This week’s Thursday night game brings many of our Miami Dolphin’s versus my neighbors and several co-workers Buffalo Jills (err… Bills). Actually we have friends in Syracuse, NY, which is only about 150 miles from Buffalo, so I guess I shouldn’t say anything too bad. Miami is going to bounce back from the traumatic loss last week. Ryan Tannehill will redeem himself and reclaim his spot as the potential best Dolphin QB ever (besides Dan Marino and Bob Griese). In fact, did you know that he is already #20 on the all-time Dolphin TD pass list? He is only three behind Cleo Lemon and one more than Craig Erickson, Dick Wood and Ray Lucas! Jay Fiedler currently has a pretty firm grip on the #3 spot, but we hope Tannehill can get there one day.
This was a rough fantasy weekend for me. I did get the win to move to 6-4, but Yahoo! made my life as the commissioner of the greatest fantasy league on earth a difficult one. It all began at around noon on Sunday when their site started timing out. Text messages started pouring in from all of the league from owners who had game time decisions. There was pleading for me, the commissioner, to fix the Yahoo! Servers and return some normalcy to the Eric Hipple Fantasy League, but alas, even after 13 years with Yahoo!, last minute decisions weren’t able to be made. Throughout the day there was no racing to the computer to try and pick up the third string RB for San Francisco when Frank Gore got a hang nail. We are a 14 team league, the waiver wire gets very thin, we also don’t put any waiver on the free agents, it is first come first serve. This actually was a lot more stressful back in the late 90’s when many members of the league were still on dial-up, so the time it took to dial up and connect was often enough to cause you to be too late to pick up the backup for Curtis Martin when he got hurt, those with broadband had a distinct advantage.
This week I play my cousin, Scott Bakula. That’s not his real last name, but that’s what everyone calls him, so let’s go with it. We made a huge trade a few weeks ago, I sent Alfred Morris to him in return for Andre Johnson. Bakula and I have been getting a lot of grief for trading, people calling us traitors and wishing bad voodoo on us. Does everyone have trouble trading in their leagues?
On to the pickups of the week, I’ve been given some pretty good sleepers the last few weeks, Cecil Shorts is a starter in almost any league now, and T.Y. Hilton will have a better game this week.
Here are some more:
- Cincinnati (Cin-DEF) is only owned in 21% of leagues. Cincy plays Kansas City this week, who was able to get their first lead of the season, congrats!?
- Greg Olsen (Car-TE) is only owned in 59% of leagues, you should get him if available.
- Donald Jones (BUF-WR) is owned in 9% of leagues. He’s had 3 decent games in a row.
- Danario Alexander (SD-WR) Only 5% ownership. Danario had 5 catches for 134 yards and a TD last week. He’s a risk, but if you have a spot, he’s worth a look. He is not to be confused with Derrick Alexander, who played for Minnesota back in 2002, who my old boss thought would be really good, because they’d have to double team Moss. He picked him in the second round! He was terribly wrong, and neither he nor Derrick Alexander ever played fantasy football in our league again.
Who am I missing?
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