Replacing Ryan Grant, QB/RB/WR locks and Leftovers Wednesday
There's nothing like a season-ending injury involving a
Unfortunately, I don't have the power to undo Grant's injury from Sunday (more on that later), but I can offer a four-tiered contingency plan to help owners revitalize their rosters, sans Grant:
The NFL needs to outlaw
Look, I know the NFL has made several rule changes in the last 35 years to promote scoring, with very few aiding the defense's cause (except the force-out rule); and I realize that today's runners are bigger, stronger and faster than ever. No one's disputing that. But for NFL defenders, if you don't know how to execute a proper tackle without breaking someone's leg/ankle in the process, perhaps it's time to consider another line of work. I know, football's a dolled-up bloodsport with barbaric tendencies, but there's no glory in needlessly hurting a player.
I would never endorse tanking games in fantasyland (perhaps the No. 1 cardinal sin amongst owners), but there is one advantage to having your lunch handed to you in Week 1: Privileged waiver-wire access.
Think about it: In leagues where the worst teams get first dibs on free agents, you have a great chance at landing two of the best four players on waivers -- for no other reason than enduring a wretched Week 1 ... and knowing that most owners treat original draftees like their own children. Hence, they're hesitant to make wholesale changes, even with pedestrian receivers (sorry,
Bottom line: History is chock-full of free-agent nobodies who became overnight fantasy sensations after a stellar Week 1 or 2, like
Here's a list of the 20 best available free agents for 12-team, standard-scoring leagues:
This is a reminder to everyone that I'll be hosting a
Thanks to Arian Foster's celebrated breakout and Brandon Jackson's likely stronghold on the Packers' No. 1 slot, there are currently 17 legitimate running back time-shares, all of which could impact your championship chances:
A receiver is only as good as his quarterback and the number of opportunities he gets to make a catch; and these "Targets" should factor heavily with owners when choosing to snag (or drop) a talent -- especially PPR leagues. It goes without saying, owners
Here are the receivers who garnered at least nine targets in Week 1:
Granted, this is not my official Survivor Pool Pick of the Week (coming Friday); but figuratively speaking, I'll bet my life the 49ers beat the Saints on
Mainstream fantasy sites, like SI.com, are obviously a hit with fantasygoers. But there's always room for alternative media in the marketplace, especially when the authors are hilariously shouting from the rooftops about benching Arian Foster in Week 1, or the prospect of trusting Matt Hasselbeck on the road in Week 2.
The first must-see blog is
Next up ... Fantasy Football Toolbox. If you're looking for
For today's Clicks, I originally had planned a big mini-section on The Goose Egg Gang -- panning the receivers who literally did nothing in Week 1. But that'll just have to wait until Friday. Sorry (not really).
... The 2010 Sports Illustrated
Here are four viable reasons NOT to dump Matthew Stafford: