Welcome to the tale of frustration and occasional joy, as I detail my first foray into the ever-competitive realms of Fantasy Football, NFL style.
After a mixed week one, which saw my teams in two leagues go 1-0 and 0-1 respectively, I was hoping to get two wins this week.
Safe to say it was another mixed week, my record now sits at 2-0 and 0-2. So first the good news...
One of the reasons I was able to win one of my match-ups this week, was thanks to a shrewd pick-up from the waiver wire.
Out went New York Jet Running Back Shonne Green, and in came the on fire Bills RB, CJ Spiller. It is a six team league, rather than the 10 team league I also compete it, the waiver options are considerably better.
Spiller went for two TDs, and was the difference maker in my match-up, where I was also fortunate to see my opponent's QB Tom Brady have an uncharacteristic off-day.
But Brady and the Patriots poor showing was not completely to my advantage. You see in my other league, who was my starting QB... Yes, Tom Brady.
So it was frustrating to watch at the weekend, knowing whatever good or bad luck he brought in his performance, at least one of my leagues stood to suffer.
I managed to pick up Alfred Morris instead of Fred Jackson at RB, whose injury cost me a win in week one. Immediately I regretted dropping Jackson entirely, as he's due back in week five, and my options at RB after a poor draft are so limited he is worth keeping in reserve.
The biggest disaster cost my team this time around? Antonio Gates. Sounds familiar actually, the tight-end who dropped an end zone catch which was arguably even more damaging than Jackson's injury in week one, cost me big time again.
Gates was a late entry on the inactive list at the weekend, leaving me no chance to bring in a replacement. As a result I had no points from him, and slipped to defeat by a 13 point margin.
It was only made worth by the fact the Chargers stormed it against the Titans, with Phillip Rivers throwing three TD passes to TE Dante Rosario. Talk about rubbing salt into the wound.
So while I look at moving upwards in one league with dreams of a 16-0 season, I am already fearful of an 0-16 season in my second league.
I have brought in Brandon LaFell from the Panthers at WR off waivers who has looked bright so far, but I need to decide which of Jordy Nelson, DeSean Jackson, and Steve Smith deserve dropping if I am to bring him in.
Each have scored well, but none of the three have scored a touchdown. If I take them out, its a guarantee. Help please...
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