Fantasy Football: Reality’s Impact As Tough As Ever on Fantasy

54291546Jason Kaestner is an intern with “The D and Davis Show” and an aspiring sports broadcaster at the Illinois Center for Broadcasting, where he hosts a weekly online radio show called “Spraying All Fields,” it broadcasts Saturdays at 2pm after D and Davis on chicagolandsportsradio.com.

Jason also is a part of the Regal Radio fantasy football league, WARRFFL, he will provide weekly updates on his experience in the league and takes on playing fantasy overall. Read him here throughout the NFL season.

Despite all of the exciting on-field matchups including the Bears come-from-behind victory over the San Francisco 49ers at the gleaming new Levi’s Stadium, off-field drama defined Week 2 of the NFL and seems well on its way to defining the entire 2014 season.

While fantasy concerns are nothing in the face of victims’ suffering, the continuing fallout from several high profile domestic violence cases and the shocking revelations of child abuse by superstar Adrian Peterson changes the landscape and nature of fantasy football.

Sure it’s low on the list of overall concerns, but consumer’s have a responsibility to access their own consumption. And what are fantasy football players if not consumers – consumers of the NFL and above all of the sponsors that make the whole thing go. Can fantasy ever return to a simple pick and plug style of play? It certainly doesn’t seem like it.

Even trying to assemble an entire team of “good guys” gives little assurance against a key contributor becoming unavailable at a moments notice due to his own bad judgement. It’s a whole new wrinkle to fantasy football with a single silver-lining that hopefully a new era in the NFL dawns, one with appropriate consequences and a lack of special exemptions. One can hope.

Enough of the soapbox talk though, let’s get to the particulars of my Week 2 fantasy football matchup. While I didn’t have Adrian Peterson on my fantasy team, my opponent was playing Tom Brady and the Patriots defense against the Vikings. Meanwhile, Cordarelle Patterson garnered another start from me, which I knew could go either way.

New England could key on Patterson making him irrelevant or the lack of alternative options would lead to a huge day for the young wide receiver. I chose high risk/high reward without result. Worse yet, I started Marques Colston again over Sammy Watkins. Even if Watkins hadn’t gone off for 117 yards and a touchdown, it would have been easy to outdo Colston’s zero targets against the Browns.

Knowing all that, you won’t be surprised to learn I lost this week. In my defense, I was going up against what appears to be one of the best teams in the league. Wide receiver is where I made my mistakes, but Week 2 also weakened an already questionable group of running backs. Now I have to struggle with the decision to drop the surprisingly reliable Mark Ingram or carry him on my bench as he recovers from a broken hand. Mid-week I’m still debating my options, but I did listen to the fantasy chatter and made a waiver claim for Chiefs back Knile Davis. At least that move allows me to bide my time for now.

The Bears playing on Sunday Night Football provided me the luxury to watch an afternoon of football as never before, putting me in fantasy owner mode all day. One moment really stuck out for me among the early games. It was very weird to root against Devin McCourty scoring a pick-6 simply because his score meant more points for my rival. Under normal circumstances, I would have been hoping he found pay dirt. The opposite was true during the Bears game.

Since I knew I had already mathematically lost, I was solely a fan unconcerned about the performance of the San Francisco 49ers defense or worried that Martellus Bennett would make me wish I had found a way to start him. I just cheered all four of Jay Cutler’s touchdowns. The Bears prime time victory more than made up for my fantasy loss.

WARRFFL Recap, Week 2 (Initial Week Due to Late Draft)

WARRFFL Managers: Black Unicorns (Kyle Means, Commish); Chi-Town Runnin Apes (Pharoah, The Varsity Show); Rolling Irsay’s (Davis, D & Davis); Englewood’s Finest (D, D & Davis); Scoop B (Brandon Robinson); Knuckle Sandwich (Champ, The Varsity Show); STAFers (Jason Kaestner); Hurryin’ Hoosiers (Kevin Luchansky); Wild Hunnids Baddest (Daryl Daniels); Sidney’s Team (Sidney Brown)

Results

Chi-Town Runnin Apes 114.94 – Black Unicorns 110.68

Rolling Irsay’s 90.08 – Englewood’s Finest 51.94

Knuckle Sandwich 85 – Scoop B 45.22

Hurryin’ Hoosiers 121.24 – STAFers 83.28

Wild Hunnids Baddest 85.16 – Sidney’s Team 84.84

Week 3 Matchups

Black Unicorns vs. Scoop B

Rolling Irsay’s vs. Chi Town Runnin Apes

STAFers vs. Knuckle Sandwich

Sidney’s Team vs. Hurryin’ Hoosiers

Wild Hunnids Baddest vs. Englewood’s Finest

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