Oct 7, 2010
I wish I was tracking some of my other teams because I am doing well in all of them but one, but this Buffalo Wild Wings league is pretty decent. Last week, I was still stinging from missing out on RB Ryan Torain, who I should have picked up before Week Three was played. I knew he was going to be a factor as soon as he was activated off the practice squad the Friday leading up to Week Three, and I blew it by not picking him up. Unfortunately, my fantasy teams are out-of-sight and out-of-mind late in the week after the initial round of waivers are run, which is why I always remind people to always check the late-week needs and the WW because you can often make some great pickups on Friday-Sunday.
Last week, I was staring at starting RBs Clinton Portis and C.J. Spiller, so I knew I was in trouble. I had the Saint defense, and they obviously had to be cut, since I needed a defense that potentially packed a punch in Week Four. I got one in the New York Giants, and they carried my Adrian Peterson-less ass to victory in Week Four with 18 beautiful points. Portis and Spiller combined for 12.5. Thanks to the Giants, I’m now 3-1, when I should have been 2-2.
This week, I get Peterson back, but I’m still looking for a fantasy D that packs a punch, so I picked up the 49ers, who will be at home on national TV against QB Kevin Kolb (webs). I love them this week. I like the Saints this week, too, but I’m not able to carry two defenses, since I’m sitting on some stash-and-hope RBs in LeGarrette Blount, and Anthony Dixon. I need a miracle at RB other than Peterson, but I now have four total high-end backups in those two, plus Willis McGahee and Chester Taylor, so maybe I’ll get lucky.
I also dropped PK Nick Folk for John Carney, a great pickup. I have Tom Brady on a bye, and I was fortunate to get Bruce Gradkowski, who should not be on the WW at this point.
Here’s my Week Five Lineup in this 12-team PPR
QB: Bruce Gradkowski
RB: Adrian Peterson
RB: C.J. Spiller
WR: Greg Jennings
WR: Malcom Floyd
WR: Mike Williams (TB)
Flex: Mark Clayton
TE: Jermichael Finley
PK: John Carney
DT: San Francisco
I’m benching WR Jeremy Maclin. If I win this week to advance to 4-1, it will be because I’ve addressed the bottom of my lineup with Carney and SF, and because I was able to snag a solid backup QB.