Welcome to DLF’s Dynasty Aftermath. This staple article is our longest running signature piece as we have a little fun after a tough week at the Dynasty League Football office. You’ll find this article will review the week’s happenings in a variety of ways and help set you up for the coming weeks as we spin around the league in the way we know best. Expect it each and every week.
I’ve written this column for over a decade and I always forget how much I truly enjoy it. I love combing through the stats of the week, putting together ridiculous lineups, finding waiver wire gems, picking MVPs/LVPs and discussing things to worry about.
That’s not all.
I also really love sharing little bits of my life with the community of DLF and picking a theme for this column each week. This year, I’m going off the rails a bit. I’m not just exclusively choosing movies or TV shows and sticking with them. I’m simply picking something relevant, wacky or whatever may come into my mind each given week. My hope is each week will at least be interesting in some way and hopefully make you laugh a few times along the way.
It’s time to do start a multi-part aftermath theme known as the WWF/WWE. When I was growing up, I loved to wake up on Saturday mornings and watch WWF wrestling in the from of Wrestling Superstars. It was the golden age with such stars as Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Roddy Piper, Andre the Giant and countless others. In fact, I once got some of Billy Jack Haynes’ blood on me when he came into town to wrestle and I was in the front row. To put it short, I was hooked and also lucky I didn’t get HEP C. For the next few weeks, I’m going to take one of my favorite WWF matches and draw a lesson about fantasy football from it.
On March 29, 1987, one of the greatest WWF matches of all-time took place between Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and Randy “Macho Man” Savage. Steamboat was vying for the Intercontinental Championship and revenge for Savage damaging his throat with a bell months before that we were supposed to believe was so severe he had to learn how to talk again. Steamboat had some serious Emmy Award winning acting as he attempted to say the letter “E,” in what was supposed to be a legitimate Dr.’s office the pre-match buildup, by the way.
The match itself is widely considered to be one of (if not the) best matches in the history of the WWF. Steamboat actually won the match but had to relinquish the title shortly after (the general public was outraged that he lost it just a few weeks later to The Honkytonk Man) after revealing to the WWF he needed time off for the birth of his daughter. Fans were upset because the match was so riveting.
For those who remember, the contest went back and forth for what seemed to be an hour. In the end, Steamboat found a way to win (see above) and that’s really the WWF/DLF lesson this week – never give up. Your fantasy team may be completely out of the mix right now but you never know what can happen. I’ve seen tons of 3-6 teams rally to win championships. Don’t start failing to pay attention because you never know what can happen and fantasy football seasons can change faster than George “The Animal’ Steele can eat a turnbuckle.
Week Nine Fantasy MVP
Those of us playing in dynasty leagues for an extended period of time remember the original cell phone celebration by Joe Horn. Michael Thomas has his own version this week that highlighted a performance for the ages that featured 12 catches, 211 receiving yards and one touchdown. Thomas came out of the gate on fire this season, then cooled off a tad. This week put him right back in to the fantasy MVP discussion. In short, this dude can play.
Week Nine Fantasy LVP
Tampa Bay is really bad but Mike Evans has been pretty matchup proof thus far. Unfortunately, the bottom fell out this week as Evans was only able to post one catch for 16 scoreless yards. Better days are ahead for Evans, but this was a hot mess.
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