Week 15 already starts tonight with Tampa Bay vs the Rams
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The first thing I thought before writing this was: I can't believe we have already reached Week 15 of the NFL season.
It seems like just yesterday we were all drafting our hearts out, talking about sleepers and dreaming of the fantasy football playoffs.
Well, the playoffs are here and if you're not careful -- they will be over before they begin.
I also realized this week that despite my promises to scribe daily, it has been far too long since I have posted anything.
When my friend and I created the site a few years back, we had hoped it would be a more regular thing, but sometimes life happens. And sometimes when you are a sports journalist the last thing you want to do is, well, write.
But for some reason, I am awake right now (at 1:53 am on a Wednesday night) and I have some new ideas for PPR Fantasy Football so what better time to share them.
I think the biggest mistake I ever made was trying to schedule content. What I mean by this is that there are a million fantasy ranking sites out there and there is no particular reason why I need to put out rankings for each and every position. Yes they will bring in search engine readers but beyond that why?
Rankings are a load of horse shit and if you haven't figured that out -- then you probably aren't doing so hot in the league standings.
I like fantasy football rankings. I like them just about as much as college football rankings. They are fun. They can be useful, but they are not to be trusted.
Why? They are arbitrary.
I am not criticizing people for creating them or using them as an information source. It can be a good thing to see how smart people rank fantasy football players, but it is pure folly to use that as a gold-standard for choosing your lineup each week.
Rankings are usually done one or two ways: either players are ranked based on how much said rater likes that player -- it may be based off matchup, past performance, health, whatever.
Another method is through projections. Or in other words: project each player's points for the coming week and rank them accordingly.
But have you ever looked at those projections? ESPN probably has some of the smartest fantasy minds in the industry and their projections are total bull shit. I mean complete crap.
When I am projected to win, I lose -- a guy is projected to do well and he sucks -- like WTF!
Example: Adrian Peterson -- 93 yards rushing, 27 receiving, 2 catches, 1 touchdown = 19 points.
There I made a projection. Is it that hard to project Adrian Peterson is going to have a good game? And how the F%#K CAN YOU PROJECT SOMEONE TO RUSH FOR 93 YARDS?
I get that you can do things with average yards per carry and project attempts and look at opposing rush yards allowed by defenses and all other kinds of statistics to determine if AP will get 91 yards or 97 yards this week -- but at the end of the day it's still just some guy making it up.
So that means that I am no longer going to try and do weekly fantasy football rankings.
It's too timely and it's not something I can live up to. So what I am going to try to do is commit to writing a few posts a week or whenever I have time about fantasy football and yes mainly PPR Fantasy Football because that's what we play.
Also the majority of today's fantasy leagues use some sort of point per reception format so PPR Fantasy Football is fantasy football.
Now I make still make some lists -- five players to start in Week 15 -- five players to steer clear of -- five sleepers -- five waiver adds -- other things of that nature. My buddy and I play will 5-10 teams a year and in doing so we use the majority of players out there.
We know fantasy football -- know how to analyze it and how to think about it strategically. And if you think that sounds to serious then your stupid and you obviously don't get what's so awesome about fantasy football.
So I and we are going to pass along our knowledge to you, in whatever way possible, whenever possible while trying to provide a chuckle or two along the way.
But since I should probably pass along some fantasy football advice for the week here are a few rapid thoughts to chew on: (Imagine me saying this without taking a breath) start James White -- don't sit Calvin Johnson -- keep trusting Jameis Winston -- be patient with Randall Cobb -- keep rolling with Blake Bortles -- don't sleep on Theo Riddick and bench all your Colts not named Frank Gore.
Drops the mic