Fantasy football, like the NFL, is unpredictable.
So when I’m getting questions in my live chats about whether to start LaDainian Tomlinson or Matt Forte, I get a little worried. Sure, Forte has been solid and has emerged into a terrific option.
But we’re talking about LaDainian Tomlinson!
Even if he’s looked a step slower at times or loses some carries to Darren Sproles, he’s still the main man in fantasy land. He’d either have to be injured or on a bye to be on your bench. That’s the bottom line.
Now there are some instances where you might want to sit a stud player, but those are few and far between. I understand that the temptation to make such a move can be great. I even found myself wondering if I should bench Brett Favre in favor of Jake Delhomme yesterday because of the inclement weather in New York.
Thank the good Lord I stuck with the old man.
There are some instances where a player you drafted in a prominent role should be benched (Ryan Grant comes to mind) if you have depth at the position, but players like Tomlinson, Adrian Peterson and Brian Westbrook are on a higher level.
NFL coaches would never bench players of this caliber, so why would you? Especially at a time when six teams had a bye. When you question these elite players, you’re making life much harder for yourself.
In a week where Kyle Orton had more touchdown passes in the first half than Jay Cutler and Philip Rivers had combined in their full games, I’m sure frustrations were at a high level.
But don’t make a simple decision so difficult. Superstars are considered such for a reason — they’re supposed to produce at a high level regardless of the opponent.