Fantasy Football: Moves Are Made But Late Season Struggles Persist

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.

What a difference a week can make!

This time last week I was cautiously optimistic that I could make a legitimate run at the playoffs. Now, I’m thrust right back into the role of spoiler, frustrated after the most disappointing week of a fantasy season filled with unmet expectations.

During Week 10 I inadvertently, though rather successfully, employed the “set it and forget it method” of fantasy. I made a roster move on Wednesday, then was without internet service until Sunday evening.

Just before Sunday Night Football began my anxiety level spiked at the realization that most of Week 10 had transpired without even a glance at my fantasy match. I breathed a sigh of relief on Tuesday morning when I learned I had prevailed over Fist of Fury, WARRFFL’s second place team.

Julius Thomas delivered big after several disappointing weeks, turns out a shot at the Oakland secondary did wonders for him. As for my guys in New Orleans — Drew Brees remained solid but far from spectacular while the reliable Mark Ingram chipped in with nearly 140 total yards.

Coming off a bye week, Julio Jones returned to form as he hauled in 119 receiving yards in an Atlanta win.

Those solid performances ultimately stood as exceptions because only two of my starters exceeded projections. Luckily, no one on my bench played well enough that I regretted not starting them. A confidence boost resulted in beating Fist of Fury and ending its five-game winning streak.

Neither teams’ position in the standings changed as they remained in second place and I stood pat in seventh.

Week 11 appeared to be a legitimate chance to move up the standings against Kevin Luchansky’s then-third place Hurryin’ Hoosiers, one of four teams that shared a 5-4 record entering last week. Projections had me as the favorite, and a win would have brought me even with the Hoosiers at 5-5. Everything seemed perfectly staged for a season-defining win. It was also a chance for me to avenge a 121.24 to 83.28 loss back in Week 2.

The Hurryin’ Hoosiers only reached 75 percent of what they were projected to score but what should have been an opportunity became a crushing defeat when my team struggled to exceed half of its projected fantasy points.

Drew Brees’ disappointing 14.50 points were the most from my nine starters. Mike Nugent reach double digits, but no starter at a skill position did. My bench played far better. Michael Crabtree matched Brees’ 14.50, Joique Bell followed with 11.50, and Doug Baldwin had 10.50.

Yes, for those of keeping score at home, I did leave enough points on the bench to have changed the outcome. Of course, in my defense it is hard to set a winning lineup when eight of nine starters fail perform up to expectations.

Going into Week 12, my record is 4-6. Though frustrated and disillusioned by a roster not playing up to its talent, I continue to make moves to improve my team. I swapped out DeAngelo Williams for Matt Asiata. However, as I try to set my roster, I have no idea who to start.

My team has been streaky and inconsistent all season, but even once reliable starters like Brees and Thomas have become mysteries. I won’t be intentionally tanking; that’s just not my style. I just have very little enthusiasm for my fantasy team.

WARRFFL Recap, Week 11

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 8-2

Fist of Fury 7-3

Hurryin’ Hoosiers 6-4

Black Unicorns 6-4

Sidney’s Team 5-5

Chi Town Runnin Apes 5-5

Knuckle Sandwich4-6

STAFers 4-6

Englewood’s Finest 3-7

Scoop B 2-8

This Week (With Thursday Points)

Black Unicorns vs. Scoop B (3.40)

Rolling Irsay’s vs. Chi Town Runnin Apes (6.70)

STAFers vs. Knuckle Sandwich

Sidney’s Team (21.20) vs. Hurryin’ Hoosiers

Fist of Fury vs. Englewood’s Finest

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

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