Tuesday, November 1 – 11:42 AM
7-1! This is getting kind of ridiculous now. Never in my wildest dreams would I have expected my team to be in first place midway through the season, but here I am. It seems like every week I have one player who puts up a monster stat line and almost single-handedly carries me to victory. Although this past week, it wasn’t one player but rather a group: the Bills defense. I picked them up as a bye week replacement for the Packers and they go on to notch a shutout! Go figure. As is often the case in fantasy football, luck did play a role as half of my opponent’s regular starters were either injured or on a bye. Still though, I was the high scorer for the week, so this was no cheap win. Anyway, this just goes to show you that you should never give up on your team before the season even starts. Lesson learned.Wednesday, November 2 – 1:55 PM
The way this season is going, it might be a good idea for me to go out and buy some lotto tickets. You’re probably sick of hearing about my lack of a No. 2 running back, but this issue hasn’t gone away. I’ve just been able to hide it thanks to the rest of my lineup stepping up or in some cases wise short-term starts. First it was Earnest Graham. Yeah, he’s out for the year now, but not before rewarding me with a strong performance back in Week 6. Then last week I got to play Pierre Thomas, who saw an expanded role in the Saints’ explosive offensive attack as a result of Mark Ingram’s injury. So who’s my savior this week? His name is Michael Bush. You’ve probably heard of him. He’s the guy who ran for 99 yards a couple weeks ago in relief of Darren McFadden, who suffered a foot injury in the first quarter. With Run DMC expected to be out Sunday, Bush is a must-start. He’s proven in the past to be more than capable of handling a full workload and should do well facing a Broncos defense that has struggled against the run all season. Oh, wouldn’t it be nice if McFadden remains sidelined for an extended period of time. Here I go again rooting for guys to get injured and then stay injured. It’s mean, I know, but I just can’t help it.
Friday, November 4 – 3:38 PM
Less than an hour ago in one of my other leagues, someone dropped Jermichael Finley. I wouldn’t have done it, but I don’t think that the former Finley owner is crazy for making the move. After all, aside from one exceptional game in which he caught three touchdown passes, Finley has been pretty awful this year. So unlike the earlier incident in which I, as the Commissioner, put the Chris Johnson for Steve Johnson trade to a league veto vote (the deal got vetoed), I won’t interfere with this at all. Honestly, the whole Johnson for Johnson story has embarrassed me to no end, and I really feel bad for the guy who was set to trade CJ2K before we intervened. He would have been a lot better off right now. Going forward, I’ve decided that I’ll be less of a hands-on commish. So if this owner wants to gamble that Finley will not return to elite form, I don’t have a problem with it. That said, there’s no doubt in my mind that someone will put in a claim for the Packers’ tight end, and that someone could very well hit the jackpot.