Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Week 1 of Last Season

Since we have gone through my draft, let’s now take at each week of play. In week 1, I was matched up against the Gridiron Goons, which was a pretty good team draft wise but the owner didn’t do a good job keeping up with his line up. He was projected to get 69+ points with his starters, but he could have gotten nearly 75 projected points if he had just tweaked his line up better. This becomes important b/c I was projected to get 75+ points, so the manager of Gridiron Goons had to do something creative to win, but he didn’t.

Going into the game, I felt really good about my team. I was projected to get 75+ points, which was enough to beat my competitor. Yet once the numbers started coming in, I recognized that I might have a problem. My QB (Philip Rivers), TE (Todd Heap) and K (Nate Kaeding) all seriously underperformed. I could easily discount this situation as opening jitters, but it was something I knew I had to keep an eye on. I had viable replacements (QB—Schaub) and (K—Mare), but I was deficient at TE (as my hope that McMichael would be a sleeper was a wild card that could easily not play out).

Despite the setbacks, there were some great aspects to the first week performance: Wayne, Housh, Addai, Portis, and SD all did better than projected (and even better than I expected). I was also please with Norwood's performance. I saw him as the sleeper on my team with the most promise, and it looked like he was going to get the looks I was hoping for at RB in Atlanta.

With Week 1's victory behind me, I decided it would be important for me to keep an eye on the waiver wire for any pickups that might upgrade me at TE. I also knew it would be important to find out what the pundits were saying about my under performers, b/c if I had trouble this early on it was going to be a long season.

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