League 1: What a disaster! Damien Williams gets hurt 3 minutes into his game. Keenan Allen gets hurt midway through his game. Mike Gesicki and CeeDee Lamb combined for less than 5 points for my team, and Albert O. only added 5 more. Yes, we start 2 at every position, including TE and DST (though thankfully no Kickers), and my two DSTs combined for 8.15 points, including a -3.50 from the Arizona D hosting KC. My opponents two Ds (Chargers and Falcons) scored a combined 49.95 points. And maybe worst of all was that in a league where you can start up to 3 QBs (with the Superflex), I only had 2 starting QBs, Mariota and Trubisky, up against his trifecta of Mahomes, Murray and Prescott. I had to Superflex Marquise Brown.
About the only thing I did right was draft Jonathan Taylor and Derrick Henry, whom I figured would be good for about 100 pts per week between them in this run-centric scoring system–and they combined for 99.17 points this week to lead me to a 207.73 - 194.98 win on opening Sunday. It should also be noted that Mariota was the 5th highest-scoring QB in the league.
My two starting QBs cost me a total of $36 in the draft; his 3 QBs cost him $219 of our $351 budget.
I did a couple of other things right, too. In preseason, someone dropped Taysom Hill, and since I was hurting at QB, I picked him up. I didn’t start him in Week 1, but he was the highest-scoring TE in the league in Week 1, so I’ll probably be starting him there with Albert O. going forward. He also outscored all but 6 QBs in Week 1, so he’d be a Superflex candidate as well.
And finally, going into the Sunday night game, I had like a four point lead with my Albert O to go and his Jalen Tolbert to go. When I saw Tolbert was a scratch, I quickly went and picked up Noah Brown from waivers, as he was the only guy still to play who could possibly hurt me. I don’t know if my opponent looked for Brown or not, but he left Tolbert in the lineup and I cruised to victory. If he’d gotten Brown, I still would have won, but it would have forced Albert O. to score a point or two, making it a much worse sweat than it was.
So the moral of the story is draft for your scoring system. Taylor and Henry give me an almost insurmountable advantage in this league, as my ability to win with poor performances all around them demonstrates.
League 2: PPR league; scored the most points in Week 1 with Ryan and Winston at QB versus Mahomes and Allen. My WR/RB corp of Jefferson, Diggs, Amon-Ra, and CEH all came up big, and next week I’ll probly have Patterson as my RB2 instead of Etienne. I’ll be glad when I can flex Godwin instead of Woods, as well. Looks like a juggernaut of a team.
League 3: Another run-centric league, another 100.70 points out of the Taylor/Henry combo helped me overcome my opponent’s De’Andre Swift and my own goose egg from Kmet.
League 4: Just your basic dominating trifecta for standard half-PPR scoring–Mahomes, Henry, and Jefferson. I had Allen Robinson facing the Allen/Diggs combo on Thursday, but managed to overcome that early deficit despite getting all of 20.80 fantasy points from Henry, Zeke and Singletary combined (and getting 1 pt from Matt Prater). Mahomes, Jefferson and Amon-Ra did the heavy lifting for me, with Mahomes and Jefferson being the two highest-scoring players in the league for Week 1.
League 5: I had the lowest score in the league by 14 points–but things should get better for this Week 1 MASH unit. Allen Robinson, CeeDee Lamb and Travis Etienne just didn’t show up (with an honorable mention no-show to Derrick Henry), but Keenan Allen, Najee Harris and Zach Ertz were all negatively affected by injuries in Week 1. So with 7 out of 10 players busting at the same time, the lowest score in the league was completely justified.
It’s a small league with short benches though, so with the 9th waiver position, I’ll probably wait and pick up a couple of free agents after they clear waivers. But mainly I will need my big guns to start acting like big guns if I’m going to have a chance in this league.
So after Week 1, Axe Elf stands 4-1 for the season.