Fantasy Football: Put a Fork in Them

Dan BentonCorrespondent INovember 21, 2008

One of the best things I have found about becoming involved with fantasy football is the fact that a fan's or owner's status change turn upside down in the span of a week, or even within a game. It is great if you happen to be in the position of righting your ship, so to speak, but it can be hell if you are headed south in your picks.

As I look at my prospects heading into the Week 12 games, I have to shake my head at the turn of events and sinking of my proverbial ship.

Within the premise of the "Battle of Lake Erie" last Monday night, I knew that I was on firm ground as I headed in to work the game at 5:00 PM. The Bills would be in front of their home crowd and with a bone to pick from their elimination last year from playoff contention by the same Cleveland Browns they were playing.

In the midst of losing three of their last four games, after setting the AFC East on their collective ears for the first five weeks, the Bills couldn't help but win this game and deny Brady Quinn his first professional win in the process.

For my fantasy rosters, I had Bills players such as Marshawn Lynch, Trent Edwards, Lee Evans, the Bills' defense and special teams, and finally, kicker Rian Lindell, who was an astonishingly perfect from inside the 40-yard line for field goals.

After catching glimpses of the fiasco while dealing with upset Bills fans and celebrating Browns dog pounders, I realized that my fantasy teams for the week were headed for the dumper.

While Trent Edwards threw three first quarter interceptions, I was oblivious to the fact that he was wiping me out for the weekend. When I did find out the situation, I was bolstered a little by the fact that Marshawn Lynch was producing the Bills' best running effort of the year.

On top of the Edward's prediction of confusing Cleveland defensive backs for his own receivers, his best weapon to date, receiver Lee Evans, the man the Bills had rewarded a few short weeks before granting head coach Dick Jauron an unannounced and secret contract extension that no one will discuss, was shut out for the entire game.

Not one catch could be accounted for his efforts, even though it is evidenced by video replays that he was open on numerous occasions.


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