Welcome to the Country Music #CMchat #Fantasy Football Hoedown. We got a whole bunch of the same old stuff I always seem to talk about, so let’s just get at it.
Oh Poo, More Injury Déjà Vu
I had hoped to talk about mid-season studs this week, as opposed to last column’s mid-season duds. Unfortunately, once again, I’m forced to talk about catastrophic injuries and how to recover from them. It’s like having that one non-country music friend who has only heard “Drunk on a Plane” and thinks Dierks Bentley is horrible and shallow. Then when you explain to him that Bentley actually has a lot of deep songs, the friend refuses to believe you. And you have this argument at least once a week. Every week. Drunk. Anyway, last week we said goodbye to Le’Veon Bell, Steve Smith, Sr., and Keenan Allen for the season and Matt Forte for the foreseeable future. This news was particularly crippling for one of my teams (thankfully not my Takin’ Bills) that had Bell, Allen and Forte. That team got me 50 points last week. Yikes! So what can you do? I desperately went after DeAngelo Williams and Jeremy Langford (even if I didn’t need them…starting running backs are always good to stash). Kamar Aiken is another guy to look at (even if he’s on a bye this week). Clearly either Stevie Johnson or Malcom Floyd would be good pickups as well.
It Ain’t No Lie Baby Bye Bye Bye
There are six freaking teams on a bye this week. This makes about as much sense as Chris Stapleton performing with Justin Timberlake did on paper. As skeptical as I was for that duo, I begrudgingly (a day later) thought it was pretty awesome (I had no doubt in Stapleton’s abilities mind you…I think this trend should continue next year, how about Ashley Monroe with Britney Spears?). So, if that can work, maybe we can get past Detroit, Kansas City, Arizona, Seattle, Baltimore and Houston all taking Sunday off to gossip at the beauty shop. Make sure you bench Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Ameer Abdullah, Alex Smith, Charcandrick West, Jeremy Maclin, Carson Palmer, Chris Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, Jimmy Graham, Doug Baldwin, Joe Flacco, Justin Forsett, Kamar Aiken, Brian Hoyer, Alfred Blue and DeAndre Hopkins. There’s some big names there, but there are a lot guys listed there that I hope no one has to normally rely on. As always, check your waiver wire and hopefully you can nab some of the players I suggested earlier.
It’s nice to know you’ve won your match-up during the Sunday night game which is exactly what happened to me last week. After the Broncos beat the Packers I checked my score to find out that I had a four point lead and my opponent had no one in the Monday game. Meanwhile I still had my quarterback Andrew Luck and Carolina’s Defense to go. What followed was about 20 hours of talking myself out of doing something completely stupid – benching Luck and Carolina’s D. I already won, why risk getting negative points and end up losing. I actually tossed this around my vacant noggin all day. I decided to roll the dice and keep them in and try to get more points in case I need them for a tiebreaker come playoff time. Indy’s first two possessions, Luck had two turnovers but it all negated itself out. Luck goes minus 4 points, Carolina’s defense goes up 4 points. In the end Luck got me 17 points (good, not great) and Carolina get me 10 points and I won by 31 points to bring my record to 4-4.
This week doesn’t cause me much bye week stress (just Jeremy Maclin who I’ll replace with Pierre Garcon), but I’m all sorts of screwed at quarterback – Do I go with the struggling Luck against Denver who just made Aaron Rogers look uglier than Sam Hunt’s shirt for his CMA Awards performance, or do I bring in Blake Bortles against the Jets? Fortunately, I have a few days to toss and turn about that decision.
That’s it for this week. Good vibes to y’all in your fantasy match-ups, unless of course you are playing me and in that case I hope you strike out like Sam Hunt did going 0-3 at the CMAs. Hit me up at @sneezeguard if with any fantasy football questions.
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.