It’s amazing how busy things can get and how hard it can be to take a few moments to relax and look over some fantasy football nuggets of fun.
Had several really cool posts planned for this week, and got to none of them. I want to apologize to the ninja nation for this up front.
My main article idea was to highlight several players who are in an odd do-or-die situation for Week Four. Little weird being in fantasy do-or-dies just a quarter of the way into the season, but these guys need to show us something this weekend, or face the scorn of fantasy football owners everywhere:
1. Matt Forte. Very pedestrian this season and chants of “sophomore slump” are starting to ricochet in fantasyland. This week’s matchup with Detroit is huge for Forte and his owners. Bounce back in a big way and soothe anxious fantasy owners, or flop against one of the most porous run defenses and see Forte’s value drop like a sack of red potatoes.
2. Steve Slaton. Another sophomore slump candidate, Slaton at least showed a little life last week. Time time, he is facing perhaps the easiest defense he’s seen this year. The Texans will feed the ball to Slaton … if he struggles to provide stats, it could be a long season for Slaton owners.
3. Rashard Mendenhall. Willie Parker is out with an injury. Mendenhall was in Mike Tomlin’s doghouse last week and has been and overall fantasy flop. This is his one opportunity to show everyone that he’s not the Steelers’ version of Curtis Enis. Those who have Mendy in dynasty leagues will find out quick if they made a wise investment, or if Mendenhall will reek of bust.
4. Clinton Portis. Perhaps past his “do-or-die” opportunity, Portis is struggling with some injures and is questionable for today’s game. The Giants shredded the Buccaneers on the ground, and if Portis plays, he needs to show everyone that he has the ability to bounce back stat-wise.
5. Brett Favre. The spotlight will be solely on him, and if he’s smart, he’ll do everything possible to turn that spotlight onto Adrian Peterson for this game. Sure Favre will be super motivated to do well, but he also struggles when he feels the need to throw everyone on his back and start chucking the ball everywhere. A poor performance here, and Favre will be dreaming of days back on his ranch mowing grass and wearing Wrangler jeans.