Welcome back my friends to the Fantasy Football Hoedown. The goings on in Fantasy Football right now are crazier than the rumored relationship between Miranda Lambert and Sam Hunt. Let’s see if I can sort things out with football, and mentally deal with the latter later.
I GOT THE BOY, YOU GET THE MAN
Once again, injury replacements take center stage in Fantasy Football. Big Ben Roethlisberger going down last week was brutal. Totally takes away from Heath Miller, Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and the returning Martavis Bryant (next week). I apologize for not getting this up before the Thursday game between the Steelers and Ravens…Kudos if you had Bell or Justin Tucker in your lineup…Boos if you had Miller (me). The Homer in me is worried about LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins who are both out this week. If you can still pick up Karlos Williams, do it. Even as a backup this year for Buffalo he’s had a touchdown every week so far. Another Bills player, Percy Harvin is an excellent pick-up as well. I was still seeing that many of the players I mentioned last week to pick up were still available in most of my leagues including Tyrod Taylor (The 5th highest scoring quarterback so far) and James Jones (who Aaron Rogers trusts more than Carrie Underwood does with Jesus taking the wheel). Devonta Freeman is another running back to target, but after scoring more than a drunk frat guy at a Florida Georgia Line show, he might not be available (plus, Houston’s Defense may not be as loose as the type who would fall for such pick-up lines at an FGL show).
JOAQUIN, KNOW WHAT I MEAN
Things are way up in the air when it comes to the storm that’s heading up the East Coast. The one game that seemed to be in doubt was the Redskins/Eagles game. Early on Thursday, there was talk that the game could be moved to Week 8. To be honest, I have no idea what that would mean for fantasy sports. I would think that this week would then be a bye week for them if that happens. The last storm report I saw says Joaquin may be two-stepping it out to sea (thankfully). The weather could still be nasty though and I would avoid starting players from either team…to be honest, I’d avoid starting players on either team even if it was “Sunny and 75.”
The NFL is once again continuing its European experiment of providing mediocre games for the UK audience. What did the Brits do to deserve a Dolphins/Jets match-up? Oh yeah, The Spice Girls. Anyway, make sure your lineups are set before 9:30 AM EDT if you are desperate enough and have players on those teams (sadly, I am). Per usual, injury updates will be announced 8:30 AM EDT for these games.
And as if injuries, bad weather and an early game in London weren’t tough enough to overcome, Week 4 gives us the first bye week. Fortunately, there are only two teams affected – The Patriots and the Titans. Make sure Marcus Mariota, Bishop Sankey, Kendall Wright, Delanie Walker, Tom Brady, Dion Lewis, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski are on your bench.
TAKING BILLS THRILLS!!!
Guy walks into a bar (me…not Tyler Farr) on Monday night after seeing a concert. The third quarter had just begun. I needed 15 points from Jeremy Maclin to finally get a win (mind you no Kansas City Wide Receiver scored a single touchdown all last season and so far this season). I checked my phone to get the stats. ZERO points. After dropping several F-Bombs I grabbed a beer and went out on the back deck to watch the game with another guy in my league, his wife and a mutual friend. God bless garbage time. As the Packers were killing the Chiefs, Kansas City just started throwing the ball and Maclin was frequently targeted. In all, he got me a touchdown, and 140 yards. 20 Points!!! And my first victory of the season. Of course, in Week 4 I’m back in crisis mode as Sammy Watkins and LeSean McCoy are both out for the week and I still have the bumbling Lamar Miller who I’ll have to stick with for another week (and a tight end who caught one pass for one yard…Heath Miller). Oh yeah, and Edelman is on a bye. Fortunately it looks like Arian Foster will be back, but I still need to find a replacement wide receiver and the pickings in my league right now are slimmer than Ashley Monroe.
That’s all for this week. Wish me luck. I’ll wish you luck, unless you’re playing me this week. As always send me thoughts and questions @sneezeguard.
Author: Scott Colvin
Scott has 20+ years experience as a writer/editor and is #CMchat’s Executive Editor. He’s a rabid music fan and a sports junkie. If there’s a cat in the room, he’ll pet it. If there’s a beer in the room, he’ll drink it.