’19 Fantasy Football Week 14

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brady14.pngThe feeling you get when the last place team beats you for their only win of the season.

Our playoff hopes hinged on our performance in Week 14. The situation seemed almost too good to be true. 

How could a 7-6 team lose to the last place team who brought their 0-13 record to the matchup?

In a tradition that has plagued our fantasy teams across many leagues and years, we blew our one chance to win the big game.

We lost this matchup, which killed our hopes for the postseason. 

Our 7-7 record was leaps and bounds above the 3-11 record that Yahoo predicted us, but they did predict that we would not make the playoffs and were bang on. 


MATCHUP AND SCORES

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Based on projected starting lineups, we were favourites by 6.68 points. Despite our best intentions, we lost by 9.90 points. For those of you who are keeping score at home, that is a swing of 16.58 points. That is the equalizing of one superstar’s weekly points. Sadly not a superstar on this team.

KicknCoffinCorners must have had a relaxing week since they lead the matchup from the opening kickoff on Thursday night to the final buzzer on Sunday. 

They exceeded their projections by 28.16 points, and even though we exceeded ours by 11.58 points, it wasn’t enough.

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When we look back at the scores and what could have been, our biggest roster mistake was Emmanuel Sanders. He was projected to get 11.31 points and then went on to have the best game of his season. His 35.10 points lead the entire team and 28% of our whole starting lineup points. The only problem was, Sanders didn’t dress in Week 14. 

There are 14 other games to look back at and think about what could have been, but when it mattered the most, we bulked at roster decisions. 

Tom Brady has been our lone superstar player all season. Despite his best efforts, the New England Patriots just ain’t the same team in 2019. So when Ryan Tannehill started to light it up for the Tennessee Titans, it was time to jump on the bandwagon and pray for the best. He starred in our matchup, putting up 31.54 points for the second-best point total of the week. 

Amazingly, when it mattered the most, we only had two guys in the starting nine who failed to reach their projections. Alshon Jeffrey (Philadelphia) doesn’t really count since he ended up a game-time decision who didn’t play. 

Our bench was so terrible that even with Sanders’s points, they barely exceeded their projections. That has been the story of our season.

Here are the rest of the week 14 scores:

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When you score the sixth-most points in the league, you deserve to lose.


STANDINGS

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The little asterisks say everything. The top four teams will all play for the championship, while the bottom four will fight for bragging rights.

Even though we tied for fourth with two other teams, we ended up as the second lowest-scoring team in the entire league. 


STUDS AND DUDS

Best Player in Starting Lineup: Ryan Tannehill – QB Tennessee
Points: 31.54    Projected Points: 20.00     Stat Line: 3 TDs 391 yards

Worse Player in Starting Lineup: Jamison Crowder – WR New York Jets
Points: 5.90     Projected Points: 15.30     Stat Line: 29 yards

Best Player on the Bench: Emmanuel Sanders – WR San Francisco
Points: 35.10    Projected Points: 11.31     Stat Line: 157 yards 2 TDs

Best Player in the League: Drew Brees- QB New Orleans (Chod’s Team)
Points: 45.06     Projected Points: 21.86    Stat Line: 5 TD 349 yards


TRANSACTIONS

After a miserable week for several players, we cut them as soon as the waiver period started.

As pointed out in a previous post, Sam Darnold (New York Jets) was first up on the plank. Followed right behind him was Dallas kicker Brett Maher and then New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate. 

In their place was Sam Ficken, the New York Jets kicker. Our next signing was Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill. After those two, we added Alshon Jeffrey again. One of our first draft choices injuries forced us to cut the Philadelphia wide receiver.

Our final signing of the regular season was Jamison Crowder, wide receiver, New York Jets, because he had a favourable matchup against Cincinnati. We cut rookie wide receiver, Terry McLaurin. The Washington Redskins star has been in and out of the lineup all season. 

Weekly Move Total: 4/4 

Season Move Total: 17/50


Stay tuned for next’s week recap of Pinstripe Bowl’s 2019 Fantasy Football season. 


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