The Pitfalls of Fantasy Football and the Emergence of Action Jackson

I am going to take a moment to tell you a story from one of my leagues. Now, I despise when someone blathers on and on about their team or league because, really, do any of us care? Not really. However, in this instance, bear with me because there is a point for ALL owners in the story.

So, I am in this crazy, but wonderful, hybrid league that is a cross between a Dynasty/PPR/Salary cap league. It is a “NO OFFSEASON” league where owners stay on top of player and NFL news year round. It is without question, the most involved, (the “Bible” for the league is immense), most time-consuming, and  my favorite league of all. And I’m not just saying it because Scotty-P, Gab columnist, is the commish of the league (in fact it pains me to say it for that fact).

After the off-season waiver, the draft, and making some key off-season trade and moves, my team was really coming along (it was terrible at the end of last season). Then, LenDale White decided to be an ass again and was dropped by Seattle.  So, I dropped LenWhale and picked up Arian Foster as a flier.  This was May 28th.  I saw what Foster did at the end of last year and decided to take a shot even though Houston drafted Ben Tate.

Fast forward to August 4th. I am really happy with my team, but I have no DST and all of the good ones are taken by my competition.  I get an offer to trade my flier, my waiver wire pickup, Arian Foster for the Ravens.  I will pause a moment for you to laugh.  Then, I will remind you that the Houston running back situation was a mess at that point.  No one knew what crazy Kubiak would do with his 3 backs, Tate, Foster, and Slaton.

That is until 10 days later, Saturday August 14, when Tate suffered his season-ending injury in the preseason game versus Arizona.  Then, Slaton came down with his bad case of lingering turf toe (not that he was going to give much competition anyway) and, as they say, the rest is history.

Arian Foster, week 1 totals: 231 rushing yards on 33 attempts and 3 Touchdowns.  3.

Yeah, it stung to see that. A LOT.  But this is fantasy football and no place faint of heart.  As it turns out, I won my week 1 game in that league AND I also won my 1st game in another league (redraft) where I, wisely, drafted Foster in the 6th round and reaped the benefits.

The moral of the story you ask?  You can calculate and analyze and try to handle this crazy game using logic, but there will always be a dangerous element of luck.  That is what makes it fun. If the outcomes could be perfectly predicted by crunching numbers, then what’s the point?  Don’t believe me?  Ask the K.C. Chiefs after their routing of the Chargers on MNF.

ANY GIVEN SUNDAY.  It is not a hollow statement.

Also, don’t be afraid to make moves.  Some of them will turn out badly, but others will pay off in huge dividends.  I drafted Arrelious Benn in my Dynasty league, but then traded for Mike Williams BEFORE he started getting hyped.  The fantasy Gods have a way of balancing things out.

For example, Brandon Jackson is available in one of my leagues where I am 1st on the waiver list.

If you’ve had your head under a stone, on Sunday Ryan Grant suffered a serious injury.  Jackson was a hot waiver wire pick. Today it was revealed that Grant will have season-ending surgery and be placed on the IR.  After that news, Brandon Jackson should now be THE number 1 waiver pickup.  He will be the #1 RB on an explosive offense.  Mike McCarthy said before the injury to Grant, how Jackson has really come far and is an every down back.  I don’t care what your depth is at running back, you go and place a waiver claim for Jackson NOW.  Yes, right now.  Go do it.  I’ll still be here.

O.k., glad you decided to come back.  If you do get Jackson, start him with confidence this week as a solid #2 RB at home against the Bills. I think he will have a solid season.

Or if you are really deep at RB, find the guy who owned Grant (ouch. past tense) and work out a trade. Like I mentioned in a previous pst entitled “Making Lemonade,” there is nothing wrong with taking advantage of unfortunate injuries/situations to other owner’s players. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. However, I’d recommend you start him this week, show his skills, and trade when his stock shoots up even higher.

While we’re talking solid pickups, a short perusal of all of the regular sites will tell you the following people should be claimed off waivers AFTER Jackson goes:

Michael Vick-Kolb will mss at least 1 week, probably more. Vick looked like his old self and is working with a terrific offense.  If you own Kolb, you HAVE TO pick Vick. And, oh yeah, they are facing the LIONS this week.

Peyton Hillis-The Browns front office is not happy with Jerome Harrison, that much is clear. Hillis looked really good this week and has the Chiefs this week.  Pick him up and start him as a low #2 or solid flex.

Darren McFadden-He’s probably already owned if your league ha more than 8 teams, but if not make sure you add him. With Michael Bush injured, McFads scored a solid 150 yards and a TD versus the TITANS. Pretty impressive.

Brandon Lloyd-This one is sketchy because I still love Jabar Gaffney as the guy in Denver. However, Lloyd caught 5 balls for an impressive 117 yards so he is definitely worth adding to deeper leagues.

Mark Clayton-I don’t want to beat a dead horse, so I’ll just say look at the Flukies’ last couple of posts. Bradford hit him 10 times for 119 yards.  Pick him up if he is available.

Austin Collie-I still believe in Pierre Garcon, but it is hard to ignore Collie’s 10 receptions for 110 yards. If in deeper leagues, Collie probably won’t be available, but if he is, worth taking a flier on him.

Mohamed Massaquoi-Massy seems to have developed a rapport with Delhomme.  The 2 connected for a 41 yard TD on Sunday. If you’re in a deeper league (12 teams), add him.

There are some more pickups out there on wires, but i’ll let you do a little more work to find those.  A great start would to check out the Fantasy News Ticker located on our Fantasy Football Gab page below to the right side of your screen.

Remember, we must never forget that in this highly calculated game of fake sports that we play, that cruel, fickle, and sometimes generous lady luck will often rear her ugly head.  Just make sure when she does, that YOU are the one making the “lemonade.”

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4 Responses to “The Pitfalls of Fantasy Football and the Emergence of Action Jackson”

  1. FF Crackhead says:

    The grant injury is going to kill me…ugh. I’m loving my Nanee draft pick though.

    Are you a FF Crackhead like me?’m-a-snorting-smoking-toking-boating-booting-main-lining-fantasy-football-crackhead/

  2. The Fantasy Flukie says:

    sure….I’m high on Naanee was well…you just have to expect the ebb and flow of naanee and floyd

  3. Seth Pollock says:

    If by a “FF Crackhead” you mean I am obsessed with FF and think about it all the time, then YES, I am a FF Junkie just like you.

    And hopefully, you will allow us at Fantasy Football Gab to be one of the suppliers to your “drug” of choice!
    (NOTE: We at Fantasy Football Gab neither endorse nor recommend the use of illicit drugs. Thank you.)

  4. A C Slater says:

    Running Backs: Handcuff Hierarchy 7/19/10

    Seth I was just rereading your post on runningback handcuffs. I dont see Brandon Jackson on any of your tiers. I wish you would have ranked this guy then I could of been prepaired.

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