Hard to think that its been nearly two months since the last Fantasy Corner post. But fear not, I'm back, if only for just one more post this season.
This time around, I'd like to offer readers a chance to share their stories from their fantasy leagues this year, the good, the bad, and the ugly.
I want to hear your stories of Jackie Battle's 70 and a TD on Halloween giving you that last ditch win, of Darren McFadden's neverending Lisfranc injury sabotaging your season, of overcoming injuries to thrive, finding Victor Cruz among the waiver wire scraps, to giving up on CJ2K the very week he breaks out for 190 yards.
Please, share your stories, and give as much or as little detail you want. In the meantime, allow me to share my experiences in the three leagues I particpated in this year.
ESPN Public League
12 team head-to-head, 2 divisions, standard scoring, top two seeds from each division qualify for playoffs, two week playoff matchups
Easily the most volitile league I've been in this year. To set the scene, I had a fairly solid draft, starting off with Ray Rice, Darren McFadden, Roddy White, Miles Austin, Jermichael Finley, and Matt Schaub. Not to get too cocky, but I was happy with the results.
Then the season began. Week 8, the McFadden's bye, I lost 118-94 to fall to 1-6-1. I have the 4th highest scoring team in the league, but have had the most points scored against me in the league. The prognosis on McFadden (prior to the Lisfranc diagnosis) is that he's in a boot and will be a week or two away from playing. Week 9 I squeak out a 72-59 victory.
Week 10, Matt Schaub goes down with the same ailment. Done for the season. Still, I edge my opponent, 90-82. Notable pickups at this point are Brandon Lloyd and Javon Ringer. By Week 12, I'm now starting Jordy Nelson, CJ Spiller, and Brandon Lloyd on a regular basis, and riding a 4 week winning streak.
Week 13, my record is 5-6-1, pitting me 1/2 game behind the division leader and in 3rd place. Following Ray Rice's 204 outburst against the Browns, I hold on for a 99-92 win and snatch the division lead in the last week before the playoffs with a 6-6-1 record.
In my playoff matchup, Miles Austin's return was greatly appreciated, as I started Fitzpatrick, Rice, Spiller, Nelson, White, Austin, Finley, Green Bay's D, and Alex Henery in week 1 of the matchup, only swapping Fitzpatrick out for Dalton for week 2 of the matchup.
I've won the round 189-162 and will now play for the championship against the highest scoring team in the league, led by Drew Brees, LeSean McCoy, Mike Wallace, and Wes Welker. All of this following a 1-6-1 start. If there is one thing I'd like share with each of you, it is don't give up after a bad start, as my team's current 7 week winning streak shows, anything can happen.
Private Yahoo League
7 teams, Rotisserie Scoring, no playoffs, Week 16 finish, 10 bonus points for each 100 rush or rec yards, 300 & 400 pass yards.
This is my only cash league, and it turned out to be a bit of a laugher, as I currently hold a 213 point lead with just next week to go.
It wasn't always like this, however.
I didn't claim the lead until Week 6. The key draft picks for my team were: Adrian Peterson, Drew Brees, MJD, Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Bowe, and Fred Jackson.
After a slow start, I started to build my lead and offered #2 team in the league MJD, D. Bowe, and Marques Colston (whom I claimed off waivers after his injury) for Ray Rice. After a couple incarnations of the trade involving every combination of the three, he accepted in Week 8.
Slowly, my lead dwindled down to 14 points by Week 12. Then came news that Fred Jackson was out for the season and Peterson was going to miss a couple week with a high ankle sprain.
My Week 12 lineup was: Drew Brees, Victor Cruz, Brandon Marshall, Ray Rice, Beanie Wells, Jimmy Graham, Carson Palmer, Jason Hanson, and Baltimore. That week, I posted a league record 227 points (league is 2 years old) to put my lead back into the triple digits.
Its been smooth sailing since, and like I said, I'm running away with this league for the second consecutive year.
Private Yahoo League
12 teams, head-to-head, Week 15-16 playoffs
Not much to say about this league. I was the last undefeated team standing, lost 4 of 5 but regained the #1 seed entering the playoffs.
I overcame a devastating injury to Fred Jackson.
The most notable moment of the season for me was this weekend, after I had seen I held a slim 101.80 to 97.66 lead with only my defense yet to play (Baltimore). Just to be cautious, I benched my D to preserve the win, a move that was almost necessary, as the Ravens allowed a season high 34 points without recording a sack or turnover.
I would've won regardless, as Baltimore had -1 points, but the outcome was very nearly decided by Baltimore's inability to contain San Diego. As it stands, I'm moving on to the Championship round with Aaron Rodgers, Roddy White, and Beanie Wells leading the way.
Overall, it was another fun and exciting year of Fantasy Football.