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Week 9 fantasy football cheat sheet

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No matter how much you think you know or how smart you think you are, there will always be something that takes you by surprise.

My primary league is a superflex league — you can start two quarterbacks, but one of them can be another position. In essence, it’s a two-QB league, but that structure helps ease the pain of bye weeks just a little. But the vast majority of the time, you’re using a quarterback in both slots, because of course quarterbacks tend to score more than the other positions.

My main quarterback in this league is Lamar Jackson, and I also have Derek Carr and both Carolina quarterbacks. With Jackson on a bye last week, I was starting Carr (and fine with it) and Kyle Allen (and was not fine with it, but two QBs are two QBs). I also had to make a running back decision, with Christian McCaffrey, Chase Edmonds, and Tevin Coleman (the other flex wasn’t an option — my team’s strong). Ultimately, I benched Coleman.

It didn’t occur to me until literally the end of Sunday that obviously, the correct call was to bench Allen and put Coleman in the superflex spot. But hey, a two-QB league is a two-QB league. In my head, you only ever use a non-QB there if you have to, but that was just a shortsighted view on my part. Ultimately, it didn’t matter — I won going away — but it was still a mistake.

Specific example? Absolutely. But the general point is the same: You don’t know everything, and even if you think you do, you still don’t. Don’t assume A and B and start from C.

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