Fantasy Fallout: Playoffs – Round 1

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Fantasy Football Expert

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I lack the words to describe how happy I am that this weekend of football is over. Don’t get me wrong. I loved watching all the snow games. It was great for real football. My fantasy teams took a beating though. It was really ugly. If it hadn’t been for earing byes in two leagues through stellar regular season performances, I would be completely down and out right now. As it is, I went 1-2 on the weekend and hope is still alive in three leagues. This is how it played out.

My keeper league team dropped like Kardashians at a hoedown. After finishing the regular season on a two-game losing streak and falling from first to third, my boys didn’t bother showing up for the opening round. The matchup was completely over by the time Romo took the field last night. So his 20.53 did little to help and I lost by over 34 points. AJ Green did his job with 12.30 points but there wasn’t another player on my offense that topped nine points, and only one of my IDPs hit the eight-point mark. It was a pitiful end.

In the Biggy League, which is a 14-team redraft league, I also ended the season on a two-game losing streak and limped into the final playoff spot. In the opening round, I lost by 30 points and it really wasn’t even that close. Unfortunately, this is one of the leagues where Matthew Stafford is my QB. He only managed a few points playing in the Philly blizzard, but he would have needed to score 40 points for me to overcome the numbers my opponent put up. So I’m out of that league and will probably retire from it.

My only bright spot of the weekend was winning in the Lounge League. This is a 14-team redraft league that feeds into our big 16-team keeper. Despite finishing the season on a three-game losing streak, I earned a playoff spot. Then in a stunning turn of events, I upset the No. 2 team in the league by 42.73 points. My team is riddled with holes due to injury and now I face the No. 1 seed. However, if the stars continue to align for this team, I could have Aaron Rodgers returning to face that horrible Cowboys’ D.

So that’s how my weekend shook out. I’m entering the second round with my Money League, Dynasty and Lounge teams all still in the hunt for a championship. Hopefully the weather will be better suited for the guys on my fantasy teams to succeed this weekend.

Here is a look at the guys who went boom and bust in the opening round of the fantasy playoffs.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS

Josh McCown became the latest QB to victimize the Dallas Cowboys. I’m not sure how many owners were playing McCown this weekend. Chances are quite a few had turned to him due to injury. Those lucky few probably pulled a come from behind upset on Monday night after McCown just straight lit up the worst defense in the league. This could prove to be McCown’s swan song if Cutler returns next week. So I hope you enjoyed a victory. All Aaron Rodgers/Matt Flynn owners should be drooling right now.

Karlos Dansby continued his push for defensive player of the year. That should be a legitimate consideration in the NFL right now, not just in the world of fantasy football. Arizona is looking more and more like a team that may sneak into the playoffs as a Wild Card. For fantasy owners, that means you should continue riding Dansby and his teammates as they go all out over the next few weeks. The loss of Honey Badger should put more pressure on the rest of the defense to perform as well.

Playoff Round 1 MVP Team

Player – Team – POS

Fantasy Points

% Owned

Josh McCown – CHI – QB

41.77

41%

Andrew Luck – IND – QB

34.28

94%

Marques Colston – NO – WR

22.58

91%

Cordarrelle Patterson – MIN – WR

20.75

26%

Josh Gordon – CLE – WR

20.08

96%

Lesean McCoy – PHI – RB

26.98

100%

Jamaal Charles – KC – RB

23.10

100%

Shane Vereen – NE – RB

19.80

77%

Matt Forte – CHI – RB

19.42

100%

Charles Clay – MIA – TE

20.22

68%

Jimmy Graham – NO – TE

17.37

100%

Player – Team – POS

Fantasy Points

% Owned

Troy Polamalu – PIT – S

13.63

11%

Antoine Bethea – IND – S

13.50

13%

James Ihedigbo – BAL – S

12.50

8%

Quintin Demps – KC – S

12.10

8%

Karlos Dansby – ARI – LB

20.77

89%

Lavonte David – TB – LB

20.40

75%

Sean Weatherspoon – ATL – LB

17.87

5%

Paul Worrilow – ATL – LB

13.50

22%

John Abraham – ARI – LB,DE

17.50

14%

Cameron Heyward – PIT – DE

11.50

2%

Justin Tuck – NYG – DE

11.50

7%


MISSING IN ACTION

Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson were literally buried in the snow this weekend. They combined for less than nine points. That’s usually half a drive for this duo. These two are the core of my money league team. So I was thrilled to have an opening round bye. Things should be much cozier next Monday night when this dynamic duo gets to play at home against Baltimore. They should rebound nicely.

Patrick Peterson continues to let down more fantasy owners than anyone has a right to. Performances like this have been the norm all year. So I have no explanation as to why he is owned in more leagues than any other DB except Barry Church. Here are the rest of the guys who sucked this weekend.

Playoff Round 1 MIA Team

Player – Team – POS

Fantasy Points

% Owned

Matthew Stafford – DET  – QB

4.63

99%

Russell Wilson – SEA – QB

9.11

97%

Calvin Johnson – DET – WR

4.02

100%

Victor Cruz – NYG – WR

4.05

99%

Torrey Smith – BAL – WR

2.98

98%

Adrian Peterson – MIN – RB

1.38

100%

Alfred Morris – WAS – RB

2.07

99%

CJ Spiller – BUF – RB

3.45

94%

Fred Jackson – BUF – RB

4.53

89%

Antonio Gates – SD – TE

4.33

95%

Greg Olsen – CAR – TE

4.67

95%

Player – Team – POS

Fantasy Points

% Owned

Patrick Peterson – ARI – CB

0.90

65%

Earl Thomas – SEA – S

4.50

52%

Eric Weddle – KC – S

4.00

52%

Devin McCourty – NE – CB,S

2.50

48%

Kiko Alonso – BUF – LB

5.50

78%

Daryl Smith – BAL – LB

6.00

62%

James Laurinaitis – STL – LB

4.50

59%

DeAndre Levy – DET – LB

4.00

59%

JJ Watt – HOU – DE

4.00

83%

Robert Quinn – STL – DE

2.50

47%

Chandler Jones – NE – DE

3.50

40%


PLAYOFFS ROUND 2

If you are still in title contention there are a few key match ups of note this weekend. I don’t know what path your road to the finals runs, but mine has more than a couple speed bumps.

It will be an extremely long weekend for me in the Money League. My opponent has Peyton Manning and Julius Thomas. So I will be playing from behind all weekend. My big two is Stafford and Megatron who plan on Monday night. So this is going to be a long five-day match up to see who advances. I like my chances, but I haven’t forgotten this team beat me by almost 70 points on opening weekend when Peyton went bat crap crazy for seven TDs in route to a 53-plus point performance. Manning plays at home against San Diego who he lit up for 330 yards and four TDs the last time they played. This is bound to be rough.

Like a ton of other owners, I’ll be anxiously awaiting news from Green Bay regarding whether or not Aaron Rodgers will play against the Cowboys this weekend. Whether Rodgers plays and you have him, or Rodgers sits again and you have Matt Flynn, you simply have to play any offensive Packer against the Cowboys. We could go on for days talking about how bad this defense is. Or we could simply listen to Jerry Jones explain how they need to be more aggressive, blitz more and take guys out of the secondary that has been unable to stop anyone. Um, yeah Jerry, even Monte Kiffen knows that is a bad idea.

One of the few things Dallas did right this week was run the ball all over the Bears’ worst in the league run defense. There is good news for Bears fans though. They play the Browns this week and the Browns have no running game. Either Willis McGahee will have a flash back game this weekend or the Browns will throw the ball a lot. That is where the bad news comes in for the Bears. Josh Gordon is a straight up man-child who has run rampant through the league the last few weeks. With no Charles Tillman to slow him down, Gordon should be in line for a huge day against the Bears.

OK friends, I could go on telling you things you should know by now, but I won’t.

Instead, I’ll simply wish you luck.

Go forth and prosper.

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