Fantasy Football 2016: Don’t Cry Because it’s Over, Smile Because it Happened3 min read
By this time roughly 20% of fantasy footballers have been eliminated from championship contention. It sucks doesn’t it. I know that after my last team shat the bed this past Sunday I wanted nothing to do with fantasy football or even the NFL in general. Seeing Jordan Reed (my fantasy tight end) sucker punch some guy in the helmet on MNF was the absolute CHERRY on top. It reminded me of the time during my senior football season (HS of course) when I popped a kid in the helmet during garbage time of a 44-10 win – only time I got penalized during my football career but boy was it satisfying! I feel your pain Jordan.
Jordan Reed ejected pic.twitter.com/XdmWSFifaK
— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) December 20, 2016
Moving on from my rugged high school football career, week 16 of the NFL season is upon us. To fill my fantasy football void I’m going to bet on every single game and maybe join a couple Draft Kings leagues. As sad as it sounds, at this point in the season I’m having a tough time watching the NFL without becoming a degenerate gambler. However, there are some good, meaningful matchups this weekend.
The Ravens and Steelers face off Sunday in a thrilling AFC North competition. The Steelers are currently in first sitting at 9-5, but the Ravens are not far behind at 8-6. If they topple Pittsburgh on Sunday they would become the leaders of the division as they beat the Steelers earlier in the year.
On the other side of the league, the Packers and Vikings square off in a match up that has playoff implications for both sides. If the Vikings lose they are undoubtedly eliminated from contention. If the Packers win and the Lions lose, the Cheeseheads would become the sole leaders of the NFC North because they beat the Lions earlier this year. The Vikings chance at the playoffs is a long shot. They would need Tampa and Washington to lose and would have to win out. AP is back though so we’ll see what happens!
The Broncos vs. the Chiefs is the last matchup I’m going to tune in for. The Chiefs have had an awesome year. Even though he burned a few timeouts last week, Fat Andy is back. You know he’s been absolutely gorging himself with Christmas cookies this past week so he will be very prepared for this one. Like the Vikings, this is a must win contest if the Broncos want any shot of getting into the postseason.
Regardless of my shitty teams, it has been a fun fantasy football season. Seeing some of my fren-emies get eliminated in the playoffs is always a good time (@davidoff). At this point I’m just hoping for some good football and an eventful playoffs. If I were a betting man (which I am) I’d put money on the Pats securing Tom’s 5th Super bowl ring out of 7 appearances. However, as we all know anything can happen in the playoffs and there are A LOT of good teams this year. I would love to see Fat Andy’s Chiefs make a run and the Raiders are always fun to cheer for given the psychotic nature of their fans. The NFC is more top heavy. I think either the Cowboys or Falcons will come out, but I can’t see either of them toppling the AFC champs.
Here’s to two more Bear’s losses and hopefully a lower draft pick!