7 Shitty Things That Happened, Or Didn't Happen, In Fantasy Football: Week 2
There are two truths in fantasy football: Shitty things are going to happen to you, and no one except you is going to care about them. Ever try complaining to your friends about some completely fluky turn of events that turned your two point win into a half point loss? They'll either tell you a) they don't care about your fake football league or b) join the club -- everyone gets screwed, all the time.
But come Monday and/or Tuesday morning, what are we supposed to do with all this pent up, impotent rage? Don't you want someone to commiserate with, someone else who knows how you feel and can say, yes, I too made mistakes this week; I, too, am fallible; I, too, was the victim of forces beyond my control; I, too, thought something was going to happen, but it did not, because I have no tangible impact on the outcome of an NFL game?
That's what this is for: Here are seven shitty things that happened in fantasy this week -- things that may have cost you a victory that no one else wants to complain about, because it probably helped them win. Let me know what shitty things happened to you in the comments, or on Twitter with the hashtag: #IHateFantasy (the irony being, of course, that we love it and will do it all again next week).
1. No Adrian Peterson.
And for good reason: The Vikings running back was held out by the team after he was indicted and arrested for beating his child with a switch. But while most people can stomach losing a top-five, or top-three, or number one overall pick due to injury, no one wants to see a guy out due to possible child abuse. It just felt wrong and dirty and awkward and weird this week. Plus, the fact that AP is back in the lineup next week is almost worse -- it makes his absence on Sunday feel hollow.
2. The Brandon Marshall/Alshon Jeffrey situation.
Who else woke up Sunday morning to an alert that both Marshall and Jeffrey were in danger of missing the night game? If you couldn't afford to wait and see what happened, you probably popped substitutes into those spots and just wrote the Bears WRs off. Then they both started. If you had Marshall (three touchdowns), you know how painful that decision was.
3. Justin Hunter did not "go off."
Word on the street was that Titans WR Justin Hunter was about to "go off," because he's talented and the Cowboys defense is (was perceived to be?) terrible (more on that in a second). Well, if going off is catching two balls for 26 yards on six targets, then yes, Hunter went off. Otherwise, no.
4. In fact, the Cowboys defense probably ruined a lot of fantasy teams' hopes this weekend.
Jake Locker, Justin Hunter and Kendall Wright were all expected to have big days going up against the Cowboys defense, but Dallas held the Titans to 10 points. Only TE Delanie Walker had a good game. Maybe they aren't so bad? This should teach players not to base their decisions solely on matchups.
5. Early injuries knocked out too many big names.
Robert Griffin III, A.J. Green, Jamaal Charles, Knowshon Moreno and DeSean Jackson all left their respective games for good in the first half. Likely starters all (except perhaps RGIII), there's nothing worse than losing a big-time player so early in the game that you would have been better off not starting them in the first place.
6. Marques Colston -- no targets.
This was the first time in 87 games that Saints WR Colston didn't catch a pass. He didn't even get the ball thrown his way. That's unacceptable for a WR2, even against a team that was dedicated to shutting down the passing game (don't tell Jimmy Graham owners that, by the way).
7. Victor "Give Me The Ball More, Please" Cruz couldn't deliver.
One week after complaining about not getting the rock enough, Giants WR Cruz saw more targets against the Cardinals, and made more catches. He also had three drops that would have been worth at least 65 more yards. That's embarrassing.
BONUS SHITTY THINGS: Did you go up against Darren Sproles this week -- or worse, not start him? And don't even talk to us about Eric Decker; how does Owen Daniels get two TDs when starting TE Dennis Pitta gets none?; how did Steven Ridley get 25 carries after barely seeing the ball last week? That's what Shane Vereen owners want to know.
Of course, little things happen every week that end up destroying your fantasy dreams -- a single drop here, a fumble there, a toe out of bounds instead of in the endzone. Let us know what shitty things happened to you this week in the comments or on Twitter. Here's what other people hated about fantasy this week:
Brandon Marshall doing workkkk on my bench #ihatefantasy
— Chandler Parsons (@TimJunod) September 15, 2014
Lacy and Charles combined for 8 points this week. New record!! #IHATEFANTASY
— Mike Bonaccorsi (@mikeybonaccorsi) September 15, 2014
In 2 weeks TEs have scored 6tds against me #ihatefantasy
— Connor Christopher (@connormick) September 14, 2014
10 minutes in and both of my QBs in my 2 QB league are out injured #ihatefantasy
— Cat (@Cat_Savoie) September 14, 2014
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