by FPA contributor, Chris Saur
You may have already guessed that Big Daddy takes big byes, but I’m back from the two-week layoff just in time for a big Week 11.
Looking back over the past two weeks, most FPA players missed getting sleeper points for Jason Campbell, Case Keenum and Jerrico Cotchery, which I probably wouldn’t have advised anyway — but also Nick Foles and Andre Brown, who I surely would have given as suggestions.
But lets not live in the past.
Speaking of the future, I’ve got a little inside info for you. I had a text exchange with one of the FPA big shots earlier this week. After exchanging the usual pleasantries (think Incognito/Martin), he let me in on a new feature for FPA player to take advantage of — Challenges.
Still in its early stages, this feature lets you use your picks in challenges against a select group and, eventually, win weekly prizes. Stay tuned here or check the FPA website for more details.
Now, when you begin to set your rankings for Week 11, there is one big factor that will turn poor FPA performers into smart FPA performers and smart FPA performers into iPad winners — the injury report.
This week, picking which players will suit up and which players will actually play well is going to be big. Guys like Crabtree, Harvin and McFadden all could play, but how will they perform? Backup QBs in Green Bay and Chicago will play, but how will they be able to put up good numbers?
Play on playas,
By Chris Saur, FPA contributor
As we near the halfway point of the NFL season, injuries have begun to play a bigger and bigger role in handicapping games and playing fantasy sports.
When it comes to your Fantasy Pro Analyst rankings, a key injury one week can turn into a sweet sleeper the next.
In fact, the best way to put up big points is to be the one that figures out who is going to step in and fill a missing star’s spot that first week after an injury. Because that first week, he’s a sleeper. After that, he’s on everyone’s radar … even your slow buddy, you know the one that thought Matt Schaub was poised to have a breakout season.
So with Reggie Wayne out, will it be Darius Heyward-Bey that scoops up the extra catches from emerging superstar Andrew Luck? Or is there a lesser known guy like LaVon Brazill or Griff Whalen that will take advantage of the open spot and have a big game? And does the fact that both of those names sound made up mean they are a better or worse sleeper pick?
Jermichael Finley won’t be playing tight end this week so will it be Brandon Bostick who fills the void or someone else. Whoever it is could be a nice sleeper with Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball and only the crappy Vikings playing defense.
The other way to take advantage of injuries is to figure out who is going to put up huge numbers in his first game back from an extended stint on the shelf.
Gronk finally came back last week and was fourth in the rankings. Will Percy Harvin do the same thing this week against the Rams?
Play on playas