We’re just over halfway through the fantasy football regular season, which means the backstretch is upon us. Before the sprint to the playoffs begins, it feels like a natural time to reflect on the past seven weeks.
Week 5 in the NFL provided some exceptionally high scoring games, resulting in some obscenely high fantasy scores. Someone in my league lost with 170.9 points, while I squeaked out my first win with 109. Among the high scorers on the week were bonafide starters such as Christian McCaffrey, Michael Thomas and Deshaun Watson.
Football season is here, and that means one thing. Fantasy! Every year with fantasy season comes one burning question: Who should get drafted No. 1 overall? Last year Todd Gurley was the clear choice, but this year it’s a little more complicated. The most popular choice is New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley, however, cases can be made for a handful of other stars like Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffery. If you’re not sure who to take, don’t worry, Jorge Eckardt and Ben Berg make a case for both sides.
It was a huge week in fantasy football, with five players scoring over 30 points in standard leagues and 10 players doing it in PPR leagues. Of the top 10 players, half of them were running backs, proving running backs are the key to a good fantasy football team. Check out who were the best of the best this week.
The end of Week 13 marks the end of the fantasy football regular season. I would like to congratulate everyone who made it to the playoffs, and for those who just missed out, good luck next year. As far as top performances go, there were some big names, one huge surprise, and one very familiar face.
Larry Fitzgerald came into last week as the No. 3 wide receiver in half-point per reception (half-PPR) fantasy scoring. Sitting him last week was bold, but hopefully you listened. Fitzgerald only caught three passes for 29 yards, a dreadful fantasy day that can be partly attributed to Carson Palmer’s injury.