ESCANABA - Every fantasy owner likes to enjoy a Monday night victory cigar once in a while. I got mine in the form of a Blount, LeGarrette Blount to be exact.
I always get a little bounce in my step when I look at the weekly matchup and I have a Monday night player or players, and my opponent doesn't. It means that regardless of whatever happens Sunday, you still have a chance to pull it out Monday.
I know, I know. Each team has the same amount of players and technically it doesn't matter when they play, the points are the same. But it sure makes for a more relaxing Sunday if you're stressing about your fantasy team (and there's money involved.)
This week, it couldn't have worked out better. Sunday came and went and I led by 5 points. With Blount left to play Monday night, it was just adding insult to injury for my player-less opponent.
Of course all of that was set up by what my guys did Sunday. Michael Vick had a career high game with almost 500 yards of offense and 31 points.
Wes Welker continued to tear his way through the record books with another 150-plus yard, two touchdown game and 25 points.
But what really keyed victory for me was some shrewd manuevering on the free agent wire. As I mentioned, I lost my second receiver in Kenny Britt. So I was left with Jabar Gaffney and Randall Cobb, a WR3 and a bench warmer.
After last week I grabbed Austin Collie from the waiver wire and kept him on my bench. I dropped Cobb and picked up Titus Young and initially had him starting Sunday, but at the last minute I had a change of heart.
After some brief research, I dropped Vince Young and picked up New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz, who was coming off a monster game and was being given a start Sunday.
It paid off. Cruz didn't score, but hauled in six passes for 98 yards and 12 points. With early word that the Giants plan to keep Cruz in their starting lineup, now is the time to pick him up. He's still available in 65 percent of Yahoo leagues.
I'm not thrilled with having what basically amounts to four WR3's on my team and having to start two every week, but Welker is the third highest scoring player in fantasy football behind only Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. I can live with 6-10 points from my other two wideouts if Welker scores 20-30 every week, like he has been.
So I'm 4-0 and at the top of my league now. One 4-0 team sits behind me but I've scored 100 points more than him.
I have to say, I'm enjoying making my league pay after missing the draft last season and turning in a 3-11 disaster.
Now then, this week.
I've already mentioned Cruz as a golden opportunity receiver. A decent tight end option might be Jared Cook of Tennessee. The Titans, who lost Britt, don't have a replacement for him, so expect Matt Hasselbeck to spread the ball around more than ever. That means more passes to the tight end. Cook has disappointed recently, but exploded for an 80-yard touchdown reception Sunday. Worth a look.
Running back options have been thin this year on the wire, but finally we have what looks to be a great free agent option.
Check out Redskins back Ryan Torain. Torain lost his starting job when he broke his hand in the preseason, but he played last week to the tune of 135 yards and a touchdown for 19 points. Seeing as he was only 23 percent owned and even fewer started him, hardly anyone got to enjoy that performance from him.
Grab him now while you can. I know I'm going to. Torain isn't likely to take a backseat to anyone else on the Redskins roster.
That brings me to bye weeks. This is the first of many and I have a receiver, running back, tight end and kicker to replace. Kicker I'm not worried about and I have Marcedes Lewis as my backup tight end. I currently have Joseph Addai slated to start at running back and Titus Young at receiver. Hopefully my play for Torain works out, otherwise I could be looking at my first loss.
When Britt got injured, my bye week plans pretty much went out the window. C'est Le Vie I suppose.