High Staked: Unwritten Rules of Fantasy, and Troubles at Tight End
Get a free NFL subscription for 3 days.
In my many years of playing fantasy football, I have come upon a few reliable truths. I shall list them, with the following disclaimer: There are likely plenty of examples that disprove these truths, but, if you’re like me, you don’t remember any of those, because, also if you’re like me, you prefer to be the victim, not the hero. Truth: The guy who’s been scoring massive points on your bench all season will knife you in the back when you finally start him. For us, it was Tyler Boyd, whom we picked up off waivers after Week 2 and watched as he blew up on our Main Event bench the following two weeks. This week, when we finally started him – salivating at the extra targets he would see with both Tyler Eifert and Giovani Bernard not in uniform for the Bengals – he got 4 catches for 44 yards. On the FFPC team I drafted with my 9-year-old son, we have Calvin Ridley, whom my son has been begging to put in our starting lineup, even though we also have Julio Jones. In weeks 3 and 4, Ridley was the highest-scoring guy on our bench. This week: 4 receptions, 38 yards. Way to make my son cry, Calvin.1
- Just kidding, I was the one crying. (back)