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Roller coaster fantasy ride

November 18, 2011
By Keith Shelton , Daily Press

ESCANABA - Man oh man, is anything consistent in fantasy football?

One week's treasure is another week's trash and vice versa and so forth. It's bad enough you can't count on a player from one season to the next, but how about one week to the next?

When I drafted Mike Vick with the 11th overall pick in my league's draft I didn't expect he'd put up the arcade-like numbers he did in 2010. I did at least expect him to be one of the top five fantasy quarterbacks. He's not.

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After a great start to the season, Vick has plummeted down the charts and the Philadelpha Eagles have gone down along with him. In the last two weeks, Vick has scored nine and eight points respectively, putting him near the bottom of the barrel among quarterbacks.

It's to the point I'm considering benching him for Alex Smith or whichever scrub is on the free agent heap.

Meanwhile, I have the opposite of that trend on my team as well. Reggie Bush was forgotten, cursed upon and dumped by not just one but two managers in my league, before I picked him up strictly out of neccessity.

After a couple of weeks on my bench, I was forced to start Bush due to injuries to my other backs. In weeks two and three, Bush scored a combined two points. In the last three weeks, Bush has scored 13, 21 and 18 points, becoming one of the top running backs in Fantasy ball over that stretch.

This week Vick could score 30 and Bush could go back to doing nothing. I have no idea, and neither do you. It's the most frustrating, as well as the most exciting aspect of Fantasy ball.

Vick, of course, has cracked ribs which he suffered against the Arizona Cardinals. I'm going up against the No. 3 team in our league this week, my last big test. It's one I need to win if I want to hang on to that first round playoff bye.

I've survived the last two weeks despite Vick's shoddy performances, winning both games. However, any Vick owner would be pushing their luck to expect to win with poor quarterback play three weeks in a row. Then again, it might be just as crazy to expect three consecutive poor performances from Vick.

I think on this one, I will take the talking heads on Fantasy Now into account Sunday at 11:30 on ESPN 2. Every now and then you get a nudge of reassurance from them or some insider info that can give you the confidence needed to start a player.

How about Fantasy defense? Most teams have two defenses on their roster, but in most cases there is a clear distinction between your starting defense and your backup.

I thought Philadelphia was my starting D but after seeing Arizona out perform them three weeks in a row, I started the Cardinals defense two weeks ago. It paid off as Arizona scored a big 42 points. I gave them the start last week as well, and they performed alright with 21 points. Philadelphia however scored 32. You just don't know.

At this time of year, I'd like to dump one of my defenses in favor of an extra wide receiver or running back, but I can't because I don't know which defense to keep. I imagine this is a problem among many Fantasy owners.

So let's hear about it. Do you have a player like Vick or Bush? Tell the Armchair QB about it at Talk about your league, your diamond in the rough or the player you thought was a bust and dropped and then up burning you when he turned it around.



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