From the beginnings of Spreadsheet Fantasy, there have been 6 times an owner has broken the 300 point barrier in a single week. In the inaugural season of fantasy golf in 2010, Bryce, led by a Dustin Johnson win in the second last week, scored exactly 300 points. Only five other times have owners put together five players that have outscored Bryce’s 300. Two of them took place in the 2010 golf season, while the other three happened this year; none come from last year’s 2011 golf season. Here are those top 5.
5. You may not remember him, but retired owner Cody scored a 355 in the final week of the 2010 season. This would ironically be his last ever week as a spreadsheet fantasy owner as Cody would go on to retire that winter. The amazing part about this score is that he posted this ridiculous number with only 3 players! He used a precious osicki on Jim Furyk’s win at the tier 3 Tour Championship in September of 2010. The only others to chip in on Cody’s team that week were Bubba Watson (30 points with an osicki) and Justin Rose (25 points). Imagine what could have happened had Cody had a full roster!
4. You may remember this one more as it happened more recently. It was four weeks ago that Bryce posted a 370 at the 2012 Open Championship. Bryce has Ernie Els to thanks for this one, as Bryce earned his first ever Major win, scoring him a whopping 200 points from Els. The return of Tiger also helped that week, as he chipped in 80 points to bring Bryce’s weekly total to 280. Dustin Johnson added 50 of his own, while Bill Haas and Padraig Harrington scored 25 and 15 respectively. This tournament may be better remembered for Adam Scott’s collapse than Els’ win, but it earned Bryce a spot in the top 5 best weeks in spreadsheet fantasy.
3. Enter the James show. Spot 3 belongs to James because on week 9 of the 2010 golf season, James made the decision to osicki his man Phil Mickelson when Phil won the 2010 Masters. This 400 point explosion from one golfing was enough to earn James the third spot on our countdown with a preposterous 465 points for that week. Steve Marino, Sean O’Hair, and Zack Johnson chipped in 35, 15, and 15 respectively, but that all pales in comparison to Phil, who alone beat out all other team weeks in spreadsheet fantasy history with the exception of 2. What is scary about that week is that Rory McIlroy was also in James lineup that week, but scored 0. Imagine if he would have been going too…
2. James would end up outdoing himself though, as it was only this past weekend at the 2012 PGA Championship when James did again what he managed in 2010. James used an osicki on eventual Major winner Rory McIlroy to beat his 2010 best score by 5 points. His 470 points were led by, of course, the osickied Rory win. Jason Dufner was also osickied, but failed to make a huge impact, adding 30 of his own points. Mickelson added 15, and Louis Oosthuizen scored 25 as James eclipsed his previous weekly best. This particular week also vaulted James into first place in the league standings, and was good enough to earn spot number 2 on our countdown.
1. There has been no single week that has ever rivaled what Dave accomplished on week 13 of this year’s 2012 fantasy spreadsheet golf season. The first major of the year was held on that week, the 2012 Masters. If Dave had osickied Bubba Watson like he originally wanted to and not Charl Schartzel, his total would have been unbelievable, but I would venture to say that Dave wasn’t disappointed with a record weekly total of 525. Bubba won that tournament, earning Dave the 200 points for a Major win. An osicki on Lee Westwood and Justin Rose scored a combined 260 points. A Sergio Garcia 35 pointer and the osickied Schwartzel’s 30 brought the astronomical total to the highest ever seen in one week by one team in spreadsheet fantasy. Congratulations Dave!
Spreadsheet Fantasy is packed with “if only” situations… if only Bubba would have been osickied, if only a full roster had been started, if only that player had been on their game that week. In the end, it is out of our control, which is what makes fantasy golf so unpredictably enjoyable and keeps us coming back for more!