Monday night was one of those occasions that won't leave the memory bank for quite awhile when it comes to the game of fantasy football. The game between the Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers pitted two mediocre teams against one another that carries minor playoff implications but in fantasy football scores of league semifinal matchups hung in the balance through the various key offensive players for both sides. Early on in the game it quickly became clear that Redskins tight end Jordan Reed became the front-and-center name and soon enough, it felt like Twitter was going to break as missive after missing was posted in rapid succession regarding his complete absence from the passing game and even being out on the field despite being active. While Reed was active, apparently his previously injured shoulder (third degree separation suffered on Thanksgiving) was still a big problem that limited his usage to third down and in obvious passing situations. With Reed doing literally nothing in the first half, Twitter began to go wild as dreams of reaching the finals in many fantasy football leagues began taking on major water. Yours truly felt the same pain as the rest of the Reed owners, having prematurely proclaimed victory in the Experts League PPR semifinals with a 16 point lead and Reed still in my back pocket? My opponent's last weapon? A freaking kicker in Graham Gano. No way he gets 16 points. Well as we all know, Gano scored 15 and gave me about a thousand heart attacks throughout the game. I survived into the finals of the Experts League by the skin of my teeth but just barely. Meanwhile thousands of other Reed owners were not so lucky as he wound up catching just one pass for six yards. And in an unfathomable moment, Reed got himself ejected at the end of the third quarter for throwing a punch at Kam Chancellor. I mean seriously?
A few lessons were learned through this fiasco for me. The first is that NEVER proclaim victory until the last stat is accumulated on both sides. The second is to NEVER trust any report on a guy "feeling good" or a player is "expected to be heavily involved in the offense." Third, avoid Jordan Reed in 2017 drafts. The guy is always hurt and never there for you when you need him. What a joke that whole thing was.