By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
RealTime Fantasy Sports is proud to announce George Pouria as our winner of the King of the Mountain contest. Pouria was the last owner standing in our fantasy contest, winning a prize of $25,000 for his efforts.
If you aren't familiar, here is how the King of the Mountain contest works. You pick one simple lineup each week, consisting of one quarterback, one running back and one receiver/tight end. If the team you pick scores better than just the worst one-third of teams in the contest, you advance to the next week. But here is the catch, you can only pick a player for your team once during season, including the playoffs. If you are the last owner standing, you take home a $25,000 prize for winning the King of the Mountain contest.
Pouria was the winner in this year's contest. He had a strategy for the contest but it almost burnt him, running low on players as he continued to survive in the contest. But ultimately, his strategy was the winning one in the end.
"I had played in a similar contest a few years ago and found that stacking my quarterback with their most likely receiver made a lot of sense," said George Pouria. "Unfortunately, I didn't read the rules very carefully, and didn't realize until Week 17 that the contest ran thru the first two playoff weeks, so I was very low on usable quarterbacks for the last two weeks."
But even with that said, Pouria was able to win it all. It did not come without some close calls, though. It was not all smooth sailing for Pouria.
"My one serious close call was in Week 10," Pouria said. "I got caught trying to look too far ahead instead of at that particular week and was only one point above the cutline."
That close call in Week 10 helped Pouria the rest of the way. He changed up his strategy a bit, which proved to be a good move en route to his big win.
"That week was a turning point," Pouria said. "After that, I went with whomever I determined had the top potential for that week and stopped worrying about saving them for a future week."
The unlikely combination of Nick Foles, Damien Williams and Travis Kelce ended up being the final lineup for Pouria. This combination scored 52.25 points in Week 19. Water Boys 2 was the other team remaining and had a lineup of Drew Brees, Marlon Mack and Julian Edelman. Unfortunately for Water Boys, that lineup managed just 43.45 points as Mack struggled to do much of anything that week.
"Actually, because of my careless reading of the rules, I really didn't think I would win," Pouria said. "I had to choose Lamar Jackson for Week 18 because I only had Foles and Trubisky left besides him. By taking Jackson, barring an injury, I would have either Foles or Trubisky left for the final week. And I knew that Water Boys 2 still hadn't used Brees."
Pouria wasn't super nervous the last week of the contest because he didn't like his chances all that much, but that quickly changed after the games started.
"I think because I didn't think my chances were too good, I wasn't nervous watching the early game," Pouria said. "But when Damien Williams outscored his running back (Mack) by a wide margin, I did start to get antsy."
So now that Pouria is $25,000 richer, does he have big plans for the winnings? Well, you won't be surprised to see some of his winnings will go towards the sport that won him the money.
"My son and I take a fall golf/Giants football weekend every year somewhere warm," Pouria said. "We will probably get better seats for this year's game in Tampa."
If you want to try to dethrone the king, sign up for the King of the Mountain contest before next season. Here is a link to the contest, including rules for the contest: King of the Mountain.
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Free-agent QB Chad Kelly (Broncos) signed an undisclosed deal with the Indianapolis Colts Monday, May 20. DT Jordan Thompson was waived.
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead projects as the team's No. 5 running back and may not be active for every game, in the opinion of Jeff Howe of The Athletic.
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (tightness) missed voluntary minicamp with general tightness.
Fantasy Spin: While it doesn't sound serious, his injury history isn't exactly encouraging. Ross has the speed to produce big plays, but he's yet to show he can produce with any sort of consistency. At this point, you can probably leave him on the waiver wire.
Miami Dolphins DT Vincent Taylor (toe) has been participating in offseason workouts after being medically cleared from the toe injury he suffered last season.
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins is entering his second season with the team and along with that come higher expectations. 'I think a year under his belt here in Minnesota and his familiarity with everything is going to bode well,' Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf said in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Sunday, May 19. 'He's doing great. We expect a lot out of him as well as our whole team.'
Fantasy Spin: After three consecutive top-10 fantasy QB finishes in Washington, Cousins finished 13th in his debut season in the Twin Cities, but a some of that was due to his one rushing TD after posting at least four over the previous three seasons. Draft him as a rock-solid QB2.
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald could reach 100 catches because of all the 'quick-rhythm throws' in head coach Kliff Kingsbury's offense, in the opinion of Bucky Brooks of NFL.com.
Fantasy Spin: Fitzgerald is coming off a down year, but with Kyler Murray under center and a pass-happy offense being installed, he could see an uptick in his numbers. While 100 catches may be a little optimistic, Fitzgerald is Arizona's most dependable receiver. It wouldn't be a shock to see him finish as a solid WR3.
Philadelphia Eagles DL Chris Long announced his retirement from the NFL Saturday, May 18.
Miami Dolphins WR Ricardo Louis (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list with a knee injury, according to a league source. It was initially reported that Louis was dealing with a neck injury.
Buffalo Bills LB Matt Milano (leg) has been participating in offseason activities and remains on track to be ready for the start of the 2019 season.
Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz has started contract extension talks with the Eagles, but the two sides are not close to an agreement at this point.
Fantasy Spin: Wentz is under contract for a few more years but could receive a contract extension before the start of the 2019 season. Wentz has played well when he is healthy, but he has deal with injuries over the last few seasons. He can still be a No. 1 quarterback in all fantasy leagues this upcoming season.
Philadelphia Eagles CB Jalen Mills (foot) may be held out until training camp because he is coming off a foot injury, according to head coach Doug Pederson.
Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith has begun talks with the team on a contract extension, according to sources.
Former QB Peyton Manning is being rumored to be a target for the New York Jets' general manager vacancy. Manning played under head coach Adam Gase with the Denver Broncos and fits the mold the team is seeking. 'It's more than a talent-evaluation guy,' Jets CEO Christopher W. Johnson said. 'I want a great manager, a communicator, who can collaborate well with the building. I'm convinced we're going to find that person.'
Updating a previous report, the Baltimore Ravens signed WR Michael Floyd (Redskins) to a one-year contract on Friday, May 17. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Breshad Perriman said he is continuing to develop his timing with QB Jameis Winston, and he expects 'big plays all around' in head coach Bruce Arians offense this year.
Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry (undisclosed) said he has been held out of spring practices because of a minor injury. 'Everything's going well, man,' Landry said. 'And then when I get my opportunity to go out there and practice, I will and it'll be back to normal and fun.'
Fantasy Spin: Landry should be a steady part of Cleveland's suddenly loaded passing attack, but his role out of the slot makes him more valuable in PPR formats. Still, he should be no worse than a WR3 in any league.
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has been offered a five-year contract extension, but the two sides have not made much progress in talks, according to a source. Rudolph would be paid among the top tight ends in the NFL if he signed the extension.
Fantasy Spin: Rudolph's status with the Vikings is still uncertain at this point, so fantasy players should continue to monitor the situation. Rudolph can be a solid No. 2 tight end in fantasy leagues.
Houston Texans TE Ryan Griffin was released Friday, May 17.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Antonio Callaway has been showing more explosiveness at organized team activities this week. He led the Browns in receiving touchdowns and finished third in yards in his rookie season in 2018, so there is plenty of upside remaining. He was a fourth-round pick in 2017 but missed the entire season. The Browns offense should be much more explosive this year with the addition of Odell Beckham Jr., but that might also hurt Callaway's upside in this offense. Callaway finished with 43 catches for 586 yards and five touchdowns in 2018. The 22-year-old is certainly worth a late-round flier for receiver depth, but his ups and downs could continue this season.