Tyler’s Unqualified Fantasy Corner: Championship Week

We made it. It’s here. Championship week.

It’s been a hell of a season, a whole lot of highs, a ton of lows.

Whether you picked Saquon Barkely first overall and it derailed your season, or you stole Lamar Jackson in the back end of the draft that led you to near eternal glory, this season was one of lessons.

Usually, you can take a lot from a Fantasy Season, for example, whatever I say…do the opposite! It always works out!

Some other lessons learned:

  1. First and foremost, just pick Christian McCaffrey, it always works out.
  2. Pick a top 5 or 6 tight end. If you get one of the big 5 or 6, it makes setting your lineup a whollllle lot easier.
  3. DO NOT OVERTHINK. If a guy is questionable and he’s an unquestioned starter, leave him in there.
  4. Don’t trust any Dolphin or Redskin or Bengal or Lion when Stafford isn’t playing.
  5. Having Lamar Jackson on your team is fun.
  6. Playing against Lamar Jackson is not fun.
  7. Trust the young guys.
  8. Don’t reach for a quarterback, you end up with Phil Rivers or Big Ben if you do that and then you’re screwed.
  9. We have to do something next year to keep Nick Downey out of the championship, it’s getting ridiculous.
  10. If you’re making 60 moves on your way to the end of the season, it probably isn’t going to end well. Trust yourself.

Maybe that should be the Fantasy Football Commandments. At least for this year. They will be amended for 2020 when Joe Burrow is quarterbacking the Cincinatti Bengals and the Dolphins pick 37 people in the first round.

OK, people (except for @789Media’s own Chris Collymore) it is time to go win your championship and achieve eternal glory (and some cash)



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Michael Gallup, DAL WR

Well….he’s playing the Eagles.



Breshad Perriman, TB WR

Chris Godwin and Mike Evans have moved on as force ghosts (until 2020) and there is nobody left but Perriman, OJ Howard and Joey Galloway’s makeup from that college football show. This guy is catching a 70 yard bomb on Saturday and I am willing to guarantee it.*


*and by guarantee it I mean simply I HOPE SO!

Greg Ward Jr., PHI WR

It is hard for me to write this as I am screaming inaudible nonsense from my roof ever since the last drive against the Redskins on Sunday, but Ward is going to continue to step up, on the way to the Eagles miracle win Sunday. A beautiful sight to see really.


It’s simple. I won’t be. The Eagles definitely won’t do that thing where after two wins they completely disappear and get blown to smithereens. Nope. There is no way.


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OJ Howard, TB TE

Frankly, I don’t care that there is literally nobody left for Jameis to throw to, Howard night just be the biggest fantasy disappointment this entire season, and you’re going to put your championship in his hands? Uh…PASS


Like I have said about 3 times already, there is literally nobody left for Jameis to throw to. Literally, no one.

Melvin Gordon, LAC RB

As people close to me know, I have been telling everybody Melvin Gordon stinks all years. Obviously, he doesn’t. However, for fantasy purposes, he is second fiddle in the Chargers backfield, The Chargers are terrible, and they’re offense is terrible. There are plenty of star table players on the offense, Gordon is not one of them. If Gordon didn’t cost you a shot at the title this week, don’t let him cost you this week, sit him.


You know that Gordon is going for 100 yards and two touchdowns, right? This is going to the Gordon’s last fantasy week on the Chargers. He’s going off. Surely.

Tom Brady, NE QB

He’s cooked. Well, not really. But maybe? I don’t know. Don’t start him, he’s not winning you a fantasy title. He may win his real team another one, but not you. You aren’t getting one if you start him.


Live look at you when Brady throws his 4th touchdown:

First off I want to thank everybody for their continued support throughout the season. It means the world to me.

To be able to do this for a second year is something I never even thought possible, and the fact people even read and interact with me on these still blows my mind every time.

So again, without getting too sappy, thank you so much to everybody who helps contribute, help with the jokes, players etc. You all mean the world to me! Be sure to be on the lookout for non-Fantasy related content soon.

TD out.

Tyler’s Unqualified Fantasy Corner: Round 2

Well…if you’ve made it this far, congratulations! If not…that stinks!

It’s semi-finals weekend, and your star players are DROPPING like flies.

Mike Evans? Sorry, goodbye. DJ Chark? Awfully shaky leaving Sunday’s blowout loss in a walking boot. Still starting Odell Beckham? You’re probably playing in the toilet bowl.

We’re getting into where teams are fighting for seeding, random players are stepping up, and the NFC East is a hot pile of trash that will surely go until the bitter end and torture us all.

Now is not the time to overthink it (obviously), stick to your go-to players that got you to this point, even if they’ve strung together a bad week or two.

With injuries, benchings, and weird scenarios popping up all over the place though, it is crucial to make sure if there are significant holes going into a must win game, that you have a plan.

Let’s get right to it.


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Raheem Mostert, SF RB

As I am sitting here, admiring Raheem Mostert’s season and how far he has come, something about him seems familiar, and I couldn’t figure out why…

On, now I remember.

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( Photo: Jeff Hanisch, USA TODAY Sports)

Yet just another amazing job by the Eagles here.

Whoops I’m getting bitter. Mostert has been awesome, and he looks untouchable at times. If you’re in a bind, give him a start.


Brieda is finally back and the Niners have a new running back go off every other twenty minutes. What did I JUST say about sticking with your guys? C’mon.

Cooper Kupp, LAR WR

Cooper Kupp is struggling lately, and I am not entirely sure why. He has a touchdown in each of the last two games, but with the emergence of Tyler Higbee, among others, Kupp has taken a backseat, for whatever reason. The experts are hopping off the Kupp bandwagon. Me, also being an expert, harshly disagrees. They’re playing indoors in Dallas this weekend. Kupp is going off. Book it.


The Cowboys wake up, Jared Goff remembers he is Jared Goff, and he only completes twelve passes, ten of which go to Robert Woods.

Marvin Jones Jr., DET WR

I don’t know why, but this week feels like one of those Marvin Jones multiple touchdowns type weeks. I don’t know why I think that, but I do.


His QB is a create a player and the Lions stink, that feeling must just be indigestion.

UPDATE: So as I wrote this Marvin Jones got thrown on IR….but everybody makes mistakes, including me. I know I know, shocking. But I’m leaving it in here accepting a loss. Because that’s what heroes do.


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Boston Scott, PHI RB

Come on… I know I know, I too have converted my Boston Scott hype train credentials to full-time. But don’t do this, you know better.



Golden Tate, NYG WR

Golden Tate was having a wonderful season for the absymal Giants until that concussion. He did absolutely nothing against his former team on Monday, and it looks like he is third on the target list behind Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard. If you have another option, don’t start Tate.


If you are a frequent reader of this here column, you will remember that I have been wrong on Giants wide receivers ZERO times.

(As per usual please do not look at old articles, you are not allowed.)

Jamison Crowder, NYJ WR

I believe it was in this very article that I declared Crowder as a must start. In a month since I have done that he has scored about 8 total points. So, it might be time to put ole Crowder in the back burner.


Who do the Jets play again? *checks notes* Yeah..go ahead and just not.

We do’nt have any cheesy outro this week. I will see you all in the championship!*

*Except my opponents, specifically sister, who’s season will come to a miserable end this weekend.*

Tyler’s Unqualified Fantasy Corner – Round 1

The battle is over, but the war continues.

That’s a bit dramatic, I know. I’m trying to captivate the audience to start the article. What can I say, I’m an entertainer at heart.

The regular season is OVER! And boy, was it wild.

Our season ended in dramatic fashion, with 4 of the 5 6-6 teams in the playoff hunt winning knocking out our own commissioner by less than 10 points.

I never do this, but I want to give a big shout-out to Mike McNichol, our 12th place winner (loser). The guy had a bunch of injuries (Tyreek Hill, Hunter Henry), bad luck (scoring a grand total of about 22 points after 6 PM Week’s 12 and 13 combined) and unlucky draft picks that he continued to fight through and make the last week a sweat for literally 4 teams (myself included).

I had the pleasure (luck?) of facing Mike in Week 13 this year, it was possibly the most fun/awful/excruciating/hilarious fantasy match up of all time, that literally went on until CJ Ham fumbled that kickoff Monday night at about 11:30 PM EST.

Mike came in dead last by only 23 points, barely losing to Harney’s team, which featured Odell Beckham’s ghost and Kalen Ballage’s corpse.

Mike has gone about having to make the infamous fitness account as graceful as one could (lord knows I wouldn’t handle it well), and I hope everybody follows the account in it’s first year of existance (the @ to come, stay tuned..) Give my guy some clout, will ya?!

Alright, now that the fight for the instagram fitness account has come and gone…it is time for the real show: the PLAYOFFS! It is about dang time.

Let’s pick some winners (and losers) shall we?!



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Gardner Minshew, JAX QB

THE KING IS BACK! I here at @tdowney_ (follow me) have been a long supporter of Nick Foles. I wanted him to go get his money and do well. At least one of those things happened, because he stinks; and the Jags do too with him under center. Minshew is back to light this thing up.


He’s still a 6th round rooki-oh who am I kidding LOOK AT HIM! MINSHEW MANIA!

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Carson Wentz, PHI QB

The Eagles are bad. The Giants are worse. Homer take incoming, I’m just as annoyed as everybody else. Eagles stink, fire everybody, Carson stinks blah blah blah. Wentz is gonna have 300 yards and 3 touchdowns Monday Night and Joe Tessitore is going to be yelling like the Eagles just got elected president. Birds by 50.


I can think of 400 reasons I am. My simplest take is….I won’t be.

Jarvis Landry, CLE WR

The Browns stink, but it doesn’t matter for Landry! The dude is putting up numbers. He has great chemistry with Joe Pesci, excuse me I’m sorry, with Baker Mayfield playing quarterback. His coach is a disgrace and their offense is sad, doesn’t matter for ole Landry, he’s producing. Start him and forget about it.


Finally, the week Odell goes off! Yay!!! Good thing you started the other guy!! Enjoy the offseason.


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Odell Beckham Jr., CLE WR

Now…on the other side of the offense. What the hell happened to OBJ? Does Baker hate him? Did Freddie Kitchens forget about him? Is he going to be traded again? I have no idea, but if you drafted him and made the playoffs, congrats, because I can’t believe it. Don’t start him.


10 catches 167 yards and 2 touchdowns. 38.7 fantasy points. It’s a formality.

Brandin Cooks, LAR WR

I am pretty proud of my fantasy teams. Playoffs all around, I even got a bye in my league with the squad from Shippensburg. Brandin Cooks…not my proudest pick. For myself and anybody else who has him, it’s not great! He’s back but you wouldn’t know it. I watched plenty of the Rams/Cards game, he was hardly noticeable. Not only should you not start him, I would think about cutting him. He’s just taking up space.


I can pretty much hear the whistle sound of the ball flying 70 yards down field as Cooks catches that long touchdown ruining your season, I can HEAR it.

Terry McLaurin, WAS WR

I have been a big fan of scary Terry this year. He is the only receiver on the Redskins you could even think about starting. With the playoffs here, you shouldn’t trust him. At all. If he didn’t burn you on your quest to get into the tournament, don’t let him do it now. Stay far away.


Sitting a young Washington player in a critical fantasy game with the risk of him going off? Boy, does that sound familiar to anybody? No? Okay.

Good luck everybody, if you have that bye week, sit back, kick your feet up, and watch the Eagles season go up in even more flames. If you are in the wild card round: good luck, godspeed and I will see you on the other side!

Tyler’s Unqualified Fantasy Corner: Week 13

It allll comes down to this.

Week 13, the season finale, which hopefully for you all goes better than the Season 8 finale of Game of Thrones.

I did not watch Game of Thrones, but it certainly sounded like everybody hated it on twitter.

I am three sentences in and I am already distracted.


It’s the last week, everything is on the line, are you going to make the playoffs and start your magical run toward eternal glory, or are you on your way to trying to up your follower count on your brand new instagram fitness account?

Whether your quarterback is Lamar Jackson or Jeff Driskel, you have to do your hardest to try and figure out a way to pull out the win, even if you’re going against the guy who benched Devante Adams for Willie Snead…and it worked out for them.

Without further ado….our final regular season picks.

Let’s go.


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Cole Beasley, BUF WR

The Cole Beasley revenge game, everybody knew it was coming, and if they didn’t, they are lying. Beasley is lowkey on fire as of late, and he is going against his former team that didn’t want him back this year on National TV on Turkey Day. The Bills are rolling again and a good win against the Cowboys would be great for their psyche as well as mine. I’ve got a big Beasley game here.


Uhhh, the Bills are frauds. You know it, I know it, we all know it. And you are relying on Cole Beasley to take you to the promised land….yikes.

Ryan Tannehill, TEN QB

So…..Ryan Tannehill looking good was NOT something I had in mind. Is he playing himself into the Titans quarterback of the future? It’s too early to say. I will say, however, that it is not ridiculous to start him this week. Every game he has had at least 19 points, including a 32 spot this past Sunday. They are playing the Colts and my favoite player, Jacoby Brissett, on Sunday. If the Titans win this one, they would be right within grasp of the AFC South title. Start Tannehill and don’t think twice.


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Kyler Murray, ARI QB

As we have just seen, the Rams got toasted by a quarterback who can move his feet. Seeing as Kyler is one of those quarterbacks, I think he is going to do just fine. Kyler is the 5th ranked QB this year in fantasy, and he has been making plays all over the field on the road to what should be the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. The Rams are reeling, this one is easy.


The Rams and Jalen Ramsey STINK. Cards are stealing this one. Book it.


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Sterling Shepard, NYG WR

I would tend to stay away from Shepard, who has multiple concussions this year and plays for a team where I am not so sure they drafted the correct quarterback. Between the other options the Giants have, coupled with the fact that they are hot trash, stay away.


Golden Tate is hurt, Saquon stinks and Evan Engram is MIA. Shepard will get the ball. Because somebody has to. I think.

Brian Hill, ATL RB

I swear to you, one of these weeks I am going to take my own advice.


Let’s just move on, PLEASE.

Literally Any Player playing for the Dolphins or Redskins

There just simply isn’t a player worth even trying to field this week for either of those sorry teams. I looked, there isn’t. I would say the Bengals too but some of their guys get points sometimes…I think.


I don’t care that Kalen Ballage scored while carrying the ball 11 times for 9 yards. It isn’t a good play! And neither is Adrian Peterson after the year 2014.

I want to wish a good luck to everybody this weekend, even my opponents, fantasy football is cool regardless whether you win or lose. It truly is about coming together with your friends and making football even more fun that it already is.

I’m just kidding, it’s about winning and bragging to everybody how much better you are than them. DUH.

But seriously, good luck, y’all. I will see everybody for Round 1!

Tyler’s Unqualified Fantasy Corner: Week 12

As we come down to the wire here, I am going to do something I don’t usually do, talk about my fantasy league. I’m sure you all don’t normally care about hearing about other people’s fantasy leagues, but frankly, this is very funny.

I am in a league with 11 of my closest family and friends and have been now for four years in a row. We have many rivalries here. For example, we have three sets of siblings, one set of them being twins, a parent of two other league members, a pair of roommates, and Harney and anybody he beats. They have been compared to the battles of Ancient Rome.

“I can’t believe I’m relying on Joe Mixon to save my season,” Tim Egan, 26, twin brother of Conor Egan, explained to me recently.

“Can you believe he threw me down an elevator shaft for THIS?!” Emperor of the Galactic Empire Sheev Palpatine explained, “All I did was suggest that Zach Ertz was washed!”

We have added and gotten rid of rules and other quirks of the league, and this year is a lot of firsts. My Dad has beat his arch-rival, Bill Ghaul, for literally the first time in four years. This is the first year I have gone over 5 wins in a single season (not to brag of course). It’s also the first year our commissioner, Dylan Drumm, a close friend of the program, has locked down more than 4 losses for the first time in this league’s first term.

“It’s crazy,” Dan Ehinger, 25 year old man with a good K/D in Modern Warfare described to me, “one minute I’m in dead last, I wake up a year later and look at the standings and I’m at the top!”

While it’s subject to change, we’ve had only 2 champions (my younger brother Nick and my pal and another close friend of the program, BigKoov) in the three years before this season and they’re both outside the playoffs right now. Again….talk to me in a week about that one when Kev beats me and vaults Nick ahead of me.

Another first for us is the illustrious last place punishment. We have tinkered with this idea for years, only this year we finally came up with a solution: last place makes an Instagram fitness account that one must post on once a week.

I reached out to BigKoov, aforementioned local man in last place, for comment on the race for the account, he said to me: “Shut up sir, I’m contacting the police.”

For context, out of 12 people, one played real college sports, so yes, we’re all world-class athletes. So our league account is going to set the globe on fire with our sponsors.

There are 4 teams in the running, and it is coming down to the WIRE.

The moral of the story here, if you’re my friends Kyle, Kev, Koov, and noted Lamar Jackson non-believer Mike, you can’t throw away the bad year strictly because of Tyreek Hill’s injuries, or because you can’t get a quarterback to score more than -1, and definitely not because you picked 7 running backs and no defense or kicker, you have to fight til the end. Each of them are set up quite nicely to absolutely ruin somebody else’s season (MINE) and save themselves from the Instagram infamy(?)

Then again, maybe I should get back to running more instead of writing about managing my fake football team and worrying that since I’ve written this I’ve cursed myself to saving at least one of them from punishment.

You’re right, silly idea.



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The Colts Backfield

So Marlon Mack broke his hand, because of course he did. Right when I’m gearing up for a run. He’s gone. SO, it’s time to believe in the Colts Committee, led by Nyheim Hines, Jordan Wilkins and some guy named Williams, I trust them. Right after the Texans get thrashed by King Lamar, they’ll be licking their wounds on a short week. Opportunities are aplenty. Start those Colts.


You don’t even know this dudes name and you’re starting him. Remember when I told you to start a guy named Brian Hill 7 days ago. Yeah that went well.

D.K Metcalf, SEA WR

He’s playing the Eagles.


He’s playing the Eagles.

Dallas Goedert, PHI TE

I know. He’s on the Eagles. That alone should warrant you to just not. However, Goedert will get looks, he’s been getting more targets recently because the Eagles are starting 6 guys from my fantasy league at wide receiver. Well, they might as well be. He’ll get the ball, and the Hawks stink against tight ends.



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Brian Hill, ATL RB

I am so sorry, just don’t.


If I’m wrong for the second consecutive week on Brian Hill I will do absolutely nothing except pretend nothing ever happened in the first place.

Nick Foles, JAX QB

So BDN is back, great news; however, not great news if you’re trying to start him. He struggled against the Colts and now he’s got Tennessee. The suddenly frisky Titans. They’re pushing for the playoffs. I think they’re going to give ol’ St. Nick fits.


Screenshot this and send it my way after DJ Chark’s third touchdown Sunday.

Darius Slayton, NYG WR

The guy I affectionately called “WHO!??” for 6 weeks to start the season. Darius Slayton has come on a bit here for the G-Men. Sadly for him, so has Golden Tate, who’s on fire and should be in your lineup unquestioned. Slayton has the skills, he just isn’t there yet.


I don’t know the Giants are bizarre they might mess around and win. Okay, they won’t, but Slayton might make some noise.

ALRIGHT, saddle in, folks. It’s going to be a wild Week 12. I’ll keep everybody posted on the Great War for the Instagram Account. It’s going to be ELECTRIC.

If your league has a hilarious punishment, let a guy know @tdowney_ so we can inevitably steal it for our league.

Shoutout to the gang for letting me expose the league this week.

See y’all next week!

Tyler’s Unqualified Fantasy Corner: Week 11

Well…that was bizarre.

What a week. Colts lose to the Dolphins, Lamar Jackson might be the greatest person at their job I have ever seen in my entire life, and Jared Goff couldn’t have beaten St. Bernies in the Turkey Bowl with that performance.

You’re always due for one extremely bizarre week of football late in the season, and I think we got that this weekend. We had title contenders getting punched in the mouth, tanking teams doing the punching, and SaQuon Barkley getting a single yard rushing.

It was an odd week, but you can’t let that deter you from the goal. It’s Week 11, there’s THREE weeks left not to mess this up, this is not the time for drastic measures. You stay the course, play who got you here (barring injury and bye weeks of course) and ride your hot hands.

Let’s not waste any time! Pick time.


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Tom Brady, NE QB


Boy, do I hope I am.

Christian Kirk, ARI WR

I think we have finally hit the point of the program where Christian Kirk is a must-start. Yes, just the week prior, he had 2 catches for 8 yards…which is not good. However, you saw Kirk at full strength for the first time all year this past weekend. The Cardinals have San Francisco again this weekend. I don’t think they slow him down again.


The 49ers slow him down again. Just like I predicted the entire time. Because I am always am right.

Brian Hill, ATL RB

I have to be honest with everybody, I was exactly today years old when I found out who Brian Hill was. Brian Hill had 21 carries Sunday, and I watched a majority of that game. I had no idea. Guess what, that is EXACTLY why you should start him Sunday. The unknown is the most certain thing in fantasy football. This guy is going off. I can FEEL it. Start him. Forget about it. Reap the rewards.


I’m sorry….you started WHO???!???


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Randall Cobb, DAL WR

Randall Cobb certainly had a good game last week. That is something you can’t really say a lot of nowadays. With Gallup, Cooper and Zeke, I just don’t see Cobb’s success being sustainable. There’s too many options for Prescott to go to, Cobb isn;t reliable enough. If you are starting Cobb at this point, you have booked your ticket to the toilet bowl.


Cobb zips on by the deterioting Lions defense in the first game the Cowboys have played during the day in what seems like 7 months. & catches 132 yards and a touchdown. Book it.

Zach Pascal, IND WR

What I have come to notice as a Jacoby Brissett stan is that during these Colts games here, when Brissett and T.Y. Hilton don’t play, these guys STINK! I don’t understand, Frank Reich is a great coach, but the guys outside those two aren’t getting the job done. I like Pascal, but until the Colts skill players earn trust, nobody outside the two mentioned above and Mack should start.


Pascal is going to look like Randy Moss with Jacoby coming back in a big division game. Jags stopping the Colts? Yeah right.

Mike Williams, LAC WR

I miss good Mike Williams, because this one isn’t fun. The Chargers are a bumbling mess, they can’t get anything going. They are still crazy talented, but for some reason can’t put it together. It’s like watching your favorite TV show that has come super close to winning multiple Emmy awards flop right before your very eyes in the final season on the air. Don’t start Williams


First off, I would like to thank the academy for single-handedly willing Mike Williams to a good fantasy week, Secondly, I am super glad I am not playing him this week after throwing him the ole’ Tyler Downey reverse jinx. I really am for the people.

Don’t lose focus now, people, the time is now to secure your spot in the playoffs, or earn that bye week, or absolutely tank away your season. Stay focused and embrace the hustle.

Now, if you will excuse me, I will be watching Disney+ (not sponsored, Disney, hit my line, let’s talk.)

See y’all next week!