New XFL football season in 2020! Thanks, no thanks.

For those that think we need more football in our lives, the XFL kicks off in February 2020, the weekend after the NFL Super Bowl. You may remember the XFL from the 1-season-season back in 2001, promoted as a mix of WWE wrestling and professional football. The league folded but supposedly it’s back and better than ever now.

I can’t speak for all football fans, but I don’t think I’ll be an avid fan of the league. We already have football on Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Saturday. And now with fantasy football, I’m just about exhausted every Sunday night!

I’ll tell you a little story about yesterday, Sunday. My fantasy football team, The Billy Oceans, faced the best team in the league. He scores like, a bajillion points every week, so I didn’t have much hope going into it. My team, though, is almost in a must-win situation if I want to make the 4-team playoffs. So he ends up outscoring me by early afternoon.

I take a nap. It’s Sunday after all.

I wake up to find my team dead even, scoring quite a few points while I was sleeping! Long story short, in the Sunday night game, Lamar Jackson gave me a headache and I get headaches maybe once every few years. Not good!

So do I want MORE football once the NFL and college are over? For the sake of my health, I’ll pass.

-Out of the Wilderness

 

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Fantasy football is back!

Hard to believe another year of football has already started. Is anyone else as excited as I am? Honestly though, if I hadn’t won week 1, I probably wouldn’t be writing this post because I’d be too T.O.’d to talk about it. My team is The Billy Oceans and we’re going on our 11th year with the “Caribbean Queen” singer as our namesake.

The best I’ve ever finished was back in 2010 when I came in 2nd. Standouts on my team that year, and these names are really gonna jog your memory: Peyton Hillis, Tony Gonzalez, Mario Manningham, LaDanian Tomlinson, and of course, my quarterback Matt Ryan.

Here’s my problem, though. I usually draft with my heart, not my head. So I end up with players I like, who may not necessarily be the best players at their position. It’s why I’ve had Matt Ryan almost every year since 2010. Fortunately, he’s an elite quarterback but an example of how this can hurt me is drafting Kelvin Benjamin in the first round last year. He had a great rookie season but there was no reason to use my first round pick on him when I could have picked him up in the 3rd of 4th rounds at the earliest.

So now it’s 2017 and I was determined to draft with my head, at least for the first two rounds. Did it pay off? Well, I’m 1-0 so maybe? Here’s who I had on my roster going into the week 1 matches:

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I actually drafted Allen Robinson of the Jax Jaguars but dropped him in favor of Sterling Shepard before the games started Sunday. And after winning week 1, along with a handful of injuries and new players available for week 2 (because of Miami being on a bye), here’s my team going into week 2:

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Not many changes but I was able to pick up Kerwynn Williams who will be the Cardinals #1 RB while David Johnson is out, and Sanu added in place of Sterling Shepard. I’m hoping to get week 1 production out of Ryan, Howard, Gillislee, Bailey, and the Steelers D; added value from Ajayi’s first game of the regular season, Golladay having a good game again; and more production from Kelce and Adams.

Who was your first round pick? Anyone you have your eye on for the upcoming weeks? Feel free to share in the comments below!

-Out of the Wilderness