The fantasy season is truly winding down and for many it is only a few more weeks before you are fulfilling your destiny to become a league champion. For others, you are biting your fingernails dangerously low each and every minute of the next three weekends hoping for victory and a chance to advance.
Then there are those of us whose season is already over and setting a lineup is merely a formality at this point. And to add insult to injury, while you are doing this a tear drops from your eye as you think of what could have been with the team you had such high hopes for back in September.
Either way you should fit into one of these groups and whether it was injury, disappointing seasons from highly drafted players, dangerously slow starts, or even worse, poor fantasy management... (I know, I know but it DOES happen!) this is the point of the season where there is no rest for the weary. Uou must kick it into overdrive, not get complacent and most importantly know whether to stand pat or cut bait. It’s time for...
Patience or Panic?
1. Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos
I have had Manning in this post before early on in the season and begged for patience. However, we are well past that point after the last several weeks. And now he’s injured, which all but seals his fate in fantasy leagues.
The Verdict: Panic (Hopefully you did weeks ago!)
It’s time to send Manning off into the dreaded sunset or the waiver wire, whichever you prefer. It actually was weeks ago, but if for whatever reason you are still holding out hope for a return come fantasy playoff time expect to be disappointed. Also, is there anyone out there who could play him with any confidence at this point? I think not.
2. Green Bay Packer fans and fantasy owners
This is my chance I guess to jab at Packers fans a little as a Vikings fan. I also fully realize this weekend’s upcoming battle could be the week Green Bay gets back on track, but either way this is about fantasy, not reality.
Although you can’t have one without the other, Green Bay has been more than disappointing over the past three weeks. The seemingly unstoppable offense from the start of the season can’t complete big plays or deep passes. Their running game is hit or miss and James Starks, not early-round draft pick Eddie Lacy, appears to be the focal point now.
Jordy Nelson is deeply missed, as it seems like Davante Adams is simply not a plug-and-play receiver to fill those big shoes. Aaron Rodgers is still an elite fantasy QB and producing, but other than that the seed of doubt both offensively, and defensively, has been planted.
The Verdict: Patience
As a fan you likely aren’t worried, and still consider your squad to be one of the best in the league, the world and of all-time. After all, you have Aaron Rodgers and those championships of long ago. You also are only one game behind Minnesota and if your team wins this week, normalcy will have returned to Titletown.
In all reality Rodgers and Randall Cobb are too good to ignore, and eventually this team has to get the offense cooking again. The Packers’ defense should really have you scared, but in fantasy that doesn’t really matter too much right?
3. That Owner in the running for the final playoff spot, but in the bottom quarter of the league in points scored
OK, that was long-winded I know, but hopefully you got the point. There is one of these owners in every league and almost every season. They have a winning record but only because they are LUCKY! They play the team that loses players in the first quarter, or simply puts up a dud that week. You know which ones I am referring to. The team that somehow gets a win even though it would have only beat one other team that week. This team can win but can't put up points.
The Verdict: Panic
There should be no confidence in this owner’s mind and know that their team will likely struggle if it makes the playoffs. This team may even miss the playoffs altogether. If you are that owner of said team, there may still be a window to try and make moves to improve your team for a push to make the playoffs. However, you must realize you have been lucky most of the season and in all likelihood it will come to an end sooner than later. Luck typically fades when you need it most.
— Written by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.