Making Lemonade

We’ve all heard the term, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” right? Well, this term can be applied to fantasy sports as well.

If you see a valuable player on another owner’s team go down with a serious or season-ending injury (those are some sour-ass “lemons” there, right?) OR his stock is really low OR he has a lengthy suspension, then you owe it to yourself and the fantasy Gods to try and take advantage of that situation and “make lemonade.”

Case in point: Sidney Rice.  Rice was supposed to be a top 15 WR this season.  Now, down with a knee injury, Rice will be on the PUP list until at least week 7.  As FF player, you need to look at that situation and pounce like a fat kid around Twinkies (apologies to the weight-challenged).  Unless this unlucky Rice owner drafted  lot of depth at WR, he is going to have a need in this department now.  Now, take a look at your team’s WR depth and figure out which player(s) you are willing to offer.   Hell, you may not even be deep at WR, but if you can land a valuable player in the deal, you can always flip that player in another trade.  You may be able to upgrade one of your positions out of this guy’s misfortune.

Maybe you’re in a Keeper league and you own Rice.  Depending on your leagues’ rules, you may be able to afford to stash him away.  However, maybe you DON’T own Rice and you trade a less valuable player away because YOU are the one in a position to stash him away until later this year or even next season.  This exact situation went down in my Keeper league and there were mixed reactions amongst the teams.  We’ll have to wait awhile to see if the Rice “buyer” is happy with his lemonade, but at least he tried to take advantage of the situation, which is the bottom line.

With that being said, here are some prime “lemons” you can currently squeeze into lemonade for your team:

Joseph Addai-Addai sustained a concussion last night midway through the preseason game against the Packers.  Not supposed to be serious, but you never know. Addai is currently going in the 4th round of 12-team drafts, which makes him most likely a #2 starting RB for teams.  If the owner is scared off by this, you may be able to work out something ESPECIALLY if you have Donald Brown to offer him as a security blanket.

Percy Harvin-The good news is that Favre is back and with Sidney Rice out for awhile, Harvin could see his value improve greatly.  The bad news??  These migraine headaches appear to be no joke for Harvin and could affect his playing time. That and defenses keying in on him more with Rice out could hurt Harvin.  If Harvin is another owner’s #2 WR, he might be worried enough for you to able to work some magic. If Harvin sucks in the first week or two of the regular season, jump on this situation.

Dallas Clark-DC has missed all of the preseason action so far, including the “dress rehearsal” last night against the Packers, due to a leg injury. He should be ready for the season opener, but this is troubling.  If you drafted 2 good TE’s, you might be able to work out a deal with the Clark owner.  I would stay tuned on the status of DC since he is a dominant player at his position and is still be recommended for drafting by most sites.  If he does miss time, his owner’s going to need a #1 TE. However, the injury isn’t supposed to be serious.

Vincent Jackson-This one is really for the Keeper leagues unless your redraft league started waaay early.  You may be able to get the V-Jax owner to make a deal, but this one is not for the faint of heart since who knows when V-Jax will play or if  V-Jax will be with the Chargers , and if not,  where he will be (Washington could be a destination).  However, if you can get away with not giving too much up, it could pay out big time.  If it’s also a salary cap league, that also puts a wrinkle in matters.

Justin Forsett-Forsett has sucked donkey-dick this preseason and Leon Washington is shooting up the charts and off wires.  If Forsett is the #2 RB for a team out there, you may be able to do something. Also, if you get Forsett in the deal, he does still have some value to sit on your bench until he comes around.

Rashard Mendenhall-Before you get too concerned, Mendy is NOT injured.  However, he has gotten stuffed in his last two preseason games and hasn’t looked the part of a #1 fantasy RB.  His stock is down and if his owner has soured on Mendy, you may be able to buy him low.  If you can trade someone like Marion Barber-whose stock is up right now, but is bound to go down-for Mendy, I would do that in a heartbeat.

Chaz Schilens, Donnie Avery, Early Doucet-These are examples of small lemons as they are most likely riding teams’ benches.  Schilens and Avery look to be out for season and Early Doucet continues to be held out of practice with an abdomen injury.  If the owner(s) of any of these players have a prospect on their bench that you like, you may be able to do something, but don’t expect them to give up much.  They will most likely just drop the player(s) and pick up someone like Laurent Robinson or Louis Murphy who are obviously helped by the situation.

“Lemons” in the Making? Not lemons yet, but troubling injury news surrounding them that bears watching: Maurice Jones-Drew, Greg Jennings, Steve Smith (CAR), Michael Crabtree, Darren McFadden, Veronon Davis, Anthony Gonzalez

If you feel at all guilty about taking advantage of a negative player situation, soothe your conscience by  thinking about it like this: that key player getting injured was a “sacrifice” to the fantasy Gods so that it may “rain” great players for some lucky team. Let that team be yours.

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5 Responses to “Making Lemonade”

  1. A C Slater says:

    Should I drop Early Doucet for Brian Robiskie?

  2. fantasy flukie says:


  3. fantasy flukie says:

    Why does everyone love Sidney Rice? He has ne good year and he is great? Bottom Line Favore makes everyone look better…Rice will be a bust this year and next

  4. Seth Pollock says:

    Fluke, the point wasn’t whether to love or not love Rice. The point was that “lemonade” is there for the making with which ever poor soul drafted him.

    I used him as my example because he was a highly touted, early pick before his injury and his owners may now be willing to make a deal to fill that hole.

  5. The Fantasy Flukie says:

    @ Seth… i gotcha….it’s not just this piece. IF one more person tells me that Rice is a stud WR and that he will be valuable again in week 8 I’ll vomit.

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