Five games into the season and you’ve got one guy with 41 catches, 580 yards and two touchdowns. Deeee-lish. Three games with over 100 yards and four out of five weeks with double-digit fantasy points in standard leagues; double-digit points in all five in PPR play. Fantastic. These were the joys celebrated by Julio Jones owners everywhere….until word came down after the Falcons’ Monday night loss to the Jets that Jones was hurt. And not just ‘sit out practice, miss a week’ hurt. We’re talking real hurt. Hurt hurt. Hurt your fantasy team hurt.
When this week’s games are over, we’ll have completed roughly one-third of the fantasy football season and it’s at this point where you’ll see whether your team has what it takes to compete in the playoffs or if an overhaul is needed via the trade front. Waiver wire picks will help supplement, but there’s currently nothing out there that will push you over the hump if your squad is struggling. And what’s most important this week is the watchful eye that you must keep on some of this season’s biggest disappointments and early-season strugglers. It’s a make-it-or-break-it week for many players. If they shine, then you have hope that replacements aren’t needed. But if they continue to struggle, you are left with the choice of either selling-low to salvage what you can or simply just cutting bait and accept your losses. Here are a few players whose owners will be locked onto their performances this week. Will they redeem themselves finally or have they just been a waste of a high draft choice this whole time?
Let’s face it…the NFL is all about the passing. Much like when baseball hit that point where chicks were digging the long ball and juiced up home run races were all the rage, football is all about the bombarooski. Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers shooting it out for the NFC Championship; that’s what people want to see. And much like only a select few enjoy a 1-0 pitchers’ duel in baseball, that same small percentage of traditionalists are the ones who crave a 10-7 smashmouth-style football game dominated by strong defense and rough-and-tumble running backs.