Playoff week extended extra night
Normally on the Monday morning of Week 16, with only one game left on the schedule, most fantasy matchups have been decided already. Hey, this is kind of a big week, you know, with many a fantasy championship to be decided. Well, many will not be decided by the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons. It's a really big game between Super Bowl contenders with myriad key fantasy options -- Michael Turner and Roddy White, a pair of top-10 quarterbacks, etc. -- but this game still will not decide all leagues, or in many cases even come close.
Welcome to the debut of Tuesday night football, featuring fantasy's top player entering the week (Michael Vick), a pair of its top running backs (LeSean McCoy, Adrian Peterson) as well as wide receivers, tight ends, a prime Philadelphia Eagles defense and even the best kicker in David Akers. This Wednesday morning will be unprecedented in the annals of fantasy history, as the NFL decided that the Eagles and Minnesota Vikings could not play Sunday night -- really, that the fans couldn't handle the conditions -- and the game would be pushed back 48 hours so as to not interfere with Monday night's matchup.
Think about the ramifications here. I'm in the title match in a few leagues and certainly can see plenty of others, and let's just say very little has been decided because the biggest fantasy monster, by far the most owned option on fantasy teams in the championship round, hasn't played yet. And he will not play Monday. No other quarterback ranks in the top 10 of popular title-bound options! Say you have a 22-point lead entering Monday, but alas, your opponent still has Vick. It's not over. You have some sweating to do. And you won't know if you will win until pretty much the clock strikes midnight into Wednesday!
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