I love fantasy football. I love it even more now that my team is 10-0. Last week was no different than the first ten weeks of the season, as I cruised to a 335-310 victory. As I wrote about in a previous post, I am guilty of overthinking at times. Last week was no different as I left many points on the bench. I actually didn’t start Jeremy Langford and Micheal Floyd (just under 100 points in my league). That would have marked the third time this season going over 400 points for a weekly total. I have to be on my game this week. My opponent this week stands in second place in the league, and I must get past his team if I want to finish the regular season undefeated. I know, I know, it really doesn’t count until the playoffs start, but I have never gone undefeated for an entire season in the 20+ years of playing fantasy. Not even close. Just like some of my misses in last weeks seat ’em and street ’em picks, writing about fantasy sports is an inexact science. I missed badly on Johnny Manziel, Charcandrick West and Travis Benjamin last week, just as I missed on two of my own players. As a fantasy prognosticator, I have to have the same mentality as a starting NFL cornerback. I have to have a VERY short memory, forget about the bad plays, and jump back into the fray with enthusiasm. I know my next pick six is that much closer to becoming a reality.
Normally, I just post the players I like and don’t like each week with my seat ’em and street ’em picks, but I must take a moment and share a few words about the much anticipated return of Tony Romo this week. As a lifelong Cowboys fan, this season has been almost as painful to watch as the ’89 1-15 season. It was Jimmy Johnson’s and Troy Aikman’s first year with Dallas, after Jerry Jones bought the team and unceremoniously fired Tom Landry. A rookie owner, a rookie coach and a rookie QB was a recipe for agony that year. I honestly questioned my sanity after watching every minute of all 16 games that year. Since Romo went down in week 2, I have watched every minute of every game since, and those sanity questions have started to surface again after the Tampa Bay loss. Wait Cowboys fans! Here comes Tony riding in on his white horse to save the day. In the words of Lee Corso, not so fast my friends. Will Romo give the Cowboys a better shot at winning? Absolutely. Will he show his Pro Bowl form that has made him a fantasy favorite the past few years? I think not. Do I hope that I am wrong with this prediction? No doubt about it. I leave my fellow Cowboy fans with two words, or names if you will. Ben. Rothlesberger. If you recall, Big Ben was quite rusty in his return to the Steelers, after several weeks nursing a bad knee courtesy of the St. Louis Rams D. With that being said, I see Romo coming back, spending the majority of the Miami game shaking off the rust that comes with being sidelined for the past eight weeks. Time will tell if he can rally the troops and end the seven game losing streak.
Here are my seat ’em and street ’em picks for week 11.
Seat ’em Street ’em
Matt Ryan Joe Flacco
Tom Brady TJ Yates
Cam Newton Andy Dalton
Sleepers: Derek Carr, Teddy Bridgewater, Carson Palmer, Tyrod Taylor
Todd Gurley Justin Forsett
Charcandrick West Chris Ivory
Marshawn Lynch Frank Gore
Sleepers: Devonta Freeman, Adrian Peterson, LaGarrette Blount, DeMarco Murray
Julio Jones Alshon Jeffery
Mike Evans Randall Cobb
Larry Fitzgerald DeAndre Hopkins
Sleepers: Dez Bryant, Jordan Mathews, Tavon Austin, Micheal Crabtree
Travis Kelse Martellus Bennett
Jacob Tamme Crockett Gilmore
Greg Olsen Jordan Reed
Sleepers: Jimmy Graham, Jason Witten, Rob Gronkowski, Kyle Rudolph
Houston Tampa Bay
Sleepers: Atlanta, New York Jets, Minnesota
DFS news this week relates to perhaps a motive behind New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman’s crusade against DraftKings and Fanduel. Seems as though some of donors don’t want DFS in New York state. Word has it that pro sports leagues are also a target in a class action lawsuit filed against DraftKings and FanDuel, making them codefendants. As always, this situation is fluid and I am sure there will be more to report next week.
Here are some DFS stacks I like for this weekends action:
I hope everyone has a great weekend! I always wish many points and few injuries to all my fellow fantasy owners. Until next time…