It’s time I step away from my Browns articles and take a look at a team on the rise, the Oakland Raiders. They’ve been able to draft well in recent years, giving the team a solid young core to build their roster around. The Raiders were able to utilize Free Agency this offseason to truly complement that core unit. The team knew they had money to spend and they definitely weren’t frugal. Here’s an overview of what Oakland has done this offseason.
Last week, I talked about the Browns offseason up to this point. Since then the Browns released Donte Whitner, who was a starter for the team the previous two seasons. As the roster reconstruction continues, it brings about questions about what areas are the team going to address in the draft. What areas are of the utmost importance? What positions do they feel confident enough to not make an immediate change to? And how will those changes translate on the football field.
Week 13 provided a lot more entertainment from a fantasy sports perspective than in quite a few weeks. In my season long league, I was trying to backdoor into the final playoff spot, to no avail. And in DFS, I tiptoed around spectacular plays on different lineups, but couldn’t create the right combination of players to have a great lineup. Here’s a breakdown of all my lineups from week 13.
In the words of Troy Aikman, “I dwell on the past.”
Week ten continued to be kind to me in daily fantasy sports, as I had another very good week. The commercial that the first quote was playing right as I started typing this, which I thought was fitting since I’m typing about very, very recent history. A few things that have helped me enjoy this endeavor is the fact that I’ve stayed disciplined with my bankroll, I’ve developed a decent strategy to construct my lineup, and I’ve made some money. (It’s okay, you can mutter the slurs about my egotistical lines now, as I’ve already done so myself!) What can I say; I have to do something that keeps my mind preoccupied from the Black Friday gloom that’s about come. Enough of me babbling, here’s my best lineup from week 10:
Daily Fantasy Sports can, and will, change a man. Trust me, as I’m finding this out from experience. At least for a fantasy sports perspective. As I notice myself spending more and more time focusing on my weekly lineups, which for me is on Fanduel, I’ve come to realize the advantages of trusting my gut as well as doing a little bit of research on matchups. Because of those two things, I’ve done really well this season for DFS leagues, especially given the limited bankroll that I’ve given myself. Sometimes you have to ball on a budget.
While the articles may have taken an extended bye week, the Geeks of Gridiron team has been in full battle royale mode. The leaders after the first two weeks decided falling flat on their faces was a great idea, while proverbial stepping stones have made their way towards the top of the leaderboard. Here’s a week by week review of what has happened since the last article was written.
Week 3 Review
In week 3 the Buzz-Saw outshined everybody else by going 14-2, sawing off the legs of the reigning champ in the process. The champ is feared no longer as Mischievious went an abysmal 9-7, good enough for last place in week 3. The Howitzer, B Hyphen and the Nocturne tied for second, each going 12-4. Triple S went 11-5 while the rookie Diamond Jim went 10-6.
Week 1 Review
The reigning champ picked up where he left off last season, atop the leaderboard, as he went 10-6. Deja also went 10-6, giving the reigning champ some much needed competition. The two rookies, Diamond Jim and Howitzer sit in a four way tie for third with the Buzz-Saw and B Hyphen (all 9-7), while Triple S (8-8) is already playing catchup for the second straight season. With 16 weeks left and all combatants within two picks, the minister of the tricycle is still within reach of everyone.
I make no bones about the fact that football season is my favorite time of year. It gives a special sense of optimism that ultimately turns into despair that only the truest of Browns fans can endure yet enjoy. It also brings about a lot of enthusiastic fantasy players creating the ultimate team. For many, it’s not just football season. No sir, this is Shiva Season. (Thank you FX for creating The League!)
Football has returned for another season, and so has the trike crew, ready to battle each other in the ultimate underground pick ‘em league where buzz-saws force deep incisions, monsters prey on their “frenemies” and the rest play Rambo, looking for the right time to strike. In other words, a group of friends choose the winner of every NFL game every week during the regular season for bragging rights.
The second season of GoG saw a 1st year picker become the minister of the tricycle. Will the same hold true for the third season? Five of his closest foes don’t “Bo-lieve” so.