How’s this for a swift kick in the rear …
In one of my 10 fantasy leagues, I started Ryan Torain as my No. 2 back with Clinton Portis and Earnest Graham on byes. He scores 12 points in the first half and is poised for a huge stat line — then he tears his ACL and misses the remainder of the game.
OK, so I still got 12 points — that’s not bad.
But then I got a big, fat zero from Bernard Berrian and one lousy point from Steve Smith. Somehow, I’m still in the fantasy game, due in larger part to the Ravens defense (26 points) and Matt Forte (25 points).
Then things started to fall apart.
I started Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates, who both had huge statistical games. Being the greedy fantasy owner that I am, I was hoping the Chiefs would score a late touchdown to force the game into overtime.
But rather than kick the extra point, which might have given Rivers and Gates a legitimate chance to score even more fantasy points, the Chiefs go for two points and the win.
OK, so heading into the Sunday night game I’m ahead 124-106 with Plaxico Burress, while my opponent had Brandon Jacobs and David Akers. Burress comes out and scores a quick touchdown, so I’m feeling pretty confident.
Then the painful end to this painful fantasy game begins…
Jacobs made absolute mincemeat of the Eagles run defense, rushing for 126 yards and two touchdowns. But the real kicker was how he scored those touchdowns. His first score would have never even happened if Tom Coughlin doesn’t challenge a call that penalized Eli Manning for throwing an illegal forward pass.
The play was reviewed and the G-Men won the challenge. That led to a short touchdown for Jacobs. His second score was challenged, as he appeared to fumble the ball right before he crossed the goal line. But after a review, the officials determined that there was inconclusive evidence.
So with Akers scoring seven points and Burress being held without even a single catch after his first-quarter score, I’m on the wrong end of a 135-132 loss.
Such is life in the fantasy world…