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NFL Fantasy Football 2012: Week 10 In Review.
Fantasy Football Week 10.
So we're coming down the home stretch towards the fantasy football playoffs. There are literally only a hand full of games left before the playoff jitters creep in. Week number 10 found my fantasy teams facing various challenges in all three leagues. In "The Screwshop 2012" league, I was looking to redeem my narrow week one loss against the person I played in weeks 1 and 10. "The Turf 13" league found me without my usual starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers from Green Bay, and week 10 in "Da League" had me going to the fantasy gridiron without my normal starter, Robert Griffin III from the Redskins. Both Rodgers and Griffin were on bye weeks. So many different story lines and so little tell to tell them. Week 11 is upon us, which means that it's time for me to review how week 10 of fantasy football went for me. If you wanna find out, keep on scrolling down ya digg?
St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson had a solid game against the 49ers. Too bad I left him on my bench.
ESPN: The Screwshop 2012 Week 10 Review.
Headed into week number ten in this league, I had a two game win streak going. As I mentioned in last week's review, the schedule in this league had been reset in week 10, which meant that I was playing the person that I played against in week one. I ended up losing by a 1 point margin in week 1, so I was hoping to get a bit of revenge back for that loss. Being that my opponent's starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers was on a bye in week 10, I felt like I had an added chance of winning. Oh boy was I wrong in that assumption.
My opponent plugged in his backup Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens. Being that Flacco's number have been slightly above average most of this year, I didn't think that Flacco would do a whole lot..WRONG! Flacco had an excellent game against the Oakland Raiders, and put up 35 fantasy points. This was way more than the 21 fantasy points scored by my starting quarterback, Tom Brady from New England. Luckily for me, this was a very low week scoring wise for boy myself and my opponent. Neither my team nor my opponent's team put up very many points. No player on my opponent's team reached double digit points besides Flacco, and besides Tom Brady, I only had two positions on my team scored double digit points.
The final result of this low scoring week was a 74-65 victory for my team. I credit my victory to my opponent's players poor performances besides Joe Flacco. My kicker Connor Barth from Tampa Bay, scored 12 fantasy points. My tight end slot in this league is held by Antonio Gates from San Diego, and Gates scored 11 fantasy points. Unfortunately, I left 35 points on my bench between running back Steven Jackson, and wide receiver Sidney Rice. Jackson scored 18 fantasy points against the 49ers, and Rice put up 17 against the Jets. I didn't expect neither to do much, but I turned out to be wrong. I know this wasn't a great or ideal victory, but like I mentioned before; I'll take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day Although I'm happy to win and earn my third straight victory in this league, I know that even if I make the playoffs, I most likely won't last too long with weeks like this.
Jimmy Graham signals "first down" against the Falcons, and Graham's production helped keep me in first place in "The Turf 13".
NFL.com: The Turf 13 Week 10 Review.
Coming into week 10 with a 7 game win streak along with a hold on first place in this league, you would think that I had every reason to believe that my streak would continue in week 10 right? Once again, WRONG! Out of all the week thus far, this was the week that I was dreading for one single reason. My starting quarterback, Aaron Rodgers from the Packers, was on a bye week. Rodgers and the Chicago Bears defense have been the key reasons for the 7 game win streak in this league. Therefore, no Rodgers meant an uphill battle towards winning. Lets get into how it all turned out.
Since I had to sit Aaron Rodgers, I turned to my backup quarterback, Matt Schaub from the Houston Texans. This was a decision that I was very shaky about for a couple of reasons. For one, the Texans were playing the Chicago Bears, which is the team that I was using in my defensive slot. Secondly, upon watching the pregame show before the Bears/Texans game, I noticed that it was raining in Chicago. It's hard to count on quarterbacks when it's raining during a football game. Unfortunately for me, there wasn't any other legit quarterbacks in free agency for me to pick up this week. Therefore, I had to roll with Schaub this week.
Luck was definitely on my side again this week, as I edged out a very close 102-98 victory. New Orleans Saints tight end, Jimmy Graham was the hero for me this week with 29.50 fantasy points. Other double digit finishers for me included: running back Doug Martin(12.50), kicker Blair Walsh(15.00), and the Bears defense(17.00). The rain in the Texans/Bears game, along with the Bears tough defense affected Matt Schaub, as he only finished with 5 fantasy points. The thing that won it for me this week ironically was my opponent's starting quarterback, Michael Vick. Vick got injured early in the Cowboys vs. Eagles game, and had to leave the game. Vick finished with 8 fantasy points, but easily could have put up more if he continued to played. Due to my narrow margin of victory, that would have given me a loss, which would have ended my streak.
Saint's tight end Jimmy Graham dunks the football after scoring against the Atlanta Falcons. Graham's production helped slam me into third spot in "Da League".
Yahoo: Da League Week 10 Review.
It's almost amazing how close the standings are in this league. Everyone from second place all the way to 8th place is separated by only two games. If you've read my previous reviews, you'll know that I started off very poorly in this league. For the first several weeks of the fantasy football season, I was hovering around 7th and 8th place. Saying that things have turned around for me in this league would be an understatement. Week 10 found me facing one of those teams with a record similar to mines. If I was going to win this week, I was going to have to do it with Tony Romo instead of Robert Griffin III.
Being that the Washington Redskins were on a bye in week 10, I had to use Tony Romo as my starting quarterback. Yahoo had Romo projected to put up 23 fantasy points against a weak Eagles secondly. However, Romo finished with 18 points, which I was happy to get even that much from him since his play has been sporadic this season. Just like in "The Turf 13" league, Saints tight end Jimmy Graham came through like a hero for me. Graham produced 31 fantasy points for me in week 10, and led my team in scoring in this league as well. I also got 22 points from Titans running back Chris Johnson, and 19 points from Patriots kicker, Stephen Gostkowski.
The final result was a 117-72 victory for my team Prospect RBG. The win bumped me into third place in the standings. I have the same record as the guy in fourth place, however, I'm one point ahead of him in total points scored. Wow! What a turnaround from earlier in the season right? There is something that I've realized while playing in this league. There are two positions that matter a lot more in this league than the other leagues I'm playing in. Those positions are the kicker slot, and the defensive slot. Those two positions have literally won and lost games for several players in this league so far this year.
Question of the week.
Who is the best tight end in the NFL?
Week 10 produced another clean sleep for me in all three leagues. That makes the second straight week of going 3 out of 3 winning. Lets take a look at my standings in each league after week 10.
- ESPN: The Screwshop 2012: 5-5 (6th place out of 10 teams).
- NFL.com: The Turf 13: 8-2 (1st place out of 12 teams).
- Yahoo: Da League: 5-5 (3rd place out of 8 teams).
There was only movement in "The Turf 13" league. I moved up one spot from 4th to 3rd. Jimmy Graham is easily the MVP for me in week 10. If it wasn't for Graham's amazing fantasy numbers in week 10, I probably would have lost in both "The Turf 13", and "Da League". Well that concludes my review of my fantasy football teams from week 10. Tonight we have the Miami Dolphins taking on the Buffalo Bills, so make sure you get those lineups set accordingly. Good luck this weekend fantasy footballers.