The first week of the inaugural U.S. Figure Skating Fantasy Football League is in the books. Below is a short recap of the action:
White, a 2014 Olympic gold medalist, knows a thing or two about winning, and it showed this weekend in his win over U.S. Figure Skating’s Snowplow Sam. Trailing heading into Monday, White’s team benefited from excellent performances by Matthew Stafford (29 points) and Calvin Johnson (28 points) on Monday night to secure the win.
Miner avenged his second-place 2013 U.S Championships finish to Aaron with a dominate win this weekend. Miner Problem got out to an early lead with 24 points from Marshawn Lynch in Thursday’s season-opening game between the Seattle Seahawks the Green Bay Packers. Aaron’s team got double-digit performances out of just two players (Nick Foles, 14; Rob Gronkowski, 10) making him the lowest scoring team in the league in week 1. One story that needs to be told about this matchup is how Miner’s team was drafted. Because he was scheduled to be teaching skating lessons for the first part of the league draft, Miner employed the help of a skating-dad to draft until Miner finished the lesson—so kudos to this skating-dad who put his child’s instructor in the win column.
Wagner, the only ladies skater in the league, proved most of the league wrong after turning in the third-highest score in the league and starting her fantasy football career with a victory. Before play began, Wagner traded Colin Kaepernick, one of her three drafted quarterbacks, to Snowplow Sam for Percy Harvin, who yielded her nine points in the opening week. Wagner used strong performances from Julius Thomas (28 points), Andrew Luck (25 points) and Matt Forte (16 points.). Meanwhile, Dornbush’s highest point scorer was Drew Brees (15 points). He also got just 10 points from the Seattle Seahawks defense, who he drafted in the fourth round.
Week 1 pitted friends, Kansas City Chiefs’ fans and 2011 U.S. champions John Coughlin and Ryan Bradley, against one another. After the Chiefs fell to Tennessee in the first big NFL upset of the season, both Coughlin and Bradley were searching for some type of weekend victory —this one would go to Ryan Bradley. Both teams had good weeks. Bradley was the league’s highest score, while Coughlin would have gone 6-3 against the league—but it was Peyton Manning’s 22-point performance Sunday night that clinched the win for Bradley.
It was a match-up of skating teams, with pairs skater Knierim edging two-time Olympian, ice dancer Evan Bates, on the final day of play. The closest result of the week, Bates was hindered by a nine-point performance by Tony Romo and a four-point performance by Eddie Lacy. New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings put Knierim over the top with a 15-point performance on Sunday night, helping the Arizona native complete the come-from-behind victory.
Hopefully this week was a sign of good things to come for Knierim and Miner, both of whom will compete this weekend at the 2014 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic (Coverage for that event can be found on Skatingmagazineblog.com starting Thursday!). Fans can follow along all season by visiting usfigu.re/USFSFantasyFootball and checking back on the SKATING magazine blog.