Chris Gingrich: Fantasy football is in full swing |

Chris Gingrich: Fantasy football is in full swing

Chris Gingrich/For the Craig Daily Press
Chris Gingrich

I didn’t go out all this year in fantasy football. I only have three teams this time around and not my usual eight or so. It’s a lot more manageable, and I would even say more fun having less teams. It seems like my focus is usually on one team every week. There’s always one team that rises above the rest and seems to shine brighter than all the others.

This week, it was my one ESPN team. This team just seems to have a superstar at every position, but I didn’t know that after the draft. I thought I had a well-balanced team, but I was by no means going to dominate the entire league.

The scoring in this league is slightly tweaked, so that our quarterbacks get half a point per completion plus a whole 6 points per touchdown throw. Receivers also get 1 point per catch while running backs get a point for every 5 yards rushed. It’s a very high scoring league, and I’ve scored over 190 points each of the first two weeks for a record of two wins and no losses.

Let’s start with quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Teddy Bridgewater. My quarterback play has been solid with Ryan at the helm. Ryan has averaged 42.5 points per contest this season. He’s right up there with the elite quarterbacks in terms of point production this season. I also have Teddy Bridgewater as Ryan’s backup and he’s looking mighty good this season. Bridgewater had 27 points in week one and 32 points in week two.

Running backs: Adrian Peterson, Jeremy Hill, Shane, Vereen, Ameer Abudullah, Tevin Coleman.

Adrian Peterson leads the pack here, but only put up 13 points in week one. He bounced back in week two and had a great game with 29 carries for 134 yards while also getting it done in the receiving end of the game with two receptions for 58 yards. Jeremy hill had a great week one with 24 points, but followed it up in week two with a stinker and only gained 2 points. Shane Vereen should’ve been in my lineup because he scored 26 points in week two, but I still won my matchup handily without him.

Wide Receivers: Jordan Matthews, Pierre Garcon, Eddie Royal, TY Hilton, Martavis Bryant

Jordan Matthews is turning out to be a fantasy stud this year, and I snagged him in the fourth round. Matthews has came up big in his first two games of the season scoring 30 in week one and 28 in week two. TY Hilton, although usually questionable with some sort of nagging injury, came up big in week one with seven catches for 88 yards and 24 fantasy points. I do have Martavis Bryant, who should break out this year despite his four game suspension. Eddie Royal was useful in week two with 15 points, but has not broke out like some suspected he would.

Tight Ends: Greg Olsen, Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Austin Seferian-Jenkins had a tremendous week one with 110 yards and two touchdowns. He wasn’t able to repeat that performance in week two and had just seven fantasy points. Greg Olsen looked alive in week two as he had six receptions for 70 yards and 20 fantasy points.

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