Adam Rank | Tags: Ben Tate, Darren McFadden, Kenny Britt, Marshawn Lynch, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, Randy Moss, Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Steve Rannazzisi, Tennessee Titans
There are two kinds of heartbreak in fantasy football. You bench a guy you have been keeping the light on for — like you are a fantasy version of Motel 6’s Tom Bodett. Chargers RB Ryan Mathews is certainly a guy who comes to mind in this category after scoring a touchdown.
Patriots WR Ben Tate was a huge pickup when the club traded WR Randy Moss to the Vikings. Tate has been largely disappointing — until he just hauled in a 65-yard touchdown pass. Tate wasn’t likely still on your fantasy team, let alone your starting lineup on Sunday.
Or you finally start a guy who has been blowing up this year, only to see him stumble a touch.
Steve Rannazzisi of the League joined us on set of NFL.com Fantasy LIVE and told me that he needed Titans WR Kenny Britt to be huge this week. Rannazzisi had kept Britt on the bench the last two weeks.
And we all know what happened, right? Britt pulled his hamstring and is on the sidelines in street clothes.
My own personal story is that I started Raiders RB Darren McFadden (mostly because RB Michael Turner is on a bye), and he has done nothing in the first half.
And there is Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch. You liked his matchup this week, and figured he was going to be a big part of the Seahawks’ offense. Is he even playing anymore?
Hard to believe it is Halloween, right?
So the question for fantasy enthusiasts to ponder as the 1 p.m. games (sorry, I am a West Coaster) end is which situation is worse? Benching a guy to have him blow up, or starting a guy you begrudgingly started only to see him fail?
– Adam Rank