Fantasy Football: On to Week 4

fantasy football week 3Let’s be honest. This is just sick. My team kind of scares me it’s so good. And, except for BenJarvus Green-Ellis, I started all the right guys. How did this happen? I have no idea. But I’m going to enjoy the hell out of it while it lasts.

I’m also going to become very nervous because it’s only a matter of time until things go bad. Things always go bad. After years of mediocre fantasy football performance, being the only undefeated GM in my league is a little disconcerting. My non-problem problem (I believe these are now referred to as humblebrags) is that my team is so good I’m having a hard time dealing with the pressure of continuing to function at such a high level. (If you want to punch me, that’s cool. My team will probably still win.)

That said, I have what looks to be an unfavorable matchup for week 4. So I’m kind of afraid that this fantasy joyride will come to an end and this time next week I’ll be a bit less self-satisfied, which is probably a good thing.

Accountability

Here’s who I told you to pick up last week and how they did.

  • Aaron Hernandez: DNP (but we knew that going in to the week)
  • Cam Newton: 15
  • Eric Decker: 4.8
  • Tony Scheffler: 0.4
  • Roy Helu: 3.2
  • Delone Carter: 1.1
  • Denarius Moore: 11.7
  • Cardinals D/ST: 11
  • Cowboys D/ST: 12
  • Bengals D/ST: 14

Oh my goodness some of these are terrible (although always remember, just because you pick someone up off waivers doesn’t mean you start him, unless you have to). I still have hope for Eric Decker, Roy Helu, and Delone Carter, but week 3 was pretty bad for these guys. Tony Scheffler is not as reliable as I’d hoped. On a positive note, Denarius Moore is good and I generally don’t go wrong by playing matchups when picking a defense (I benched the Bears because who wants to start a defense against the Packers and started the Cardinals this week).

Accountability Part 2

To make myself feel better, let’s remember week 1, where unlike some fantasy football people I know who recommended taking Michael Vick with the #1 pick, I said Adrian Peterson was the best #1 pick. So far (knock on wood and all that), I think AP was the better choice. (Also, for future reference, I think Tom Brady needs to get way more love in fantasy football drafts, as does Wes Welker. These guys are always awesome, but Welker especially gets passed over way too often.)

Week 4 Fantasy Football Pickups

Let’s take it a little easy this week. Don’t get too excited about anyone here.

  • Denarius Moore (WR): If you didn’t snap him up last week, you might still have a chance; he’s owned in only 38.3% of ESPN leagues.
  • Stevan Ridley (RB): He took carries away from my guy BenJarvus Green-Ellis (who did nothing) this week. I hope BJGE is back at ‘em next week, but if he continues to suck, Ridley will be getting more action.
  • Nate Washington (WR): He’ll get more catches now that Kenny Britt is out for the year.
  • Dane Sanzenbacher (WR): This is a better option if Earl Bennett is out than if he is in, but Earl Bennett hasn’t done shit anyway. The little guy from Ohio State had a touchdown in the last two games.
  • Dexter McCluster (RB/WR): Ugh, the Chiefs. Their offense is terrible, but if you have to pick someone, it might as well be this guy. Thomas Jones isn’t doing much.
  • Matt Hasselbeck (QB): He’s not going to light it up or anything, but he’s been a steady, reliable performer so far this season.
  • David Nelson (WR): He’s a decent option on a team that’s surprisingly awesome.
  • Devin Hester (WR): This is partly wishful thinking and partly realistic (?) hope. He looked better in week 3 than he’s looked in a while and might be worth a bench spot if you have room.
  • Redskins (D/ST), Chargers (D/ST), Titans (D/ST): These are D/ST to pick up and play this week because they have favorable matchups.

Good luck this week!

Update: Several peeps are wondering whether to start BenJarvus Green-Ellis or Roy Helu this week. This is a tough one! I’m going back and forth but think I’m sticking with Green-Ellis. He did nothing last week, but I don’t want to bench him too soon. Helu is risky — he could be awesome, but you never know with RBs on a Shanahan-coached team.

I’m also starting Cam Newton over Tony Romo. This might be totally crazy, but Romo’s injury, his performance last week, and the Lions defense all make me very nervous. I don’t think the Bears defense is soft by any means, but Newton could get some rushing yards. I think. Newton was a better start than Romo last week, so let’s hope for the same this week.