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'Twas The Week of Fantasy Playoffs...

Thomas Rawls

Thomas Rawls

'Twas the week of fantasy playoffs, when all through the Internet

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Owners were scrambling to make sure lineups were set.

The trades have been processed; the waiver wire has run;

All of the season-long planning is all said and done.

Each player is on a roster, all set in their spot;

While visions of fantasy trophies and winnings are sought.

And winners and losers awaiting their fate,

Making last-minute lineup decisions before it's too late.

When out on the Internet arose such a clatter,

Owners sprang from their couches to see what was the matter.

Away to the computer we flew like a flash,

Clicked open the browser and checked your bench stash.

The players we picked up to hold on - just in case

Gave a luster of hope to the playoff dreams we chase.

When what did our wondering eyes did appear,

But a injury to a starter and a chance for my dear.

With a click and a swap so lively and quick,

We knew in a moment this could not be a trick.

More rapid than a running back finding his lane,

We whistled and shouted and called them by name:

"Now Langford! Now Rawls! Now Blue and West!

On Draughn! On D. Williams! On D. Johnson and Ware (the best)!

To the top of the league! To the top of them all!

Now run away! Run away! (And catch the ball!)

We went into the season with grand hopes and a dream,

However in 2015, injuries every week seemed to be the theme.

So out to the waiver wire the owners, they flew

With a team full of "questionable" and "doubtful" too.

And then, on the Twitter, we saw the inactives on our feed

The adding and dropping for each roster need.

As we spent all our FAAB, and was clicking around,

Into our lineup Devonta Freeman came with a bound.

He was dressed all in red, from his head to his foot,

And his pads were all tarnished with grass and soot;

A bundle of receptions he had (58 at last count),

But it's the 11 touchdowns that the competition cannot surmount.

Each matchup counts the same in this make-believe game,

Yet this time of year, all-or-nothing is the name.

Playoffs are upon us, and winning is the key,

So read up on our fantasy advice, and a champion you will be.

Start your studs! Stream your defenses! Find a solid QB,

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Look at the matchups! Check the snap count and targets, you see.

These tips and tricks will get you to the promised land,

Being able to gloat and trash talk is better than you had planned.

So fire up Jameis Winston against the New Orleans Saints,

with 21 passing TDs against them in the past five weeks - don't faint!

We spy a great matchup against the Eagles for one Tyrod Taylor,

14 TDs in the last three weeks, trust him to be our fantasy savior.

Can Ryan Tannehill find success against the Giants Monday night?

Week 1 of the playoffs may come down to this so-called fight.

Thursday night starts with Carson Palmer, who has been a QB1,

facing the Vikings; pressure is on, one wrong move and you're done.

Take a deep breath, rely on the guys that got you here,

Don't look at your opponent's lineup; you have nothing to fear.

You got this, we say, trust your gut and set it right -

Good luck to you all, and to all a good playoff night!

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.