Fantasy football: blowout amid two close matchups
The Tartan is back for the all-encompassing, ever-important recap of Weeks Six and Seven of fantasy football. In Week Six, contributing editor Lula Beresford had a decisive win over my floundering team to move above .500, publisher Jade Crockem beat staffwriter Josh Andah to notch her first win since Week One, and editor-in-chief India Price fell to sports editor Ian Tanaya.
Now we’ve completed Week Seven. I was surprised to learn that I scored the least points in a 30-point blowout, which is the reason why I am once again presenting the week’s highs and lows. Here they are:
Team Andah over Third-String Team 115.7–85.5
The last time I scored the least points was also in a matchup against Team Andah. At least this time I didn’t lose by over 75 points. Team Andah was bolstered by strong weeks from several players, including 20-point performances from Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans, and Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin. Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown had 16.5 points, and Philadelphia Eagles tide end Zach Ertz added 19.9 points.
Though the reliable Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith scored 25.7 for my team, there wasn’t much else to smile about. I forgot to update my lineup to bench Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater, who was on his bye week, Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch scored a measly 0.9 points and is suspended for Week Eight, and my hometown team’s (Baltimore Ravens) defense let me down with just one point. At least my recent acquisition for Ravens running back Javorius Allen wasn’t a total loss.
Easy Breesy over Justin Tucker Must (not) Die 138.1–127.2
With his fifth win, Tanaya moves up to the top of the standings. Easily overcoming a minus-1 game from Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant, Tanaya’s team was stacked with great performances. His team’s namesake, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, ended with a respectable 19.1 points. Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy had 27.2 points. Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones also had a great week, totaling 24.9 points. The Jacksonville Jaguars defense also added 17 points to Easy Breesy’s total.
In her first loss since Week Three, Beresford had a good week but just couldn’t beat Easy Breesy. Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell had his third 30-carry game of October, amassing 22.2 points. Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed had a breakout game, adding 26.4 points to Beresford’s total. Her titular player, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker, also had a good week, kicking his way to 14 points. Despite this loss, I still believe Beresford’s team can go the distance to the postseason.
Yes We Cam over Drop it Like it’s Crock 115–109.5
After two consecutive losses, Price’s team returned to form with a win over Crockem’s. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton coughed up a rare bad performance, adding just 7.4 points to Yes We Cam’s total. However, several other players stepped up to the plate: Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill with 25.2 points, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry with 22.3 points, and the Steelers defense with 12 points.
Crockem’s team was the opposite, with a whopping 30-point performance from Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. Saints running back Mark Ingram had 21 points, while Saints kicker Wil Lutz added nine points. Crockem’s usual stable contributors, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had off weeks, both with sub-10 performances.
Coming up this week we have Team Andah facing off against Easy Breesy, Yes We Cam battling Justin Tucker Must (not) Die, and the two bottom barrel teams, Drop it Like it’s Crock and Third-String Team going at it. Even though Price’s team has a better record, I expect Beresford’s team to bounce back after this week’s loss and make it competitive. Unfortunately for Tanaya, Andah’s lineup is devoid of bye weeks (though his kicker is on injured reserve), so I wouldn’t bet a mortgage on Tanaya’s win. As for me and Crockem, we’re just along for the ride.