Have you been winning? Losing? Somehow managed to tie? Where are you in the standings?
These are just a few questions that you need to be asking yourself since time is beginning to run out on the season.
If you aren’t where you want to be, it’s time to make a change. The trade deadline is coming up and now might be the time to pull the trigger on that trade you’ve been thinking about. It’s time to drop that injured player who you thought might come back, and pick up someone new.
To put it bluntly, it’s time to get serious if you aren’t happy with your team right now.
In one of my leagues, I was relying on the running back duo of Bishop Sankey of the Tennessee Titans and Darren Sproles of the Philadelphia Eagles. I had lost three straight games after a 3-0 start. So what did I do? I dropped Sankey, benched Sproles and played Mark Ingram fresh off an injury and Roy Helu Jr. I won my first game in almost a month.
In another league I have been at my wit’s end trying to replace my first round pick, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. I’ve filled the gap with a combination of Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden, Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller and backup Vikings running back Matt Asiata.
The results have been mixed, to say the least. I currently hold a 3-4 record, including a really close three-point loss this week.
What am I going to do about it? Well, I have two tight ends who are pretty good in Zach Ertz and Greg Olsen. I’m thinking about trying to flip one of them for an upgrade at running back. We’ll see how that works, but all I know is that I need to make a change in that league. I’m two games back in the standings and I need to make some kind of a move before it’s too late.
We’re coming on the stretch run. Every win you can get now will pay off big later. On the flip side, every loss could be the one that sends you out of the playoffs.
It’s do or die these next few weeks, so good luck out there.
How are your teams looking so far? New fantasy football players, how are you enjoying your first (or second) season? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll make my week if you do!
Nick’s Waiver Wire Picks of the Week
1) Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins tight end
After being concussed week one, Reed didn’t see the field until week six. Since his return, he’s nabbed 13 balls for 146 yards. While he hasn’t found the end zone yet this season, if he continues this production, any touchdowns will make him extremely valuable. He’s still around in 65 percent of ESPN leagues, so get him while you still can.
2) Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos running back
When Montee Ball went down, there were a lot of questions in the Denver backfield. In two weeks, Hillman has quickly silenced the doubters. Those two games have seen Hillman put up 174 rushing yards, 45 reception yards and two touchdowns. Hillman is quickly rising into “must-start” territory, and owned in only 12 percent of leagues. Unfortunately for me, he’s already gone in my leagues.
3) Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals quarterback
In the three games Palmer has played in, he has gotten at least 250 yards and two touchdowns while committing only two turnovers. If you’re looking for a backup quarterback for a bye week fill in (week nine is a big week for byes) or need to finally get a competent QB, Palmer could be your guy. He’s taken in less than 10 percent of leagues, but if he continues to produce like this, that could change quickly.
Good luck, fantasy experts! And may my teams lose so yours don’t have to.