Seriously, though… where are all the players going? It is like LOST has taken over fantasy football land, and all the players are disappearing between injuries and bye weeks. And, of course, this all happens at the most important time of the season when playoff brackets are starting to be established and records are changing in a flash. I have not felt victim to the missing player syndrome as of yet, but next week I know I will.
I think what is making these upcoming weeks more painful than usual is the lack of decent pick-ups. Almost, every player listed on the waiver wire this week is owned in my league, and owned in around 50 percent or more in other leagues. I do not get how a player can be considered a waiver wire pick-up when he is owned in 72 percent (cough… Jeremy Hill…cough) of ESPN leagues? Someone explain this.
Okay, enough of my complaining. I think all the bitterness is coming from my sick stomach after Arian Foster got hurt.
My WTF moment this last week? Umm where are the Dolphins the rest of the 364 days a year? I don’t think I have ever seen the Dolphins play so well, ever… I was not alive during the 70s. The Chargers were completely shut out 37-0, definitely the biggest shocker of the week. Of course, I had Philip Rivers (-3 points for a QB is this biggest WTF for me). The Phins made my Sunshine State proud, but I’m sure they will embarrass us again next week.
The Broncos vs. Pats game was a bit of surprise as well. I guess Tom Brady will be keeping his clean shave throughout “No-Shave November” because the beard is no luck for him. His fresh face is doing hella lot better defeating the Broncos 43-21. Big Ben is still on fire andI highly doubt he is still available in your league. If he is, I want to be part of your league next year. Steelers defeated the Ravens with Ben’s 6 TDs. Couldn’t he have just shared one with Rivers?
The next two weeks are filled with 12 teams going bye and killing a lot of our own teams. Next week’s byes:
Texans- Hopefully Foster gets all better… #wishfulthinking?
Colts- How will teams survive without Luck?
Vikings and Redskins- Does that even affect anyone?
Pats- Now that affects a lot of teams especially Stephen Gostkowski (I would not be able to drop that kicker for a fill-in; make room on the bench)
Chargers- Rest up, Rivers, you need it.
As mentioned earlier, I feel like there are slim pickings on the wire right now. With the byes and hurt players, some of us are scrambling for anyone. I picked up Martavis Bryant last week (owned about 21 percent of ESPN leagues); and he didn’t disappoint this week. Big Ben needs guys to throw it to, and I think he is worth an add. Bobby Rainey, owned at about 43 percent, would be on my list too (he’s taken in my league).
What I am expecting next week… If you are in need a QB, Derek Carr might be a nice option, and I would be surprised if someone owns him in your league. Oakland is playing the Broncos, whose pass defense is nothing to write home about and who will be ready to redeem themselves. I’m pretty sure the Raiders will have a lot of catching up to do. Hopefully that catching up equals a lot of completed passes by Carr. Those passes most likely have to be checkdowns to Darren McFadden, who could be worthy of a pick-up and/or start depending on your disparity.
Blake Bortles and the Jags could find some magic in London (not a win, but at least some fantasy points), and Denard Robinson definitely needs to be added to your roster (though he might not be available since he is over 70 percent owned). The Cowboys should might have their leader Romo back in this game, so I would advise against Brandon Weeden (regardless of Romo’s status, I would vote no on him though).
I don’t know about you, but I am ready for bye weeks to be over!!