The Walkin' Dude's (my team name) fantasy football season may be turning around. After starting 1-3, I've now won 3 in a row, and my team seems to be turning a corner. Brees is still stinky poopoo, but Andy Dalton is my true starting QB from here on out. Miami's new HC has realized that maybe he should commit to running with his RB who averages over 5 yards per carry, and Lamar Miller is coming on HOT. Danny Woodhead is PPR gold, and JStew isn't getting TDs, but he's performing SOLIDLY in terms of yards per tote, and he's a decent flex play. Antonio Brown is benefitting from anybody but Vick, and I've got two of the BEST tight ends in Delanie Walker and Tyler Eifert. Brandin Cooks is still mediocre, but (a) MAYBE he's getting more looks? and (b) I'm still holding out hope DeSean Jackson comes back soon and replaces Cooks.
It's time to truly begin my quest for a repeat...and everyone in my league better hope it doesn't happen, because I'll basically declare myself their overlord for all time. I'm already a SUPER annoying league champ (which I've basically copped to all my friends in this league as never knowing if I'll win again, so I gotta maximize it), but if I repeat? Please. I'm gonna be INSUFFERABLE (muahaha).
That said, the season is in SOME ways turning out exactly the way I (and we all) would have thought:
Patriots are good and are undefeated. Bengals are good (I knew they would be), Packers are good, and the teams at the bottom are basically what we expected.
What I didn't expect is some of the HOW of things. I never thought it'd be Andy Dalton carrying the Bengals and not their running back duo (what happened to Jeremy Hill, Bengals fans?). I never, EVER thought Peyton Manning would be the absolute worst starting QB in the league (people may be slow to admit it, but the numbers bear out, and he's TERRIBLE right now). Nor did I think Houston would be a failure of such monumental proportions. I definitely knew they'd take a step backward this year, because it's not every year you're going to have a defensive player have the best season of ANY defensive player over the past 20 years, but this is INSANE. They're ATROCIOUS.
Then there are the legitimate surprises:
Seattle is maybe a little better than their record indicates, but they're a middling team, not one of the elites. Carolina is GOOD...without one of their best players. Detroit is TERRIBLE, and I'm surprised. They were a playoff team, and now they just SUCK. Indy (and specifically Luck) look like poo. They'll win that awful division, but they aren't going back to the AFC title game or redeeming their deflategate loss. The Ravens are poop. I don't know if I thought they'd be GOOD, but THIS bad? BWAAAH?!?!
And the Bills are the Bills and that stinks because they're the Bills. Still. Dammit. We suck.