Chris Gingrich: Recapping NFL fantasy season
December 31, 2008
Instead of giving you the lowdown on who’s hot on the waiver wire in fantasy basketball this week, I’m going to give you a rundown of how my fantasy football teams did this year. I’m not trying to brag or boast; I’m just going to give an honest opinion on how this fantasy football season went and what I can do better next year.
Let’s start with two of my Yahoo teams, and then I’ll get into my ESPN team, which swept through the playoffs. I drafted four teams in July and August, and I honestly thought they all had a good chance to make it to the playoffs.
OK, my first team, Ohh..Word, came in fourth place overall after everything was said and done. With this team, I really had to work with my wide receiver corps by adding players like Kevin Walter and Lance Moore off the waiver wire to compliment Larry Fitzgerald’s freakish talent. My running backs were fun to watch with this team because I had Brian Westbrook and Deangelo Williams. Westbrook was outperformed by Williams, which was a shocker to me, considering Williams had to share the ball with rookie Jonathon Stewart. I was definitely impressed with Aaron Rodgers’ performance this year (28 TD’s, 4,038 yards, and four rushing TD’s), and I will be sure to keep him in mind for next year.
My third-place team, Blasphemy Part 2, going 6-8 was a surprise foray into the playoffs for me because this team was in sixth place most of the year until the week before the playoffs, when I secured the fourth seed. This team was more balanced than anything. With Drew Brees throwing for more than 5,000 yards and 34 touchdowns, he definitely was the leader of the team in terms of points. I’m pretty sure I could have traded Drew Brees for a running back like “All Day” Adrian Peterson, but Ryan Grant and Brian Westbrook were enough for me to sustain a decent playoff run.
I don’t know what it is about ESPN teams, but I seem to do better with them in fantasy football. I can’t mention the name of team, but I’ll just say it’s funny. This team had it all. Quarterback Donovan McNabb manned the helm for me here and put up a respectable 21 touchdowns and 3,700 yards passing, while my running backs were stacked with Steven Jackson, Tim Hightower, Ryan Grant, rookie Chris Johnson and sleeper Pierre Thomas. Andre Johnson, Vincent Jackson and Tony Gonzalez came up big for me in the receiving corps as well, so much props to them for a great year. Every week, it seemed like I was putting up 150 points or more en route to the league title and a 14-3 record.
Well, I hope everyone had a great four months of fantasy football action, but most of all, I hope everyone had fun – that’s why we play fantasy sports. See you all next week with some fantasy basketball action.
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Craig resident and Fantasy Fix columnist Chris Gingrich can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.