Fantasy Football: Analyzing One of My Eight Teams

People ask me how I can manage eight fantasy football teams at once. It’s not really a matter of how (most people generally know how to manage a team), it’s a matter of actually doing it, which means no negligence or laziness.

No, you don’t have to spend every waking minute scouring the waiver wire and analyzing matchups. However, you do need to spend a few hours each week with waiver pick-ups, possible trade proposals, and lineup changes.

By now, you would have essentially memorized your starters for each team. I know eight teams seems like a lot, but after almost two months with your teams, retaining information via osmosis is very likely.

Today, we’re going to analyze one of my teams. Below, I have included all relevant details:

League: Don’t Go into the Bathroom (10-team, standard scoring, 2 QB, 3 WR, 2 RB, 1 Flex, 1 TE, 2 K, 2 D/ST, 3 IDP)
Team Name: NYC Steel Curtain (4-2)
Current Ranking: 2/10

QB: Eli Manning
QB: Chad Henne
WR: Reggie Wayne
WR: Brandon Marshall
WR: Anquan Boldin
RB: Adrian Peterson
RB: LeSean McCoy
Flex: Ahmad Bradshaw
TE: Zach Miller
K: Robbie Gould
K: Ryan Succop
D/ST: Philadelphia Eagles
D/ST: San Diego Chargers
D: James Harrison
D: Jerod Mayo
D: Paris Lenon
Bench: Michael Vick
Bench: Ryan Torain
Bench: Fred Jackson
Bench: Malcom Floyd
Bench: Percy Harvin
Bench: Dez Bryant
Bench: Aaron Hernandez

Before you say it, I know, my team is really, really good. How did I lose two games then? Well, there’s this thing called luck. See below:

As you can plainly see, I have the highest number of points in the league. However, I also have the second highest points against, which means that a bad week from me and a good week from my opponent resulted in a loss for my team.

This is the second year I’ve played in this league. Last year, I didn’t adapt to the 2-QB strategy correctly. In a regular 1-QB league, I usually don’t draft a quarterback until the middle rounds. Utilizing the same strategy for the 2-QB league, I waited to draft quarterbacks until only David Garrard and Jake Delhomme were left.

In the end, I had an elite receiving corps, a solid set of backs, and Garrard and Delhomme as my two quarterbacks. Because quarterbacks score the most points, they are more valuable in a 2-QB league, something I failed to recognize.

But, part of being a good owner is making adjustments. The draft is only one portion of managing a team. I picked up Alex Smith and Vince Young from the waiver wire midseason; somehow, those two took me to the semifinals.

I am well aware that I was lucky to make the playoffs. I had to win my final regular season game to secure a spot; a loss in that game would have shut me out of the postseason.

This year, with the combination of adjusted draft strategy and luck, I was able to come away with a team that looked unbeatable on paper. Luck was with me from the beginning – literally. I expected to draft Maurice Jones-Drew with the No. 3 pick. Instead of taking Adrian Peterson with the No. 2 pick, my buddy Frank drafted Michael Turner.

Michael Turner? Michael Turner. What is this – 2009? The lucky recipient of ADP was yours truly, and I couldn’t have been more thrilled.

As you can tell, there isn’t much I can do to improve my team. The only thing I can really do is trade for a stud quarterback. I’m strongly considering shipping Henne, Bradshaw, and Boldin to the other Manning owner so I can unite the two brothers. My team has so much depth that I can afford to lose the above players.

Missing the playoffs is highly unlikely, but once we get to the playoffs, it’s a whole new ballgame. Our championship game is in Week 17, which means that key players will either be sitting out or playing on a limited basis.

Although my team looks rock solid, it’s very beatable. The playoffs are unpredictable and messy; it only takes one game. Win or go home.

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