Fantasy Clicks: All's fair in fantasy
A lot has been made of
It's not much different in fantasy sports. Sometimes, you need to bend the truth to help move your team toward the ultimate goal of winning a championship. With fantasy football seemingly everywhere, every owner in your league has access to all the same information as you. In years past, you may have been able to just keep your mouth shut and get a guy on waivers because you were the only one in your league who knew anything about him. But with fantasy websites and live scoring and Sunday Ticket, the NFL is covered, and reported on, from every single angle. That's when you need to create an angle of your own.
To illustrate, I present a conversation I had with my friend Zach. We're in a very competitive, high-stakes league together, and were discussing waiver claims for this week. The following is an unedited, instant-messaging exchange:
Even though reports out of San Diego early in the week said
It's a derivative of the bait-and-switch. In this instance, you feed your rival a small dose of misinformation, then quickly provide something for him to get excited about. It's all fair in the cutthroat world of fantasy sports.
Unfortunately for me, Zach was wise to my ruse and put in a claim for Tolbert. "I decided I'm going to claim Tolbert," he told me. "I know you want him anyway." That's where the key to the misinformation campaign arises. For every little fib you tell, you need to provide a nugget of truth. If the opposition knows all you do is lie, they'll always do the opposite of what you say. Telling the truth every now and again keeps them honest even when you're not. And that's how you can get that extra little edge.
For the first time since 2006, Vick is a permanent starting quarterback in the NFL. Not only has Vick officially taken over for
Here are my positional ranks for Week 3. These are strictly for this week, not the rest of the season. The goal here is to rank the starters and then some in a 12-team league that starts two running backs and two wide receivers.
Last week we cruised with Green Bay, and our other suggestions of Atlanta and Indianapolis coasted to easy victories, as well.
1. New England Patriots (vs. Bills): Another week, another tough road test for Buffalo, another apparent slam dunk of a survivor pick. Coming off a tough loss to the Jets, it's nearly impossible to envision
2. Baltimore Ravens (vs. Browns): They may be 1-1 with a tough win at the Jets, but I still count the Ravens among the most disappointing teams in the season's first two weeks. This was supposed to be the year they finally had a passing game to go along with their run game and great defense. Joe Flacco and the rest of the offense should turn it around against by far their weakest opponent to date.
3. San Diego (@ Seahawks): I usually don't like taking my survivor pick on the road, especially in one of the few stadiums that exhibits a true home-field advantage. I'm okay with it in this instance because the Seahawks are one of the worst teams in the league. The Chargers suffered a fluky loss Week 1 at Kansas City (tough divisional opponent, on the road, raining, punt return touchdown), before throttling the Jaguars last week. Look for them to keep it rolling in Seattle.
I know it's early in the season, and it may be a little esoteric, but this Monday night we've got Packers-Bears, Soldier Field, first place on the line, capping another great week of NFL action. It doesn't get much better than that. Enjoy the weekend everyone.