#FLEX League Recap: Should Have Stayed In Bed
By Jake Ciely
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Ever have one of those days? You know the ones I mean. That day where you should have stayed in bed, called in sick and left the world to itself.
You wake up with a pain in your neck because you slept wrong… well, what sleep you did get, as you spent most of the night tossing and turning for God knows why. You get out of bed only to stub your toe on the way to the bathroom. While getting ready for the day, you inexplicably bang your funny bone on a wall corner – that same wall corner that's been there for years, and the same one that you've never run into before! The toaster burns your breakfast. You can't find your keys. You forgot to charge your cell phone overnight. It's pouring rain as you run to the car. There is traffic everywhere and a 15-minute backup on the highway. You drop your briefcase into a puddle on the way into work, where you find out a co-worker called in sick, which only makes your day tougher. And honestly, it's the same thing you wish you had done an hour ago.
Now, maybe none of you has ever had that many things happen in the same morning, but we've all been there, experiencing many of them and having that regretful feeling of wishing you had stayed in bed.
That’s how some fantasy football seasons go. You wish you could return to draft day and start over… or, just never have joined a certain league. I'll never wish I didn't start the #FLEX leagues, but boy, do I wish I could scrap this team and start over.
It started on draft day and my draw of the sixth pick. That is where I selected potential star Trent Richardson. Well, we all know how that turned out. Ball of knives? How about melted down pile of sporks? Then, as we rolled into the second round and just one pick before I was on the clock, Andre Brown breaks his leg. Guess who I pounced on with pick 2.07? David Wilson, everybody! Dwayne Bowe became my No. 2 wide receiver in Round 4 (15th receiver taken), and then even though I loathe and rail on taking quarterbacks early, I nabbed Aaron Rodgers in the fifth round, much to the chagrin of Eric Mack (@EricMackFantasy) who didn't know he was available due to a draft hiccup earlier.
As you can see, my team might as well have been called "Bust City." Nevertheless, I defeated Jamey Eisenberg (@JameyEisenberg) in Week 1 (still his only loss… yippee…), but it was all downhill from there. The trio of TRich, Wilson and Bowe led to losses in five of my next six games. If only my first two picks had turned out different. I made a move before the next game, sending Philip Rivers, Bowe and Jarrett Boykin for Colin Kaepernick, Bilal Powell and Cecil Shorts. That was more about getting me any running back help and upgrading Bowe. I was back on track with a dominating win.
After the victory, I made another trade, sending TRich (see ya, bum!) and Kaepernick for Ryan Mathews (shudder) and Le'Veon Bell. I still needed running back help, and still saw a potential playoff berth in sight.
Then, I stubbed my toe, lost my keys and slipped in a puddle, or actually, Rodgers did. Down 22 points with Rodgers yet to play, I felt great about my Week 9 outlook… then Rodgers broke his collarbone. Ugh. Remember, I didn't even want to draft him!
Somehow, I bounced back with Eli Manning helming my quarterback spot (double shudder) and topped Eric Mack in Week 10, but then Week 11 happened. Scott Pianowski (@scott_pianowski) defeated me 143.72-143.46… Yep, 0.26 points brought me my seventh loss and ended my season.
I did everything I could to overcome the myriad of busts from my draft. I took the chances in trades that looked to change my fortune. Yet, in the end, luck laughed in my face, stole my wallet and pushed me into the mud. Sometimes, there is nothing you can do and it would have been better just to stay in bed.
As I mentioned, Eisenberg has just one loss with 10 straight wins as he topped fellow one-loss owner David Gonos (@davidgonos). Matt Schauf (@SchaufDS) all but locked up a playoff spot with a second straight win and now is the only team at 7-4. Pianowski, John Halpin (@jhalpin37) and Mack are tied at 6-5 with Nando Di Fino (@nandocbs) the lone 5-6 team.
Well, not having enough for Bobby Rainey last week turned out to be a killer for me. Brian Leonard certainly isn't the Bucs running back to own. With both of those options gone, as well as most of your popular pickups taken due to this being an expert league, the waivers were quiet. The big spender? Halpin as he grabbed Delanie Walker for $3. Look out #FLEX league! Eisenberg did a FCFS move to pickup Miles Austin with his return this week, and I chose the Saints defense to replace the Bengals this week.
For more waiver wire recommendations, make sure to check out John Kerwin’s Waiver Wire Matinee.
Don't think I'll be taking out Eisenberg for the second time. Schauf and Gonos have an important matchup, as Gonos looks to maintain a playoff bye, while Schauf has a small chance at grabbing one instead. Halpin and Mack are headed in opposite directions, but both sit at 6-5 and have a must-win situation on hand.
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Alex Miglio (@AlexMiglio) maintains his control on first place with Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) keeping the pressure on. JJ Zachariason (@LateRoundQB) posts the high score for a second straight week and is now in striking distance of first, while seeing that Clay feels the heat.
Sigmund Bloom (@SigmundBloom), Bob Harris (@footballdiehard) and Jonathan Bales (@BalesFootball) continue to round out the Top Six. Meanwhile, Scott Engel (@scotteRotoEx) made a big leap into seventh with the second highest score of Week 11.