As I’ve mentioned before, this season has been really strange. I bet after your draft, you looked over your roster and you felt really good about the results. Probably too good. You look at your opponent’s rosters and scoff. “You actually drafted Darren McFadden? What an idiot! No wonder you rank in the bottom half every year. I got both Maurice Jones-Drew and Ray Rice! This league is mine… All… mine…” And yet, fast-forward to the halfway point in the fantasy season and odd things have elapsed: you’re stuck at 4-3 and among those 3 running-backs, it is Run-DMC that has taken the cake – and he didn’t even play for 2 weeks. The player with DMC happened to also draft Arian Foster and is at 6-1. You try desperately to trade MJD for DMC, but after 1 long painful day of anticipation, your trade is – wait for it – rejected. What is going on? How do you make sense of this parity-drenched season? Yes, there will always be busts and unexpected studs, but how in the world did MJD become more of a sleeper than a lock week-to-week?
Well, Nick Bakay at NFL.com has some advice for you, and I think it makes a lot of sense. This is the season of the Jersey Shore “grenade”. They may not look attractive, but you sometimes have to take it for the best of the team. His main example? Ryan Fitzpatrick. I guess I’m not the only one riding the Fitzpatrick band-wagon! He spends the majority of his article arguing that Fitzpatrick, the hot waiver-wire commodity, is a better fantasy QB than first or second round pick, Drew Brees.
There we go. Now that‘s a grenade.