You play all year in fantasy football and then your whole season can come down to one catch, one run, one yard from one player. During the year, you make plenty of mistakes, like playing the wrong player and sometimes it costs you a game, but everything is magnified in the playoffs, because there's usually money on the line. Monday night's game was such a game for me.
Let me set the scene. I'm in three leagues. The Channel 10 league I secured a first-round BYE so I wasn't playing this week. In Jeff's league (you know, the other guy on this blog) I was down 71-56 with DeAngelo Williams left to play. A win gets me no worse than a shot at third place. In another league, a double-header league, this was the last week of the regular season (because only four teams make the playoffs) and I had to win both my games to make the playoffs. I had one game wrapped up, but trailed 80-75 and the winner of the game made the playoffs. I needed 6 points from Bucs WR Antonio Bryant. That's 60 yards, or a touchdown.
If you saw the game, you know I'm a happy guy tonight. Bryant didn't make me wait long to celebrate when he grabbed a bomb to get to 70 yards in the 2nd quarter. He went on to make 9 catches for 200 yards and a TD-- a 32-point game. Talk about leaving no doubt. The other game was the one I thought I had no chance in until DeAngelo ripped off a 40-yard run to get me to 5 points. Nice, but I needed 10 more and Jonathan Stewart got the TD carry. And another. He was up to 80 yards when it was time to go do the news. Halfway through the first bag, in the middle of a sound bite, Jeff gets in my ear and says, "40-yard touchdown for Williams." Now, I know not to believe him at first, because he would love nothing more than to lie to me and break my soul. He's a heartless cretin, that Jeff. Plus, I have to deal with bailouts and such-- this isn't a good time. Next sound bite-- I look into the camera and mouth, "Really?" Then came the sweetest words ever, "Yep, touchdown DeAngelo. I'll see you next week in the playoffs." He said it in a way I knew he was serious, because now we play each other next week and he didn't want that for some reason. My team doesn't have as good a record as his, but apparently I'm hot right now. DeAngelo's final stats for the game would seem to lend some credence to that argument. 186 yards, 2 TD's, 32 fantasy points. I went from wishing for a miracle of 15 points against the Bucs D to winning my game 88-71.
Here's the kicker-- because I'd earned the BYE in the Channel 10 league I didn't have to play and my score would have gotten me beaten by whomever I played. I live to play another day in all three leagues. Definitely a fantasy weekend I won't soon forget. I need points from two guys and they both have career days in the same game.
Hopefully, next week will go the same against Jeff. I'll be partaking in the games from his house and screaming, "BRING ME YOUR FINEST MEATS AND CHEESES!" every time my guy scores a TD.