Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
No week is ever the same in fantasy football. And that's what I love about it.
Here's a behind-the-scenes look at what I experienced Sunday while keeping tabs on my two fantasy teams:
10:30 a.m.: My lineup is all set in my 14-team league, but in my 10-team league, I'm still searching for answers. The bye week hit me pretty hard, so I'm going to be without Maurice Jones-Drew, Marques Colston and the Chicago Bears defense.
Usually I start Alfred Morris in one of my two flex positions, but this week he's getting the nod at running back alongside Darren McFadden.
That was easy enough, but now I have to figure out how I'm going to fill my two flex spots. Here are my choices:
- Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Oakland Raiders (coming off a concussion, probably won't see many targets now that Denarius Moore is finally healthy)
- Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys (scored a touchdown two weeks ago, but you never know what you're going to get out of him, especially when Tony Romo could just as easily look for Dez Bryant or Miles Austin)
- Sidney Rice, WR, Seattle Seahawks (has basically done nothing all season and I don't trust Russell Wilson, but he might see a lot of action in garbage time if New England opens up a big lead)
- Domenik Hixon, WR, New York Giants (he's been getting a lot of targets lately, but I worry he'll be a nonfactor when Hakeem Nicks comes back, which might be today)
Guess, I have about two hours to make my decision. Tick, tock.
12:45 p.m.: I'm going with Witten in one of my flex spots. Still unsure of what I'm going to do with my second flex player. Rice and Hixon don't play until 4 p.m., so I have a few hours to decide.
I'm choosing to leave Heyward-Bey on the bench and hoping he doesn't have a big game against Atlanta.
1:20 p.m.: McFadden picks up a huge gain on the ground, but it's called back on a penalty. A couple plays later, McFadden ends up fumbling and the Atlanta Falcons recover it. Not a good start.
2:15 p.m.: Starting to panic. Tony Gonzalez, Witten and Dez Bryant all have zero fantasy points and the first half is almost over. Not good.
2:30 p.m.: I'm picking up Randall Cobb on the waiver wire. He's been getting a decent amount of targets for Green Bay lately and I already know Greg Jennings is out for tonight's game against Houston. Jermichael Finley might not play, either. Still haven't decided whether or not I'm going to use him after I pick him up.
2:45 p.m.: Eating a bowl of Chef Boyardee ravioi for lunch. I really need to go grocery shopping.
3:15 p.m.: Dez Bryant scores a touchdown, but, of course, the guy I'm playing against has Romo. Still waiting for Witten and Gonzalez to wake up.
3:30 p.m.: Calvin Johnson has only one catch and it's the fourth quarter. I'd be worried, but the Lions do this every week. Let's see if Megatron can do anything in garbage time against the Eagles.
3:45 p.m.: McFadden finally breaks through for a 1-yard touchdown. It's about time.
3:55 p.m.: Jason Hanson, the kicker I was forced to use this week with Garrett Hartley on bye, just kicked a game-tying field goal to force overtime in Philadelphia. Megatron has come to life and is over 100 yards. Things are starting to look up.
4 p.m.: I'm going with Randall Cobb in my flex slot. Crossing my fingers that this move doesn't come back to haunt me.
4:15 p.m.: Josh Freeman has 29 fantasy points today ... on my bench. Needless to say, I'm not pleased.
4:50 p.m.: Victor Cruz scores a touchdown for the Giants. I have Cruz in one of my leagues, but I'm playing against him in another. Kind of a double-edged sword. At least it wasn't Hixon.
5:30 p.m.: Tom Brady, my starting quarterback, has come out of the gates firing with two touchdown passes. Alfred Morris, who I have on both teams, just scored a touchdown, too.
Plus, Sidney Rice only has one catch at this point. Life is good.
7 p.m.: Rice with the game-winning touchdown for Seattle. Kind of want to punch something right now.
7:15 p.m.: More bad news: the Cardinals and Bills are headed to overtime. I'm playing against Larry Fitzgerald in both of my leagues. He's already having a good day and the last thing I need is for him to get 15 extra minutes to rack up points. Hoping the Bills win the coin toss and score immediately.
8 p.m.: Just got out of work. About to go home and make myself some pasta.
8:15 p.m.: Haven't even been paying attention to defenses today, but it turns out it hasn't been a great day for either one of mine. I had to use the Colts in one league (minus-3 against the Jets) and the Bengals in another (3 points versus the Browns). The Bears couldn't have picked a worse week to go on bye for me.
8:30 p.m.: Out of pasta. All I have is rice. I DESPERATELY need to go grocery shopping.
8:45 p.m.: The Packers/Texans game is on and I'm switching to Comedy Central on the commercials. Just turned on "Dodgeball" during Lance Armstrong's cameo. Absolutely hysterical. He should have won an Oscar.
10 p.m.: Randall Cobb is coming up huge for me (seven catches, 102 yards) and Schaub is having an off-night. Suddenly I don't feel as bad about sitting Rice and Hixon. Just need Green Bay to keep Arian Foster out of the end zone.
10:45 p.m.: So much for that. Foster with his second touchdown of the night. Sigh.
11:15 p.m.: Kind of wish I had Aaron Rodgers on my team right now. He has six touchdown passes already. Would be nice if Cobb caught one of them. Oh well.
11:25 p.m.: Talking to my friend Marty right now. He has both Aaron Rodgers and the Texans defense on his team. He can't even enjoy this (#fantasy problems).
11:45 p.m.: The Packers are victorious and it looks like I will be, too. Schaub only scored five points so unless Willis McGahee puts up 35 points tomorrow, I'm going to be in good shape. I still have Philip Rivers left to play in my other league, so I feel pretty confident about that matchup, too.
12:00 a.m.: Writing myself a post-it note: "Go to grocery store tomorrow." Going to bed now. Goodnight, everyone.