It’s been a tale of two different seasons for FC Nike and Taco Corp as one team heads into Week 5 at 4-0 and the other is carrying up the rear at 0-4. While it looks clear that FC Nike is a playoff team, Taco Corp will almost certainly need to win this week if they plan on making the playoffs. In ths article we will examine their draft, how they got where they are, and what the rest of the season may hold.
FC Nike had a simple draft strategy, lock in two WRs and two RBs who are going to consistently put up points. The WR combo of Antonio Brown and Calvin Johnson are guranteed points every week and owner Brandon Boyle locked this duo up for the long haul, giving them a combined 6 years. At RB Marshawn Lynch, also the focal point of his team’s offense, has posted serious points so far this year along with Matt Forte. These four players formed a strong cornerstone to FC Nike’s title run. If analyzed in a 12 team snake draft, these four players are all top 20 picks. Risking depth, FC Nike managed to still land other players who have been able to contribute. Delanie Walker, Martellus Bennett, Fred Jackson, TY Hilton and Jay Cutler all cost FC Nike under $20m of cap space, and the connection of Cutler to Bennett so far this year has been a mainstay in churning out points. FC Nike are clearly on the way to winning their division and making the playoffs, although Calvin Johnson’s nagging injury will need to sort itself if FC Nike want to remain the strongest team.
Taco Corp took a very different approach to their draft, and also made a blockbuster trade after just two weeks of the season. Taco Corp had landed Andrew Luck for a very modest salary and given him a 3 year contract, while over paying Jamaal Charles to a one year deal. While Luck has arguably been the best fantasy QB in the first four weeks of the season, Jamaal Charles started off slow with an injury, but after being traded has erupted for a 35 point week against the Patriots in Week 4, which turned out to be a key to turning around the fortunes of Stoge City. What seems to be another managerial mistake, Taco Corp has dug themself into a rough 0-4 hole, with a team that probably does not deserve much more. Taco Corp’s lone strength lies at QB with Peyton Manning who, because of a bye has yet to make a difference. They also have potential within their WR core which consists of Alshon Jeffery, Jeremy Maclin, Anquan Boldin and the returning Wes Welker. A nightmare situation at RB, Taco Corp is currently fielding Donald Brown and Terrance West at RB, and with very little help in terms of depth in bye weeks, Taco Corp will struggle through several weeks where they may have to field a backup RB in hopes of points. Taco Corp is moving into week 5 with no players on bye, and is facing an average team in the Purple Cobras. A strong mismatch at QB with Peyton Manning playing against Tom Brady could prove to be the path towards the win column.
Prediction: FC Nike and Taco Corp both win this week, and Taco Corp is your answer to the question of the week behind Peyton Manning’s attempt to get Wes Welker back on track.