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New Beginnings

Posted in Football, Sports on September 16, 2008 by garyyfong

After years away from Xanga entries, I’ve now official started again anew. (For the abridged version, Just skip to the paragraph before the bullets.) I was gonna start the Monday after the Olympics but after a series of random dumb events, it became a frustrating Monday and so I thought it wasn’t an ideal time to have a fresh new start. Today isn’t exactly the most exciting day of the year, but then again I never liked Mondays and with the weather so nice out, it’s as good a day as any regular Monday.

Since I’m on the theme of new beginnings, I’ll start off this blog about something new I’ve started. I’ve been a football fan as long as I could remember but I’ve never attempted to play fantasy football. I tried fantasy basketball before and at first I’m checking in on my team and my stats multiple times a day. But then as the season plays out I get more excited about the success, or lack of, of my favorite team or players. Then real life takes over and I totally forget about the fantasy team and never check it again (I still won the first half of that season despite having started 2 weeks AFTER everyone else until at mid-season it made everyone redraft and by then I had long forgotten about it). So despite my excitement for fantasy football now, I’d expect to follow a similar trend now as well. Although being in front of a computer at work all day could maybe keep me interested during the whole season.

Anyways, my first crack into the world of fantasy football started out really well. Or at least, what was considered very well. Because of my inexperience and possible eventual indifference to fantasy football, I joined a league of 6 teams with some friends who are also noobs. Having the 5th pick, LT, AP, Westbrook, and Addai were no longer available when I was up. So I picked what I considered the best pick for that situation, Tom Brady, considering that I’m in a 6 team league and although the then so-called “elite” RBs were taken, a bunch of “good” RBs were left on the board for me to scoop later.

Nevertheless, I’m pretty happy even now about the moves I made with the knowledge I had, or didn’t have. I’m not really bitter or have any regrets about my decisions because I still believe I made the right choices. I ended up with Brady, T.O., Marion Barber, T.J. Housh, Antonio Gates, Steve Smith, Carson Palmer, Dallas Clark, Chris Chambers, Maroney, Michael Turner, Bears D/ST, Fred Taylor, and the San Diego Kicker. With a small exception of Fred Taylor, I have absolutely no regret whatsoever considering not knowing how the season will play out thus far. But then this is about when things start to go downhill.

Again to reiterate, I don’t regret these moves, blind luck of the draw just screwed me. They were either good moves at the time, or at the very least reasonable judgement calls I had to make. In other words, not blatantly bad calls, but they just lucked me out of points.

Week 1:

  • 4th Round (24th overall) pick Chad Johnson was dropped to waivers. No one picked him after waivers cleared, I had an extra slot in WRs since Steve Smith is suspened. So I picked him up, and started Chad in front of Chambers, who then scored 10 points as opposed to 2 from Chad.
  • Antonio Gates goes on record as to saying himself that he is not 100% and does not expect to contribute as much as would be expected. I start Dallas Clark instead of Gates.
  • I see Bears playing Peyton Manning and the Colts. I see Vikings playing brand new QB Aaron Rodgers. I drop Bears for Vikings D/ST.
  • Maroney or Turner? Run against Detroit or run against Kansas City? Judgement call: Chiefs suck more and Brady opens up run game more than Ryan will. Start Maroney.
  • 3 of my starters, Brady, Clark, and Barber, gets knocked out of their games. Brady: 1st qtr, 3 fantasy points, out for season. Clark: 1st qtr, 0 fantasy points, didn’t play week 2, still questionable. Barber, not as bad, we’ll see tonight.
  • As if Brady’s season being over is not bad enough, New England splits the running between different backs, Maroney has a very quiet game.
  • Michael Turner lights it up against Detroit, scores 34 and tops fantasy scores for week 1.
  • My backup QB Palmer has horrible game, thus affecting my starters Housh & Chad to have a quiet game.
  • Meanwhile, Chambers, who got bumped by the newly acquired Chad, scores 10 points as opposed to 2 from Chad.
  • Gates scores 10 points despite his injuries, as opposed to Clark’s big fat 0.
  • Aaron Rodgers’s Packers reduces my Vikings D/ST to 1 fantasy point.
  • Bears score 13.

Week 2:

  • Decides to pick up Philip Rivers off standard weekly waivers to replace Brady. Most likely will start him against Denver as opposed to Palmer against Tennessee.
  • When thinking about picking up Cassel to put in back pocket, decides why not try to trade Chad for Cutler to put in back pocket since I eventually can’t have 2 Bengals receivers during their BYE.
  • Trade declined. Ok, no prob. Drop Brady to pick up Cassel.
  • Guy I was trying to trade for Cutler with offers me Brett Favre instead of Cutler for Chad. I accept. Since I have Favre, I cancel my waiver claim to Rivers.
  • Someone drops Santonio Holmes! I use my #2 claim order to get him and prays #1 doesn’t get him. He doesn’t, and I sucessfully drop Fred Taylor for Holmes.
  • With T.O., Housh, Holmes, and Chambers and 3 WR starting slots, I sit Chambers.
  • After struggling to decide on the judgement call as to start Palmer against Titans or Favre against Patriots, my friends agrees it’s a tough call eventualy just says maybe Favre late Friday night. I say oh what the hey, I’ll start Favre. I try to do it on my iPhone cuz I’m not home. It doesn’t allow me to switch the lineup on the espn site because maybe there’s some flash which the iPhone won’t handle. I think nothing of it, I’ll do it later at home.
  • Bengals have an early game so at 9:00 am I wake up in bed remembering I need to take Palmer off the starting lineup and put in Favre. But I was really tired, and I didn’t really feel like getting out of bed that early. I had trouble deciding anyways cuz it was a close judgement call. Forget it, I’m too lazy to get up for that. I go back to sleep.
  • Palmer has another horrible game, bringing Housh down with him.
  • Favre does slightly better, not great, but scores 11 points. That’s 10 more than Palmer scores.
  • Rivers, who I would’ve picked up and started if I didn’t get that reverse offer of Favre for Chad, goes off and scores 33 points.
  • Vikings D/ST does really well… until at the end against Manning. Ends up only scoring 6.
  • Chambers, who again got bumped by a new acquisition, Holmes, scores 20 as opposed to Holmes’s 10.
  • I start Turner since Maroney is splitting carries, and Turner only manages 4 points against Tampa Bay. But still better than Maroney’s 1 point.

It can only get better now tho right?