UofSC college senior goes viral for fantasy football fail

Dylan Jackson (left) is a senior journalism major at the University of South Carolina who has been playing in fantasy football leagues since third grade.  His team's Week 1 performance (right) got quite the Twitter reaction.

Dylan Jackson (left) is a senior journalism main on the University of South Carolina who has been enjoying in fantasy football leagues since third grade. His group’s Week 1 efficiency (proper) received fairly the Twitter response.

Dylan Jackson is a University of South Carolina senior hoping to make a reputation for himself in sports activities social media administration when he graduates in May.

Over the weekend, his fantasy football group gave him an unintended head begin.

Jackson, a 20-year-old journalism main from Charleston, did not assume the tweet he fired off throughout Sunday night time’s Buccaneers-Cowboys NFL sport was all that particular.

But a easy publish lamenting his fantasy group’s Week 1 efficiency became an in a single day viral successwith hundreds within the fantasy football group leaping in to commiserate with — or criticize — a beginning lineup that failed moderately spectacularly on the NFL’s opening weekend.

“I’ve been calling it the most well-liked fantasy football group on this planet proper now,” Jackson advised The State on Monday, laughing.

Jackson was projected by ESPN’s algorithm to rack up a robust 121.3 factors in his 12-team fantasy football league, which follows normal scoring and awards one level per reception. During per week that noticed loads of particular person fantasy success, though accidents and inefficiency left his last lineup in shambles.

San Francisco 49ers operating again Elijah Mitchell (4.1 factors) sprained his MCL. Cincinnati Bengals broad receiver Tee Higgins (4.7 factors) received a concussion.

LA Chargers kicker Dustin Hopkins (six factors) and the Philadelphia Eagles protection/particular groups unit (5 factors) barely made a dent, and Atlanta Falcons tight finish Kyle Pitts (3.9 factors) and LA Rams receiver Allen Robinson II (2.2 factors) have been even worse.

A brief receiving landing by Steelers operating again Najee Harris made for a salvageable 10.6-point day, however it did not matter. Any possibilities of Jackson’s group bouncing again on Sunday Night Football have been extinguished, too, with Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (1.32 factors) and receiver CeeDee Lamb (2.6 factors) each struggling mightily in opposition to the Bucs at halftime.

That’s when Jackson snapped a screenshot of his ESPN lineup – which, at a whopping 36.5 factors throughout 9 gamers, had been outpaced by Minnesota Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson alone (39.4 factors) — and shared it along with his roughly 1,200 Twitter followers.

Going viral

“I’ve no phrases,” he wrote at 9:39 pm Sunday.

Defeated, he turned off the sport to do schoolwork and stayed away from his cellphone exterior of some check-ins. His self-deprecating tweet had 60 or so likes after an hour and a half, he stated, and jumped to round 600 as he was falling asleep final midnight.

That was actually “doing higher than the typical Twitter publish,” Jackson stated, however it wasn’t something he hadn’t seen earlier than in his earlier social media and digital content material internship work with the USC athletics division, Pro Football Focus and the Columbia Fireflies.

Then he awakened Monday morning.

Thanks to a share from PFF, the place Jackson is interning this fall, his 36.5-point dud was making the rounds. Hundreds of likes became hundreds as main gamers the Matthew Berry Fantasy Life account (“Sending ideas”) to ESPN’s Field Yates (“This is likely to be the most effective worst fantasy week of all time”) chimed in. Bleacher Report even despatched a push notification to its app customers.

A sampling of different reactions:

“Okay perhaps my group’s not that dangerous”

“Why I’ll by no means do fantasy once more”

“This is NASTY”

After factoring within the second half of Cowboys-Bucs, which noticed Prescott depart with a thumb damage that can reportedly sideline him for six to eight weeks, Jackson’s lineup completed with 45.86 factors. He ended up shedding by 107.04 factors, as his opponent dropped 152.9 factors (greater than thrice his whole).

“Any group chat I’m in, they’ve seen this,” he stated.

Let Jackson politely right the document right here, too, on plenty of criticisms popping up in his replies. He’s been enjoying fantasy football since third grade, when he began a league along with his household, and has competed in 5 – 6 leagues yearly throughout his years at USC.

Jackson researches extensively, drafts high-upside gamers and is definitely the reigning champion of The Fellas™, the league with college buddies by which his viral failure occurred.

“I’d prefer to assume I’m rather a lot sharper than the typical particular person,” he stated, “which might not be utterly apparent primarily based on the screenshot.”

Although Prescott’s damage would require him to discover a new quarterback, Jackson hasn’t misplaced hope in his roster simply but, citing the previous manufacturing of younger fantasy stars Harris, Pitts and Higgins. He additionally has Eagles operating again Miles Sanders on his bench as a Mitchell fill-in and is stashing Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who returns in Week 7 after a suspension.

For an aspiring social media supervisor, Sunday’s tweet was additionally a studying expertise. Jackson reiterates he did not know he’d go viral, however wanting again on his tweet he picked up on plenty of technical issues that made it work: a easy caption, a robust visible part and a transparent distinction between his projected (121.3) and then-current (36.5 ) level totals within the backside proper nook.

If you need virality, he stated, “it is about accessibility.”

One last twist: Jackson spent his summer season with the Fireflies, Columbia’s minor league baseball group, as a social/digital media intern. One of his huge objectives was, primarily, to create viral moments that he might showcase on Gondola, a portfolio web site for content material creators.

Try as he would possibly, he by no means hit that coveted threshold in the course of the Fireflies’ 2022 season, which wrapped late Sunday afternoon in Segra Park. Then, actually an hour and a half after his internship ended, Jackson shared his fantasy football lineup with the world on a whim.

After spending 66 dwelling video games looking for the proper publish, he’d finished it by chance 90 minutes later. As of Tuesday morning, Jackson’s tweet had 10,279,256 impressions (primarily views) and 459,671 engagements (likes, retweets and quote tweets). So … Gondola materials?

“Yeah, that is undoubtedly happening there,” Jackson stated.

He lastly received his viral second.

Now he simply wants a greater Week 2.

This story was initially revealed September 13, 2022 3:00 PM.

Chapel Fowler has coated Clemson football, amongst different matters, for The State since June 2022. He’s a Denver, NC, native, a 2020 UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus and a pickup basketball fanatic with earlier stops on the Fayetteville (NC) Observer and Chatham (NC) News + Record. His work has been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors, the North Carolina Press Association and the Associated College Press.

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