Fantasy Football: DeAngelo Williams and the Perfect Storm

Shaun McPartlinCorrespondent IIIJanuary 14, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 21:  Running back DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants on December 21, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Fantasy football has a way of pitting us in a constant struggle.  Do I root for my team even though my fantasy stud is going up against him? Does that make me a terrible person and a horrible fan?

It is for that very reason that fantasy football has forever tarnished fans' loyalty to their teams. I found myself in a similar situation back in 2008.

I was reaping the benefits of a stacked roster which included breakout stars like DeAngelo Williams and Michael Turner. Both had incredible 2008 campaigns, finishing No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in fantasy land.

Week 16 is championship week for most fantasy footballers and is also a pivotal week in the NFL as well. The Panthers, somehow, were putting together a ridiculous season, finishing 12-4, and were in a heated battle with my New York Giants.

This game turned into a slug-fest. Derrick Ward ran for over 200 yards and Brandon Jacobs found the end zone three times. Williams ran for over 100 yards and found pay dirt four times. After all was said and done, the Giants came out on top 34-28 in OT.

Could things have worked out any more perfectly? 

My Giants won and I took home the fantasy football championship trophy on the back of DeAngelo Williams.

Most weeks something like this will never happen. Probably more often than not, your fantasy stud will massacre your team or you'll lose your fantasy matchup. Now that's a tough pill to swallow.

Let me hear about your "Perfect Storm."