Fantasy football does not lend itself to long-term relationships.
You drafted a team in August. That’s great, but don’t get too attached to it.
Don’t take it home to meet the folks. Don’t buy it a ring. Don’t go steady. Don’t fall in love.
If you want to be successful, you have to treat your team like it’s the late 1970s and your white-suited self just compared astrological signs under a disco ball.
So, you went home with David Wilson and Steven Ridley on draft day? Goodbye stranger, it’s been nice, now here’s some cab fare.
You suddenly began to notice Joique Bell? You might want to buy him a drink. (Not literally. That would be creepy.)
After the cold reality of week 1, there are just some draft-day sweethearts you are better off without, and some new flings you need to get jiggy with.
1&2: David Wilson and Steven Ridley, RBs, Giants and Patriots, respectively: Two guys with a lot in common. Both were expected to be primary backs with goal-line duties in high-powered offenses. Problem is, they have something else in common: They’re also prone to fumbling and have head coaches who hate that. While Wilson and Ridley will have some good games, can you risk one fumble that could send them to the bench at any moment? That would be a no.
3: Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins: Plenty of running backs struggle in week 1. Heck, top 10 backs C.J. Spiller, Marshawn Lynch and Trent Richardson won’t be bragging about last week anytime soon. What sets Miller apart is just how god awful he looked. He had 10 rushes for 3 yards and caught 1 pass. And that was for a team that had the LEAD and wanted to run out the clock.
4: Golden Tate, WR, Seahawks: Tate’s name shot up the sleeper lists when Percy Harvin’s hip problems flared up. Surely, the former Notre Dame wideout stood to be the guy picking up the slack. But that doesn’t seem to be working out. Doug Baldwin has been the guy Russell Wilson’s looked to in the early going, and Tate has remained more famous for “catching” the infamous “Fail Mary” last year. Besides, other than Tim Brown, can you name another Notre Dame WR in the last 30 years who has had success in the NFL? … Exactly.
5: Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers: This one hurts. I had high hopes for Roethlisberger as a nice backup QB with fantasy upside. But after one game, it’s obvious. Good defenses will be sacking Big Ben like Visigoths on Rome. And he faces a load of good defenses this year: the Bengals, Browns and Ravens six times, Miami and the Bears. That’s half a season with subpar stats.
PICK ‘EM UP!
1: Joique Bell, RB, Lions: As a rookie in 2012, he caught 52 passes and rushed for a 5.0 YPC average. So why was it such a surprise he was a big part of the Lions game plan on Sunday? He has value in his current role, but as a backup to Reggie Bush, he has even more. In his career, Bush has played in all 16 games only twice – once as a rookie in 2006. And he’s already nicked up. Guess who gets that work if Bush can’t go?
2: Rod Streater, WR, Raiders: Streater’s role in Oakland is sort of like “The Most Interesting Man in the World.” The Raiders don’t often throw the ball, but when they do, they throw to Streater. Don’t expect him to be the next A.J. Green or anything. The Raider’s offense is still less-than-stellar. But as a bye week fill-in and spot starter, Streater will produce nice numbers.
3: Terrelle Pryor, QB, Raiders: OK, so an Oakland Raiders QB with a questionable arm and limited experience is a recommended pickup? Yes. That is true. And the decision was a relatively sober one. As with Roethlisberger, Pryor isn’t a good play when he plays good defenses. But unlike Ben, Pryor gets to face the Chargers, Chiefs and Broncos six times a year. As an added bonus, Oakland will probably be trailing many of those games, which means cheap, garbage time points. They count, you know.
4: Nick Foles, QB, Eagles: Watching Monday night’s Eagles-Redskins game brought two things to mind: 1-There are fantasy points a’pletnty in that Eagles offense, and 2-Michael Vick is going to take a beating. His history has never been one of durability, so you just know, at some point Foles is going to get the keys to that offense – maybe for good.
5: Jets defense: Don’t look now, but the Jets held two pretty good offenses to 17 and 13 points respectively in the first two games. And, while head coach Rex Ryan may not be the second coming of Weeb Ewbank, he has a great defensive mind. With an unproven rookie at QB, the team knows it has to keep games close, so watch for an extra emphasis on defense.