Scratching and Clawing . . . fantasy pride
Just gotta write about this one. In my main league, the one I've played in for years, I drafted the best team in the league, bar none (IHMO). Stacked at RB, with Peterson and McFadden as my 1-2, and Hillis as my flex (it was an auction league, and that's where most of my money went), and Felix Jones as my backup. Sneaky good at WR, with Kenny Britt, Stevie Johnson and Mike Williams (TB) as my starters. Under the radar TEs Gronkowski and Owen Daniels. I went cheap at QB, ending up with Cutler and Kolb after being outbid for Stafford. Good enough on D, and Mason Crosby as my kicker. (I love nominating kickers in auction leagues - either I get my guy, or someone else wastes an extra dollar on a kicker. It's win-win).
And for the first two weeks, I rolled. Highest point total in the league, easy. Britt was paying off as a stealth number one.
Then he got injured in week three, and it started rolling down hill from there. All told, I've lost significant time from my best WR, my top 4 RBs and my top 3 QBs (after Kolb got injured I swiped Matt Schaub . . . who promptly went down . . . I'm now down to Carson Palmer as my starter). I lost 5 games in a row, dropped to 2-5.
But somehow, I've fought back. Picked up some players at the right times - Victor Cruz, Antonio Brown, Roy Helu . . . overpaid for 'em (we use FAAB) but I was desperate. And now I sit at 7-5, in third place overall and looking at a first round bye (we send 5 to the playoffs) if I can just hold on. Of course, I'm playing the league's top team this week, and there are 4 teams at 6-6, so if things break wrong I may be out of the playoffs entirely.
But man, if I can just get that bye . . . I'll be rolling into the semifinals with my stud runningbacks healthy, my TEs and WRs producing, a QB doing just enough, and a real shot at the league title.
I imagine none of you really gives a damn . . . but I'm proud as hell of the way I've managed that league (I won't mention my other two :D . . . 3 leagues was too many), and since nobody in real life wants to hear about it, you got the honor.
So . . . how are your teams doing?