Week 7 Survivor Draft
It’s back to the loser’s column for Team Miglio, which was ravaged by yet another unexpected goose egg and Tony Romo’s flat game in a juicy matchup against Washington. At 1-5, this team is teetering on the brink of collapse. Can it pull a miracle turnaround?
It all falls on the Dolphins offense this week, as I hope Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace will combine their powers to put up big numbers against that weak Buffalo secondary. Of course, tasty matchups don’t guarantee points, as we have been over with Romo and last week’s abominable fantasy score.
We are only in Week 7 and running backs are already starting to run thin, so it seems I will be playing just two for the foreseeable future. I am pinning my hopes on the upside Ryan Mathews has against that Jaguars defense and Bilal Powell has against a Patriots defense that is now missing Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo.
As usual, I stuck with my “whoever is playing the Jaguars” defensive strategy, though that didn’t work out too well in Denver last week. I am also hoping Eddie Royal and Antonio Gates will benefit from the attention Keenan Allen should be getting now that he has had a couple of big weeks.
The Edholm train scratched out another win in ugly fashion. A balanced, if not uninspired effort, although the good news is that no one let me down. This week, I saved up a pair of rookie running backs—both of which Alex had already used—in Eddie Lacy and Giovani Bernard with solid matchups, so I picked them last knowing he could not touch them.
I focused instead on my almost weekly QB-WR exploitative pair—this week, it’s Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall—and tried to find a few other players (such as Greg Jennings) who might be able to break out. I also feel better than I normally do about my defensive (Chiefs) and kicking (Nick Novak) choices.
The weekly survivor-style fantasy game has reshaped my thinking—I honestly get more enjoyment out of playing weekly matchups, and strategizing all-new weekly lineups, than I do in traditional leagues where my rosters are virtually static. You should try it.