Fantasy Football: Antonio Brown To Rescue in Underperforming Week

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.

Antonio Brown’s Sunday Night Football performance may have dealt a fatal blow to the playoff hopes of Baltimore, and to that of my fantasy team if I was right about Week 9 being a must-win.

I went to bed before the Steelers-Ravens game concluded that Sunday confident that my 18-point cushion would be enough to ensure victory. Unfortunately, Brown nearly doubled his point projection with 20.40 as he amassed 144 receiving yards and a touchdown to give my radio partner Sidney’s Team the win by a 2.34 margin.

To say I was surprised and disappointed that Monday morning would be the polite way to put it. Neither Sidney nor I had any starters involved in the Monday night game, so I had an extra 24 hours to stew over my loss entering this week. When it came right down to it, there was both very little I could do about the loss, and really, I didn’t deserve to win.

Joique Bell, Julio Jones, Sammy Watkins, and Martellus Bennett were all on byes. Meanwhile, Ryan Mathews remained inactive. Without making drastic changes to the makeup of my roster, my available players started this week.

I will say it again, I didn’t deserve my last win. I started three wide receivers — Doug Baldwin and Cordarrelle Patterson with Michael Crabtree at the Flex — all of whom drastically underperformed. Each were projected to contribute about at least 7.00 points, but in reality they combined for only 8.70. Antonio Brown only exceeded his projections by 7.52, so if I had just gotten close to expected performances from any of them Brown’s could not have been decisive.

A third time I say, I didn’t deserve to win. Sidney started DeMarco Murray and Jamaal Charles yet my combined rushing out-scored his. However, Sidney also had Matt Asiata on his bench. Had Asiata been in, whether at the Flex or in place of either Murray or Charles, his 25.70 point performance last week would have given Sidney an easy victory. In Week 9, my team performed well but only enough to be frustratingly close.

Looking ahead to Week 10, it appeared to be to an evenly-matched showdown with Fists of Fury, WARRFFL’s current 2nd place team. If I pull off the victory, I will be thrilled, but it may already be too little too late. I think at this point I’m strictly in the role of spoiler. Can I beat the odds and buck the trend or does my team continue to under perform? Let’s find out? Fists of Fury, bring it on.

WARRFFL Recap, Week 9

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); Fist of Fury (Daryl Daniels); Sidney’s Team (Sidney Brown)

Standings

Rolling Irsay’s 7-1

Fist of Fury 6-2

Sidney’s Team 5-3

Chi Town Runnin Apes 5-3

Hurryin’ Hoosiers 4-4

Black Unicorns4-4

STAFers 3-5

Knuckle Sandwich 2-6

Englewood’s Finest 2-6

Scoop B 2-6

This Week (With Thursday-Sunday Points)

Black Unicorns (132.28) vs. Rolling Irsay’s (113.30)

Chi Town Runnin Apes (49.14)  vs. Knuckle Sandwich (95.68)

Scoop B (70.46) vs. Hurryin’ Hoosiers (101.52)

STAFers (89.38) vs. Fist of Fury (50.78)

Sidney’s Team (69.94) vs. Englewood’s Finest (86.10)

Follow Regal Radio on Twitter @regalradio1 and on Facebook under Regal Radio; follow Jason on Twitter @JFKaestner

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