Tuesday, September 4 – 8:34 PM
Great news! Kenley Jansen’s season isn’t over, as he will make his return to the field on September 17th. So how can I possibly be a bit bummed out right now? Well, of course the Dodgers have to release the news on a Tuesday after I have already set my lineup for the week. Holding out hope that Jansen would come back sooner and that his heart condition was more of a day-to-day situation, I left him active, figuring that one or two outings from Kenley would serve me better than a full week from a mediocre waiver wire pitcher. I simply didn’t want to miss out on any of those 1 IP, 0 H. 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K performances from Jansen. Now I’ll be getting nothing out of that starting slot. And I really shouldn’t be blaming the Dodgers if a few strikeouts prove to be the difference between finishing in the money and finishing in fourth place. This one is on me. This one can be blamed on my troubling tendency to “stick with my guys” even if all logic says that I should go in a different direction and follow a more aggressive approach. Sooner or later, this tragic flaw of mine will cost me big time.
Wednesday, September 5 – 10:12 AM
Ricky Romero used to be one of my guys. Until I dropped him last night. Why didn’t I do this sooner? Romero’s been sitting on my bench for over a month now. If I can’t trust him regardless of the matchup, why waste a roster spot on him? I’ll tell you why. Because he was one of my guys. I drafted Romero for what at the time seemed like a very reasonable price of $15. And he did get off to a strong start, going 3-0 with a 3.18 ERA in April. Then the wheels completely fell off. Fortunately, I had him benched for a bunch of the disaster outings, but for some reason I held out hope that he’d get back on track. It never happened. I feel a lot better now that I’ve finally cut ties with Ricky. But I haven’t cut ties with him forever. I have no idea what went wrong for him this year, but surely it’s nothing that a long winter of training can’t fix, right? I can pretty much guarantee you that Romero will be on at least one of my teams in 2013. I can also guarantee you that he won’t cost $15. Five bucks maybe? Sign me up!
Friday, September 7 – 9:45 PM
When it comes to setting fantasy football lineups, there’s nothing more dreaded than the “game-time decision.” I mean, it’s bad enough when one of your regular starters will miss a game. Things deteriorate when one of your regular starters is injured but will play anyway, though it might be in a limited capacity. And it’s even worse when one of your regular starters might play but might not play, and we won’t know the answer until 15 minutes before kickoff. Well, it sounds like Raiders’ wide receiver Denarius Moore could be a game-time decision this week. And as a Moore owner in one league who drafted him with the idea that he would be an every-week starter, I’ll be facing a very annoying decision. What makes this very annoying decision even more annoying is that the Raiders will be playing the late Monday night game, so if I choose to start Moore and he lands up not playing, I’ll be out of luck, unless I want to pick up Oakland’s No. 3 wideout. And I don’t even know who that is. Outside of Moore, my best option is Justin Blackmon, the rookie Jaguars’ receiver who has enormous upside but will be playing in his first NFL game. Not to mention that his quarterback is Blaine Gabbert. I don’t care. I’m rolling the dice on Blackmon and benching Moore. I don’t want any part of that whole game-time decision drama.
Even though Moore is one of my guys.