Who Made the Dumbest NFL Fantasy Football Move of the Week?
Team Vega’s decision may be one of the Dumbest NFL Fantasy Football Move ever. If you’re an avid reader of this site, it could seem like F&TS is piling on the self-proclaimed Sports Genius of our Fantasy Football league. But for the second consecutive week, Vega’s starting quarterback decision was absolutely ridiculous.
On Sunday, Team Vega started Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins who hosted the New York Giants in an important NFC East matchup. Cousins contributed to six giveaways and 31 points for the Giants. A strip-sack by Mathias Kiwanuka set up New York’s first touchdown. Trumaine McBride‘s strip of tight end Logan Paulsen after a catch ended a Washington drive deep in New York territory. Prince Amukamara, Quintin Demps, McBride, and Antrel Rolle intercepted Cousins’ passes in the second half. To sum up, Cousins threw four interceptions, had a quarterback rating of 53, and a total of five fantasy football points.
So what made Vega’s decision so bad. Vega benched Green Bay Packers‘ quarterback Aaron Rodgers to start Kirk Cousins. Rodgers’ final stats were 22-28 for 302 yards, four touchdowns, and a total of 28 fantasy points.
Honorable Dumb Move Mentions
To show we are objective, we are making sure to call out other general managers who made awful fantasy decisions. Team Velez benched New York Giants’ tight end Larry Donnell who caught three touchdowns and scored 23 fantasy points in the Giants rout of Washington 45-14. Team Velez started New Orleans Saints’ tight end, Jimmy Graham, instead of Donnell. Graham only scored 12 fantasy points in a 38-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. It wasn’t the dumbest move of the week. Who could have predicted three touchdowns from Larry Donnell? But it’s a dumb move nevertheless.
Bye Weeks Matter
Team Mario started Seattle Seahawks‘ running back Marshawn Lynch and Cincinnati Bengals‘ back Giovani Bernard. Normally those decisions wouldn’t be a problem, but the Seahawks and Bengals were on their bye weeks. While his two other options at running back were Stevan Ridley and Toby Gerhart, any production is better than zero points. Ridley and Gerhart combined for 13 fantasy points. To all the team owners whose decision making was questionable at best, thanks for being you. Stay tuned throughout the season for the dumbest fantasy football move of the week.