This week, I want to address those unlucky souls who’re now facing a series of must-win situations in their head-to-head leagues. You know who you are. You’re sitting at 0-4 and you’re looking to make major changes to your roster.
Hey, I’ve been there and I know how it feels.
What can I suggest that you haven’t already thought of? Probably nothing. I’m not that bright. But I have noticed something. There are three seemingly mediocre NFL teams that are beginning to hit their stride offensively: Houston, Baltimore and the New York Jets. Here’s something else – these three squads are looking at an October cakewalk. During the next month, they’ll be playing some soft defenses. What I’m trying to say (in an annoying, round-a-bout way), is that if you’re looking for some immediate help, you might want to get a piece of this action. At least if you buy into the logic that FF success is partly determined by the matchups.
The thing is, each of these teams had a strong showing on the weekend. So you’re not going to get bargain-basement prices on their players. Wait … I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me run down the schedules.
Week 5 –
Week 6 –
Week 7 –
Week 8 –
Looks promising, right? I know, you’re thinking back to
Schaub was accurate. He was sure of himself and he made good decisions. He didn’t react to non-existent pressure. In short, he looked like he did last year, when everyone was so impressed with his poise. Really, if Matt stays on top of his game and Steve Slaton continues to play at such a high level, there’s no reason to think that this offense will fall flat (at least not in the next four games). For now, you should feel very confident slotting Slaton, Owen Daniels and, of course, Andre Johnson into your lineup. I wouldn’t recommend using Kevin Walter on a weekly basis, but you could do worse.
I’ll admit, if you role with Schaub, you’re taking your chances. This guy’s a high risk/high reward fantasy commodity. But desperate times call for desperate measures.
All right, let’s take a peek at the Jets schedule:
Week 5 – Bye
Week 6 –
Week 7 – at
Week 8 – Kansas City
Week 9 – at
Week 10 –
Outside of Buffalo, that’s pretty darn cushy. Of course, the main reason that the Jets offense put up such gaudy numbers on Sunday, is that
If you can get your hands on Coles, Jerricho Cotchery or Favre, you should see immediate returns on your investment. Okay, you have to get past the Week 5 bye, but after that it’s all systems go.
Last up, the Baltimore Ravens:
Week 5 – Tennessee
Week 6 – at Indianapolis
Week 7 – at Miami
Week 8 – Oakland
Week 9 – at Cleveland
Week 10 – at Houston
Right now you might be wondering why I’ve even bothered to list the Ravens schedule.
Obviously this offense isn’t exactly explosive. There are still some fantasy-relevant players in the group, though. In that
Let me just emphasize that I’ve mentioned these teams because they are not seen as offensive juggernauts. For the most part, their players are not among the fantasy elite; you should be able to trade for these guys without losing too much. And, given their schedules, you might get superstar-level production without paying superstar prices. Well, you can at least count on good production for the next few weeks.
Hey, if you’re 0-4, the next few weeks are all that matter.