It all came down to this. Week Sixteen was the Championship in my fantasy football league and you’re looking at the winner. I continued my reign of fantasy dominance with my eighth consecutive win, defeating my opponent in the finals by a score of 109 to 71.
Prior to the start of last week’s matchup, I picked up the Chicago Bears defense which for some reason was available on waivers. Thanks to my high waiver priority, I was able to grab them up. The Bears have a good defense for fantasy as it is but the fact they were also facing the worst ranked offense in the NFL in yards per game, the Arizona Cardinals, made them especially tantalizing. With 24 fantasy points, they did not disappoint.
My opponent had a few troubles that also helped me win. His starting tightend was actually Rob Gronkowski who (fortunately for me) was not back from injury just yet. This forced him to play his backup, Dennis Pitta. Arian Foster also had a bad fantasy showing after having to leave the game early with an irregular heartbeat – another stroke of bad luck for my opponent.
In the end, my fantasy team was just too star-studded for anybody to compete. I got laughed at for taking Peyton Manning “too early” in the fourth round (Average Draft Position: 6.3). Brad Evans even described Manning as a “fantasy lame” at the start of the season! People said Adrian Peterson wasn’t worth the first pick of the second round I spent for him (ADP: 2.9). I even got flack for having Andre Johnson because my roster was too already injury prone without him.
But I got the last laugh. Peyton Manning has had an amazing comeback season putting up 4,355 passing yards, 34 touchdowns, and just 11 interceptions. He ranks sixth in all of fantasy scoring with 293 points. Well worth a fourth round selection.
Adrian Peterson is playing so well he has a chance of breaking the single season rushing record. Through 15 games, he has 1,898 rushing yards. He also added 11 touchdowns, and 215 receiving yards as well. Needless to say, he is currently the highest scoring running back in fantasy football with 268 points. This will teach people to underestimate a guy that was going in the first few picks of drafts just last year.
Then Andre Johnson hasn’t missed a game this season – the first time he’s pulled that off in three years.
This team was a juggernaut. The only players in my starting lineup who didn’t make the Pro Bowl were Matt Forte and my kicker, Jason Hanson. Even three of my bench players, Frank Gore, Wes Welker, and Matt Schaub, made the Pro Bowl as backups.
Here are my matchup results from the Championship:
New York Lions (9-4)
- (QB) Peyton Manning – 24 fantasy points
- (WR) Andre Johnson – 9 points
- (WR) Reggie Wayne – 14 points
- (RB) Matt Forte – 14 points
- (RB) Adrian Peterson – 8 points
- (TE) Jason Witten – 6 points
- (K) Jason Hanson – 10 points
- (DEF) Chicago – 24 points
Opponent’s Team (11-2)
- (QB) Matthew Stafford – 16 fantasy points
- (WR) Demaryius Thomas – 16 points
- (WR) Pierre Garcon – 8 points
- (RB) Arian Foster – 1 point
- (RB) Knowshon Moreno – 11 points
- (TE) Dennis Pitta – 5 points
- (K) Stephen Gostkowski – 11 points
- (DEF) Houston – 3 points