Welcome to the #CMchat Fantasy Football Hoedown, a not-so-serious, but sometimes helpful look at the week ahead in fantasy football.
GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT
I’ve talked about patience many times in this column, particularly when it comes down to holding onto an underperforming player at the start of a season. This week though, let’s look at how to handle injured players, particularly ones sitting on the waiver wire. Let’s take up the case of Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben went down in Week 3 and there was a ton of panic, not just in Pittsburgh, but in the fantasy world. Thoughts of him being out for four, six, maybe eight weeks. People started dropping him. To me that’s a crazier thought than Carrie Underwood doing a duet with Sam Hunt (Wait. What? That happened. Naturally). Of course people dropped him. Those that did possess a severe lack of patience. Those that were smart, subsequently signed him off the waiver wire. He’s going to be back sooner than later (maybe even next week) and will be a Top 5 quarterback for the rest of the season. Jump on it now! Do you really need five receivers? Three tight ends? Two kickers? There are likely scenarios like this playing out in your league…check your waiver wire and take a chance on a second-half-of-the-season comeback player.
BYE BYE LOVE
Week 6 finds us with four teams on the Bye – Dallas, Oakland, St. Louis and Tampa Bay. Not a lot of high profile players, but there are some that are likely on your rosters. Make sure these players of consequence are on your bench this week: Jason Witten, Joseph Randle, Derek Carr, Latavius Murray, Amari Cooper, Nick Foles, Todd Gurley, Kenny Britt, Jared Cook, Jameis Winston, Doug Martin and Vincent Jackson.
Hopefully, if you have any of the aforementioned players you have capable bench fill-ins. If you’re however looking to the waiver wire, you might be able to snag a quarterback like the re-emerging Sam Bradford or someone steady like Joe Flacco or Ryan Fitzpatrick. For running back, good luck. I don’t trust the situation in Buffalo as both LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams are expected to be out again. Boobie Dixon and Dan Herron really didn’t fair too well last week. Equally, I don’t trust the situation in Kansas City with the devastating Jamaal Charles injury. Both Knile Davis and Charcandrick West were picked up in my league and I suspect the Chiefs will go with the always dicey “whoever’s hot.” You may get lucky though and find an already established running back (I still see top 15 backs on the waiver wire in some of my leagues). At wide receiver, Mike Wallace has been getting a lot of attention after a strong week 5. Much like the running back situation, check your waiver wire, you may get lucky and find a Top 20-30 receiver.
TAKIN’ BILLS KILLS
I went into Week 5 as the last place team. I was playing the second place team. Due to injuries and byes, I was stuck having to start Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin and Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles. I figured my chances of victory were about as good as Jason Isbell covering “Drink To That All Night.” But guess what happened? Bortles almost puts up 30 points, Martin went off for 34 points (3 touchdowns and over 150 total yards). Add that to the returning Antonio Gates who netted me 21 points. Heck, if I would have just started those three players and benched the rest of my team I would have won by 10 points. But the rest of my team played, and played well. I actually won by 65 points. That doesn’t happen often though and once again I have to reload as Martin is on a bye and McCoy is still out. My only two options are Lamar Miller or Ronnie Hillman (Arian Foster will be my No.1 back). This is one of those “Would you rather get kicked in the shin, or punched in the stomach” decisions. And then there’s the whole “will Andrew Luck return this week drama.” Good thing I’m playing a mediocre team this week…which means, my team will probably tank.
Well, that’s all I got for this week. Good luck, unless I’m playing you, and then I hope you lose your phone, your internet goes down and you can’t change your line-up with last minute injury updates. As always, hit me up with any questions at @sneezeguard.