How Our Fantasy Teams Performed

By Matt Brandon and Greg Buch
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!
Greg's Teamsphoto of journalist Greg Buch
Greg graduated from Gulf Coast State College with a degree in software and web development. He's the creator and 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 half as well in the playoffs as his fantasy teams have done.

Week 10 was like a breath of fresh air for my fantasy teams. I have four of them, two of which we follow in this blog, and this was the first time I can remember checking up on my teams after the Sunday afternoon games and seeing that the outcomes were already in the bag and there was no need to wait and see what would happen during the Sunday and Monday Night contests. This is also that time of year in the fantasy season when you tend to get a favorable tailwind, as there are always some owners who lose interest and stop setting their line-ups, which has an especially beneficial effect if you're playing one of them during the bye weeks. After Week 12 things won't be so easy since even a deadbeat owner can have decent players on his roster.

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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.

This week my team was nearly at full strength. Ahmad Bradshaw and Nick Novak were my only players on a bye week and many of my players had jaw-dropping match-ups so the only difficult decisions were who to play and who to leave on the bench. The win would not come easy however, as my opponent, Crazy Eights, despite sporting a record of just 4-5, had some talented players on his roster, such as DeMarco Murray, Russell Wilson, and Jimmy Graham. Even though Kicker was the only position where I needed immediate help I made a few moves on the waiver wire to replace injured or ineffective players. I replaced an injured Nick Foles with a soon-to-be-injured Carson Palmer (yeah, you don't want to be a fantasy QB on my team if you want to enjoy a long, healthy season!) and picked up the Eagles' kicker, Cody Parkey. I also upgraded a few positions, getting rid of players who were underperforming. Thus I swapped Branden Oliver out with Mark Ingram, replaced Zach Ertz with Larry Donnell, and dropped the Chiefs defense for the Lions. After two games with over 100 rushing yards, Oliver had been largely ineffective for fantasy owners the last 3 weeks, while Ingram on the other hand, with both Thomas and Robinson injured, was lighting up the fantasy scoreboard.

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