Don’t Be That Guy – The Importance of Handcuffs
For the entire season, the #1 scoring team in my fantasy league has ridden their ‘Four Horseman’ – Manning, AP, D. Thomas and Gronk – to the best record and round one bye. And, a lot of good it did them, when All-Day and Gronk went down with injuries during their bye week. To make matters worse, this guy did not have Peterson’s backup (although, Gerhart didn’t play either, but I digress), or, even worse, any back up Tight End at all! Predictably, the rest of the league promptly went out and land-grabbed every available TE and RB they could, and the #1 Seed was easily bounced out of the playoffs this week. I think this is an abject lesson in what I mentioned before, you have to back up your best players with the best player possible. “Always handcuff your studs” is a basic premise of fantasy sports, but, time-and-again, I see folks wander-off-the-reservation, leaving their team, and their entire season, more vulnerable than they should. Don’t be that guy.