RAB Fantasy Football League Update II

Angels not willing to wait for Teixeira
Philly, New York bullpens similar in construct

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.

  1. Unstoppable Duo (formerly Craptastic Jay), 7-2, 809.94 total pts
  2. Tommie’s Titans, 7-2, 767.32
  3. JSBrendog (rocks), 7-2, 733.78
  4. Our Daily Brett, 6-3, 826.68
  5. Tiki’s Empty Finger, 6-3, 819.90
  6. Rae Carruth’s Hitmen, 6-3, 728.82
  7. Punk in Drublic, 5-4, 930.98
  8. Jamal G., 5-4, 831.84
  9. Rafi, 5-4, 801.04
  10. Mike A., 5-4, 690.54
  11. Patrick, 4-5, 733.38
  12. Cano’s Hustlas, 4-5, 724.18
  13. Vin R., 4-5, 721.72
  14. Manimal, 4-5, 607.56
  15. grgoyldef2, 3-6, 832.32
  16. baseballbackyet?, 3-6, 720.42
  17. SAMIAMSPORTS, 3-6, 640.92
  18. The Highlanders, 3-6, 571.18
  19. GoYanks, 2-7, 641.56
  20. Joseph P., 1-8, 498.46
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Angels not willing to wait for Teixeira
Philly, New York bullpens similar in construct
  • http://www.yanksblog.com Patrick

    Still fairly happy with my team, despite the mediocre record. Once I get Bush back, hopefully that’ll propel me upward a bit.

    It’s hilarious how barren the FA/waiver pool really is, though.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      “It’s hilarious how barren the FA/waiver pool really is, though.”

      The top ten (non-injured) players currently on the waiver wire in order of 2008 fantasy points scored:

      Arnaz Battle
      Brandon Lloyd
      Carson Palmer
      Jerheme Urban
      Domenik Hixon
      Bryant Johnson
      Brian Griese
      Brandon Jones
      Daniel Graham
      Greg Lewis

      —————————-

      To quote Peter Griffin (as Han Solo), after tasting one of the assorted Cracker Barrel cheeses he received as his bounty for rescuing Princess Leia from the Death Star, “Hmm… yuck.”

      • Jay CT

        You realize that Palmer and Griese are hurt right? Non- IR (to this point) but hurt

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          Meh, I was only excluding the guys on IR who were definitively not contributing to anybody going forward.

          Either way, it’s a craptastic list.

  • jsbrendog

    yeah, i never thoruhgt id be in a tie for first, 3rd cause of points, but here i am

    it’ll be hard with schaub out for a month…..but GORE!!! plus, with 20 teams, when i tell people i have tj duckett they laugh, but he has 4 or 5 touchdowns.

    this is fun.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      You’re only tied for first because I allow you to be tied with me. I don’t like to run away from the league like a bully, I like my victims competitors to feel like they have a chance. My all-encompassing wisdom and rugged good looks are well complemented by my beneficent charity and inviting humility, if I do say so myself. So, you’re welcome. I promise not to crush your spirit until the last minute possible.

      Nevertheless, all of you should probably start kneeling before Zod.

      I stand astride this league like a mighty Colossus. In fact, I should trade for Dominic Rhodes just to complete the simile.

      Me = awesome. Everyone else = not so much.

    • Jay CT

      Yeah, tied for first and collecting kickers

  • pat

    culpeppers arm + megatron + shitty detroit defense = mad bombs

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      culpepper’s knee + rust + shitty detroit offensive line = mad wobbly ducks thrown on the run turned into pick-sixes

      • pat

        Thats fine with me. im no lions fan i just need calvin johnson to catch ridiculous passes. That 96 yd catch he had a few weeks ago scored me like 29 points on one play. Culpepper just needs to sit in the shotgun and throw it to cj the kids unstoppable.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          I’m just saying, don’t hold your breath there that moving from Orlovsky to Culpepper means more yards/scored for CJ. The offense could easily regress over the next few weeks/months. Culpepper hasn’t looked good in a while, he doesn’t know the team, the players, or the scheme.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Football is gay.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      You know what? Daytona’s gay.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        As gay as football.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      Second (only cuz I’m in last).

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    I thought I had it bad in terms of points scored in relation to my record, but check out “Punk in Drublic”, yeesh.

  • jsbrendog

    here’s to hoping kurt warner gets injured and matt leinart can play, cause im hurting at qb….

    • Rafi

      You need a QB? I’m trying to improve elsewhere and have a QB or 2 to spare.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

        How about a nice ol’ QB-for-Kicker trade?

      • jsbrendog

        yes i answered your email, lets play gm meeting

  • Ivan

    Hey guys BA has begun it’s top ten prospects for each organization today. BA will come out with the Yanks in Nov. 10.

    http://www.baseballamerica.com.....ects/2009/

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yeah I saw. The O’s are stacked. Any of their top 3 would be number 1 for the Yanks in my eyes.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        You know what’s so scary about your statement? That can’t even be taken as a slight against the Yankees, that’s just how good Matt Wieters & Co. are.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          True. Wieters-Markakis-Jones-Guthrie is a nice young core, now if they can get those young arms up there and going (and get anything out of Liz/Cabrera/Olson/Burres) before their veterans get too old, they could makes some noise.

          I’d be shocked if Angelos doesn’t add at least one marquee free agent this winter (A.J. Burnett? Pat Burrell?)

      • Ivan

        I can see Montero being ranked #1 by BA in the Yankee organization.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          In Ask BA this week, Jim Callis said Jackson was #1, Montero #2. Last week in their Draft Report Cards wrap-up chat, John Manuel said he didn’t rank any 2008 draftees in their top 10.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

        Hey Mike, I assume Weiters makes the opening day roster… any guesses as to major league ETA’s for Tillman, Matusz, and Arrieta?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Tillman & Arrieta late next year, Matusz mid-2010.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

            Okay. Since they’re not Yankee prospects named Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy, I assume they’ll be given ample time to acclimate themselves to the majors, like, say, 3 years or so, including several periods of struggle and adjustment, before eventually crystallizing their considerable potential and becoming rotation mainstays?

  • Rafi

    Is there anyone in the league looking for a big-time WR or a QB? I’ve got plenty to spare in both departments, and want to try and get a better RB than what I’ve got. Interested?

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Rafi’s “big time” QB’s:
      Jake Delhomme, Kerry Collins, Rex Grossman

      Rafi’s “big time” WR’s
      Andre Johnson, Greg Jennings, Plaxico Burress, Devin Hester

      Is there anyone in the league looking for a big-time WR or a QB? I’ve got plenty to spare in both departments…

      *cough*bullshit*cough*

      • Rafi

        I was saying big time WR’s, and also have QB’s. Wasn’t saying that my QB’s are big time. And based on fantasy points, my top 2 WR’s are first and seventh, that’s pretty good, no?

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          Sorry, dude, I was just being snarky and irrelevant. I looked at your roster and I don’t see “plenty to spare”, but that’s me. I’m an asshole, what can I say.

  • Joey

    lol I getta get in on this next year… I’m dominating the 2 leagues I’m in now, but they’re 10 league teams with some serviceable parts in the pool.

  • Jay CT

    Please. You all know my team is the best. Brees. Boldin. Marshall. Westbrook. Leon Washington, McFadden, Torrain, Camirillo in a PPR league… this team is far and away earning the number 1 spot. a 20 team league, and I have like 5 first or second round picks? CRAZY

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      You had me at “Torain and Camarillo”…

      *cough*blowjob*cough*
      *cough*
      eat me*cough*

  • Matt

    I thought I had a decent strategy for this league, getting away from the two RB mold and picking whoever was the best player on the board. After all, I figured everyone would have players on their team who were weaker than desirable. Unfortunately, those “best players” turned out to be T.O., Housh, and Kellen Winslow. Oh and Fred Taylor, projected to be the 60th best player is coming in at an impressive 1410. 1410!! Suck it Fred Taylor.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      T.J. Whoseyourmama, wrap it up.

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