The Pro, Andy Behrens, has written a few words about this year’s FFL MVPs that I think is worth a response.
I didn’t draft anyone in the top 15. I drafted two players total from that list: Roddy White and Matt Forte. And yet I’m in the playoffs this week, with a shot at the prize. All thanks to 41 different roster moves.
Of course, it all stems from the fact that I drafted Brady in the first round. Yeah, that’s going to teach me something about karma.
I started seven different QBs over the course of the season: Brady, Palmer, Silky, Mister J.T. O’Sullivan IV, Aaron Rodgers (trade), Kyle Orton (it worked for one game!), and Peyton Manning (another trade).
I suspect a lot of the folks who like me had Brady, but didn’t give up, and didn’t draft any of those players (my 2nd and 3rd rounders were Marshawn Lynch and Marques Colston – mediocre and less than mediocre) are in the playoffs by virtue of a lot of moves. Those 41 moves included four trades (1/3rd of the league’s total) – three of which netted me players on this board (Aaron Rodgers, Andre Johnson, and Brian Westbrook – the last of which was a deadline trade which dogged me for two weeks and made me think I’d wrecked my chance at the postseason, but ultimately came through).
The end result: I’m in the playoffs at 7-5-1.
In retrospect, there were only three moves I’d undo after the Brady injury: I’d have held on to Steve Slaton (after he opened with a mediocre effort and had a bye in the second week, I dropped him for Pierre Thomas); I’d have held onto Matt Cassel longer (dropped him during his bye week after the atrocious Miami game); and instead of holding on to DeSean Jackson until he lost value, I’d have picked up Lance Moore when he was available.
Otherwise, I think I did pretty good to make the playoffs after such a devastating injury and a terrible top of the draft. Lessons for next year I suppose. Maybe someday I can be as smart as these ugly idiots.