He also made several other key transactions when he surfed the waiver lists to pick up RB Ryan Torain (Redskins) and WR Ben Obomanu (Seahawks). He purchased Torain for $9 and Obomanu for $2.
"When Washington's Clinton Portis got hurt at about week six, I had already picked up Ryan Torain in week three," Windis said.
Torain became a starter at the flex position, which is a utility player that could be a running back, wide receiver or tight end.
"Then for the two weeks that Hakeem Nicks was off from during the championship round (weeks 12 and 13) when you are trying to advance to the Main Event championship, I picked up Obomanu. He was huge for those two weeks, and I never played him again," Windis.
Obomanu led the Seahawks with a combined 246 yards and two touchdowns against the Saints and Chiefs during those two weeks as Windis' emergency band-aid.
Windis lost the first week of head-to-head after he lost Kolb, he then won out the rest of the way by going 10-1. He averaged 147.02 points per week.
At the end of 11 weeks, the teams with the two best records and two best total points qualified for the playoffs in weeks 12 and 13.
"So if you play that one team every week and have a bunch of points, but play the wrong guy one week, you still get rewarded for having a good team scoring points, which is what it is all about," Windis said. "I was No. 1 in points and No. 1 in wins, so I got to pick my opponent and got an extra $2,500 for that. Then you play head-to-head for weeks 12 and 13.
"After weeks 12 and 13, you have to win your division to advance to the championship round. There were 117 teams (out of a total of about 900 teams) and 73 champions of their divisions.
"Then they take the next 44 teams with the most total points. My average in points (in the playoffs) was around 180 with two big weeks and after taking an average from the 147 in the regular season, I was No. 1 in the country."
Luck tilted in Windis' favor in Week 16 the final week during a critical game between the Vikings and Eagles.
"They said there was going to be 16 inches of snow in Philadelphia," he said. "I cringed with Peterson being banged up anyway and he might not even play and Vick would be slowed tremendously why now?'
"Then, which you hardly ever hear, they said they moved the game for Tuesday night."
Windis was down by 17 points at kickoff.
"The guy that was leading had (WR) Jeremy Macklin (Eagles)," Windis said. "I also had Peterson and knew that I had 10 points from him and needed to make up 10 points to win it. But Macklin was having a pretty good game as well.
"At the end of the third quarter I was down by one point and I thought, God, am I going to get beat by one? I knew I had second place tied up already for about $60,000.
"Then it started to get nerve-racking. People were calling and texting at the wrong times wondering how I was doing. We were all actually watching it by then, and I was thinking, do not throw it to Macklin."
With 4:57 left in the game, Vick scored on a 10-yard run up the middle. With 3:34 left, Peterson scores a touchdown from 1-yard out.
"Now I am up 13 points with five minutes to go," Windis said. "Friends are bringing over champagne and people are calling and crying over the phone."
Vick finished the game 25 of 43 for 263 yards and two touchdowns, one running and one passing. Peterson rumbled for 118 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. Macklin finished with 74 yards receiving on six catches.
It was a meaningless game. The Vikings were already eliminated from the playoffs. Although the Eagles missed out on a first-round bye with the 24-14 loss, the NFC champions were already headed to the postseason.
But it meant everything to Windis.
Windis instantly started receiving calls from sports channels, radio shows and major national newspapers.
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