Yes, I know it is a bit late for our normal Extra Points post, but we are making a push to play and conquer Daily Games.
As I was discussing this with Lord Z, I noted that playing daily was potentially addicting, and Todd responded with an agreement, noting a bunch more gerunds. You know what gerunds are: they are verbs that become nouns by adding an "ing" suffix.
And, that just seemed like such a natural way to describe watching your team earn or lose points, as you grumble about who you should have played and who you should have benched.
So, with an eye on what happened, with a little bit of a glance on what lays ahead, here goes a start with a new angle.
Second-guessing: I planned on starting Drew Brees Sunday, against a seemingly weak Tampa team, but thought twice (thanks to Todd's prodding), narrowing things down to either Matt Ryan or Cam Newton, two of my favorite players. In the end, I made the right choice with Cam, but until kickoff, in fact, until the game was over, that was all I was doing (and not just the QB slot, either).
Exciting: Playing Odell Beckham, Jr. was fun, and he delivered, and it was cool watching him rack up points. However, there is an attrition factor as over 40% of my league played the best young receiver in the NFL. Meaning when I got 10 points from him, so did nearly half the league. Meaning I didn't gain anything on them.
Satisfying: There was a lot of good defense Sunday, especially the Panthers, who completely dismantled the Falcons. Though picking Carolina to stop the red-hot Matty Ice was counterintuitive. So, I went with Kansas City, figuring at home, against a familiar rival, that a strong pass defense would have it over a good pass offense (Philip Rivers). Turned out that was right.
Exasperating: Eric Decker was right there, along with Markus Wheaton as starting options, but at the last minute I switched to James Jones. I guess this is kind of like second guessing, only more painful (and I am still shaking this concept down, and the categories could be, uh, changing).
Addicting: That it is. I am already looking at who to play during the first round of playoff games this coming weekend. Right now, Antonio Brown and Torrey Smith and Justin Forsett have caught my eye. Along with the Camster.
Anticipating: We are coming up to my favorite two weekends of the NFL season for the Wild Card and subsequent games are where the upsets really occur. Though I have to admit that with all that was up in the air yesterday--Atlanta v. Carolina really was a playoff game--that the postseason really did start a week early. How much fun is that?