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Happy Tuesday Fantasy Footballers. I have to vent for a second. This was not a good week for me in the fake-football world. Not only did Dion Lewis come up 1.8 points away from sending me to 7-2, but in a long time money league that I am a part of, I was victim to trade collusion and nothing was done about it. I’ll break it down for you…A trade was offered to me at 10:00 AM on Sunday before the games kicked off for the week. I accepted, as I was receiving Michael Thomas in a package where I was giving Davante Adams, so no doubt it was a big deal, but nothing that should be vetoed. Now, fast forward to this:
Michael Thomas broke out the Joe Horn-inspired TD celebration 📞😂 pic.twitter.com/nx7a7K3hbO
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) November 5, 2018
After seeing this, my league mate decided he had made a mistake, because you know MT is going to do this every week, and so he decides to text everyone in our league to literally beg them to veto our trade because he had made a mistake. Needless to say, 30 minutes before the trade was to process, he got his last two vetoes and just like that, I am stuck without a trade. Now, three things we can get from this:
- The value of a solid commissioner cannot be overstated.
- Learn what should and should not be vetoed.
- Learn from my league mate and don’t be that guy.
Unfortunately for me, nothing was done by our commissioner, even my request for a refund and I’d go on my merry way was rejected. So now I am stuck as the loser because not only do I not have a trade that was mutually agreed to, but I also have a commissioner who will clearly do nothing when collusion is so blatant. Please take this as a PSA, especially in paid leagues, to elect a commissioner, or better yet a panel of commissioners, that will service your league the right way. I know I didn’t address all three points, but I will get to them in an article that will be released later this week, I just needed to set the stage.
Now, let’s get to waivers as the the Broncos, Ravens, Texans, and Vikings are all on bye this week and with it lots of holes in fantasy owner’s lineups at quarterback, wide receiver, and running back especially.
QB – Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (38% Owned)
Baker Mayfield is coming off of a decent game against the Kansas City Chiefs, tossing 300 yards to go along with two touchdowns. He will now get a date with the Atlanta Falcons who have a bottom of the barrel pass defense. Yes, they didn’t look terrible last week, but Alex Smith is actually terrible so that was the real reason right there. This week, if you have Deshaun Watson or Kirk Cousins then Baker will be a fine replacement. Don’t spend much, if any, as only one other person should be after a quarterback at most.
RB – Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns (49% Owned)
Just baaaaaarely sneaking in under the 50% threshold is Duke Johnson. Coming off of a game where he went 9/78/2, the Duke of Cleveland looks to be another threat next week as the Falcons give up a ton of catches to running backs. The Browns have a good chance of playing from behind, especially since Julio Jones remembers what a touchdown is now, so Duke should see the field plenty. Fire him up as a flex until further notice as he is definitely a hold through the Week 11 bye.
WR – Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers (39% Owned)
With the news that Geronimo Allison is dealing with a serious injury, the starting gig is solidified for Marquez Valdes-Scantling as the Packers WR2. He is looking like Aaron Rodgers favorite deep threat and he is hauling in contested passes with ease. Going over 100 yards against the Patriots, he will look to continue success as the Packers are in must win mode against Miami. You want the number two wideout in an ARod led offense as there is always a chance that catches a long one for a touchdown.
TE – Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (39% Owned)
Jack Doyle comes off bye this week to face the Jags and after posting 6/70/1 in his first game back from injury, there is a good chance that anything close to that he puts up is better than what you have starting in your TE slot currently. A desert wasteland this season, the tight ends have been abysmal. With quarterbacks as protected as ever, there just isn’t as much reason to check down as much because they have so much more comfort in the pocket. Look for Doyle to be involved, but don’t be surprised if fellow Colts TE Eric Ebron out shines him on any given week.
Sorry to hear about your trade getting vetoed. That is bush league. My friend in my hometown league got his trade vetoed down with 1 hour. He was giving up Doug Baldwin and Marshawn Lynch and receiving Rob Gronkowski. This was back in week 3 or 4 I believe. I definitely liked the Gronk side better but I don’t think it was veto worthy. Fast forward to now and I think I might rather have Baldwin than Gronk. Anyways, there are big issues with vetos and I am glad you brought it to light. Hopefully this is something leagues in general can get better at.