The Fantasy world has been unpredictable this year my friends. There are always the normal surprises every year, if there is such a thing. You can always count on injuries and you can always count on at least a couple of unknown players to make a big impact. There will always be one hit wonders and there will always be big name flops.
However, this season we get all of that and a complete change of game plans from the majority of our top producing teams. Many big name players are struggling this season because of how their team is performing. Calvin Johnson is a prime example. Johnson has always been a top fantasy wide-out for as long as I can remember, but this season he is way overdue for his breakout game. Mathew Stafford has had pressure in his face every single game and the Lions have had to adjust their play in order to keep Stafford on the move and safe. This has allowed for less time for Johnson to develop his long yard producing routes.
Matt Forte is the only player in Chicago who is even worth a glance and Lesean McCoy has been sidelined all year with a hamstring injury. With all of this confusion and let down I’m sure people are searching and hoping that the player who finished last week with over a hundred yards and touchdown will somehow be able to recreate that performance again this week, but a new defense brings in a new game plan.
All of the fantasy research in the world cannot account for the fact that we are not in the huddle. A NFL coach gets paid his money to win games. Our fantasy team is not in his world of things to care about. Every Sunday morning men with a lot of football knowledge give us their belief on what will happen. But just like us, they are often wrong because they still don’t know what the coach has planned. I had a good idea that Chip Kelly was about go down in flames but I think everyone did.
This is a dangerous part of the year where buying a big name can turn out to be all you get, a big name player. This week featured six undefeated teams heading into week six. Pay close attention to those teams and scout those players. They are obviously using their players to maximum potential and getting good results. Matt Forte is the man when it comes to running the football but you can’t count on just him to get into the end zone.
If you have been holding onto a big name player hoping and praying for them to finally produce it’s this time during the season where you have to make a decision and possibly move on. Trading them to someone who doesn’t know any better is always a great way to better your team, it’s unethical, but effective.
And for all those Jamal Charles owners I wouldn’t throw away Kniles Davis Just yet. In conclusion; there is not an exact science to this game. No one knows what is going to happen from game to game and that’s why it is so fun, but if you are tired of being let down by the person you drafted first maybe it’s time to move on and add some fresh blood to your team. Tons of points are scored every week.
Don’t forget to set your lineups and have a great football Sunday.
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)