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2015 NFL Fantasy Football: The Playoff Nightmare Descends

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Follow Dubs on his gaming odyssey as he guides a pair of Fantasy Football teams through the 2015 season.

I headed into the playoffs with cautious optimism. Teams Dubs finished the regular season at with an 11-3 record and had been in first place all season. Frank's Team also finished 11-3 and in 2nd place in the other league. Unfortunately, it all came crashing down with a pair of dramatic defeats in Week 15. "The Playoff Nightmare" reared its ugly head. All I have left are a pair of games to determine 3rd place in both leagues. I'm still in mourning...

Week 15 Results & Statistics

In Week 15 playoff action, Team Dubs suffered a 1st quarter back injury to A.J. Green, limiting him to 3.70 fantasy points. Green had been on fire, averaging 18.70 fantasy points over the past three weeks. He was well on his way to reaching those numbers last week before the injury. The injury, plus a superhuman 41.60 performance by my opponents QB Cam Newton, sealed my fate in a 112.90 - 94.78 loss.

Frank's Team ran into a freight train in its playoff matchup. Led by David Johnson's otherworldly 40.90 fantasy points, I was crushed 151.64 - 109.16. Aside from Johnson, my normally outstanding PK and Defense paled by comparison to my opponents pair. Steven Hauschka and the New England defense combined for 32 fantasy points. For Frank's Team, Justin Tucker and the Carolina defense combined for 2.00 fantasy points. And that my friends is how you lose a playoff game.

When all is said and done, I still want to win both contests this coming weekend and finish third in both leagues.

5 players I'm glad I selected/added this season: Devonta Freeman, Tom Brady, Eric Decker, A.J. Green and the Denver Broncos defense. 5 players who are my biggest disappointments: Andrew Luck, Marshawn Lynch, Melvin Gordon, DeMarco Murrray and Dez Bryant. My top two players drafted in each league have woefully underperformed (and all four were waived during the season). Luckily, solid drafting overall, my Waiver Wire/Free Agent additions and dismal performances by my opponents allowed me to remain at or near the top of the standings in both leagues.

Team Dubs
Week Team Dubs Opponent PF PA Rank Record
1 95.12 88.72 95.12 88.72 1st 1  0
2 93.90 78.06 189.02 166.78 1st 2  0
3 150.32 59.58 339.34 226.36 1st 3  0
4 72.84 81.94 412.18 308.30 1st 3  1
5 117.90 90.26 530.08 398.56 1st 4  1
6 130.98 88.18 661.06 486.74 1st 5  1
7 113.80 83.88 774.86 570.62 1st 6  1
8 118.84 114.52 893.70 685.14 1st 7  1
9 81.92 76.46 975.62 761.60 1st 8  1
10 107.56 84.24 1083.18 845.84 1st 9  1
11 65.68 97.42 1148.86 943.26 1st 9  2
12 108.00 75.94 1256.86 1019.20 1st 10  2
13 114.18 75.78 1371.04 1094.98 1st 11  2
14 93.94 110.00 1464.98 1204.98 1st 11  3
Playoffs
15 94.78 112.90 1559.76 1317.88 Lost 0  1

Position Player Team Fantasy Points
QB Tom Brady New England 18.68
RB Devonta Freeman Atlanta 16.10
RB Jeremy Hill Cincinnati 13.10
WR Eric Decker NY Jets 11.50
WR A.J. Green Cincinnati 3.70
Flex Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 4.30
TE Delanie Walker Tennessee 18.40
PK Brandon McManus Denver 3.00
Defense Denver Broncos 6.00
Total Points Week 15 94.78

Player Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 Week 15
Tom Brady 27.62 28.24 22.72 Bye 25.30 23.48 29.70 30.34 18.86 19.26 14.08 23.20 33.78 18.04 18.68
Andrew Luck 19.72 11.40 18.50 Out Out 27.98 26.02 17.74 21.48 Waived
Derek Carr 19.28 7.56 23.70 16.32 13.00 Waived
Ryan Fiztpatrick 16.26
Andy Dalton 18.44 Waived
Marshawn Lynch 12.40 6.20 2.30 0.00 Out 11.40 18.20 8.20 Bye 11.00 Out/Inj. Waived
Melvin Gordon 4.70 9.80 5.10 4.60 7.40 0.90 2.90 6.10 5.60 Bye 4.90 Waived
Andre Williams 1.40 4.30 8.90 Waived
Devonta Freeman 32.90 25.70 27.60 13.00 13.10 13.90 Bye 4.30 Out 10.30 4.20 16.10
Charcandrick West 18.20 Bye 28.10 6.40 Out 4.90 5.40 14.50
Ronnie Hillman 17.50 0.10 11.10 10.40 11.90 5.60 6.10 2.80
Spencer Ware 17.50 8.50 5.20 Waived
Tim Hightower 8.50
Jeremy Hill 10.00 15.80 2.40 13.10
Arian Foster Out Out Out 1.50 11.80 17.20 24.50 IR
David Johnson 11.50 16.50 4.10 12.10 12.60 1.70 Waived
A.J. Green 6.30 10.50 34.70 8.20 7.80 3.60 Bye 17.80 5.30 4.70 7.90 18.10 18.80 19.20 3.70
Kendall Wright 16.10 1.70 16.80 Bye 3.00 3.40 Waived
Larry Fitzgerald 8.70 29.20 25.40 7.90 11.80 9.30 3.90 12.40 Bye 13.00 9.00 6.60 5.50 4.10 4.30
Jeremy Maclin 5.20 5.50 20.10 14.80 8.50 4.80 Out 9.50 Bye 1.70 2.90 22.00 19.70 6.60 11.00
Eric Decker 9.70 15.70 Out 10.60 Bye 9.90 9.40 12.00 13.90 14.50 8.10 12.20 10.10 13.40 11.50
Tyler Lockett 11.50
Brandin Cooks 22.90 Bye 3.50 16.40 2.90 Waived
Jarvis Landry 7.10 9.06 Waived
Jimmy Graham 11.10 1.10 14.30 2.90 3.00 14.00 3.10 7.50 Bye 4.10 3.90 7.50 IR
Jordan Reed Bye 7.80 14.90 2.60 9.80 3.30 18.00 20.40
Delanie Walker 15.20 7.10 18.40
Charles Clay 0.70 6.20 2.60 Waived
Julius Thomas Out Out Out Waived
Dan Carpenter 11.00 2.00 13.00 6.00 2.00 Waived
Josh Brown 10.00 Waived
Brandon McManus 14.00 Bye 11.00 6.00 1.00 5.00 6.00 5.00 13.00 3.00
Pittsburgh Steelers 2.00 Waived
Denver Broncos 16.00 22.00 16.00 10.00 22.00 17.00 Bye 9.00 7.00 1.00 7.00 5.00 23.00 7.00 6.00
Frank's Team
Week Frank's Team Opponent PF PA Rank Record
1 91.34 79.82 91.34 79.82 3rd 1  0
2 91.14 60.66 182.48 139.88 2nd 2  0
3 68.90 119.06 251.38 258.94 4th 2  1
4 82.38 54.94 333.76 316.48 4th 3  1
5 81.82 63.40 415.58 379.88 3rd 4  1
6 117.32 111.02 532.90 490.90 1st 5  1
7 81.80 37.70 614.70 528.60 1st 6  1
8 88.20 74.74 702.90 603.34 1st 7  1
9 110.66 78.96 813.56 682.30 1st 8  1
10 53.48 67.00 867.04 749.30 2nd 8  2
11 74.40 67.62 941.44 816.92 2nd 9  2
12 86.50 33.30 1027.94 850.22 1st 10  2
13 95.50 104.56 1123.44 954.78 2nd 10  3
14 112.98 57.38 1236.42 1012.16 2nd 11  3
Playoffs
15 109.16 151.64 1345.58 1163.80 Lost 0  1
Position Player Team Fantasy Points
QB Russell Wilson Seattle 26.56
RB Devonta Freeman Atlanta 16.10
RB DeAngelo Williams Pittsburgh 11.60
WR Sammy Watkins Buffalo 23.10
WR Allen Hurns Jacksonville 4.40
WR Doug Baldwin Seattle 16.50
TE Gary Barnidge Cleveland 8.90
PK Justin Tucker Baltimore 2.00
Defense Carolina Panthers 0.00
Total Points Week 15 109.16
Player Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 Week 15
Russell Wilson 16.14 23.04 16.20 15.48 13.62 18.86 13.40 14.60 Bye 17.80 25.40 35.20 34.06 32.28 26.56
Andy Dalton 28.04 21.52 Bye 11.64 21.86 9.88 22.00 20.72 23.90 1.36 Waived
Cam Newton 41.60
Joe Flacco 2.68 22.56 21.48 8.56 Waived
DeMarco Murray 14.00 5.50 0.00 4.80 18.00 18.60 7.00 Bye 22.10 11.90 7.10 3.00 Waived
Melvin Gordon 4.70 9.80 5.10 4.60 7.40 0.90 Waived
Devonta Freeman 32.90 25.70 27.60 13.00 13.10 13.90 Bye 4.30 Out 10.30 4.20 16.10
Charcandrick West 18.20 Bye 28.10 6.40 Out 4.40 5.40 14.50
Alfred Morris 12.10 7.20 1.90 6.50 Waived
T.J. Yeldon 6.70 8.30 4.20 10.90 12.30 Out 18.40 Bye 10.10 Waived
Tevin Coleman 8.00 9.20 Out Waived
DeAngelo Williams 6.90 Bye Out 14.50 21.10 11.60
Thomas Rawls 14.10 16.30 4.40 IR
Tim Hightower 8.50
Allen Hurns 9.00 11.30 Bye 18.20 12.20 1.90 4.20 Out 16.50 4.40
Doug Baldwin 26.20 16.50
Travis Benjamin 29.50 8.50 7.90 8.30 Waived 2.70 Waived Bye 16.00 Out Waived
Sammy Watkins 0.00 12.00 3.90 Out Out 10.80 Out Bye 22.80 1.40 3.90 27.80 16.90 14.20 23.10
Marvin Jones 1.00 Waived 1.40 Waived
Vincent Jackson 5.10 11.40 4.00 20.70 3.40 Bye 1.30 Waived
Dez Bryant 4.80 Out Out Out Out Out Out 1.20 16.40 4.50 10.50 2.60 6.20 0.90 Waived
Tyler Lockett 11.50
Nelson Agholor 0.50 Waived
James Jones 13.70 9.00 Bye 0.20 5.70 0.00 Waived
Michael Crabtree 5.50 5.00 7.90 10.50 1.90 7.00
Travis Kelce 22.60 5.80 10.00 2.90 3.50 8.80 7.30 10.90 Bye 3.60 4.60 12.90 4.20 1.80 7.30
Ladarius Green 5.00 Waived
Gary Barnidge 3.50 Waived 5.90 14.40 8.90
Jimmy Graham 14.00 3.10 7.50 Bye 4.10 3.90 7.50 IR
Owen Daniels 0.50 1.90 8.80 Waived
Brandon McManus 6.00 Waived
Justin Tucker 10.00 15.00 6.00 15.00 6.00 8.00 5.00 20.00 Bye 2.00 11.00 10.00 7.00 6.00 2.00
Carolina 4.00 Waived 23.00 0.00
St. Louis 14.00 4.00 11.00 10.00 9.00 Bye 25.00 12.00 3.00 2.00 6.00 2.00 2.00 Waived

Transactions

Team Dubs
Week Added Dropped
4 Devonta Freeman Andre Williams
Charles Clay Julius Thomas
6 Brandon McManus Dan Carpenter
7 Josh Brown Kendall Wright
Pittsburgh David Johnson
8 Jarvis Landry Arian Foster (IR)
Ronnie Hillman Josh Brown
Charcandrick West Pittsburgh
Jordan Reed Charles Clay
10 Derek Carr Andrew Luck (INJ)
Brandin Cooks Jarvis Landry
12 Jeremy Hill Marshawn Lynch (INJ)
Spencer Ware Melvin Gordon
13 Delanie Walker Jimmy Graham (IR)
15 Ryan Fitzpatrick Derek Carr
Tim Hightower Spencer Ware
Tyler Lockett Brandin Cooks

Frank's Team
Week Added Dropped
2 Travis Benjamin Nelson Agholor
4 Devonta Freeman Tevin Coleman
Marvin Jones Owen Daniels
5 Andy Dalton Joe Flacco
Ladarius Green Alfred Morris
James Jones Marvin Jones
6 Allen Hurns Travis Benjamin
Carolina St. Louis
7 St. Louis Carolina
Travis Benjamin Melvin Gordon
Jimmy Graham Ladarius Green
8 Marvin Jones Vincent Jackson
Charcandrick West Travis Benjamin
9 Gary Barnidge Marvin Jones
Brandon McManus Justin Tucker
10 Justin Tucker Brandon McManus
Michael Crabtree Gary Barnidge
DeAngelo Williams T.J. Yeldon
11 Travis Benjamin James Jones
12 Thomas Rawls DeAngelo Williams
13 DeAngelo Williams DeMarco Murray
Gary Barnidge Jimmy Graham (IR)
14 Doug Baldwin Travis Benjamin
Carolina Panthers St. Louis Rams
15 Tim Hightower Thomas Rawls (IR)
Tyler Lockett Dez Bryant
Cam Newton Andy Dalton (INJ.)

Week 16 Starting Lineups

Team Dubs
Status Position Player Team
Starter QB Tom Brady New England
Starter RB Devonta Freeman Atlanta
Starter RB Charcandrick West Kansas City
Starter WR A.J. Green Cincinnati
Starter WR Eric Decker NY Jets
Starter Flex Jeremy Maclin Kansas City
Starter TE Jordan Reed Washington
Starter PK Brandon McManus Denver
Starter Defense Denver Broncos
Bench QB Ryan Fitzpatrick NY Jets
Bench RB Jeremy Hill Cincinnati
Bench RB Ronnie Hillman Denver
Bench RB Tim Hightower New Orleans
Bench WR Tyler Lockett Seattle
Bench WR Larry Fitzgerald Arizona
Bench TE Delanie Walker Tennessee
Frank's Team
Status Position Player Team
Starter QB Cam Newton Carolina
Starter RB DeAngelo Williams Pittsburgh
Starter RB Charcandrick West Kansas City
Starter WR Sammy Watkins Buffalo
Starter WR Allen Hurns Jacksonville
Starter WR Doug Baldwin Seattle
Starter TE Gary Barnidge Cleveland
Starter PK Justin Tucker Baltimore
Starter Defense Carolina Panthers
Bench QB Russell Wilson Seattle
Bench RB Devonta Freeman Atlanta
Bench RB Tim Hightower New Orleans
Bench WR Michael Crabtree Oakland
Bench WR Tyler Lockett Seattle
Bench TE Travis Kelce Kansas City

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Keys To A Winning Season

1/ A solid draft from top to bottom.

2/ Correctly setting weekly starting lineups.

3/ Avoiding the injury bug.

4/ Being proactive and vigilant with respect to the Waiver Wire and Free Agency.

5/ Having a good luck charm handy at all times!

Expert Fantasy Advice

Fantasy Football Week 16 Start 'Em & Sit 'Em: Jamey Eisenberg - CBS Sports
Fantasy Football Week 16: Rankings & Matchup Analysis: Sablich Brothers - New York Times
Complete Player Rankings For Every Position: Michael Beller - Sports Illustrated