“I’ll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there’s evidence of any thinking going on inside it.“ – Terry Pratchett
A week ago, Kenny Britt owners appeared on their way to fantasy titles. Now those same owners must rely on the resiliency of their overall draft strategy to help ride out the storm. Money in the Banana Stand emphasizes a WR-heavy roster and hopes you already have Britt’s replacement ready to go. If not, examining where players reside after three weeks is a good place to start as you make FAAB bids and seek out trades. These rankings are specifically for PPR leagues, but even standard league owners should be emphasizing pass-catching backs. As always, I encourage you to trade unspectacular veteran depth for young players who will see their values continue to rise as the season advances.
Rest of the Way Ranks
Players in green saw a boost in value this week while those in red continue to free fall. Sometimes players rise in the rankings due to injuries weakening the entire field even though their own situation is also worse than it was a week ago.
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“Look, you want to know the truth? I don’t really care about the status, or the Cup or the trophy or anything like that. . . In fact, even the games aren’t that important to me. Not really. What matters to me is the perfect throw, okay, making the perfect catch. . .When you can feel the perfection of creation. The beauty of physics. The wonder of mathematics, you know, the… Elation, of action and reaction. And that is the kind of perfection that I want to be connected to.” Samuel Anders, Battlestar Galatica
This ode to the purity of sport is the only way to explain what happened in the bottom of the tenth inning Tuesday night in Arizona.
“We’re more of the love, blood, and rhetoric school. Well, we can do you blood and love without the rhetoric, and we can do you blood and rhetoric without the love, and we can do you all three concurrent or consecutive. But we can’t give you love and rhetoric without the blood. Blood is compulsory.” – Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
Rest of the Way Ranks
With Jamaal Charles, Arian Foster, Miles Austin, Aaron Hernandez, and Steven Jackson all out or seriously limited, blood is running in the streets for many fantasy owners. 0-2 is a death knell in reality football, but for winless fantasy owners, it’s just time to get creative. Although in order to play Brad Pitt-playing-Billy Beane on your unsuspecting leaguemates, you’ll need to know where players rank now. Money in the Banana Stand is your key to fake Moneyball glory in fake football.
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NFL Power Rankings – Week 2
When I think of potency, I can’t help but think of the Im- and the Omni-. The Colts are once again dominating auditions for the next wave of Cialis commercials (perhaps someone could arrange adjoining outdoor bathtubs for Kerry Collins and Austin Collie; they’ll connect on a pass one of these days – after all, you never know when the mood might strike).
At the other end of the spectrum, we have the Green Bay Packers. Or do we? God can’t logically be both omniscient and omnipotent. Which one is yours?
As always, I’ve watched every play from every game this season. Feel free to accuse me of idiocy but not ignorance (I know, you usually hear it the opposite way).
32. Indianapolis 0-2 Projected Finish 2-14 (LW 32)
The Colts usually tank to avoid perfection. Too bad that won’t help them avoid the perfect record they’re staring at this year.
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