Yes, I feel it too. The first three weeks have been a blur. There has barely been enough time to make waiver moves, determine our lineups and watch games on Thursday, Sunday and Monday. We need to stop for a moment and catch our breath. We need to be able to look at the big picture once in a while.
This jumping into the regular season with no training camp for us puts all of us fantasy owners in a precarious position. I find that when I go to either the kitchen, or the bathroom, I have more and more issues and I miss precious game minutes. What the hell! Being 69 now and using a walker is a lot different than doing wind sprints back in the 1960s. Now they are more like winded waddles rather than wind sprints. I tried the pause with the DVR trick, but that screws me up bigtime. Suddenly I become Nostradamus and know what is happening before it happens. My computer tells me someone scores and then, three minutes later, I see it happen on my TV screen. WTF?
Let’s take a look at what is happening in NFL news as we take a few minutes break out of planning for Week 4.
- BYE WEEKS—Ok fantasy owners, it is time to ratchet up the degree of difficulty this week. The Washington Redskins and the Carolina Panthers have Week 4 off.
- ROOKIE QBs—OIt took all of three games to see Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield move into starting rolls for Week 4. Lamar Jackson is still tethered to the bench and figures to stay there, barring an injury to Joe Flacco. f course, scoring 12 TD in 12 red zone attempts like the Ravens have, goes a long way to ensuring a QBs’ job.
- LOOK AT THE STANDINGS—What a jumble! Only the Chiefs, Dolphins and Rams are all alone at 3-0. On the bottom of the ladder are the 0-3 Raiders, Texans and Cardinals. 26 teams are 2-1, 1-2 or 1-1-1. Kansas City is giving up over 30 PPG, but fortunately they are averaging almost 40 on the plus side. At least to me, Jon Gruden looked a lot smarter in the ESPN MNF booth than he does standing on the Raiders’ sideline.
- Le’Veon Bell—With James Conner more than adequately playing the RB role for the Steelers, Bell’s leverage is waning. Several teams, the Colts, Jets, Texans, Browns and 49ers, are said to be contenders to trade for him. While nobody can sign him to a long-term contract until the end of the season, there is supposedly building interest. All five of the teams mentioned have adequate cap space to sign him for the rest of the season. As the games tick off the schedule, the trade alternative grows more and more likely.
- QB Emergencies—With Jimmy Garoppolo out for the season, C.J. Beathard gets the call. The 49ers have now lost their two expensive acquisitions, Garoppolo and McKinnon. In Tennessee, Blaine Gabbert, subbing for an injured Marcus Mariota was hurt and Mariota had to play. If neither of them can start this week, the Titans QB job goes to a current practice squad member, Logan Woodside, or the newly acquired journeyman QB, Austin Davis. This happens every year. It’s no surprise.
Even with all the drama about protecting QBs, they are still getting hurt. The powder puff BS rules really are not doing much other than to aggravate people. People talk about great defenses like the Steelers of the 1970s and the 1985 Bears. I have seen NFL football for 60 years. If they were playing today, the old-time great defensive players would be penalized right out of the NFL.
I am not advocating putting players in a perilous defenseless position on the field, but hitting and getting hit in football is quite frankly a part of the game. Fans enjoy it. It has been played that way since they first put on pads and helmets. Players are taught how to play a certain way as children. Now as adults, you ask them to tone things down. I say, no way! Let them play.
When one signs up to play football, especially professionally with big $$$ all over the place. they know what the consequences are. Next you will see people clamoring for flag football. Enough already! Nobody wants to watch that watered-down crap.
Even in showing highlights, the NFL themselves still features bone jarring collisions. That’s what we want. Let us have it!
This is a new week. The first three weeks are over. Whether you are off to a good or bad start to the season does not mean a thing. Week 4 is a new battle and is a must win. Go through your weekly routine and keep your eyes on the prize. There are no weeks we can let up, not a single one. The championship is not quite showing on the distant horizon yet. We have about 10-11 games left in the regular season. Even if you are now 0-3. 9-4 is still within reach. You have an edge over your opponents. Use it.
We are now starting to move smoothly through the 2018 season. All of us at Big Guy Fantasy Sports are intent on helping you become the champions you want to be. With our poignant articles and being the home base for the consistency theory, a sound, mathematically-based alternative to ADP, we will be with you for the 2018 season in its entirety. What happens then? That my friends, is easy. We start over and do it all again in 2019!
Good luck! Have fun!