Well, I finally broke down and made some trades this week. Although my team has won two straight, I am 3-3 on the season, with the division leader a perfect 6-0. My standard offers are 2-for-1, moving depth for a solid player and a throwaway. This strategy has always worked for me and suggest you give it a try. A pair of team's on bye this week (New Orleans and Oakland) with two more (Atlanta and Miami) returning after getting a week off. Prime Time action this week has Seattle and Arizona on Thursday night, Denver and Indianapolis on Sunday night and Minnesota taking on the New York Giants on Monday Night Football.
With two weeks now in the books, we may begin to trust what we are seeing. Surprises that did it again are for real, those that didn't contributed toward your loss and will become a casualty of this week's moves. We had a numer of injuries in week two, most coming at running back which can be quite painful. If you were hoping for a veteran to bounce back after a slow start, and he didn't, in some cases he won't be. In my 25+ years of playing fantasy football, I find this stage of the season also brings the most trading of the year. Can trading hurt your league? Three of my four "big unit" leagues do not allow trading this season. While I prefer to trade, judging from baseball, this is probably protecting me... from myself.
Seasons can be won and lost on the waiver wire, perhaps more so in baseball but no matter the sport, the claims following week 1 are by far the best. Up until we see some real stats opening weekend, we must comb through the hundreds of expert opinions and browse the preseason box scores. While injury opportunties will provide leading free agent candidates all season long, week one settles some depth chart question marks.... well, sort of.
Congratulations are in order to some of you, to others.... better luck next year. To those in leagues still running, in either regular or post season, we bring you our last regular season look at fantasy football targets. I am torn with the question of how much to spend on receivers in my draft or auction. While watching Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, Brandon Marshall and the other studs, part of me wants to allocate enough funds to get a pair of my own in 2013. The other part of me recognizes that James Jones was a major part of my first place finish this season,. Last month I even dropped Jones when he disappeared, only to pick him up again the following week.
Week 14 is the beginning of the playoffs for many teams, crunch time baby! It's also the time of the year when we begin to see teams starting to rest starters for the post season. We also have to be concerned that the have nots will be taking a look at youngsters for next season. Most importantly, as we navigate December, every player has various bumps and bruises, just some are in worst shape that others.
A seemingly never ending week of football started at Ford Field on Thanksgiving Day and wrapped up Monday night at the Linc in Philadelphia. As we wind down and enter the fourth quarter of the season, the cream is certainly rising to the top. Many leagues are approaching the playoffs and the alwayys tricky managing of lineups as some teams look at young talent with their season's basically over, while others rest stars to keep them healthy for the post season.
Finally, full rosters for all with the bye weeks now behind us. Its time to make a playoff run, both real and fantasy and owners will be plugging in stars that enjoyed week 11 on bye. Some of the stars expected back in fantasy lineups include, Percy Harvin (healthy?), Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Sidney Rice, Kenny Britt and more. While the bye weeks are behind us, keep an eye on multiple Thursday games, Saturday games coming soon and the usual Sunday and Monday prime time action.
Amazing that we are already approaching the midway point of the 2012 season. Did you survive the biggest bye week of the season? Julio Jones, Roddy White, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Dwayne Bowe, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Malcom Floyd among those on the sideline during week seven. This week, Torrey Smith, A.J. Green and Andre and Steve Johnson get a break. If you're like me, you are still getting used to a Thursday night game every week with Tampa Bay and Minnesota kicking off week eight.
Another wild week tracking wide receiver targets as last week’s stars disappear and new players emerge. Exciting, must have free agent targets like the Giants Victor Cruz, Jason Avant of the Eagles, the Steelers Antonio Brown, Green Bay’s James Jones and Carolina’s Legedu Naanee all were big time fantasy disappointments after “break out” performances in Week Six. Big “money” receivers are also returning from injury, giving owners the points they have been hoping for, or better yet deserve! New waiver pickups have also emerged and we’ll break down who they are and who is “delivering” with given opportunity.
If you are looking for wide receivers on the rise, this may be your week! Amazingly, of the top 13 targeted wide outs for Week Five, only two of them (Dwayne Bowe and Roddy White) are among the league leaders for the season. While it’s a good opportunity to upgrade or strengthen your receiver corps, there is no reason for alarm from the regular leaders as they continue to plug along.