#MOTIMESFF kicks off with lucky wins, tight matches


Fantasy football league filled with Missouri politicos kicks off making true fantasy enthusiasts give encouraging back pats 

Football season has once again captured the hearts and minds of those throughout the state of Missouri, and with a strong performance from the Chiefs to take down the much-hyped Patriots in the week 1 behind career performances from QB Alex Smith and rookie RB Kareem Hunt, it looks like the state of Missouri may have more to look forward to this fall than just post season baseball.

The Missouri Times is sponsoring its first annual charity fantasy football league to benefit the Missouri United Way.

After week 1, This Week in Missouri Politics Host Scott “Simple Hillbilly” Faughn, Sen. Caleb “Rowdy” Rowden, Sen. John “Resistance is Futile” Rizzo, Rep. Crystal “Killer” Quade, former tax commissioner and state senator Ryan “Real Deal” McKenna, and Sen. Bill “Not Eagle” Eigel all find themselves in the win column.

Starting the season off on the wrong foot is Robert “No Deal” Knodell, whose 2013 All Pro roster didn’t translate well to Week 1 of the 2017 season as Eddie Lacy, Adrian Peterson, and Jimmy Graham combined to get his team 2.9 points. Knodell’s team was crushed under the weight of Mike Gillislee’s 3 TD performance Thursday night, paving the way for Scott Faughn to capture the title of King of Butler County. Word on the street is most of the credit for Faughn’s acceptable line up goes to Ben Peters, one of many standing behind the Hillbilly from West Butler County shaking their heads.

Apparently, Rep. Elijah Haahr’s team did not receive the memo that he would become speaker-designee this week, as the team put up stellar numbers but left him just short of the end zone as his team falls 107 – 112.2 to Bill Eigel behind the dominating performance of Kareem Hunt. He may have corrected autocorrect on his smack talk to Eigel, but his line up sure didn’t.

Rebecca “Oh my God, Becky, look at her lineup” Lohman has a strong showing as rookie RB Dalvin Cook, WR Jordy Nelson, and Saints Kicker Wil Lutz post big numbers but muster only enough to fall just short – losing to Sen. Rowden 73.7 – 75.5. The two points difference dub her as respectable in the league, but even more respectable at serving her clients.

Quade took down Treasurer Eric “Oh Schmitt” Schmitt behind strong performances from rookie Leonard Fournette, fantasy abacus LeSean McCoy (you can always count on him), and a newly rejuvenated Beast Mode. Quade 72.6 – Schmitt 61.41

Jane Dueker and Noel Torpey are both filing for FEMA assistance after disastrous respective 40+ point losses to Rizzo (Dueker 47.6 – Rizzo 89.3) and McKenna (Torpey 65.2 – McKenna 108.2), respectively.

Expect the waiver wire to be buzzing this week after injuries to Arizona RB David Johnson, the number 1 pick in 87 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues; Jacksonville WR Allen Robinson, New England wideout; Danny Amendola; Baltimore tailback Danny Woodhead; and Chicago WR Kevin White.


Week 2 Waiver Wire


Tarik Cohen, RB, CHI – With the loss of Kevin White, a depleted receiving corps, and the inconsistent hands of Jordan Howard, Cohen has a tremendous upside as an all purpose back and receiving threat. He’s a comfortable strong flex option or a low-end RB2 entering week 2 against the Buccaneers.

Sam Bradford, QB, MIN – Many of us in Missouri have been burned by Bradford through the years, but Bradford has something he hasn’t had before – a talented offensive line. Take heed that his career performance comes against a porous Saints defense. We won’t jump the gun and proclaim Bradford a new QB 1 option, but for owners with Carson Palmer, Andy Dalton (Why?), and especially a ginger-looking Cam Newton – Bradford is a strong option at back up with a potentially big upside.

Nelson Agholor, WR, PHI – With Alshon Jeffrey reportedly behind the learning curve on the playbook Agholor displayed the potential that was promised, when he was drafted, this week against Washington.

Javorius Allen, RB, BAL – With Woodhead out 4-6 weeks, and turmoil in Arizona, Allen becomes a sneaky good RB2 or Flex option for those with holes in their lineups.

Jay Cutler, QB, MIA – Literally no one else will advise you to do this, and full disclosure, the mysterious man who wrote this is a Cutler fan, but Cutler could be a sleeper as he is reunited with former OC turned Head Coach Adam Gase and is surrounded by playmakers in Miami.


Don’t Buy the Hype

Kenny Golladay, WR, DET – Everyone is clamoring for Golladay, as they should, but keep in mind that Golladay is the third WR in Detroit and his fantasy value is entirely based on that week’s matchup and defensive scheme. This week against the Giants, I will pass. While the Giants struggled against Dallas, their secondary doesn’t allow a lot of points against wideouts. NYG allowed a combined 17.3 against the DAL wide receiving corps on Sunday.

Chris Johnson/Kerwynn Williams/Andre Ellington, RB, ARI – The Cardinals released C. Johnson on Friday of last week after two fumbles to end the preseason. ARI obviously lacks confidence in Johnson, but resigned him on Tuesday following the loss of David Johnson. Ellington has shown flashes of brilliance, but is overall a sub par running back. Williams has the biggest upside here, but expect this log jam to take a while to sort out.

Austin Hooper, TE, ATL – Hooper isn’t necessarily a hard pass – more of a cautionary tale. The Chicago defense was gashed by Hooper on Sunday, but don’t expect anyone else to be caught by surprise and expect his numbers going forward to stay more grounded.


Start and Sit


Tom Brady, QB, NE vs NO

Derek Carr, QB, OAK vs NYJ

Jay Ajayi, RB, MIA vs LAC

Jordy Nelson, WR, vs ATL


Dak Prescott, QB, DAL vs DEN

Jameis Winston, QB, TB vs CHI

Rob Kelley, RB, WAS vs LAR

T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND vs ARI


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