PSA: Fantasy Football Perspective 2014 Playoffs gif
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Fantasy Football
Just wanted to remind everyone to keep their heads up. If you didn't know already, you should know now...this is a game of probabilities. You can set yourself up the best you can, and THAT'S IT! Everything else is not in your control. Don't beat yourselves up if you lost. This week, more than any that I can remember, is proof of that. (Peyton, DT, Sanders, Gordon, Cutler, Bennett, Cam, Graham, etc). These things happen.
This game is suppose to be fun. Don't let your final weeks(win or lose) determine how you feel about the whole season. Remember the journey. Remember all the good times and the bad. It's hard right now, but keep perspective.
And for those of us still in it, Don't let a bad week like this scare you off. Stick with what got you here to this point. Good luck to you all.
Yes I had several members of the all-disappointment team this week:
Demaryius Thomas, Josh Gordon, Kenny Stills, and LeSean McCoy all had terrible games.
My opponent did me in with Odell Beckham Jr, CJ Anderson, and the Rams Defense.
I am humbled.
Week 15 was also bad.
Best QBs were Eli Manning and Alex Smith.
Best players were Odell Beckham, Jeremy Hill, Knile Davis.
Buffalo D and Kansas City D were great.
Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, Megatron, Julio Jones, LeSean, Jamaal, Josh Gordon all underperformed.
Lots of fun stories here:
Gronk and Leveon Bell are common to many championship teams this year.
LeSean McCoy was my big bust this year.
Ugh, Andrew Luck week 16.
The week 16 all bust all stars:
Joyce destroyed me in Panda Bowl II, 107-73.
The difference was Tony Romo getting 34 points and Andrew Luck getting -1.
I have to say that yesterday might have been my most unhappy day as a football fan. Niners, Bears, my fantasy team... if there was someone I cared about, they melted into a big puddle of their own fail this week. Even the Browns let their lead trickle away to a team led by Andrew Luck playing as poorly as I've probably ever seen him.
I guess every team is eventually disappointed except the ones who win the Super Bowl, but especially with the 49ers the issue hasn't even just been losses. Everyone can feel OK about games where your team plays great but loses in the finals by one bit of luck... which was the case with the Niners for the rest of the Harbaugh era. What kills you is when your team seems packed with talent... and yet EVERYONE MYSTERIOUSLY SUCKS.
OK thanks for letting me vent. Off I go to the loser's playoff bracket now...
1) Odell Beckham Jr, WR, Giants - And the award for the 2014 Postseason MVP goes to (drum roll, please) Odell BeckhamJr. Averaging 26 points over the final three-game stretch, Beckham’s competitor was Dez Bryant, with 17. In four of my five leagues, the owner holding the trophy has Odell Beckham on their roster (including myself). Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize Dez Bryant, Alshon Jeffery, Antonio Brown, Randall Cobb, Calvin Johnson, and even Marques Colston. Each of these guys deserves high praise for rock steady point production in the playoffs.
2) LeVeon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh - Had LeVeon Bell not dropped a 13 in the title game, he would have been the easy choice for MVP. However, with a 41.5 and 23.9 the two weeks prior, odds are Bell is the reason you’re playing in Week 16. DeMarco Murry also had a yeoman's effort on Sunday after playing through the obvious pain of a broken hand. Despite playing with one arm, Murray still delivered a courageous 11 fantasy points.
3) Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks - While Beckham tore up the entire postseason, my Week 16 MVP goes to Marshawn Lynch. In what was supposed to be a brutal matchup in Arizona, Lynch went Beast Mode for a league best 23.3 fantasy points. I know of countless leagues won on his signature run. Credit is also due to a number of first round running backs who lived up to their billing. Finishing inside the top ten in postseason scoring we find Eddie Lacy, Matt Forte and Arian Foster. Running backs are still the foundation to a fantasy title
4) Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks - Remember the preseason, when everyone was saying “Russell Wilson can’t score. He plays in a run-based offense, behind a mediocre line, opposite a stout defense"? 846 rushing yards and six touchdowns later Wilson has finished 6th in fantasy scoring on the season. He saved his best for last, exploding in Weeks 14-16 producing 28.6 fantasy points, including a championship week best 39.75 points! BOOM.
5) Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys - Odds are if you limped into the playoffs starting Matt Ryan, Tony Romo or Eli Manning, the future was bleak. Struggling for most the season, each of these veteran signal callers looked more like a fading QB2, than a title contender. All they did was deliver elite level production finishing 2nd, 3rd and 5th in playoff fantasy scoring. The common bond; each has a stud WR1, a solid WR2, plays opposite a sub-par defense, while having a plus schedule (although Eli vs. St. Louis was unexpected). While Ryan produced a respectable 20 points on Sunday, if you started Manning or Romo, wear your ring proudly.
6) Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers - Preceded only by Shannon Sharpe and Tony Gonzalez (with much love to Mike Ditka andKellen Winslow Sr.), Antonio Gates is amongst the forefathers of the tight end revolution. At the twilight of his career, when everyone said he was washed up and injury prone, Gates continues to show why he has a place reserved in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Finishing fourth in fantasy scoring on the year, Gates delivered a game for the ages Saturday night. When the smoke cleared, Gates had rewarded fantasy owners with an astounding 21 fantasy points. Amongst the greatest to ever put on a pair of cleats.
6) Joique Bell, RB, Lions - Although we are more than satisfied when elite players produce, it’s the outliers who show up late and elevate our team from good, to league champion . Winning the Postseason Sleeper Award is Joique Bell (although a big game from C.J. Anderson on Monday night could sway the vote). After a tumultuous season in which he finished 16th in RB production, Bell had three RB1 performances averaging 16.7 fantasy points per game, good for 5th place. Jonathan Stewart and Matt Asiata are two other names who jump off the list. After being liberated from their team’s committee, both rewarded fantasy owners ballsy enough to start them with top-eight production. Put them in your draft plan.
7) Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos - Just as the fringe players can elevate our team to championship status, many of the players who are plug-and-play can leave us standing at the alter. With just over six points per game in the postseason,Emmanuel Sanders has become the poster child for lost dreams. As the Broncos offense downshifted into run mode, Denver’s pass-catchers have taken a nose dive in production. Honorable mentions include; Isaiah Crowell, Tre Mason, Alfred Morris, Mike Evans, and Brandon Marshall
8) Justin Forsett, RB, Ravens - Busting out of a crowded Ravens backfield, journeyman Justin Forsett took the league by storm finishing 7th in RB scoring, the leader in the clubhouse for “Waiver Add of the Year” (or whatever you want to call it). Considered a locked-and-loaded RB1 entering the postseason, Forsett produced a total of 20.9 points through the final three weeks of the season, capped off by a season low 3.2 points on Sunday. Owners looking for answers can look no further than the coaching staff, and their blindness to think Joe Flacco is a gunslinger. In the final three games, Forsett averaged 13 carries. In the previous seven, he had averaged 20+. You do the math.
9) Peyton Manning, QB, Broncos - In reality, we could lump all the games current “elite” quarterbacks under this heading. While Drew Brees finished an acceptable 8th in the postseason, his numbers are grossly elevated after roasting the Bears pathetic pass defense for 31 fantasy points in Week 15. That doesn’t excuse a 15 point game in round one, and a 17 in the title game facing the league’s worst pass defense. Aaron Rodgers had back-to-back clunkers including a 10-point performance against the lowly Bills in Week 15. I personally didn’t survive. Tom Brady was holding his own after ripping of a solid 23 points in the opening two rounds. He then delivered a season crushing 13 points against the burnable Jets pass defense. With that said, hands down the award for Biggest Bust of the 2014 playoffs is owned by Peyton Manning (even if he rips a 40-burger on Cincy Monday Night). Averging 11.5 fantasy points over the past two weeks, I am willing to venture there are only a miniscule number of teams still playing that have Manning in their lineup. The Peyton Manning era looks to be coming to a close.
10) Andrew Luck, QB, Colts - And the unanimous decision for Postseason Bust of the Year goes to none other than Andrew Luck. Entering Week 14, Luck owners were riding high atop the No. 1 scoring player in fantasy football. Many who thought they’d dodged a bullet in Week 15 (18 points), were hit with a cannon ball on Sunday. Producing a league low 3.5 fantasy points, the Colts offensive line were overrun by a Cowboys defense who brought a gun to a knife fight. Combined with timely drops and minus T.Y. Hilton, Luck spent most of the second half watching from the sidelines, the knockout blow to countless fantasy teams.
Similar analysis at walterfootball.com and by Dave Richard and Jamey Eisenberg at CBS Sports.
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