When you’re making your start/sit decisions each week, a hard look at the numbers can make the process a much easier task. Sample-size is something you always have to consider, but as we sit here in Week 7, the data we have is extremely telling. Earlier in the season, if a team had a poor run defense, their pass defense numbers looked a lot better than they really were for the simple fact that teams were running all over them and had little need to utilize their passing attack. Now seven weeks in, the defensive numbers have balanced out (regressed to the mean, if you will) and they more accurately portray the defenses strengths and weaknesses. So for our last-minute look at the match-ups this week, we’re going to do things a little differently and go over the top three starts and sits for each of the skill positions based on what the numbers are telling us.
I’ve been receiving a lot of emails this week filled with names like Colin Kaepernick, Anquan Boldin and Daryl Richardson, so with these two NFC West rivals kicking off the Week 4 action with a match-up Thursday night, it’s time to break it down for fantasy purposes. While there’s plenty of talent on both sides, there may only be a few who stand out in the fantasy world, so don’t go looking for an “all hands on deck” approach with your starts and sits. Here’s the way I see it for this one…
We, as writers, walk a very fine line each week. On one hand, we want to report the latest news and information to you in a timely and relatively unbiased fashion. You want to hear exactly what’s going on with your players and what our thoughts are moving forward with regard to their fantasy value. But while we’re supposed to be 90-percent fact and 10-percent opinion, we too play the game and sometimes the lines get blurred. We have our favorites, usually the guys we’ve drafted or have been hyping up to you these last few months, and all too often when those guys let us down, there’s a certain amount of frustration that takes center stage with us. And that’s what today’s column is all about. The opinions expressed in this article belong to me and me alone. Many of the assessments and evaluations of players will be steeped in facts that should prove to be very helpful to you in your fantasy season, but there’s also going to be plenty of ranting and raving as well. Bordering on lunatic? Perhaps, at times. But sometimes even those to whom you go to for advice need a forum just to vent.
Well now that was quite the opening week for the NFL now, wasn’t it? We saw some high-powered offenses, some tough defensive plays, and plenty of fantasy scoring to go around. Surprisingly, the number of injuries was held to a minimum, yet the waiver wire will be a hot-bed of action this week as we also saw a few names emerge from the shadows to take center stage. With so much to talk about, let’s just get started right away with a collection of notes from around the league and the potential fantasy fallout that you as an owner may need to address.