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September 21, 2021
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Hoxhunt fantasy football as a security metaphor: Week 2

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Eliot Baker
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Fantasy football as a cybersecurity metaphor

Manage through Injuries like CISOs lead through data breaches

Week 2 in review

The injury bug ripped through the San Francisco 49ers’ running back room like malware on steroids. It got me thinking about cybersecurity. (Thank you, thank you, spent all day workshopping that seamless cybersecurity segue).Injuries are like data breaches. Good fantasy managers, like CISOs, know that injuries are a constant in the game of football. In football, you do everything you can to have a backup plan. One of the most common strategies is the handcuff: draft a stud running back early, and his backup late; just in case.But what do you do when the backup to your backup to your backup all go down clutching a lower body extremity?First off, be cool. Stay Zen. As Barak Engel, virtual CISO, recently told me, the CISO’s main job is to stay calm during a data breach. The same thing goes for all you fantasy managers struggling through the injury gremlin. Maybe you watched JK Dobbins (and then his backup, Gus Edwards!) hit the IR before week 1. Or Cam Akers. Or Michael Thomas. Or every. Single. 49ers. Running back.Injuries are part of football. It’s just what happens when men collide every minute with the Newtonian force of a sustained car wreck for three hours. Breaches are part of cybersecurity. It’s just what happens when a distributed army of jerks who make fortunes by engaging in low-risk attack campaigns decide to pull your card. When it happens, be it injury or be it breach, embrace your inner leader. Stay calm, breathe, and find the best path forward.The best way to lose is to panic. In a breach, that looks like yelling and screaming at your infosec team to the point everyone just melts down and the CEO posts CISO Wanted ad on LinkedIn. In week 2 of a fantasy season, it looks like panic trades or crazy FAB expenditures on positional band-aids. Don't trade Tyreek Hill for Mike Davis.See crisis as an opportunity. There’s nothing that’ll make a CISO shine brighter than demonstrating leadership and helping the team fend off an attack; or mitigate the damage effectively. And there’s nothing more satisfying in fantasy than overcoming a brutal rash of injuries to win the title (an aside: in my dynasty league of record last year, I managed to win even with Christian McCaffrey going down for most of the season and Michael Thomas just kind of going insane; I heart rookies, Jonathan Taylor, Antonio Gibson, and Justin Jefferson ).

Waiver wire pickups

Henry Ruggs, WR, Las Vegas Raiders: Last year’s top WR draft pick is racing with his 4.27 speed into fantasy managers’ hearts and towards a permanent place in lineups.Justin Fields, QB, Chicago Bears: The red rifle might not yet be holstered for the season, but Fields could be this year's Justin Herbert once he gets the gig. His outing was ho-hum enough that you can still get the potential top-10 running QB without burning all your FAB. I’m a believer.Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, Atlanta Falcons: If you didn’t see the name on his jersey, you’d think, “This big fast guy is an insane athlete.” We’ve all taken that ride to disappointment-ville on the Cordarrelle talent train. Something looks different this year for the 30-year-old and he'll likely come fairly cheap.Tony Pollard, RB, Dallas Cowboys: In the spirit of the ultimate backup plan… Pollard is entering that rare Kareem Hunt place as a backup who produces like a starter. But if Zeke goes down, Pollard becomes a league-winner.Daniel Jones, QB, NYG: I can’t believe I’m writing this, but Daniel Jones looks like a legit dual threat quarterback and he’s making the Giants a fun offense to watch. Even gimpy, Saquon complements the new receiving weapons (Evan Engram deserves a spot here as well as an affordable TE waiver target). Plus, they seem to be scheming runs for the sneaky-fast QB.Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders: He’s on pace for 7,000 yards through 2 games. I ran the advanced analysis, and that's... not sustainable. I don’t quite believe in him since he doesn’t offer any running, but something's going on in Vegas…Austin Hooper, TE, Cleveland Browns: He’s not far removed from being a top-end tight end, and Baker Mayfield needs receiving options.Like top cybersecurity talent, these waiver wire finds won’t last long, so make your move!

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