The late Meat Loaf staked claim as Fantasy Football legend

Meat Loaf loved to play in Fantasy Football leagues

The great Meat Loaf died at the age of 74 on Thursday. The operatic rock legend did have a tie to football, as it seems everyone in some way has a tie to sports.

Meat Loaf claimed to be a Fantasy Football icon, saying he won most of the many leagues he played in annually.

Here he is with Rich Eisen:

In an interview with The New York Times, Meat Loaf said he was in 33 leagues and took the title in 9.

“Last year, I was in 33 and I won 9,” he told the New York Times in 2005.

In 2016, Meat Loaf explained his strategy.

Normally everybody goes for running backs,” Meat Loaf said on the SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio channel. (Audio here.) “Last year, I didn’t. And what did I have, 13 leagues last year? And [I] won 11. And I didn’t go for running backs. I went for receivers. My first three picks were receivers, and then I went for running backs, and then I went running back alllll the way down the line. And one of my last picks — still  left on the board — was Kirk Cousins. What a sleeper last year. I was sitting there [thinking], ‘Don’t you dare take Kirk Cousins, people. Don’t you dare.’ I think I took him in the 13th round.”

Per a Washington Post story:

“Every time USA Today or ESPN​ . . . ask me to join their fantasy league, I’ll say you don’t want me,” Meat told my pal Mike Harris last year. “Why? I’ll win. They say, ‘You’re awfully cocky.’ No, it isn’t being cocky. I haven’t lost one yet, any celebrity fantasy game.”

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Top streamers in fantasy football for Week 17 championships

Here are your top streaming options in fantasy football for Week 17 championships.

The final week of fantasy football is finally here and while the majority of managers won’t be competing in their championship games, we still must look at the top streaming options for Week 17.

Without a Thursday night game, we are set to have 15 games on Sunday to go along with a Monday night game to cap off the week. Given the recent surge of COVID-19 throughout the league, streaming the waiver wire is extremely important.

In order to qualify as a streamer, a player cannot be rostered in more than 50% of ESPN leagues. For each position (QB, TE, D/ST), I’ll give a “stream of the week” indicating the priority streamer along with an additional two options. Don’t be afraid to hit me up on Twitter with any questions or if you simply want to roast me for my takes (shameless plug – @KevinHickey11).

For reference, the target share figures and weekly fantasy finishes come from The Fantasy Footballers database while the “adjusted points allowed” metric is from Jake Ciely’s work over at The Athletic

Let’s take a look at the top streaming options in fantasy football for Week 17:

10 waiver wire targets for fantasy football in Week 17

10 waiver wire targets in fantasy football for championship Week 17.

It’s finally here. The fantasy football championship week has arrived and while most of us won’t be getting to partake in the stressful roller coaster of the weekend, it’s still important to keep up with the waiver wire.

While COVID-19 continues to ravage through the league at unprecedented levels, we have to keep a keen eye on the waiver wire. As we’ve seen this month alone, a key player in your fantasy lineups could be rendered useless if they test positive on the day of a game.

So we’ll keep a focus on which available players are best to help you win your championship this week.

We’ll be taking a look at players rostered in fewer than 50% of ESPN leagues. If you have any questions about prioritizing a certain player over another, don’t be afraid to hit me up on Twitter (@KevinHickey11). Your questions and comments are always welcome!

Here are the top waiver-wire targets (along with my top streaming options) in fantasy football for Week 17:

What we learned in fantasy football from Week 16

Here’s what we learned in fantasy football from Week 16.

The fantasy football season is coming to its conclusion but before it does, hopefully you made it into your championship matchup. If you did, congrats!

Even through the fantasy playoffs, there are storylines, trends and performances that we can learn from. Whether we are taking that information into our final matchup of the season or keeping it in our minds during the offseason, it’s still important to keep tabs on what’s going around in the league.

With championship week arriving, here’s what we learned in fantasy football from the Week 16 games:

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