First, The Gods Must Be Crazy…about Fantasy Football
Imagine if you had the first three overall picks in a standard Fantasy Football draft and landed Shady McCoy, Jamaal Charles AND Adrian Peterson… well, you’d be 0-3 right now. The No. 4 pick in many leagues was Eddie Lacy, who been about as productive as a mediocre eleventh rounder. Mark Ingram has more rushing TDs than any of them and missed a game! Seriously, Mark freakin’ Ingram!
Even Josh McCown has more rushing TDs than any of them. Think about that. An injured QB has more rushing TDs than Shady, Charles, Lacy and AP combined.
The first QB taken in all leagues was Peyton Manning. He’s great and all, but you could have waited about 100 picks and gotten the same production from Jay Cutler.
Everyone knew Andrew Luck was going to be good, but he has more TD passes than Drew Brees and Tom Brady combined. Remember when some people argued that Demaryius Thomas should be drafted ahead of Calvin Johnson? That seems so silly now.
Le’Veon Bell, who was arguably the riskiest first-round RB entering the season, has been among the most consistent. Everyone’s favorite candidate to fall off a cliff was Marshawn Lynch. He’s only the highest-scoring RB in Fantasy Football through three weeks.
CBS didn’t even have a draft-board sticker for Isaiah Crowell and he’s having a better Fantasy season than trendy first-round pick Montee Ball. Old man Steve Smith has more Fantasy points than A.J. Green… and it’s 2014, not 2005. I feel like I’m dealing with crazy people!
The Giants drafted Odell Beckham No. 12 overall and he hasn’t seen the field. The No. 91 overall pick John Brown has three TDs in three games.
Anyway, the purpose of this rant is to remind you not to panic. It’s a long season. You’re not the only person that feels like the Fantasy Football gods have gone crazy. It’s happening to everybody.
1. Looking to make a trade? Try to acquire Keenan Allen. Fantasy Football team owners who drafted Allen in Round 3 might be frustrated with his performance so far, but he’ll be fine. The Chargers’ No. 1 WR was matched up against elite corners Richard Sherman and Patrick Peterson the first two weeks of the season. Then, Allen had a mild groin injury nagging him during Week 3. He should be 100 percent healthy soon and will re-emerge as a dominant Fantasy receiver in the near future. He’s due for a huge performance.
2. Rob Gronkowski played a season-high 58 percent of the snaps in Week 3 and claims to feel better every week. The window to buy low is closing and Gronk is due for a multi-TD performance. Heck, Tom Brady is due for a multi-TD performance himself.
3. A lot of Fantasy owners don’t take the “fun factor” into account when making decisions. For example, if you can’t decide between two players and one of them is on Monday Night Football… don’t be afraid to chose the guy on MNF that you’ll be watching. Fantasy is supposed to be fun! Personally, I love having someone on Monday nights. Not only do you always feel like you’re still “alive” after Sunday’s games finish, but you also have an opportunity to root for your guy. There is absolutely nothing wrong with starting Travis Kelce over Dwayne Allen simply because you’ll be watching Kelce on TV.
4. Fantasy owners should be aware of every team’s depth chart at the RB position. The situation in Baltimore is a great example of why this is essential. You didn’t need to know anything about Lorenzo Taliaferro to know that he had a chance to explode. All you needed to know was that Bernard Pierce and Justin Forsett aren’t that good and the coaching staff praised Taliaferro throughout camp. The same thing goes for Isaiah Crowell and Donald Brown. Pay attention to RB depth charts!
5. Frank Gore out-touched Carlos Hyde 37-17, but this number should start to even out fairly soon. Hyde is averaging 4.5 yards per carry through three games, compared to 4.0 for Gore. Quite frankly, Hyde is the superior player than the 31-year-old Gore at this stage of their careers. The torch could be passed in the near future and you’ll want to own Hyde when it happens.
6. Way too many owners have mentioned dropping Knile Davis, simply because Jamaal Charles is probably going to play Week 4. Don’t be one of those people. Davis is the most valuable handcuff in the league and an absolute must-own player if you invested a first-round pick in Charles.
7. When the Redskins selected RB Lache Seastrunk out of Baylor in the sixth round of last May’s NFL Draft, I thought he would emerge as a Fantasy asset. Despite having awful hands, the kid could flat-out run the ball in college. He appeared to be an explosive athlete with the running ability to become a star with a little progress. Well, the Redskins cut him during Training Camp and didn’t invite him to the practice squad. Now, he’s been dropped from the practice squad of the Panthers. It’s unclear what Seastrunk’s issue is, but he must either be a horrible person or a terrible running back. It’s probably a wrap on Seastrunk’s career if the Panthers don’t want to keep him around despite having a mediocre group of RBs.
8. Arian Foster is in a dead-heat with Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies for the most annoying player to own in Fantasy sports. If you disagree, then you’ve never owned one of them.
9. If the Indianapolis defense is available in your league… pick it up and insert it into your starting lineup. Jake Locker will probably miss the game and Charlie Whitehurst has done nothing to prove that he’s capable NFL quarterback.
10. Looking for a super sleeper? Kyle Juszczyk of the Ravens could emerge as a serviceable, emergency TE in deeper leagues. I’m talking about desperate owners in extremely deeper formats. Ravens OC Gary Kubiak loves to utilize his tight end as much as possible, and with Dennis Pitta out for the season, Juszczyk could see a major increase in targets. Yes, Owen Daniels is technically ahead of him on the depth chart, but Kubiak uses a lot of double-tight end formations and Daniels has lost a step at 31 years old. Juszczyk, a Harvard product, could end up seeing a decent amount of targets per game. Unfortunately for Fantasy owners, Juszczyk is technically an H-back and only qualifies at RB in the majority of Fantasy leagues.
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