Fantasy football: turmoil matches eventful reality

The third week of the football season was quite eventful — both in real life, and in The Tartan’s fantasy football league. With some stunning performances from unexpected players, and several disappointments, we had both a blowout and a nail-biter. My team still has not managed to win a single game, living up to its name. I started the season confident, but now I’m contemplating if I should make it my goal to lose every single game in attempt to keep my dignity. Here are the highs and lows of this week of fantasy football.

Team Andah over Third-String Team 182.7–106.4

This week I faced off against staffwriter Josh Andah’s team, getting handed not only my third consecutive loss, but easily the worst one, getting blown out by a whopping 76.3 points. Maybe I need to start using Andah’s strategy, which is no strategy at all. Andah’s hands-off approach has proven effective. After lackluster performances last week from Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard, Andah’s commitment to them payed off, giving him 65.1 points between just the two of them. All of his roster performed well, earning him the most points by any team so far this season.

On the flip side, my team was hindered by an underwhelming week from many of my key players, including Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, who carried my team last week, and Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper, who has failed to live up to my expectations. But worst of all was a detrimental negative six points from the Baltimore Ravens defense, my hometown team. The blowout wasn’t as bad as it could have been with breakout weeks from wide receivers A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals and Brandin Cooks of the New England Patriots. I suppose there’s always next week.

Yes We Cam over Justin Tucker Must (not) Die 125.9–124.8

Getting her third victory to stay undefeated and at the top of the standings, Editor-in-Chief India Price won by 1.1 points, and needed fantastic performances across the board to pull past Contributing Editor Lula Beresford’s team. New York Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had his first great game of the season, with nine receptions, 79 yards, and two touchdowns, adding 28.9 points to Price’s total score. Despite throwing two interceptions, Giants quarterback Eli Manning still earned 22.6 points.

After losing in week one with the lowest league score, Beresford has become a real fantasy football threat, putting up a fight against the reigning champion. Her team was bolstered from 20+ point-performances from four players, including Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers with 24.8 points. However, her titular player underperformed, with one sole point. Beresford’s team is a force to be reckoned with when the roster plays to expectations, and it’s definitely one to watch out for.

Easy Breesy over Drop it like it’s Crock 134.5–114.2

This week, Sports Editor Ian Tanaya triumphed over Publisher Jade Crockem with consistent scores from several players. In a smart strategy, Tanaya replaced his starting running back from last week, DeMarco Murray of the Tennessee Titans, who scored a measly 3.8 points last week, with Chiefs rookie running back Kareem Hunt, who has been a breakout star in real life and in fantasy football. The only negative statistic in the box score was Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree in the flex position with 1.7 points. Many of Tanaya’s bench players put up better numbers, and I expect a roster shuffle next week.

Though this was the second loss in a row for Crockem, her team has some bright spots to give some hope for the rest of the season. Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson returned to form after his injury last week, scoring 23.2 points. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had the team’s best performance of the week with 13 catches, 149 yards, and a touchdown, totaling 33.9 points. If some of her other players, like Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten and Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi, can rebound next week, Crockem has a chance to salvage the season.