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…
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?”
Five games into the season and you’ve got one guy with 41 catches, 580 yards and two touchdowns. Deeee-lish. Three games with over 100 yards and four out of five weeks with double-digit fantasy points in standard leagues; double-digit points in all five in PPR play. Fantastic. These were the joys celebrated by Julio Jones owners everywhere….until word came down after the Falcons’ Monday night loss to the Jets that Jones was hurt. And not just ‘sit out practice, miss a week’ hurt. We’re talking real hurt. Hurt hurt. Hurt your fantasy team hurt.
Week 5 started out slowly and heading into the afternoon games the popular sentiments from around the industry was that this was a “down” week. Then the Broncos and the Cowboys took to the field to bless us with 99 points and an unbelievable 1039 yards of total offense. Also, for the first time since week 1 we had three games yet to be played once the Broncos and Cowboys game ended. So, what was a slow week has turned out to be another week filled with production. Let’s take a spin through all twelve games played this Sunday and find out how our players performed.