How We Fared With Our Teams in NFL Week Seven

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This is a blog we started back in Week 5 of the season, as we thought it would be fun to illustrate to fans of our site the trials and tribulations we go through with our own fantasy teams. Yes, just like you, we play fantasy football ourselves and have about 30 years of experience between the two of us. If you'd like to experience first-hand how our seasons have unfolded just start with Week 5 on our webpage and go from there. Hopefully, you'll learn from our mistakes and our successes! Since Matt is on vacation, you'll have to tune in next week to see how his teams have been doing.
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Greg graduated from Gulf Coast State College with a degree in software and web development. He's the creator and web developer of this site and has played in many fantasy football leagues over the last 15 years. He's been a life-long Cincinnati Bengals fan and wishes the team performed as well in the playoffs as his fantasy teams.

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I've got four fantasy teams this year but decided to focus on my best and my worst team to provide a microcosm of the trials and tribulations I've gone through this year. If you read our Week 5 blog, you know my Bengalized team plays in a standard IDP league that has a crazy, inflated point system that often results in teams scoring as many as 300 or 400 points a game.

My opponent this week, TitanUp, entered the game with just a 3-3 record but I was still nervous about the outcome, since he had talented starters like Demaryius and Julius Thomas, Matt Ryan, and Calvin Johnson. I knew I had my work cut out for me, so set to work on the waiver wire. Sadly, I lost the services of one of my stud receivers for the rest of the season, as Victor Cruz tore his patellar tendon last week. I put in claims for Jordan Cameron and Shane Vereen, who amazingly enough was available on waivers and should now be a work-horse back with Stevan Ridley gone. Lucky for me, the only other owner who put in a claim (I've got the lowest waiver priority since I lead the league) picked up Patrick Peterson, so I was able to get both players. Along with Cruz, I bid adieu to Matt Asiata, who served my team faithfully but is now relegated to the bench, where the plodding back deservedly belongs. Finally, I decided I didn't care much for the match-up my Chargers DST had, going up against a conservative Chiefs offense that doesn't commit many turnovers, and picked up a Browns defense that faced the hapless Jaguars. I saw that another player dropped C.J. Spiller and immediately put in a claim. While he's been a disappointment thus far, there's no denying his talent, so I felt the move could pay dividends later. Unfortunately, my team is so stacked with talent, it meant sacrificing Antonio Gates, a move I've come to regret now that Spiller's out for the year.

Setting my line-up was no easy task. Quarterback and WR was easy: Nick Foles had a bye so it was a no-brainer to start Drew Brees, even though he had a tough match-up against the Lions, and Vincent Jackson had a bye, which left exactly two receivers at my disposal. But I had a cornucopia of good running backs with great match-ups, so who to start? I ended up going with Justin Forsett, who was facing the Falcons miserable run defense, and Branden Oliver, who had a tough match-up but had been nearly invincible lately. Vereen had what looked like a tough match-up against the Jets and Spiller was strictly in "show-me mode". That left Ahmad Bradshaw, who's been rock solid this year and had a compelling match-up against a Bengals team that's been allowing almost 5 yards a carry. Sadly, I decided to roll with the hot hand and sat him in favor of Oliver.

While I made some terrible line-up decisions at running back, my opponent made even worse decisions, failing to bench several players that didn't suit up. I thanked my lucky stars that Megatron never made it onto the field and was pleased to see both his starting IDP players, Derrick Johnson and DeAngelo Hall, stay active when game time rolled around (both are on IR). Fortunately, the moves I made didn't kill me. Brees had a nice game in spite of the fierce Detroit pass rush, with 342 passing yards, 2 TDs and just 1 INT, and both of my WRs, Nelson and Benjamin, put up decent performances. The top score on my team this week though came from an unlikely source: Paul "Poz" Pozluszny put up 33 points with 5 tackles, 7 assists, a sack, and a fumble recovery. He's a true warrior and is now out for the year with a torn pectoral muscle, so his services will be sorely missed.

TitanUp got a pair of nice performances from Matt Ryan and Demaryius Thomas, who absolutely tore up the Niners vaunted defense, with 171 yards and 2 TDs, but the inactive players cost him dearly. Final score: Bengalized 258.00 TitanUp 201.64. Next up: the 6-1 Manziel Hustle in a battle for first place in the league. Stay tuned!

The Fighting Aardvarks
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As you'll recall if you read the column last week, my Fighting Aardvarks play in an auction league that assigns more points for rushing TDs than passing scores but otherwise uses a pretty standard scoring system.

My Swamp Pigs were feeling pretty high and mighty: winners of two in a row and now sporting a respectable 3-3 record. But all that was about to go to hell in a hand basket, as up next was the dreaded One Man Wolf Pack, the alpha dog in my league who's yet to lose a game or even be tested.

Sensing the utter futility of the hopeless task that lay before me, I did what any creature would do that spends it's life hiding from predators by digging a burrow in the mud, and made a series of aimless, haphazard moves on the waiver wire, hoping it would throw off my rather piquant scent. I added Kirk Cousins and dropped Eli Manning. Then I dropped Cousins and picked up Carson Palmer. I dropped the injured Victor Cruz and picked up Brandon Bolden, then when seeing Thursday night that the Hooded One - he who's known for his changing whims - didn't deign to play Bolden, dropped the latter like a warm pile of dung and added Lorenzo Taliaferro. Now none of this may make sense to a creature possessed with a sizeable cerebellum, but somewhere in the dank, dark recesses of my primeval rodent brain, it made as much sense to me as the urge to eat grubs, roll around luxuriously in the mud, and scratch myself while marking my territory. Somehow in the process, I managed to make a few moves that were fairly rational, like replacing the Chargers defense with the Cardinals (who were playing the Raiders after all) and swapping out Niles Paul for Jermaine "Butterfingers" Gresham. Lastly, with a sudden influx of prescience that's not usually endemic in a pea-brained creature like an aardvark, I made a last-minute move and replaced the Italian Stallion, Taliaferro, with Tre Mason, a move which turned out to be a stroke of pure swamp pig je ne sais quoi.

Alas, all this scurrying about on the waiver wire amounted to a whole lot of nada, as Sammy Watkins was the only player on my team who bothered to show up on Sunday. Watkins trampled the hapless Vikes for 122 yards and 2 TDs, which nearly equalled the output of the rest of my miserable team put together. Once again, I left the best performances on my bench. Both Trent Richardson and my new toy, Tre Mason, outproduced starters Ben Tate and Justin Forsett, while Carson Palmer threw for 253 yards and 2 TDs from my bench and Torrey Smith easily outplayed The Invisible Sanu, who I was so sure would put up 100 yards and a TD in a high-scoring game (well, it was high-scoring, just not on the part of my Ben-gals).

I had the fruits of victory firmly in my furry, pouched jaws but felt them slowly turn into mush as the clock wound down on Sunday's afternoon games. In the end, the better team prevailed, but I can take solace in the fact that a mangy, lowly road kill varmint was able to make the top dog in the league sweat silver bullets. Final Score: One Man Wolf Pack 90.76 Fighting Swamp Pigs 83 and almost a half. Next up is the 4-3 Green Solution, which I'm hoping is the solution to getting back to .500.