If you would’ve told me before this football season started that my Buffalo Bills would be 2-0 and my fantasy team Takin’ Bills would be 0-2, I’d probably suspect you of spending far too much time on Willie Nelson’s tour bus. But that’s where we’re at heading into Week 3.
On the one hand, it’s awesome when your favorite football team, especially one that has suffered so much in the last 15 years, is finally (hopefully) breaking through. On the other hand, WHAT THE HELL FANTASY TEAM, GET IT TOGETHER! YOU’RE MAKING ME LOOK RIDICULOUSLY BAD IN FRONT OF MY NEW FRIENDS AT CMCHAT!!!
Settle down Beavis.
Needless to say I’m conflicted. Why can’t both of my teams do well? They can. It’s all about luck really.
There’s an even bigger conflict when it comes to being a fan and a fantasy owner. I don’t know one experienced fantasy player that doesn’t get a little uneasy when players on their fantasy team are playing against their favorite team. This year, a friend of mine actually decided not to play in the league we started six years ago because he was sick of rooting against his beloved Eagles on an almost weekly basis. I understood where he was coming from. The whole concept of fantasy vs. reality is more messed up than Toby Keith on stage last weekend in Indiana.
Think about this scenario. Imagine your favorite team needs a win to clinch a playoff spot. So does your fantasy team. Now add on to that you have a quarterback and a wide receiver on your fantasy team playing against your favorite team that week. Who do you root for? On the surface, it’s like deciding between who’s a better guitar player, Keith Urban or Brad Paisley. But really, it’s like deciding between who’s a better singer, Faith Hill or a bucket.
Reality trumps fantasy. Always.
Fantasy football should be a fun diversion that can bring “fame” amongst friends and sometimes money (my league is for CDs). The thrill of winning your fantasy league (especially if it’s for money) is pretty sweet, but your team winning the Super Bowl is pretty awesome (so I’m told). And hey, you never know, you might get lucky and your fantasy quarterback hits your receiver for three touchdowns but your favorite team puts up five touchdowns for the victory. That’s win-win.
QUICK HITS (from the bong…take 2)
The league and the players union agreed to a new drug policy on Wednesday morning. As expected, under the new rules Wes Welker returns to the Broncos this week. As long as he gets in a couple practices, I’d start him with confidence as he’s one of Peyton Manning’s favorite targets. As for Josh Gordon, his suspension is reduced 10 games. If you took my advice last week and picked him up, you’ll be waiting a bit longer than initially expected to use him. But, if you can spare the roster spot he’ll be eligible to play just in time for your fantasy playoff run. I’m still willing to take that chance.
OUCH, QUIT IT
The injury bug destroyed Takin’ Bills this week. Jamaal Charles and A.J. Green going down, both in the first quarter no less, did me about as much good as a golf club in a petting zoo. Green could be back in Week 5. Who knows with Charles. Fortunately I was able to pick up Charles’ backup Knile Davis who last week went off for 80 yards and 2 touchdowns (if he’s still available in your league, pull the trigger and pick him up). With Green out, teammate Mohamad Sanu looks like a solid replacement. Other big Week 2 injuries included Vernon Davis, Robert Griffin III, DeSean Jackson, Eric Decker, Tavon Austin, Ryan Mathews (get his backup Donald Brown, if you can) and Miami’s running back tandem of Knowshon Moreno and Lamar Miller. As always check their status (and the status of all your players for that matter) on Thursday when the injury reports come out and then follow up on Sunday morning and be ready to make some moves (two more players that I like are Ahmad Bradshaw and Bobby Rainey…again, if they are still available).
YER YELLA COLVIN
If anyone took my suggestion last week to start the Bills defense against the Dolphins, pat yourself on the back, because you’re WAY braver (and smarter) than me. I totally chickened out about an hour before game time and went with the Broncos defense. Buffalo got 20 points. Denver got 3. When I found out Jay Cutler’s two big receivers were very questionable to play I benched him for Cam Newton. Cam got me a respectable 19 points. Cutler’s receivers played (of course) and he got 25 points. If I had started Buffalo and Cutler, I would have won by four points. If. Famous last words. Through the Years I should have known to stick to my guns and not be the Coward of the County (or fantasy football league).
That’s all for this week’s Hoedown. Hit me up on Twitter @sneezeguard with any line-up questions or suggestions on topics to discuss here. AND as always good luck this week!