Wednesday, December 14 – 7:58 PM
Here’s the good news. It looks like Darren McFadden will not only be sidelined yet again this week but is very likely to be out for Week 16 as well, assuring that I can ride Michael Bush for the remainder of my playoff run. I have to admit I was very lucky with this whole thing. Spending $4 on Bush back in September seemed like a wise investment at the time considering McFadden’s injury history, but no way did I expect to cash in like this. To think that I was all bent out of shape fearing that Joseph Addai would need to be an every-week starter for me is pretty funny. What do you know, Addai gets hurt and then McFadden gets hurt. Who ever said that history doesn’t repeat itself?
On a broader note, I’m seriously rethinking my longstanding strategy of drafting two upper-tier running backs. Look what happened this year. My failure to execute this plan might just be the best mistake I’ve ever made in my fantasy career. Running backs do tend to get injured often, so next year I will most definitely alter my approach. One stud running back, one decent but not great one, and then a few speculative picks, mostly high-upside backups to injury-prone starters. It seems like every year there’s a Michael Bush, and the fact that the mid-level running back is always more expensive than the mid-level quarterback or mid-level receiver means that there will be plenty of extra dollars at my disposal!
Thursday, December 15 – 8:34 PM
Here’s the bad news. I have absolutely no clue who I should play at QB this week. You see, this is the downside of drafting guys like Ben Roethlisberger, guys who have a ridiculously high tolerance for pain. Most quarterbacks wouldn’t even try to play through a high ankle sprain, but I wouldn’t at all be surprised to see Big Ben under center on Monday night. The problem is that I have no idea what to expect. If he does start, will he make it through the entire game? Who knows. Will he put up a monster stat line? Probably not. Chances are the Steelers run the ball more and Ben doesn’t take many chances airing it out.
Despite Mark Sanchez’s strong showing last week, I’m not too confident in him on the road in Philly. Yeah, the Eagles team as a whole has been a colossal bust this year, but they still have a ton of talented players on that roster, including on the defensive side. Add in Sanchez’s well-documented struggles on the road and I’m almost certain that he will be riding my bench come Sunday.
And that brings us to this. Meet the newest member of my team…Rex Grossman. Let’s be honest, I’m terrified to start this guy. He’s so inconsistent, and the thought of entrusting my entire season in him is, well, terrifying. But the matchup is so enticing. Plenty of quarterbacks have had their way against the Giants’ secondary this year, Grossman included. In Week 1 vs. Big Blue, Rex threw for over 300 yards with two touchdowns. I do expect a couple of interceptions. I do expect a fumble or two. But if he can give me say 250 yards and two scores, I’d be thrilled.
So it comes down to Rex or Big Ben. Call me crazy but I’m leaning towards Rex. Reports on Roethlisberger have so far been rather pessimistic, and the last thing I need is for him to start the game and leave in the second quarter. This is nuts. I drafted Ben, overpaid for him in fact. Now I won’t be starting him in the semifinals of the playoffs? I’m the owner who always sticks with his players through thick and thin as long as they’re on the field. Please, Pittsburgh Steelers, do me a favor and rule Roethlisberger out for Monday night. And please do it before 1 PM ET on Sunday. It’ll make my job a whole lot easier, that’s for certain.
Friday, December 16 – 11:18 AM
Amazing start to the week. 35.5 fantasy points for Roddy White last night, and it could have been more had the game been close. For White, it was 35.5 points in two and a half quarters, but I can’t complain. After a so-so start to the year, #84 has lived up to his $44 price tag over the past few weeks.
35.5-0. Does the tortoise vs. hare rule apply to fantasy football? At least for this week, I sure hope not.
Saturday, December 17 – 8:23 PM
What? Now I’m hearing that Big Ben will likely play on Monday and that there’s a sense of optimism about his chances of making it through the whole game. I should have known this was going to happen. I should have known that when push came to shove, I would abandon the Radical Rex Plan and retreat back to my comfort zone. Barring a last minute change of heart, Roethlisberger will be my starter.
At least that’s the plan for now.