Dumbest NFL Fantasy Football Moves of Week 6 (2014-15)


It’s becoming obvious, playing NFL Fantasy Football doesn’t build intelligence, it reveals it. My decision-making in advance of NFL Week 6 of this season has to be severely questioned. A lack of IQ is the only way to explain scoring 119 fantasy football points in my standard league and still losing. So what exactly happened, as general manager of my team I benched quarterback Tom Brady and started Detroit Lions’ quarterback, Matthew Stafford. I lost out on 27 fantasy points in my matchup. What an idiot. For this decision, I self-elect myself for making the dumbest NFL Fantasy Football Moves of the week.

Stafford was missing two of his prime targets, wide receiver Calvin Johnson and running back Reggie Bush, both unable play due to ankle injuries. Brady, on the other hand, was facing the Buffalo Bills, who don’t ever beat his New England Patriots.

Team Marin benched Tom Brady to start Matthew Stafford instead of Week 6.

Tale of Two Quarterbacks

At Rich Stadium in Buffalo, the New England Patriots defeated the Bills 37-22. While the Bills were guilty of three turnovers, the Patriots methodically defeated their AFC East conference foe again. In the first two quarters, Brady completed 12-of-20 passes for 87 yards with one touchdown. After the half, Brady completed 15-of-17 passes for 274 yards with three scores. As solid as the Bills’ defense looked in the first half, they were equally bad in the second. The Patriots’ quarterback final stat line was 27-37 for 361 yards with four touchdowns. Brady scored a total of 30 fantasy football points in our standard league.

By comparison on the road against the rival Minnesota Vikings, Matthew Stafford was 19-33 for 185 yards, with one touchdown. In addition, the Vikings defense sacked Stafford four times. Stafford scored a grand total of 13 fantasy points in this important divisional win against the Vikings. Here’s one of the most frustrating aspects of playing Fantasy Football. Real-world team wins and losses really don’t matter. The AP post-game story about the Lions’ win wrote, “Stafford was turnover-free, most importantly, and good enough to lead a seven-play, 80-yard opening drive for a score to put the defense in position to dominate.” That may be true, but starting Stafford over Brady was plain stupid.

Matt Stafford was sacked our times by the Vikings’ defense on Sunday.

There Can Be Only One…

So far, Team Marin and Team Weiss have been of the stronger performers in the league. They have been battling for the top spots in their respective fantasy league conferences since Week 3. It may not seem like a big deal now, but down the line, this loss could be big for playoff seeding. Team Marin can’t afford to make another one of the dumbest fantasy football moves of the week ever again.