Beat the Coach: Week 1
Posted Sep. 09 at 05:18 AM
PerfectSeasonFFB.com founder Scott Sachs, aka "The Coach", is sponsoring a contest for Fantasy Index subscribers. At stake is a free, week-long subscription to his LIVE TALK service for opponents who can beat him - including up to five emails and/or texts, & five LIVE phone calls.
The Coach's first challenger, Miguel, chose the NFC and vamped his line-up according to their opponents. "I like the match-ups, though all these guys are on the road (except Williams), so I'm a bit worried."
The Coach took a different tack, laying down a roster of vaunted AFC studs. "Week 1 is not the time to experiment. Always play your studs, forget your bench, ignore the matchups: there are no trends yet."
The Coach is promising 1/2 price, season-long subscriptions to the first 30 people who comment on these contest pages. That's one-on-one advice on Start "Em, Sit 'Em choices, match-ups and trade offers! Rehash their decisions, critique their line-ups or tell them where they should have made substitutions: comment below.
Week 1 - The Coach's AFC Roster
1 QB--Peyton Manning
2RBs--Chris Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew
3 WRs--Randy Moss, Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne
1PK-- Rob Bironas
Week 1 - Miguel's NFC Roster
QB -- Aaron Rodgers
RBs -- Frank Gore, Jahvid Best
WRs -- Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson, Mike Williams (TB)
TE -- Jermichael finley
K -- Joe Nedney
DEF -- San Francisco
The Coach had no surprises, pretty much went with all proven studs. Where's the fun in that Coach? Only pick I didn't like was MJD. Too much speculation over his knee. By all accounts he's fine, but who knows what's really going on there.
As far as my selections go. I took more chances than The Coach. Jahvid Best and Mike Williams are rookies but I don't see why they can't have good games. Detroit has enough passing options now where you can't just worry about Calvin Johnson. I think that's gonna lead to some nice running lanes for Best. Mike Williams is a total gamble, and possibly a mistake. I figured that if there was a passing TD in that game that he'd have a good chance of being the one to catch it. Winslow only caught 5 last year and I'm not sure who else they'd go to there.
The rest of my picks were pretty safe. Rodgers and Finley were pretty obvious. Eagles have always had a hard time stopping tight ends. Gore scored 4 TD's against Seattle last year. Yes it's a new season, but I don't see much of a difference in Seattle's Def. to say that he can't torch them again. Speaking of Seattle, offense looks bad, which explains my 49ers DEF pick.
All of my players except for one (Williams) play on the road, so that's a slight worry. But it's week 1, so I don't expect it to be much of a factor.
The Coach's Analysis
Miguel made some very intelligent picks, so it's going to be a shame to beat him--even with my stacked Week 1 AFC contest lineup. Hopefully it will be a close, but VERY high scoring affair, and here's why:
I'm in 2 leagues, my regular league that I've been in 23 years, plus my work league.
Check out Miguel's Week 1 contest lineup again vs. who I picked in my regular league draft: I picked Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson, Jermichael Finley, Mike Williams, plus SF defense--5 alike! Great minds think alike, I guess.
Although I am not starting TB WR Mike Williams this week in my regular league, he has a very good match-up at home against Cleveland. It would have been easy for Miguel to start M. Austin or R. White for the contest, but offenses have been going through the Browns defense in preseason like a fat boy through french fries. In fact, Miguel has inspired me so much with this move, I am now starting TB's QB, Josh Freeman, as my "flex player" in my regular league. Finally, SF is the class of the NFC West and their matchup is against the Seahawks--who will be hanging around the Rams' basement neighborhood this year.
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