One of the reasons we play fantasy sports is that it's a contact-free way to experience the highs and lows of sport itself. It's a way to cheer along with the players on the field when someone on your (and their) team breaks a long run for a touchdown. When a quarterback throws an ill-timed interception, you suffer along with the player whose team is suddenly on its heels. And in one moment, everything can change.
Take, for instance, last Thursday night's game between the Bears and the Saints. On my most important team,
In a flash, though, I knew my playoff season was hanging in the balance. Is that a bit of hyperbole? Nope. You can't have a starting running back give you a bagel in the playoffs and hope to really compete. If Thursday had turned into the "other
As it turned out, Forte did return and scored a touchdown to go with about 60 combined rushing and receiving yards, including five receptions. In most leagues, that was either a slightly underwhelming performance to about average scoring, depending on your system. And that's fine. It's the kind of outing that won't help your team win, but it's not going to be the reason you lose. Quite frankly, such "pedestrian" performances are critical to fantasy success.
We all want to catch lightning in a bottle and have
Take, for instance, some of your big boys who got you to the dance but now look a little gimpy. I'm talking about
So, when your guys are battling injuries, there are decisions to make, but your cards are at least on the table. Other decisions aren't exactly no-brainers.
What, for instance, to do with Jets receivers
One last note on Forte, and the rest of the Bears. They don't play again until next Monday night. That's 11 days of rest, which is great news for Forte in particular, but all these guys, including the Saints, who play on Sunday. I'm never one for drafting a team for its schedule, because that usually means making decisions about the quality of defenses they're playing against. But now, I'm thinking that if I see a player who gets that kind of break during the fantasy playoffs, it's going to bump up his value a little for me. You don't think Forte is going to be pretty refreshed and ready to go against the Packers next Monday night? If I make it through this round, it could be the kind of thing that puts my team over the edge.
Moving onto fantasy baseball, the one sport that stays fantasy relevant even during the offseason --
Discounting those elusive wins, a potential fantasy gem might be
Alright, I'm out of time here. If you are still in the playoffs, good luck. We all need it.