#FLEX League Recap: How Quickly Things Can Change
By Jake Ciely
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How the mighty have fallen. It was just a few short weeks ago that Eric Mack (@EricMackFantasy) was unbeaten, and now, he sits at 6-4 suffering a loss at the hands of yours truly. Sure, Demaryius Thomas and Golden Tate combined for nearly half of my points, and Victor Cruz, James Jones, Wes Welker and Ray Rice combined for less than Thomas did alone, but it still stings I imagine. I say "imagine" because that win only brought me to 4-6, and I wish I knew the feeling of being above .500 in this league. Thanks again Trent Richardson and David Wilson! Have I mentioned how bitter I am in regards to them?
Jamey Eisenberg (@JameyEisenberg) and David Gonos (@davidgonos) just keep rolling along, now both 9-1 with nine straight wins each! Matt Schauf (@SchaufDS) got back on the winning track and is tied with Mack for second at 6-4. Both Scott Pianowski (@scott_pianowski) and John Halpin (@jhalpin37) sit at 5-5, although Scott has lost two straight, and Halpin has won two in a row. That Aaron Rodgers injury (which cost me a win last week) hurts even more now, as I'd be tied with those 5-5 teams instead of sitting with Nando Di Fino (@nandocbs) at 4-6.
If you haven't noticed, I am the only owner involved in both of the trades this league saw. Let that be a lesson. Most owners are, in fact, willing to trade. They are just lazy! It's not that they don't care, it's that most owners don't have (or want to take) the time to examine all of the rosters while looking for potential deals. So, be the one who throws out the offers. You'll be surprised what you can swing.
Time to check in with the owners.
Matt Schauf (@SchaufDS) (#FLEX League Top Scorer)
1. You were the only team to top 130 points and are firmly in the playoff hunt at 6-4. Do you think your team is strong enough to make it?
I certainly think my team can win as is, but I'm always interested in improving. I can't help but wonder, though, how many others might still question my 4.09 pick of Drew Brees as he sits 3.3 points per game ahead of every QB but Peyton Manning.
2. Bruce Arians says, "Andre Ellington is getting 20 touches," then "13 touches is enough." As a Rashard Mendenhall owner, does that make you feel better or do you believe Mendy's time is done?
I think it'll take an injury to LeSean McCoy or one of my two Saints backs (during Philly's by week) to make Mendenhall a starter for my team. Every time a coach delves into specific numbers, it shows how little he really knows about numbers.
3. Are you looking to make any last-minute deals (assuming you didn't say you were 100 percent happy in question No. 1... which I think is safe to assume – no insult intended)?
I'd like to add a WR or a Top Eight TE, but I'm not sure I have enough depth to make something happen on that front. Of course, I also spend a lot more time focusing on other people's fantasy football teams than I do my own, which doesn't leave a ton of time for trade talks.
JJ Zachariason (@LateRoundQB) (#FLEX Best Ball Owner Who Is Not Sure How He's Doing So Well)
1. Quite a few good weeks in a row now. Everyone I've asked has doubts and think Mike Clay is the favorite. Do YOU think you have a team to win this thing?
Absolutely not. I'm essentially riding Matthew Stafford since Matt Schaub and Blaine Gabbert aren't even seeing the field anymore, which gives me a massive disadvantage. My running back situation is pretty messy, too. I'm actually surprised that this team is doing anything. Is it bad that I'm this pessimistic about my own team?
2. Which Lamar Miller do you think is the real Miller? The one from Weeks 8 and 9, or more like Monday night (maybe not THAT bad)?
I was never one of the guys who believed in Miller entering the season. The reason I have him in this league, if I recall, was because of a simple "need" pick.
That being said, I think the Bucs were emotionally charged to beat the Dolphins, and the Dolphins were emotionally drained with the bullying scandal going on. The loss of those two lineman could end up being a huge deal for Miller moving forward, too.
3. If this were a standard league, any moves you'd be looking to make?
Like I said, I'm not really in love with this team. At all, really. I'd look to upgrade a running back while downgrading wide receiver, I suppose. If it was a standard league, I could at least ride Stafford.
I have to say I was surprised to pick up Brian Leonard for $20. No, I don't expect stellar numbers, and Leonard will share touches with Bobby Rainey, but he will still be the lead option. I did blow my budget on Leonard, but it's Week 10, and I doubt we'll see many other potential flex plays available the rest of the way. Ryan Hodge obviously likes Rainey more, throwing $40 at him, and he likes what he sees from Rishard Matthews, who he spent $25 on. Take note of what we think of Tavon Austin, as Tim Heaney nabbed him for just $4. I like Schauf's pickup of Nate Burleson later in the day for nothing. Burleson looked good pre-injury, and as we always say, if "someone can step up alongside Calvin Johnson…" and Burleson could easily be that someone.
For more waiver wire recommendations, make sure to check out John Kerwin’s Waiver Wire Matinee.
Someone has to lose! Finally, either Jamey or Gonos will have a 2 in the loss column, as they go head-to-head. The current "line" sits at -1.9 for Gonos. This should be a good one. Apparently, MyFantasyLeague.com doesn't like my odds against Pianowski. He's favored by 28.7 points, but at least it's better than Hodge's 54.7 deficit to Halpin.
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Alex Miglio (@AlexMiglio) held on to the top spot as he outscored Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) by about three points. We may have to sit down with Miglio again next week to see if we can't get one Best Ball owner to say he has a chance. So many naysayers…
Sigmund Bloom (@SigmundBloom), Jonathan Bales (@BalesFootball) and Bob Harris (@footballdiehard) round out the top half of the league and all maintained their positions. Nick Raducanu (@FantasyTrade411) posted his second best week of the season! Look out Jeff Erickson (@Jeff_Erickson), a few more weeks and Nick might climb out of the cellar.