The Kirk Cousins Experience – Week 9

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This week retaught me a lesson I already knew: my level of attention to the NFL world is only one factor in how successful I am at fantasy football. A small factor at that.

My wife and I took some time away this week, disconnecting from the digital world and leaving the Internet behind from Wednesday through Sunday morning. So for the better part of the week, I had zero access to the Internet, Twitter, or any other source of fantasy football news.

So I locked in my starting lineups and my waiver pickups early Wednesday morning and left them alone. I had a few minutes before kickoff Sunday morning when I got back, but I got nowhere near as much exposure to the news as I normally would. Despite that drastic change in my routine, I went 8-0 in my redraft and dynasty leagues, setting season-high scoring totals in more than one league.

For me, this week was a great reminder that fantasy football should be fun. It is a hobby. It’s not a job, and it’s silly to attach myself to it like it is one. We enjoy fantasy football, but at the end of the day, we don’t control the outcomes.

So this week, I will follow the news and keep up with injury updates. But I will also detach myself a little, reminding myself to have fun and not stress about the outcomes. It’s a game, after all.

Last Week

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My main decision this week was how to use my position at the top of our waiver order. Ryan Fitzpatrick was no sure bet to start so I had to consider adding a QB, but DeAngelo Williams and Jeremy Langford were also available on waivers. Ultimately, I decided that Williams was the most valuable addition, so I burned my waier pick on the running back.

As things turned out, Ryan Fitzpatrick was healthy enough to play, so I didn’t have to dumpster dive the free agent wire to find another option.

Here is what my starting roster looked like in Week 9:

 

QB Ben Roethlisberger
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
RB Mark Ingram
RB DeAngelo Williams
WR Julio Jones
WR Jordan Matthews
WR Allen Hurns
TE Charles Clay
K Blair Walsh
D/ST New York Jets

 

Thanks to a massive week from DeAngelo Williams and solid performances from everyone except my fill-in TE, I won handily.  I had the highest score of the week and solidified my position in first in my division. My team is 6-3 and in sole possession of first place in my division.

Now, my struggle will be putting together QBs for the next two weeks while Tony Romo is still out and Ben Roethsliberger recovers from his foot injury. We’ll talk about my options below.

Week 10

This week, before waivers run, my starting roster looks like this:

 

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
QB ???
RB DeAngelo Williams
RB Mark Ingram/Justin Forsett
WR Calvin Johnson
WR Allen Hurns
WR Jordan Matthews
TE Travis Kelce
K Blair Walsh
D/ST Jets

For options at the QB2 spot this week, I will have to look to the waiver wire or free agency. Josh McCown (at PIT), Sam Bradford (vs MIA), Teddy Bridgewater (at OAK), and Nick Foles (vs CHI) are all available.

As always, illustration is my goal in this series, rather than a how-to guide. So once again, I won’t disclose my QB2 pick until next week. Instead, leave a comment telling me who you would start if you were in my shoes.

And if you are in a similar position, streaming bad quarterbacks in a 2QB/Superflex league, share your situation in the comments or give me a shout on Twitter. Let’s learn from each other’s experiences.

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