It was time for a change, wasn’t it?
Apparently sick of making fantasy football owners coast to victory, Peyton Manning decided to hurl his first pick six of the year — known as a TAINT (Touchdown after interception) in #BQBL circles — and torture BQBL owners who we all know kept him benched against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars.
So, finally, the defending champion had some wind knocked out of his sail.
Which, I may add, was enough to prompt Mr. Smith to shoot yours truly a text message simply stating “Steal. Of. The. Draft.”
Houston. A Super Bowl contender coming into this season.
It got your humble author thinking: What have turned out to be the best steals and flops of the BQBL draft thus far? Remember, the key is value. Just because Jacksonville stinks doesn’t mean they necessarily take the top three, because that wasn’t a steal.
(My) Top three steals:
1.) Houston. Nobody could’ve predicted a flurry of pick sixes coming that would set records.
2.) San Francisco. You likely got ’em in one of the final rounds, and considering the consistent positive point output (not the mention a 67-point stinker in week two), you’re happy with it.
3.) New York Giants. In a word: Wow. Eli Manning has scored BQBL 25 or more points every week, including a 77-point outburst. Even Jacksonville hasn’t done that!
And then my top three flops:
1.) San Diego. Many fans considered San Diego’s offensive line akin to a sieve, and Philip Rivers under pressure is a good thing for the Bad Quarterback League. Week one was a solid start (26 points), but since three weeks have netted less than 10 points, and one was a -29 point performance that had people crying out “vintage Rivers!” in a bad way.
2.) Tennessee. Despite a 30-point outburst last week, any team taken in the consensus top 10 that posts two negative-point weeks, and a couple of more low point totals, deserves mention on this list.
3.) Buffalo. Something has to be in the air. No matter who starts at quarterback, they seem to keep getting a half-decent performance on the field.
To the scores!
Brad (73 points): New York Jets (22), Arizona (30), Dallas (21)
Ben (55 points): Oakland (47), Baltimore (1), Tampa Bay (7)
Ryan (34 points): Jacksonville (24), Chicago (0), St. Louis (7)
Caleb (A big goose egg): Buffalo (0), Pittsburgh (0), San Diego (0) [You have got to be kidding.]
Taylor (35 points): Philadelphia (-10), Tennessee (30), Indianapolis (15)
Bryan (72 points): Minnesota (20), Cleveland (12), Houston (40)
Brad: Washington (17), New York Giants (42)
Ben: Cincinnati (-6), San Francisco (12)
Ryan: Miami (bye), New England (3)
Caleb: Seattle (10), Carolina (-10)
Taylor: Detroit (5), New Orleans (10)
Bryan: Denver (47), Kansas City (37)
With that, we look at our updated numbers:
Points below maximum
Brad – 26 (338 so far this year)
Ben – 11 (121)
Ryan – 3 (195)
Caleb – 10 (44)
Taylor – 20 (114)
Bryan – 51 (99)
Bryan – 434
Ben – 362
Caleb – 312
Ryan – 259
Brad – 164
Taylor – 151