WEEK 16 PREPARATION
Congratulations to those of you who dominated the playoffs up to this point, or squeaked through by the narrowest of margins. You looked at bad luck in the face and said: "is that all you got?" Last week, several key players did not come through for us, including but not limited to Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Kirk Cousins, Jimmy Garoppolo, Philip Rivers, etc. and that's just quarterbacks. Several consistent notable running backs and receivers also struggled - Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook (inj), Kenny Golladay, Dede Westbrook, Jack Doyle, Austin Hooper, Emmanuel Sanders, Tyler Boyd, Deebo Samuel, Jarvis Landry, among others had surprisingly poor results. There will be a lot of teams in the title game who stumbled in. To use a hockey/soccer analogy, a goal is still a goal even if it slowly rolls past the goalie. It takes skill to advance this far, but there's also a great deal of luck involved. Congratulation on making it this far.
Week 16 is here. You survived. You're in the Finals. (Hopefully, the smallest of percentages of you have a Week 17 Championship). Maybe you have a lot of money on the line? Or maybe just bragging rights among your family, friends or co-workers. Either way, the goal is in sight. Here are a few thoughts on how you can take down your opponent and lift the trophy.