Fantasy Clicks: Bench management
The season is underway, and a successful season isn't all in the draft but how you manage what you got out of the draft.
Earlier this week, I was talking with my friend Chris about bench strategies. Namely, he asked me what sort of players I like having in reserve. "Should I have sure things on my bench for bye weeks and injuries, or should I have high-upside guys and hope they pan out," Chris wondered. He wanted to put in a waiver claim for the most sought after man in America,
Before we get to my answer, I want to talk about managing your bench. This is a particularly useful time in the season to discuss strategies for your backups, as many fantasy owners have a tendency to overreact to what happened in the season's first week. Now you've seen something (or maybe nothing) out of a player on which you took a late-round flier. Maybe you own
So what did I advise my friend Chris to do? You remember Chris from about 1,000 words ago, right? Well, I told him to drop Cribbs and hold on to
The buy-low window slams shut much quicker in fantasy football than it does in fantasy baseball. You need to strike early if you want to capitalize on an undervalued player or an owner in your league with an itchy trigger finger. Here are some guys I'm inquiring about this week.
You want a few guys I'd look to sell high on right now? Well, don't mind if I do.
Two of my passions in life are Lynyrd Skynyrd and survivor pools. The classic rock fans among us will recognize the title of this section as that of a 1977 Skynyrd album. Henceforth, it will serve as the title of my weekly survivor pick. In survivor pools, we get out on that busy street, cars whizzing by us, and pick the one most likely to make it to the other side unscathed.
Here are my top three survivor picks this week:
Speaking of the Bears, I thought I too might weigh in on the controversial finish to their win over the Lions last week, mostly because I seem to be the only person who thinks this is a good rule that just needs some tweaking, and it's not due to my allegiance to the Bears. I think it's a sound rule most of the time, but needs to be changed to allow for a play like
Might as well take this in because it probably won't last much longer:
That's the Indianapolis Colts in sole possession of last place. The last time that happened was when they brought up the rear of the old AFC East at 3-13 in 1998.
If you've made it this far, congratulations. As your prize, you get a pair of starting pitcher stream options for Friday (assuming you're still paying attention to baseball):