It’s been a while since I’ve shared my vast fantasy football knowledge because, frankly, I have felt unworthy of advising anyone. My teams are worthy of ESPN’s NFL Live “Dumpster Fire” segment because it seems this season every move I make is the wrong one.
I have six teams in ESPN Fantasy Football and not a single one has a winning record. After winning four of the eight leagues I had a year ago and finishing second in three others, it looks like I’m going to follow that up by playing for no better than third place when the fantasy postseason rolls around after this weekend’s contests. That has never happened to me before and I have no explanation why it’s happening now, other than bad luck.
I can blame the injuries that claimed the No. 1 running back coming into the season, Arizona’s David Johnson, from two of my clubs.
I can blame the big hurt to Aaron Rodgers, who I didn’t own at all but whose absence has made worthless his No. 1 receiver, Jordy Nelson, a guy I targeted often in the second round in four of those six drafts.
I can blame the injury to Jameis Winston, which in turn cost me the effectiveness of end Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson, which in turn led to the spotty if existent at all play from running back Doug Martin.
I can blame the under-performance of Drew Brees, who I made a point of going out to get on five of those squads, and cut the value of receiver Michael Thomas right down with him.
I can blame the injury to DeShaun Watson, who went down and took Will Fuller IV with him.
I was not alone in those assessments, so I can pass those on to fate, but there are others for which I am completely to blame.
Among other things, I can blame myself for not taking seriously New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara, thinking he would never surpass Mark Ingram in the Saints backfield.
I blame myself for not considering more strongly Minnesota’s Adam Thielen because of the Vikings unsettled quarterback situation.
I can blame myself for not seeing the value of Alex Smith, Jared Goff and Carson Wentz.
If, after all that, you feel you can trust me a little, even it it's just enough to look into it yourself and make your own decision if my logic is flawed, I have a few recommendations for the next three weeks that could help you in your playoff push and in the first round.
* New England running backs have good matchups the next two weeks against Buffalo, Miami and the New York Jets, with a tough one against Pittsburgh after that, so if they're available, they're worth a pickup for a while at least.
* The Indianapolis Colts backs have a rough meeting with Jacksonville this week, but after that it's a pair of good ones with Buffalo and Denver. Frank Gore might be able to help you, if he's not wasting on someone's bench.
* Even though they've stepped away from Eli Manning for the time being, look for the New York Giants receivers to do well the next two against Oakland and Dallas. After that, it's Philadelphia: no way.