Fantasy football is a war of attrition, often times leagues are won and lost on the waiver wire due to injuries or guys underperforming. Week 2 in the NFL saw over 30 regular starters go down with injuries that will cause them to miss time this week. Of course some teams were hit harder than others, but let’s run down each fantasy roster and take a look at who has been most and least affected by injuries this season, along with scores, standings, and a look ahead to next week.
Here are the final scores from week 2!
Bathurst Big Cats def. Orlando Apollos 319.1-261.3
Well, the Fantasy Big Dog of the Week isn’t always who you expect it to be to say the least. Sometimes, it’s who you least expect. That’s the case here in week 2. The week two victory was bittersweet for Big Cats owner Joey Frenette, who saw his team score the most points so far this season, but they lost all-everything running back Christian McCaffrey is to the dreaded high ankle sprain that will sideline him for 4-6 weeks. Aaron Jones went off for the Big Cats and he will have to pick up the slack if Bathurst expects to remain undefeated. Remember they tied last week so they still have yet to lose this season. They head into week three against 2-0 Hoosier Hysteria.
On the other side the Apollos owner Ian Mculloch has to be wondering what could have been had they had a different matchup as they lost while scoring the third most points this week. They were led by Aaron Rodger (23.2) and Deandre Hopkins (22.8), but left touchdown machine cam newton on the bench. That proved to be a costly mistake but not one that would have changed the outcome of the matchup. The Apollos have been hit hard two straight weeks by injuries losing both Le’veon Bell in week one and Courtland Sutton week 2. The Apollos will look to overcome these setbacks next week when they face the winless Golden Knights.
Hoosier Hysteria def In Godwin We Trust 246.3-186.8
Hoosier Hysteria owner Austin Carr has to be counting his blessings after two weeks. Not only have they mostly avoided the rash of injuries that decimated most of the league (save a torn Achilles to Marlon Mack in week one), but they have played the lowest scoring team each week en route to a 2-0 start. It’s an interesting strategy to say the least. They won this week behind another strong Kyler Murray performance at QB and Alvin Kamara was the long running back bright spot for them as well. Next week, Austin hopes to continue to intimidate the Big Cats into their worst performance as well to stay undefeated.
On the other side of this matchup we have In Godwin We Trust and owner Bryce Dial who fell to 0-1-1. They were hit as hard as anyone by injuries with starting QB Drew Lock and arguable their best defender Nick Bosa both being lost for extended periods of time. At the time of their injuries they combined for -1.2 points. Unfortunately for them, they most likely can’t turn to their backups as PJ Walker hasn’t played a snap all year and Tyrod Taylor was apparently the victim of an attempted murder by his own team doctor and likely won’t let play either. It will be interesting to see what moves they make to try and get in the win column for their week 3 matchup against Martin Lee and Franchise 3.
Franchise 3 def Golden Knights 252.3-240.4
Golden Knights owner Jake Jollymore has to feel better after this performance than he did after week one, but there are no moral victories in Fantasy Football, and the reality is the Knights are 0-2 after squandering another stellar performance from Russell Wilson in the process. They will need to get their defensive woes under control and hope finally their big make players can all produce at the same time if they want to get that elusive first W in week 3 when they face the 1-1 Orlando Apollos.
Franchise 3 got into the win column for the first time this year, behind big performances on Offense from Nick Chubb, Josh Allen, and Julian Edelman. Martin Lees team was also mostly able to avoid the injury bug in week 2 and will look to get Michael Thomas back as soon as this week when they try and keep the winning going against winless In Godwin We trust.
Almost Jameis def The Circus Monkeys 234.6-197.8
Both of these teams are already thin at the running back position, but no one might be in more trouble than the Circus Monkeys, who currently only have 3 on their active roster, and it cost them Sunday as James White missed his game and earned a goose egg at one of the most important positions in Fantasy. Gavin Marlow’s team got a huge performance from Dak Prescott and no one else as they fell to 0-2. They will need to find some waiver wire gems if they plan to get into the win column next week when they face the also winless MCRT.
Almost Jameis and owner Jason Ainsworth won behind a balanced attack from Travis Kelce, Lamar Jackson and Jaylon Smith. However they have 5 starters on defense listed as questionable this week and they lost star wideout DJ Chark. Hopefully for Jason those starters on defense are ready to go by game time, or it’s going to be a long Sunday when they face off against the undefeated Over 9000 TDs.
Watkins Glen Senecas def. MCRT 274.8-237.8
Matt Boyce and the Watkins Glen Senecas had another dominating outing, scoring the second most points a week after leading the pack in scoring to open the season. They got big performances from all over the field with 5 players scoring over 20 points again this week. The one weakness so far has been quarterback play, but the Senecas have the luxury of depth at the position. They look to stay undefeated next week as they will face the San Mateo Goats.
MCRT lost more than just the game Sunday, as they lost number one pick Saquon Barkley for the year to a torn ACL. The defensive unit lacked the punch needed to keep them in this matchup, despite some solid offensive performances for Matt Peeks squad. They will participate in a battle of 2 winless teams next week as they face the also winless Circus Monkeys. Someone has to win that game, right?
Over 9000 TDs def. San Mateo Goats 223.6-219.8
The weeks final matchup was also the closest of the week as Over 9000 barely edged out San Mateo by less than 4 points. They were led by Deshaun Watson, Zeke Elliott and Darren Waller. They will need to get better production out of their defense as they had several players lay an egg on that side of the ball. They will look to remain undefeated as they face the Watkins Glen Senecas
Here are the standings after two weeks in the GCSN Dynasty League.
It’s going to be a great week of fantasy matchups this week as things are starting to heat up. Bye weeks start soon and how you adjust your roster to those and injuries can win your lose you the league. Before we go let’s meet another one of the owners and our week 2 Fantasy Big Dog Joey Frenette!
Joey hails from Canada and would you believe it he’s a hockey fan and player! Joey has a degree in Psychology in addition to his contributions to GCSN. This is actually Joey’s first season playing fantasy football, but you wouldn’t be able to tell it by his 1-0-1 start and his impressive week 2 outing which saw him score 315.1 points. When asked about his draft strategy and his first round draft pick, Joey said he took Christian McCaffrey because he is one of maybe 10 players he knows in the league. When I asked him his thoughts on the Dynasty aspect of the league and how he thought using individual defensive players changed his strategy, he had this to say:
“I’ve done dynasty in MLB, I don’t know one defensive player in the nfl apart from the sherman guy who plays on the Seahawks. I have no clue what i’m doing, I don’t understand a thing in football. Heck I don’t even know how my guys are scoring points, all I do know is that they are scoring points and a lot of them, so yeah, I’m awesome and the rest of the league should find another sport.”
If this isn’t proof that sometimes Fantasy Football is completely Random, I don’t know what is. The fact remains that’s it’s still anyone’s league to take control of, but after this weekend we will know a lot more about who are contenders and who are pretenders in the GCSN Dynasty League