The dream is over. My chances of the coveted undefeated season in SFB360 are gone thanks to a dominant performance by Chad Larned. Chad’s team is solid from top to bottom and is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the Spider Monkey Division. Great job Chad! And let’s be honest, the undefeated season was more of a pipe dream than a goal. We are all super competitive personalities. We all put in the work necessary to win. The chances of any team, mine included, of going undefeated in a league like this are slim to none.
So why the negative title? Is there really ‘Trouble in Paradise’ after just one loss? Well, as you have likely already guessed by this week’s cover boy, I have suffered my first big injury of the season. Losing Ben is going to be hard to overcome. I’m not here to whine and I’m not looking for sympathy. I know most teams have lost someone to injury by now. Losing Roethlisberger is going to hurt as he was on his way to a top five quarterback season and would likely had finished close to number one. So how do I counteract the big loss of Ben? What’s my grand strategy? Well.. it’s Michael Vick of course; before dismiss me as a complete fool and stop reading, please hear me out. I would never consider starting Michael Vick or even rostering him in a typical one quarterback league. However, in a two quarterback or quarterback flex league like this;a guy like Vick has a fair amount of value, especially to a Big Ben owner like me. Being able to start Vick in my flex gives me a decent floor every week and I believe Vick still holds some upside with his running ability and the playmakers that surround him. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not excited to be starting Vick, and I hope Ben comes back sooner rather than later but I do believe my team is better off with Vick than it would have been without him. If Vick gets me through the next month or so at .500 or better he will have been well worth the 23% of my FAAB budget I spent to get him, in my opinion.
On a happier note,I believe that the rest of my team is starting to round into form, for the most part. AJ Green and Adrian Peterson are looking like the players I thought they would be when I drafted them, Moncrief has played his way into a big role for the Colts and Decker should be back soon from his injury.
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There are some disappointments too: Ryan Tannehill hasn’t looked like the player I had pegged as a breakout candidate and The Lions seem wary of getting Ameer Abdullah more involved while that whole offense has looked anemic. I do have faith that those two players will turn it around but have doubts that it will be this week. Tannehill has to travel to London to play a stout Jets defense while The Lions fly 2,500 miles West to face a scary Seattle defense at home on a Monday night. It doesn’t seem like a great week for either of these players to break out but stranger things have happened and there is a good reason why “Any Given Sunday” is a popular saying.
I told you in a previous article that I had some young backs who I was holding because I liked their talent and felt like if given the opportunity they could shine. One of those guys was Matt Jones, who has shown that he can excel in the NFL, but I’d like to talk about the other two because one or both could have their opportunity this week.
Zach Zenner- If Zenner is not on your radar it might be a smart move to take a look at him. An undrafted free agent out of South Dakota State, Zach played himself onto the Lions with an impressive preseason that saw him lead the league in rushing and was one off the lead in total touchdowns. Zenner is a small school kid but he dominated the competition in the FCS, becoming only the second player to rush for over 2,000 yards and he did it twice! Zenner likely won’t be a game changer for you as the Lion’s rush offense has looked aweful but he makes for a nice end of the bench stash in case the Lions finally decide to move on from Joique Bell. Bell is questionable to play this week and if he cant go Zenner should get his shot and the whole world will see.Its not a good matchup but if he does anything at all against Seattle,people will be intrigued. Zenner can be had for basically free right now but if he looks good on Monday he will be a hot waiver wire pickup next week.
Cameron Artis-Payne- Payne is a guy I really like because of Jonathan Stewart’s injury history. Stewart has been one of the most fragile players in the league through out his career and this year looks to be no different. As of this writing Stewart hasn’t practiced yet this week and is listed as questionable. If Stewart can’t go, Fozzy Whitaker will likely get the start but I feel like CAP is the more talented player. Cameron is a patient runner with SEC pedigree and good size for the NFL, if he gets his shot Sunday and looks good he could force a timeshare or even take over as the lead back in Carolina at some point. He’s worth a speculative add if you have room and he is available.
This week in SFB360 I’ll be facing Brian Dezelske from 105 The Ticket as I try to bounce back from my disappointing loss. Brian has had a rough start to the season but his receiving tandem of TY Hilton and Randall Cobb seem likely to have big weeks and both are capable of going off at any given time. Matt Forte faces The Raiders at home and The Bears will need to get him involved early and often if they want to compete with Jimmy Clausen at quarterback. I’ll need Peterson and Green to keep doing what they have been doing to keep up with Brian now that I have Vick and Tannehill running the show. I do expect a huge week from Martellus Bennett as he faces a defense that just let Gary Barnidge go for over 100 yards with a touchdown, so hopefully he can help me improve to 3-1. Check back next week to see if I can bounce back and I plan on doing a breakdown of the standing for The Scott Fish Bowl overall leaderboard.