Breaking Down My 4-0 Fantasy Football Team

Breaking Down My 4-0 Fantasy Football Team

With bye weeks looming, and injuries to players piling up, the fantasy football season always gets more challenging as it goes on

The NFL season is in full swing and fans across the nation are loving it as per usual. One of the many traditions fans like myself take part in is fantasy football, the online game where you draft players and earn points based on their performances. I'm off to a great start in my tournament league. In fact, I currently sit at an undefeated 4-0 record. Here's the team I have and the players that got me to this point!

Quarterback: Russell Wilson, Marcus Mariota

There's nothing better in fantasy football than knowing you're set under center. Russell Wilson and Marcus Mariota are both great quarterbacks capable of putting up big yardage both as passers and as runners. Wilson is my starter and has played great, and as long as Mariota is healthy, you can usually count on him to have a decent game.

Running Back: Devonta Freeman, Jordan Howard, Ty Montgomery, Matt Forte

The running back position is the pride and joy of my team. When I drafted this team, I wanted to make sure I would never be lacking at RB since good fantasy RB's are hard to find. Devonta Freeman and Jordan Howard are top running backs in the NFL who I can count on for triple-digit yards and at least one trip to the end zone. Ty Montgomery is my go to Flex player, and Matt Forte offers depth.

Wide Receiver: Emmanuel Sanders, Devante Parker, Jeremy Maclin, Torrey Smith

This is probably the weakest position group on my roster. Emmanuel Sanders is the only one that puts up decent numbers week to week. Devante Parker is decent but inconsistent, Jeremy Maclin is affected by Joe Flacco's struggles, and Torrey Smith is more of a depth player fantasy wise.

Tight End: Jason Witten, Eric Ebron

Even in his 15th NFL season, Jason Witten continues to produce at a good level. Witten usually gets a good amount of targets, and there's always a good chance he'll be thrown to in the end zone. Eric Ebron hasn't been great since the Lions drafted him, and he still needs to develop as a player. I'm only putting in Ebron if Witten has a bye or gets injured.

Defense/Special Teams: Patriots, Titans

Both of these defenses have potential to be top units this season. Sadly, the potential hasn't been reached yet. The Pats and Titans sit at just 2-2, and their porous defenses are huge reasons why. Hopefully, the early season rust comes off, because these defenses are better than what they've shown.

Kicker: Blair Walsh, Caleb Sturgis

Blair Walsh has been a solid starting kicker for me. I tend not to do a whole lot of moving and shaking at this position because you can't really predict how well a kicker will do. But, I do need to make a move at kicker. Caleb Sturgis is confirmed out for the rest of the season on injured reserve, having been replaced by rookie phenom Jake Elliott. Dropping Sturgis will give me room to get another RB.

With bye weeks looming, and injuries to players piling up, the fantasy football season always gets more challenging as it goes on, but 4-0 is 4-0. Here's hoping for continued good luck in one of my favorite things about football.

Also, I have a second fantasy team in another league. I'm 0-4.

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An Open Letter To High School Athletes In Their Senior Season

For those athletes that have handed or will hand in their jersey. This one is for you.

As I’m sure you know senior year is an exciting time. You’re the “big dogs”, as my teachers would put it, of the whole school. This is the year you are able to do all the things you’ve waited for the past three years. You can sleep in every morning because you don’t have class until nine or leave school early because you don’t have a last hour class. It’s great, right? Right.

However, this year, although it’s arguably the best year of high school, could also be the hardest. No, not hard because of classes or homework or actually having to decide on a college. Hard because it’s full of lasts. Last Homecoming, last spirit week, last Sadie’s, last school pictures, last musical.

And for many, the last time you’ll wear that jersey.

Of all the lasts that will happen this year, that has to be toughest one. Unless you’re one of the lucky ones that will continue playing your chosen sport into college. Congratulations if that’s the case for you and I hope you continue playing as long as you can.

For those athletes that have handed or will hand in their jersey. This one is for you.

When you started as a freshman four years ago, you might have had little clue what the coming years would bring. As all freshmen do, you dreamed of making varsity and playing in every game, or earning as many medals as you could. The possibilities were endless.

Now here you are, in your senior year. Maybe you’ve won a state title or two. Maybe you’ve set new school records. Maybe even state records. No matter the case you’ve played your heart out for the past four years on the field and court. You’ve woken up at five in the morning for workouts and practices. And you’ve stayed until ten at night trying to get every play in the book fixed into your brain. You’ve spent your Friday nights under those nights no matter what the weather was like, rain or snow. You’ve spent your Saturdays at volleyball tournaments and your Sundays resting knowing that Monday’s practice would be a rough one. You’ve missed nearly a whole day of school for track meets or games that were just that far away.

You have had tan lines like crazy from your tennis uniform. Softball and baseball players have one hand darker then the other and golfers have legs three shades lighter than their arms. If you were like me you'd complain about how bad your tan lines looked in homecoming pictures (thank you tennis).

It never seems like it's your last year until senior night comes along. At least that's when it hit me. Then the next thing you know the season is over and you're handing in the uniform you've had the past couple of years.

So when you go to hand in that jersey or uniform remember the last four years. I hope you remember all the bus rides to and from games laughing with your teammates. The team dinners before games and the banquets to celebrate the season. All those early morning practices you dreaded until your coach came walking in with a box of doughnuts. All the games, win or lose, rain or shine, windy or hot. All the bruises and cuts you got that seemed to take ages to go away. Every practice you had to run extra for having too many fouls or turnovers. The pep rally’s for the first game of the season. The way you felt when you made that three, scored on a serve, caught that pass, or won that medal.

Because that chapter is or is almost over. The past four years you have been an athlete, I hope you showed it in every way. One day you won’t be an athlete anymore, so take this time to enjoy it and play with every ounce of passion you can.

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Here's What I Learned Going To A Gun Range

First of all, remember to put on earmuffs.

Over Spring Break, my roommate and I decided to try out a couple of activities we've never done before. We decided to visit the gun range to experience something that is very present in our lives. Coming from a country where private ownership of guns is largely outlawed, I first encountered a drawn gun during the USC Fertitta shooter scare of 2017.

Even so, I can say that I am 'familiar' with guns, and by that, I mean it's everywhere-- in movies, video games, and other media. Branding a gun looks so effortless when the hero of the movie jumps in to save the day, but knowing that real life is never like the movies, I wanted to experience what shooting a gun is truly like.

I started to sweat profusely the moment I entered the gun club lobby. All sorts of guns were hanging on the walls, and the sounds coming from the range were LOUD. After getting our gun (AK-47), ammunition, and protective gear, we headed to the range-- WITHOUT OUR EARMUFFS ON.

It was such a common sense thing to do, but our nerves got the best of us. My heart dropped to the bottom of my stomach when that shot went off, and my ears were ringing for about a minute.

It took us a while to gather ourselves and make sure everything was on. The first thing that hit me when I first entered the room was the smell. I guess that's what they meant in novels when they describe the smell of gunpowder.

Then, it was time to shoot.

What I was most afraid of was the kickback, because I hear about people getting hurt from the force. But when I pulled the trigger, the thing that made me jump was the sound-- not the smell or the kickback. The sound wasn't only loud, but very distinct and punctuated-- it took me by surprise even though I was expecting it.

After a couple of rounds, and lots of pictures, we were done.

It was a learning experience; I had never held such a powerful weapon in my hand, and I went in knowing that it's not a toy that you hold and look cool in.

I would definitely do it again.

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