The last (and only other) time I posted an update of our fantasy football league I was buried with a 2-4 record, good for 15th place in a 20 team league. I had lost Rashard Mendenhall (who was primed for an increase in carries due to Willie Parker’s injury) and Vince Young to injury and suicidal thoughts, respectively, and San Diego’s sorely underperforming D was no help either. The future looked bleak.
But then something unexpected happened. I got huge games out of Calvin Johnson, Ryan Grant & Brandon Jacobs in Week 7, leading to a 34+ pt win. The following week my team gritted & scrapificated out a 3.24 pt win behind my boy Chad Pennington to pull to .500. Solid contributions across the board led to a firm 20 pt win last week, and viola, I’m suddenly right in the thick of the playoff hunt at 5-4.
With five weeks to go before the postseason (the top eight teams will make it), I’m tied with four others for seventh place, although my lack of total points has relegated me to tenth. Three of my final five games come against the teams currently in second, third and fourth place, so I’m going to have to earn my way to the playoffs.
I lost one of my most consistent point getters when Michael Pittman landed on the IR, so my 3 RB / 2 WR lineup suddenly became a 2 RB / 3 WR setup with Antwaan Randle El falling into a full-time gig. The waiver wire & free agency pool is barren, and attempts to acquire a fill-in RB via trade have proved fruitless. The trade deadline is next Friday, and barring some minor tweaks, it looks like I’ll be going to war with my current roster.
I’m sure some of the other players will chime in via the comments. Current standings after the jump.
- Unstoppable Duo (formerly Craptastic Jay), 7-2, 809.94 total pts
- Tommie’s Titans, 7-2, 767.32
- JSBrendog (rocks), 7-2, 733.78
- Our Daily Brett, 6-3, 826.68
- Tiki’s Empty Finger, 6-3, 819.90
- Rae Carruth’s Hitmen, 6-3, 728.82
- Punk in Drublic, 5-4, 930.98
- Jamal G., 5-4, 831.84
- Rafi, 5-4, 801.04
- Mike A., 5-4, 690.54
- Patrick, 4-5, 733.38
- Cano’s Hustlas, 4-5, 724.18
- Vin R., 4-5, 721.72
- Manimal, 4-5, 607.56
- grgoyldef2, 3-6, 832.32
- baseballbackyet?, 3-6, 720.42
- SAMIAMSPORTS, 3-6, 640.92
- The Highlanders, 3-6, 571.18
- GoYanks, 2-7, 641.56
- Joseph P., 1-8, 498.46