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Chris Gingrich: Fantasy football nears its end

Chris Gingrich

The fantasy football season is nearly over, with week 17 looming for some people who made it to the final championship round game. Some leagues go 16 weeks and some go 17 — mine went 16 in one league and is going into week 17 in another.

My season was going strong until it was ended this past weekend with a huge loss in the championship round. This is the team that was graded a D by Yahoo after I finished my draft. This team did lose Jamaal Charles Carlos Hyde, and Julian Edelman to injuries, but still trudged on and on with Carson Palmer at the helm.

Speaking of Palmer, he was great for a late round flier that he was taken for in most fantasy drafts. He spread the ball around Arizona and lit up the fantasy scoreboard several times with huge games.

After losing Jamaal Charles in week five, I got all I could out of his backup Charcandrick West but still needed more in the running back department. I found Doug Martin on the waiver wire around the same time and he proved to be a key piece to my run to the final round.

I was also just unbelievably lucky to have three great wide receivers, a top notch tight end Gary Barnidge and a superb kicker with Steven Hauschka. Julian Edelman, Amari Cooper and AJ Green were all nice picks this year, and I never knew they would come through so big for me. Another notable from the receiving corps, Doug Baldwin, who came on later in the season with 12 touchdowns over a 7 game span from week 10 to 16.

He’s probably going to be over drafted and overrated going into next season.

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The other team I have was not so fortunate this year. They started out strong, but ended up losing five games in a row in the middle of season and dropping them down to the consolation bracket of the playoffs.

This team really had a shot when the season started off as they went 6 and 0 with nary a sign of weakness. Then, it just imploded and nothing seemed to go right from there on out.

Even with a five game losing streak, this team still had it’s share of good players and big plays. Adrian Peterson, Martavis Bryant, Gary Barnidge, Matt Ryan and running back David Johnson.

It always seemed like Adrian Peterson was posting another 100-yard game and then some. He tallied seven games over 100 yards through 16 weeks and most of the time he was well over the 100 yard mark. He even managed to gain 203 yards rushing in week 10 against Oakland.

The receivers weren’t too shabby either with Martavis Bryant and TY Hilton combining for five games over 100 yards. Gary Barnidge chipped in with a bunch of good games where he was either catching a lot or finding the end zone a lot.

Matt Ryan also had a decent year for this team, but I don’t think I’ll be going that route with my quarterback next year.

That’s probably it for fantasy football this year, so next week I’ll be back with some basketball.

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