Football Garbage Time League 2018 Fantasy Football Fallout

By the Football Garbage Time Staff & Friends

So we’ve come to end of another Fantasy Football Season.

Some of you might be playing into Week 17, and for those of you who are, enjoy it.  But most of us are celebrating insightful late draft picks and waiver grabs or lamenting studs who let us down and the many injuries that plagued this NFL season.  And we here at Football Garbage Time, are no exception.

Earlier this year, in an effort to help all of you win your fantasy football leagues, the staff here conducted a Mock Fantasy Football Draft (Rounds 1 & 2 and 3 & 4) and then conducted an actual draft where we competed among ourselves in a custom 10-team head-to-head 2 Quarterback league with an added half point per reception.  In total, each team each week had to field 2 Quarterbacks, 2 Running Backs, 2 Wide Receivers, 1 Tight End, 1 WR/RB/TE Flex, 1 Kicker and 1 Defense/Special Teams.

And we didn’t do it on our own!  Members of our staff (Scott, Ryan, Jason and Joanne) went head-to-head a few of our friends including:

So now we’ll show you the results of our league and discuss what we liked and didn’t like about our teams throughout the season.  Questions?  Feel free to fire away!

And if you’d like to check out our league page, feel free to click the button below!

Football Garbage Time Staff Fantasy Football League

— Ha Kung Wong, Editor-in-Chief

The 2018 Football Garbage Time Staff Fantasy Football League Results

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME FINAL

1st Place

Team: Mini Cooper

Owner: Kris Hopper

Best Draft Pick – Marlon Mack  – Rd 12/115 overall. Sure he missed time, early, but when he played he was on fire. Mack had just 3 games all season where he was not a startable running back on his way to a breakout season for the Colts. Mack was the RB9 from Week 6 on and was an absolute value this late in the draft and 100% worth the wait.

Worst Draft Pick – I had alot of these thanks to injury, but LeSean McCoy in the 5th round feels like it was a massive reach. McCoy only had one game where he found the end zone, rushed for the lowest yardage total of his career, and tied his career low in receptions.

Best Waiver Pickup – Robert Foster  – It was a late season acquisition, but one that helped propel my team from barely squeaking into the playoffs to a championship. Foster put up 10+ fantasy points in 4 of his last 6 games clearing 90 yards in all 4 making him the WR14 from week 12 on (all must win games for me). He clearly broke out at the end of the year as Allen’s favorite target in buffalo and has great size and speed to be a contributor in years to come.

Worst Waiver Pickup – Sammy Watkins — Bad pickups are hard to define, because usually if a waiver pick up is bad you just churn them, but somehow Watkins managed to stay on my roster foot injury and all. He contributed when he was healthy, but the injury really made him of no value down the stretch

Overall Thoughts – Overall my team was a prime example of “anything can happen in the playoffs”. I was ultimately rewarded for sticking with Amari Cooper, Marlon Mack and Leonard Fournette through their various strugglea, On the flip side, I ran into injuries with Pierre Garcon and Cooper Kupp, under performance from Kyle Rudolph and at times Kirk Cousins, and a myriad of other hardships. This was truly a league won through waiver wire acquisitions and playing match-ups to grind out wins.

2nd Place

Team: FXP

Owner: Scott King

Best Draft Pick – it would be easy to say the Gurley was my best pick, but taking him second overall isn’t saying much.  I’m going to say that taking Goff in the 8th round is my best pick.  He was the 14th QB off the board and the second QB on my team.

Worst Draft Pick – until a couple weeks ago my worst pick would have been Henry in the 6th round.  But now he might be my best pickup after dropping him.  I’d say my pick of Adams in the third round is the worst pick, he had a decent season but way over drafted.

Best Waiver Pickup – I was high on Flacco in preseason but he really disappointed after a few flashes.  My best pickup of the season has been Lamar Jackson.  He’s really performing and racking up running and passing points.

3rd Place

Team: Two Cool Dudes

Owner: Joanne Kong

Best Draft Picks

Ben Roethlisberger: 8th Round

15th season veteran, Big Ben has seen some disappointing years while with the Pittsburg Steelers.  Although, Ben has struggled some this season, it has also been one of his best.  This season, with 4842 passing yards, it has been Big Ben’s 2nd most passing yards and the most touchdowns, 33, of his career.  In the hunt for a post-season, Rothliesberger has already done his fantasy owners proud this season.

Christian McCaffery: 4th Round

Although doubtful that the Carolina Panthers will make it into the post-season with the absence of Cam Newton, who is done for the season with a shoulder injury.  The second year Panthers running back, Christian McCaffery, has unexpectantly over-performed for fantasy owners for the majority of the season having 1080 rushing yards, 7 rushing touchdowns, 845 receiving yards and 6 receiving touchdowns.  With 380.5 fantasy points this season, McCaffery is the leading running back in fantasy.

Worst Draft Picks

Aaron Rodgers: 2nd Round

Aaron Rodgers has a certain expectation in fantasy.  This season that expectation was far from met.  Although ranking 4th overall in fantasy points for quarterbacks this season,

the top three fantasy quarterbacks, Patrick Mahomes, Ben Rothlisberger (which I drafted in the 8th round) and Matt Ryan, were taken in the 8th and 9th round.  With his best game in the 16th week of the season, Rodgers production was equivalent to QB like Andrew Luck who was taken in the 6th round.

Royce Freeman: 7th Round

During Royce Freeman’s four-year college career, he had 5621 rushing yards, 60 rushing touchdowns, 814 receiving yards and 4 receiving touchdowns.

Although recognized to be a high potential breakout player, the Denver Broncos 3rd round draft pick rookie running back, Royce Freeman, was over shadowed by the undrafted Philip Lindsay, who signed a three-year $1.725M contract with a $15,000 signing bonus.

While Freeman had 113 attempts, 461 rushing yards, 5 touchdowns and no 100 yard games this season, Lindsay had 192 attempts, 1037 rushing yards, 9 rushing touchdowns and here games with 100-yards or more.

Best Waiver Pickup

George Kittle:

After tight end Delanie Walker had a season ending injury after the first game of the season, George Kittle of the San Francisco 49ers has proven that you don’t need a good quarterback to be a good player in fantasy.  Kittle went undrafted, warming the bench.  Currently ranked the 3rd TE scorer with 228.8 fantasy points, only behind Travis Kelce and Zack Ertz, Kittle had a breakout season with 1228 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns.  Comparatively to his rookie season, having 515 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns.

Final Thoughts

Finishing the season 1st place overall, it just goes to show a good season doesn’t mean championship wins.  It was a strong team, but still ended up 3rd overall for the season.

4th Place

Team: Pizza Boy

Owner: Kaiden King

5th Place

Team: The MJK

Owner: Matt King

6th Place

Team: Jason’s Cool Team

Owner: Jason Johnson

7th Place

Team: Other Mike Wallace

Owner: Mike Wallace

Best Draft Pick – Patrick Mahomes in the 9th Round. This is an obvious one, Mahomes has been unreal this year. I thought he had upside given the situation he was stepping into, but I could never have imagined this. I prefer to wait on my QB in drafts and even in this 2QB league I was happy to wait and come away with Rivers and Mahomes. It worked out better than I hoped. Having those 2 alone gave me a chance in every game.

Worst Draft Pick –  Jordan Howard in the 3rd Round. Both Bears I draft were a bit of a disappointment, but at least Allen Robinson dealt with injuries. Howard I had higher expectations for and it was quite a let down. If you told me the Bears would be winning the NFC North comfortably and he was healthy I would have assume Howard was the centerpiece of their offense. He has been given the opportunity averaging 15 rushing attempts a game, he simply has not produced.

Results –  I ended up missing the playoffs but overall I liked this team a lot. Mostly I missed due to some bad luck, I ended up 3rd in points and finished with a losing record. Finished the year with the 2nd most points against, and the difference between me and the team in 1st was less than a point. The biggest weak spot ended up being the TE position, Njoku is talented but was inconsistent. The rest of the team was solid, injuries to Michel and Gordon did hurt at RB.

8th Place

Team: Karryon wayward son

Owner: Ryan Whitfield

Pretty tough season for me in the Football Garbage Time league. In general, I took too many fliers like Josh Gordon, Evan Engram and Corey Davis in three consecutive picks. Let’s look back on what happened:

Best Draft Pick – Pretty easy here, I took Alvin Kamara at 8 overall and currently ranked 7. No Regrets.

Worst Draft Pick – I bought in on Mariota taking a step forward again. Never again! In a two-quarterback league, I tried to grab Mariota in round eight and pair him with Bortles as a guy who would be “good enough”. That coupled with too many risks across the rest of my draft sank me. There’s always next year.

9th Place

Team: Keep Calm & BEAR On

Owner: Ha Kung Wong

Best Draft Pick – Ezekiel Elliott (1st Round) and Robert Woods (9th Round) – Elliott is a no-brainer because he’s leading the league in rush yards per game and I managed to avoid taking David Johnson at 3rd overall.  Woods was a value late in the draft as he showed relatively good consistency with at least 4 receptions a week after Week 1 and has the 13th most receiving yards of all WRs this season through Week 16.

Worst Draft Pick – Where do I start?  Perhaps with Rob Gronkowski in the 2nd Round?  Not only was he oft-injured, but his production was way down with only 2 games with 100+ yards and 3 total TDs over the first 15 games of the season.  That’s not what you want from your second round pick.  Ronald Jones II in the 10th round was also a complete bust, as wasn’t even worth a stash half way through the season with Peyton Barber rolling.

Best Waiver Pickup – Baker Mayfield – I picked him up after Week 3 and he’s been terrific in our 2 QB league where I had inconsistent Matt Ryan, oft-injured Cam Newton and bust Derek Carr as my drafted QBs.

Team Thoughts – Wow, did I miss with this draft.  I felt like I was playing from behind the entire season, which required me to be incredibly active on waivers.  But it’s tough to make up for a lack of production at TE when you were counting on Gronk, as well as from RB when Alex Collins and Lamar Miller were both less than serviceable for most of the year.  Tevin Coleman, Josh Adams, Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams and many others circled through my RB spot this season from waivers, making consistency hard to come by.  Ultimately, I had a bunch of bad matchups and was lucky not to be 10th.  I’d employ the same draft strategy next year, but probably will invest in only Travis Kelce or Zak Ertz early at TE and draft a second RB by the 4th round in light of how shallow the position was.

10th Place

Team: @mikecolaianne

Owner: Mike Colaianne

Best Draft Pick – Between Deandre Hopkins and Michael Thomas.  Hopkins was more consistent through out the season, while Thomas had some dynamic games, along with some clunkers.  Both finished as top 10 WRs and did extremely well.

Worst Draft Pick A lot of options because of injuries, such as Jerick McKinnon, Jay Ajayi, Rex Burkhead and Will Fuller.  When looking at disappointing players that weren’t injured, It would probably be Golden Tate (48th overall).  Had 2 games with 20 or more fantasy points and 10 games with 10 or less fantasy points.

Best Waiver Pickup – Philip Lindsay.  Due to all of my injuries at the running back position, I relied on Lindsay to be a consistent starter every week.  He exceeded my expectations and was one of the few bright spots of my squad.

Team Notes – It was a real tough season.  The combination of Dak, Alex Smith and Derek Carr provided a lot of inconsistency and disappointment for most of the season.  My RB’s were headlined by Philip Lindsay and Matt Brieda due to all of the injuries I faced at the position.   WR was top heavy for me with Hopkins and Thomas, but I lacked consistent depth with Golden Tate and Michael Crabtree.  TE was solid all year long with Travis Kelce.  I’m curious to see how the season would have went if McKinnon, Ajayi, Burkhead and Fuller stayed healthy

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