My Fantasy Team Is In Shambles Because of Patrick Mahomes

My Fantasy Team Is In Shambles And It's All Thanks To Patrick Mahomes

He's killed my fantasy season.

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I started playing fantasy football later than most people. I was 16 and not a big fan of professional football. I remember trading away so many of my players and ended up doing terribly. After playing fantasy for the past three years I learned to strategize better and how to draft. This year I knew the Kansas City Chiefs would have a gunslinger type offense and that I needed one of those weapons.

I was set at wide receiver so I drafted Travis Kelce. Kelce is the number two tight end in the game after Gronk but unlike the Patriots the Chiefs have the same game plan each week and the players put up consistent numbers. While I also knew Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill, and Sammy Watkins were on this team I knew first-year starter Patrick Mahomes would utilize Travis Kelce. Well, it is week 11 of the NFL season and Travis Kelce has only reached 20 points twice.

So, Patrick Mahomes, this is your fault.

I get it. Tyreek Hill is fast and Kareem Hunt is a great runner but I can't have all three of them on my team. The offense this year is completely different compared to Alex Smith running it last year. Mahomes came from Texas Tech where he was allowed to let the ball fly and that has become the offense in Kansas City. I know that not all players are going to have the same outcome each week but seven targets against the Cardinals on Sunday? Tyreek Hill does not need all the targets and touchdowns.

You can throw the ball to him too but remember the rest of the offense. Kareem Hunt only got 16 carries and two receptions what happened to spread the wealth? I know there is nobody to blame for this (Andy Reid) but there are so many viable options on this team that I think it is important to utilize the tight end more. I get it there are a lot of great playmakers but how many teams have Travis Kelce?

Look I am not criticizing Patrick Mahomes. He is probably the best quarterback from his draft class and holds the record for most touchdowns in a season for the Chiefs franchise. The Chiefs have had to suffer from different quarterbacks and Patrick Mahomes provides hope. I mean before Alex Smith and Patrick Mahomes they started Matt Cassel, Kyle Orton, and Brodie Croyle.

While I am a huge Alabama fan Brodie Croyle was not a good NFL quarterback. This team has done a fantastic job and surprisingly has not gone full Reid yet. Mahomes is exceeding expectations and while it might be easy to make fun of him for his interesting voice it is also important to know that he is playing like a version of Tom Brady and Drew Brees (Not Cam Newton, nobody should want to be compared to Cam Newton).

While I may be doing terribly in fantasy this year I am glad to see the Chiefs doing well. It does kind of suck that I lost in fantasy to someone who drafted Matthew Stafford in the first round but that is not the fault of Travis Kelce or anyone on the Chiefs. Fantasy football is a way to keep friendships and a chance for people to enjoy the game to a higher level.

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn't sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It's obvious your calling wasn't coaching and you weren't meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn't have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn't your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that's how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “It's not what you say, its how you say it."

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won't even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don't hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That's the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she's the reason I continued to play."

I don't blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn't working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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The NEW New York Jets Will Change Sports Culture And How Other Fans View The Team

I do think as a collective group, us Jets fans finally believe it is our time, our opportunity to finally win something.

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December 30th, 4:00 p.m. eastern time, another year has just completed for the New York Jets. A year in which finished quite similar to all the rest, a lot of losing and a blowout loss in week 17 to the future Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

However, there was one difference with the end of the 2018 season, and that was Sam Darnold, the Quarterback.

As a Jets fan, for the last eight-plus years, there has been little to no hope after the season ended because they did not have that franchise changing QB every team covets. But this year, this offseason everything seems different, and everything is different.

Entering the 2019 NFL offseason, the New York Jets boasted the second most cap space in the NFL, and the buzz across the league was that they were going to spend all of that cash in order to build the proper foundation around young star QB Sam Darnold. One week into free-agency it is safe to say they are doing just that, and they are not just spending their boatloads of money just to spend it, they are spending it smartly.

Although extremely early in the process it seems this new Jets regime seems to have it figured out, where others, (as us Jets fans sadly know) simply did not. I have heard many fans of the NFL tell me that the Jets are overspending, they are giving players money that doesn't deserve it, i.e. Leveon Bell. However, there is no justification for not giving a star player a little extra cash to ensure he will not join another team. That point is especially true when you have a young franchise QB like the Jets currently have... DAMN, that sounds good to say... but I digress, The last time the Jets won a super was... well, actually let's have some fun with this... clearly I was not born, my parents were not born, gas was $0.35 a gallon, and we had yet to land on the moon.

If that does not put in perspective for you then well I guess I am trying to say to you is ITS BEEN A LONG FREAKIN' TIME. 52 years exactly. Why emphasize instead of just telling you the number of years? Well because I wanted to, and if you are not a Jets fan, you needed to know just how astonishing, painful and LONG it has been.

However, I do think as a collective group, us Jets fans finally believe it is our time, our opportunity to finally win something. We are not a greedy fanbase and you would be surprised on how much even a home playoff game would mean after sharing a division for 18 years with Tom Brady, Bill Bilichek and the Patriots. Although with all hope their needs to be some type of grounding reality, some pessimism, because we are and will always be the "Same old Jets"... So until we win something that motto cannot be changed and will not be changed(not even with new uniforms)... but hey Jets fans, at least we're not currently Giant fans? Right? Buckle up, this may be the year.

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