Playoffs are right around the corner for fantasy football leagues. Now, more than ever, roster management demands perfection. Who will have a more explosive running game? Who will catch more TDs this weekend? What defense can turn out a big pick 6? Who to start, who to sit–the tough life of a fantasy manager.
And here I sit, mulling over my fantasy lineup and wondering why in the world I decided to draft Larry Fitzgerald. Last year, he left fantasy owners laughing at the end of games, triumphant in the wake of his 1,411 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns. Now, he just leaves us crying, scraping the bottom of the receiving barrel for some sort of production.
With 6 games left, he’s racked up only 596 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns. He is coming off one of his worst weeks of this season, after a measly reception of 11 yards. Each week, after some hesitation, I decide to start Fitzgerald. Each week, I convince myself it will be his big week. Each week, I am disappointed.
How could this happen? How could this dynamic wideout sink to such mediocre stats? The Cardinals’ quarterback woes are severely stifling Fitgerald’s production. As a frustrated fantasy owner, I can only imagine his own aggravation at the QB instability. Ryan Lindley will be making his first career start on Sunday. He and Fitzgerald could not connect in Week 11. This does nothing to allay my worries as I enter this must-win fantasy weekend.
This is not the Larry Fitzgerald I thought I drafted in the first round. Yet, I, like many other fantasy owners, will continue to scratch my head as I keep him in the starting lineup. It doesn’t feel right to bench him. He’s Larry Fitzgerald! And this will be his week.