Another week, another Thursday night snoozer. What’s the deal with this? I suppose the schedule-makers had no idea that Cam Newton was going to be a disappointment through the first half of the season or that Doug Martin was going to go down with a torn labrum in his shoulder or that Josh Freeman was going to stink it up so badly that even Tampa Bay didn’t want him, but man, these games have not been kind to the casual fan watching and they certainly haven’t been kind to the fantasy football world either. In fact, I’ve had people emailing me in search of a suggested replacement for their guy who does play in a Thursday night game. It’s apparently gotten that bad.
Who is this Murphy and where can I find him? If you happen to meet up with him before I do, please punch him in the face for me. Then, when he’s down and writhing in agony, kick him a few times too. Preferably in the groin region. Fantasy football owners really took it on the chin from this guy as Murphy’s Law reared its ugly head on a few occasions this week. We as writers can sit here and prognosticate all we want about a number of things we expect to see each week, but sometimes the fantasy gods feel the need to keep us in check, tame our hubris, and show us who really is in charge here. And for that, you have our deepest sympathies. You are not alone in the crossfire though as we all have teams of our own. So when we say to start Player X because of his ridiculously tasty match-up this week, chances are, we’re starting him too. Here’s a few situations from Week 7 worth lamenting about…
This week in the NFL will long be remembered for Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis for the first time as an opponent. But there were many other memorable moments this week including several that will haunt your fantasy football teams for quite awhile. Injuries to QB’s such as Jay Cutler, Nick Foles and Sam Bradford are atop the headlines but losing Arian Foster and Doug Martin could very well have hurt fantasy owners more this week. Breakout performances by players such as Roy Helu, Jordan Reed, Jarrett Boykin and Harry Douglas helped to heal some of the wounds created by injury. Let’s take a look inside everything that happened in Week 7 of the NFL from a Fantasy Football perspective.
When you’re making your start/sit decisions each week, a hard look at the numbers can make the process a much easier task. Sample-size is something you always have to consider, but as we sit here in Week 7, the data we have is extremely telling. Earlier in the season, if a team had a poor run defense, their pass defense numbers looked a lot better than they really were for the simple fact that teams were running all over them and had little need to utilize their passing attack. Now seven weeks in, the defensive numbers have balanced out (regressed to the mean, if you will) and they more accurately portray the defenses strengths and weaknesses. So for our last-minute look at the match-ups this week, we’re going to do things a little differently and go over the top three starts and sits for each of the skill positions based on what the numbers are telling us.
Trying to make those last minute adjustments to your roster? Well, the Thursday night game is soon to be underway and there are a few players of note that you’re probably trying to decide whether they’re worth the start on the short week or if you should just bypass them in favor of some other options you may have. At first glance though, a match-up of the Seahawks and Cardinals doesn’t really sound too appealing, unless of course, you own the Seattle defense, but who knows? Maybe there’s a hidden gem or two in there you might like.
As with any fantasy football season, the year is filled with a slew of players and hopeful waiver wire picks that tend to keep owners guessing. Maybe they had a strong debut but with a soft match-up. How are they going to fare against stiffer competition? Maybe they were already on someone’s roster but got dropped. Why should they be relevant now? Maybe they haven’t even stepped into the limelight yet and you want just how they’re expected to perform. Whatever the situation may be, you want to know if this dog will hunt. There are a variety of reasons as to why a particular player isn’t siting on someone’s roster right now, but to continue to ask why they’re available isn’t the right question. Who cares why they’re available? Maybe the league has short benches and the owner couldn’t stash them. Maybe no one heard of him. Maybe the owners in the league are a bunch of idiots. Again, who cares? The right question to ask is, “Why should I pick them up right now?”
The advice is always the same every year – get your running backs first. The position is thin, there are too many committee situations and when it comes to fantasy football, he who touches the ball the most stands the best chance to score the most points. Top-flight running backs are the key to your success. But while the advice is still solid, this year seems to be more of a nightmare with regard to the position. Well, more of a nightmare than usual, it seems.
Week 6 started out like a thud with Touchdowns from such fantasy stalwarts as Cory Harkey, Joseph Fauria & Thaddeus Lewis before the usual suspects came through to save the day. But as good as Cam Newton, JaMaal Charles and Marshawn Lynch were others such as Jimmy Graham, Ray Rice and Calvin Johnson fell flat. But no matter how bad you may have lost your matchup this week the Packers may have lost even worse considering both Randall Cobb and James Jones left with significant leg injuries. Let’s take a look at all of the games played on this Sunday of Week 6 from a Fantasy Football perspective.
You’ve been reading the latest news, checking in with all the strategy articles and have obviously gone through as many start/sit columns you can find. But the more information you have, the better off you are and some of the most useful advice pieces are the ones that have the most updated injury information and expected team game plans. So with that, here are some of my last-minute thoughts with regard to the NFL Week 6 match-ups and how they should be affecting your fantasy football lineup. Remember, we’re not here to tell you that you should start Drew Brees or Marshawn Lynch, so unless the match-up is so ridiculously unfavorable, we’ll just assume that you are wisely keeping your studs in your active lineup. We’re looking at the role players here.
We’re getting ready to start up Week 6 of the NFL which means the fantasy football season is about to hit its midway point in many leagues. That means wins are more crucial than ever. Falling below .500 at this point puts you strongly in danger of missing your playoffs and putting you on the path towards holiday depression. So let’s get this week started off on the right foot and take a closer look at tonight’s match-up between the Giants and the Bears. Let’s make sure we’ve got everyone active who needs to be active and those who shouldn’t be, back on the bench.