Friday, November 21, 2014

Fantasy Premier League Week 12

Is everyone ready for more Premier League? The international break is over, and it’s time for more domestic footy. I’m testing out a new format, because with the old one, I’m going to just name the same players over and over again. Here we go, with my guide for week 12 of the Fantasy Premier League:

Injury News!

Everton’s Leighton Baines was declared out for 2 weeks a couple days ago with a hamstring injury. After further evaluation, the left-back is listed at 75% to play vs. the surprisingly good West Ham. When healthy, he’s a great fantasy player (that’s why he’s on around a quarter of all teams, including mine).

Manchester United revelation Angel Di Maria has become a focal point for many teams (owned by around 36%), especially those of United fans who are still in the “denial” stage of grief. His ankle injury for Argentina is a worry, but he’s listed at 75% to make the trip down to London to face Arsenal in their big clash.

Di Maria’s teammate David De Gea, the Spanish goalkeeper, is listed at 75% as he dislocated his finger. The 13.6% of owners who have him are hoping he locates it again.

Elsewhere in the Northwest of England, Daniel Sturridge is out for at least 6 weeks, meaning that Liverpool won’t get back their star forward until at least next year. He hasn’t played since August, so you can assume that the 8.1% of the people who still have the player, valued at £11.1, have either quit, or are just really, really bad at fantasy sports.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New England Patriots Sign LeGarrette Blount

Blount Brady High-Five
The New England Patriots have signed LeGarrette Blount to a 2 year deal, days after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Blount spent last season with the Pats, and rushed for a career high 7 touchdowns, gaining 772 yards on 153 carries. He finished 2nd on the team in carries and yards behind Stevan Ridley, whose injury this season led to the emergence of rookie Jonas Gray and a 200 yards, 4 TD game last week. Blount will be stealing some of those 37 carries. Shane Vereen is still the only Pats back you want to own in PPR.

Why I Hate Fantasy Football

I hate fantasy football because players always have their best weeks against me. 

I have faced the likes of Brian Quick, Shane Vereen and Shayne Graham when they score their season high points. This is a big reason I sit at 3-8, in last place and have given up the most points in the league!

Other fantasy football season highs I have faced:

Week 1 - Win: 81.38 - 76.78

Reason I won

  • My first two draft picks A.J. Green and Brandon Marshall each caught a touchdown and had 19.60 & 11.10 points respectively. Also Philadelphia DEF got me 18 points.

The Bad

Week 2 - Loss: 85.54 - 69.22

Reasons I lost

  • Aaron Rodgers threw for 346 yards, ran for 20 and threw 3 touchdown passes.
  • Robert Griffin III get me 3.72 points after dislocating his ankle and A.J. Green was held to 0 points as he leaves the game with a toe injury.
  • This is also where I realize how awful Toby Gerhart is as he got me a total of 17 yards.

The Bad

  • Robert Griffin dislocated his ankle
  • A.J. Green now has to deal with a lingering toe injury

Week 3 - Loss: 120.00 - 106.86

Reasons I lost

  • Andrew Luck 370 passing yards and 4 touchdowns (highest points of season) outscores Tom Brady 32-12.
  • Julio Jones has a monster game - 161 yards and 2 touchdowns. He only has 3 touchdowns on the year. (highest points of the year)

The Bad

  • Brandon Marshall held to 6 yards as he deals with ankle injury

Week 4 - Loss: 111.98 - 70.36

Reasons I lost

  • Brady gives me 2.36 points as the Patriots get blown out against the Chiefs.
  • This is the second straight week I face the QB facing the Jaguars - Philip Rivers throws for 377 yards and 3 touchdowns. (highest points of the year)
  • Randall Cobb goes off for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns. (highest points of the year)
  • Terrance Williams had 77 yards and 2 touchdowns - both season highs. (highest points of the year)

The Bad

  • I started Jeremy Kerley at my Flex position as he was coming off a 7 catch, 81 yard and 1 TD performance on 11 targets. Rex Ryan said he would be the focus of the offense against the Lions and finishes with 1 catch for 3 yards.

Week 5 - Loss: 111.86 - 88.70

Reasons I lost

  • Picked up Joe Flacco who was coming off a 327 yard and 3 touchdown performance the week before. He threw for 235 yards, no touchdowns and 1 interception.
  • Brian Quick who my opponent put in their lineup right before game time, goes off for 87 yards and 2 touchdowns. (highest points of the year)
  • Jay Cutler and Matt Forte combine for 477 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Week 6 - Win: 112.84 - 84.90

Reasons I won

  • Tom Brady comes to life for me and torches Buffalo for 361 yards and 4 touchdowns.
  • Torrey Smith scores 2 touchdowns
  • I trade Brandon Marshall for LeSean McCoy and Michael Crabtree
    • McCoy had 154 yards and Crabtree had 49 yards and a touchdown.

Week 7 - Loss: 124.02 - 83.64

Reasons I lost

  • Russell Wilson destroys me - 313 passing yards, 106 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns (highest points of the year)
  • Shane Vereen destroys me - 114 yards and 2 touchdowns (highest points of the year)
  • Le'Veon Bell destroys me - 145 yards and a touchdown

Week 8 - Win: 135.86 - 129.06

Reasons I won

  • Brady, Forte and Fitzgerald combine for 80 points
  • Fought off Arian Foster who scored 3 touchdowns and had 173 total yards. (highest points of the year)

Week 9 - Loss: 100.44 - 89.22

Reason I lost

The Bad

  • I started Tim Wright at TE as Bennett had a bye. Wright was coming off a 7 catch, 61 yard and a touchdown performance. He was held without a catch and a target.

Week 10 - Loss: 92.68 - 82.38

Reason I lost

  • Jordy Nelson puts up 152 yards and 2 touchdowns in the 1st half. Enough said. (highest points of the year)

The Bad

  • I started the Bengals defense against the Browns and got 2 points. I had the Bengals defense on the bench who put up 19. If you switch those around then I have a WIN.

Week 11 - Loss: 96.58 - 86.06

Reason I lost

  • Jamaal Charles goes off for 178 yards and 2 touchdowns against the defending Super Bowl Champs - his first 100 yard rushing game of the year.

The Bad

  • I started Cleveland's defense against the Texans and got 2 points. I had Green Bay's defense on the bench who put up 33 points against the Eagles. If you switch those around then I have a WIN.

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