Jason 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.
Bust out the victory chicken!
I notched my first official fantasy win and the Bears took care of business in the Meadowlands to secure a Monday Night Football win over the Jets. Sweet, sweet victory indeed.
But I shouldn’t gloat. Actually, who am I kidding? I should. I have every right — largest margin of victory baby!
Seriously though, what a way to notch a first fantasy win. I outscored my opponent by a 48.82 margin, the largest point differential in the WARRFFL (We Are Regal Radio Fantasy Football League) though only second-most in overall points. My best decision of the week was to start Martellus Bennett at the flex position, which meant 25.10 points came from tight ends alone. Add to that the dynamic performance of Julio Jones on Thursday Night Football last week and I was sitting pretty all weekend.
It wasn’t all roses this week though. Only four players exceeded their projections: Bennett, Jones, Robbie Gould, and Knile Davis. Mr. Davis, thank you, that is exactly how a waiver wire pickup should perform. Could you please stop fumbling the ball though because you are making me nervous? Additionally, while I can live with the inconsistency of my two Buffalo Bills — C. J. Spiller and Sammy Watkins — I really expect better from the 49ers defense.
Two consecutive weeks with two points of scoring from a starting defense have me A) regretting drafting defense so highly and B) contemplating not just benching them but perhaps going so far as waiving them for greater roster flexibility. What was I thinking carrying two defenses in first place? Clearly, that goes down as one of several rookie fantasy draft mistakes.
So far this season, I have mostly recapped rather than previewed the coming week, but let’s deviate from that precedent. I am coming to terms with being projected as an underdog each week. Even though my opponent started three players on Thursday Night Football that underperformed their projections and I started none, I am still an 8-point dog. Perhaps this has to do with the less than fantasy-friendly performances from Drew Brees early this season. Regardless, I am perfectly happy to outperform projections and produce upset specials week after week.
Am I getting ahead of myself? Perhaps. I am going up against another of the league most formidable teams, the Black Unicorns, ran by our editor Kyle Means. However, in addition to already getting subpar outings from three of his nine starters, several of his remaining starters go into the weekend listed as questionable. Moreover, arguably his most dynamic scorer, Marshawn Lynch, is on a bye this week.
Ultimately, my fate rests in the hands of my numerous and inconsistent — though promising — players because I cannot rely on my two-headed scoring monster at tight end with Julius Thomas on the bench due to the Broncos early bye this week.
WARRFFL Recap, Week 3
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)
Black Unicorns 128.30 – Scoop B 86.08
Rolling Irsay’s 95.02 – Chi Town Runnin Apes 83.60
STAFers 110.02 – Knuckle Sandwich 61.20
Sidney’s Team 84.34 – Hurryin’ Hoosiers 80.94
Englewood’s Finest 88.88 – Wild Hunnids Baddest 82.12
Week 3 Matchups (With Thursday Points)
Black Unicorns (26.20) vs. STAFers
Rolling Irsay’s (0.90) vs. Scoop B (9.48)
Chi Town Runnin Apes vs. Englewood’s Finest (2.80)
Sidney’s Team vs. Knuckle Sandwich
Wild Hunnids Baddest vs. Englewood’s Finest
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