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True story. On a sleepless Monday night not more than a week ago, I decided to peruse the waiver wire of a 12-team league I joined randomly due to boredom. I call this my "Strangers League".
Every year I like to participate in a league or two with the unwashed masses of the Internet to see who can claim fantasy gold. It's always a lot of fun to witness people's draft habits. Sometimes you end up with super-fan who drafts all Saints players. Sometimes you end up with super-reacher who drafts Tony Romo in the second round.
No matter the case, you always end up with an interesting (assuming no one completely abandons their team halfway through the season) cast of strangers. I can already tell that this particular group is going to be one of my favorites.
As our draft slowly trickled into the fourth round, I noticed something very fishy happening. RGIII, Justin Blackmon, Kendall Wright and Trent Richardson were all drafted by the same person. Indeed, the all-rookie team. Bold strategy.
That caught me off guard and caused a lot of players to fall to me that I didn't expect to be available. In other words, it ruined the draft.
Back to last Monday night. I couldn't sleep for a variety of reasons and when you manage several fantasy football teams and you're awake late at night, you tend to tinker. So naturally, I checked out all of the recent transactions of every league.
Just when I thought the Strangers League couldn't get any stranger, I made my first trip to the waiver wire and low and behold, Ryan Mathews.
I couldn't believe it. I slapped myself thinking that surely, any minute I'd wake up in a cold sweat and realize that it was all a dream.
But it wasn't. It was reality. Or, well, it was fantasy. It was fantasy-reality. Or realistic-fantasy. Or whatever. That's not important. What is important is that Mathews is currently on my bench. Ryan Mathews, the same guy I ranked as the No. 1 running back by strength of schedule.
So if "Team R" happens to be reading this, thanks for dropping Mathews, one of the best values pre-injury, in favor of Donald Driver. I'm pretty sure the all-rookie team will finish better than you in the standings.
The moral of this story is that Mathews shouldn't be dropped by anyone, and Ronnie Brown should be started by everyone Monday night. It's going to be a high scoring game, as in, the current over/under is set at 46.5 and I'm taking the over. Both of these teams will score a lot of points and Brown is going to benefit in a big way.