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Friday, December 9, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL ISSUES: TOUGH TO TRUST DEREK CARR IN POSTSEASON

In many fantasy football leagues, the playoffs began this week.  While we subscribe to a three-week playoff format that includes 6 teams, many other leagues begin Week 15 and include just four.  No matter which format, Derek Carr at QB was almost an automatic given the MVP season he is engineering and for the fact he went into Thursday night's game with 24 touchdown passes and just 5 interceptions in piloting one of the best offenses in the NFL.  With Carr having top tier wideouts Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper to go with solid running back Latavius Murray, the weapons are immense.  Unfortunately fate seemed to befell Carr in Week 13 when he injured his pinkie that has been nothing short of a big problem since.  With Carr suffering the injury to the pinkie on his throwing had, launching passes seemed like a major problem Thursday as he completed just 17-of-41 throws for 117 yards with no scores or picks.  In other words, those who started Carr in their playoff matchup fell behind by a decent margin in getting pretty much nothing from a guy who has been a stud producer all season.  Those who start the playoff next week and own Carr need to also take a look at how dreadful he was Thursday night and really consider looking for an alternative under center.  It is very tough to trust Carr right now since he clearly is having trouble throwing the football and in the win-or-go-home postseason, there is no sense in taking such a grand risk.  Clearly a stomach punch is being felt by Carr's owners since they can't use him now when the stakes are the highest but that is just how this always volatile game goes.


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