football)

Tyler Thigpen, Wes Welker, Steve Smith, and the Miami DEF/ST led me to fantasy football victory this week.  Well, I should say a near victory.  My opponent has Derrick Ward of the Giants to play, still, but my lead is such that it would take an NFL record-breaking day on Ward’s part to give my opponent the victory.  With that in mind, I’m going to prematurely pop open the virtual champagne!

Next week are the finals for my FFB league.  I don’t know who I’ll be facing yet, since the guys facing off in the other semifinal bracket have a close game between them.  Each of them has key players playing on MNF, so I won’t know the final outcome until Tuesday morning, most likely.  I’m never up late enough on weeknights to catch the end of a MNF game.

I’m rooting for you, Tom!  I don’t want to play the other guy!  🙂

I know all of you have been closely following the FFB stuff I’ve been posting, so keep those fingers crossed to that I can bring home some cash next week!



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Fantasy Football Playoffs 2008

December 11, 2008 at 9:57 PM (Fantasy Football)

I know many of you are dying to know how my fantasy football season is going.  I successfully qualified for the playoffs and successfully made it to the second round (semifinals).  Right now I’m riding the hot receiving trio of Greg Jennings, Steve Smith, and Wes Welker.  I know you are asking yourselves, “How did Ben draft all three of those receivers?”  My answer is this:  My starting QB this week is Tyler Thigpen.

I’ve got a tough matchup this week, and the Chicago-New Orleans game tonight features Drew Brees versus the Chicago defense/special teams, both of whom my opponent is using.  Fortunately, I’ve got LT playing against KC and my trio of stud receivers all have favorable matchups.  Steve Slaton, my waiver wire MVP this year, is playing against Tennessee, but I’m confident that he will do well enough to make me happy.

A whole $20 is on the line this week.  If I win, I’m in the finals, where I’ll most likely be facing the regular season champion.  He rode the arm of Kurt Warner and the hands of Anquan Boldin to the best record in the league, but hopefully their luck will run out if I get to play him next week.

Cross your fingers, folks.


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Fantasy Football – Know Your Enemy

November 30, 2008 at 7:34 PM (Fantasy Football, Sports)

Hi there, sports fans!

How many of you are or have ever been involved in a Fantasy Football League or have any interest in doing so? Ask anyone who participates in one of these incredible time/life-suckers and they will tell you that there is nothing else out there that can make you ride high and then immediately cause you to fall to the ground. I’ve been playing fantasy football for several years now and I’ve been on the receiving and giving ends of trips behind the woodshed.

What really makes this “sport” so fun? It’s not like I’m actually out there throwing a pigskin with my buddies. I think it is the trash talking aspect, not to mention the gambling. After all, most fantasy leagues require an upfront monetary commitment (the league I’ve been participating in the past two years costs $20 to join). In the end, I pay $20 for 17 weeks of emotional ups and downs that hopefully result in me winning a portion of the pot at the end of the fantasy season. As for trash talking, there’s nothing like watching the guys on your team roll up the points on Sunday against a coworker and then letting him hear about it on Monday morning. Talk about satisfaction! Of course, you will inevitably be on the receiving end of this as well, so it is definitely a two-way street. Trash talk appropriately and responsibly.

There are several types of FFB owners, and in this first FFB blog installment, I’ll outline the types of folks you’re probably playing with right now or will be playing with once you jump on the FFB bandwagon.

The Loud Guy – This owner constantly talks about 1-2 players on his team, usually in a negative way if he just lost or in a positive way if he just won. Matt Cassel just threw for 400 yards. Again! You’ll be hearing about this for the whole week. Never mind that it took an incredible performance from Cassell to secure the 2 point margin of victory for his team. If this guy is winning, then you’ll get to hear about his studs. On the plus side, this is the same guy that will be moaning about the fact that Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg and probably won’t play for much, if any, of the remaining regular season. Plax is going to be out at least 3 weeks. That’s 15 working days for you to hear about it. Every single day. I personally try to avoid this guy unless I just beat the pants off of him the previous week.

The Guy Who Loves His Favorite Players – This owner generally will not fare well in the standings, but he stands behind his guys. Is Terrell Owens worth a first round pick? Probably not. But he’s the favorite player of this owner, and he’s absolutely got to have him on his team in order to be happy. This owner will draft the weirdest, most oddly-balanced team in the league based purely on the fact that he’s a big fan or has a man crush on each and every one of them. Generally this owner will attempt to draft a bunch of players from the same team, since he’s been following (pick a NFL team) since he was 12. I actually saw someone draft Adam Vinatieri with their 3rd overall pick last year. Absolute craziness! However, this guy’s team has to be feared, at least a little bit. You never know when all of his players might get hot one week and put forth an absolutely amazing point total. Thankfully this only happens once or twice a season, but you’re always praying that it doesn’t happen against your team.

The Newbie – This guy is probably fairly knowledgeable about the NFL in general, probably watches at least one or two games a week, and probably can talk stats with the best of them at the water cooler. However, this is his first season playing FFB, and he hasn’t quite figured out how to translate NFL production into FFB points. Deuce McAllister is a team leader and everyone in the locker room respects him. It’s usually a tough lesson for this guy when he finds out that all of those “intangibles” translate into a 10-point performance every week when opposing running backs are putting up 20+ points.

The Waiver Wire Addict – This guy will make so many moves during the season that the team that he finishes the season with will only have 1 to 3 players that he originally drafted. He’s addicted to the add/drop button. Player X gets hurt and player Y will be taking over the starting job for a team? This guy will pick up player Y before anyone else, no matter who he has to drop. Case and point, an owner in the league I’m in this year was able to pick up Joseph Addai off of waivers because Addai became expendable based on a single good game from Justin Gage. Patience is not a word that this owner is familiar with.

The Unequal Trade guy – This guy will generally field an okay team most seasons. However, his idea of good times is taking advantage of other owners in the league. He LOVES The Newbie. I’ve got Fred Taylor, how about I trade him to you for Wes Welker and Matt Schaub? No? Well, you’re a big poopyhead! He’ll wheel and deal and spin stats in such a manner that Scott Boras would be impressed. He can make the most inept guy sound like the next coming of Walter Payton. I personally like to propose equally outrageous trades to him just to hear him whine about how I’m attempting to fleece him and how he certainly won’t trade with me anymore. Darn.

The Quiet Guy – This guy makes his roster moves throughout the season, but that’s about it. You don’t hear much from him otherwise. Want to try to make a deal and have a trade happen? Forget about it. This owner won’t even acknowledge your request. Don’t take it personally, though. He won’t acknowledge anyone’s request. If his team isn’t doing well, this is the guy most likely to essentially abandon his team and stop playing altogether. He brings FFB antisocialism to new heights.

So which type of owner are you? Chances are we all fall into multiple categories throughout the season, but after 17 weeks you could have all of the owners vote and each and every person would be overwhelmingly labeled with one of these personas.

In my next installment, we’ll talk about how to properly talk trash to your fellow owners without inciting their ire and ruining friendships.



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