Week 11!The time of the year when playoff pushes become prevalent, quarterbacks get banged up, and management is questioned (cough Andy Reid cough). By far, the most shocking part of week 10 match-ups were the amount of quarterbacks that succumbed to injury. Jay Cutler, Big Ben, Alex Smith and Michael Vick all suffered injuries during week ten. The sub par weather conditions can take some of the blame, as they make is much harder for a quarterback to pinpoint his receivers down field. So how do these injuries affect these teams moving forward:
– Jay Cutler: Cutler is listed as questionable for tonight and still has a chance at starting. If he is unable to go tonight, Jason Campbell will get the start. It could be worse as Campbell isn’t terrible. The bears D has been a turnover machine over the past few weeks so this is still a highly winnable game.
– Ben Roethlisberger: Suffered a very serious shoulder injury that may have him sitting on the sidelines for several weeks. A backup QB who hasn’t started in two years means the Steelers are going to have to rejig their offensive playbook in a hurry.
– Michael Vick: Injured or not, Vick is extremely unlikely to see more playing time this season. With Andy Reid’s job on the line, his only hope is that Nick Foles can produce some Ws and salvage their dismal season. If anyone will give you anything for Vick, TAKE IT. For how Nick Foles will effect fantasy points for the WRs in Philly check out this blog post by Justin Onslow.
– Alex Smith: Smith has an amazing ability in that he can win games and yet hold very little fantasy relevance. He keeps winning for the 49ers but even if he plays this week, he is still not a strong start.
3 Big Fantasy Mistakes I Made This Year:
Normally I would continue this post with highlights around the league and some key injuries but I’ve decided to change it up a bit. I lost my fantasy match up with week, moving me to 4-7, with little chance of making the playoffs. Now, I’m not bitter I lost, more mad at myself for bad management. I wanted to highlight in this segment 3 key mistakes I made, and how I could have done better:
1) Sell Cam: This season, I was given the privileged to grab Cam Newton in the early second round. Poised for a top 5 fantasy performance this year I figure the sky was the limit with the Auburn Quarterback…. Boy was I wrong! My mistake was not drafting him, it was not selling him. Even through his struggles, he was still worth a lot and if I had better judgement could have shopped him for an Andy Dalton and upgrade my lineup at another position. Holding on to Cam was my biggest bust simply because of his trading value despite his sub par performances.
2) Grab a TE: Not to say Pettigrew is a bad football player but TE was the position with the highest discrepancies in points between the best and the worst. Coming back to point number 1, I likely could have gotten Carson Palmer and Jimmy Graham, for Pettigrew and Cam. A trade that would seem fair at face value but would have given me substantially higher weekly scores.
3) The 3rd QB: Probably my biggest blunder was keep Joe Flaco on my bench. After only a few weeks Flaco was considered to be on his way to elite fantasy status. Putting up 20 plus points in the first 5 weeks in a row, he looked like the real deal. With Peyton and Cam as my starting QBs, Flaco was just totaling up bench points for me. At that point I should have shopped him hard, possible in a two for one deal getting me an upgrade at RB. Instead, I didn’t look hard enough for a viable trade, his value went down, and he still resides on my bench.
Let me know what you guys think I could have done to my team to make it better, love the feedback. Maybe next year I will consult the Oracle, Matt Freeman: