Most team owners’ fantasy football roster changes after Week 1 fall into one of two categories: (1) moves necessitated by injuries, and (2) reactions to players’ disappointing performances. If you owned Tom Brady, Nate Burleson, Vince Young, Marques Colston, Maurice Morris, etc., you probably need to make a roster move this week. However, if you own Marc Bulger, Steven Jackson, Tory Holt, Carson Palmer, Chris Perry, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Chad Ocho Cinco, Peyton Manning, Braylon Edwards, etc., don’t let their disappointing performances in Week 1 tempt you to do something rash (i.e. - trading them for below-market value) or dumb (i.e. - dropping them).
If Albert Pujols or Alex Rodriguez goes 0-4 with 4 strikeouts on baseball’s Opening Day, their fantasy owners would be disappointed, if not upset, but would realize that it’s just one game out of 162. However, with football teams having just 10% of the number of games their baseball brethern do, every game’s results are magnified - both for better or for worse.
On the other hand, don’t get too giddy if some of your players exceeded expectations during Week 1. Does anyone really believe that Eddie Royal and Dante Rosario will be among the league leaders at their respective positions at the end of the season? Me neither. Put another way, if someone offers you Adrian Peterson or LaDainian Tomlinson for Michael Turner this week, or Braylon Edwards for Matt Jones, or Peyton Manning for Donovan McNabb, quickly accept the deal before the other owner has a chance to change their mind!
Reversing the roles for a minute, if you are the owner of Matt Ryan, Willie Parker, Edgerrin James, etc., see what other team owners in your league would be willing to give up to obtain these Week 1 wonders. You may be surprised.
Until next time,