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Monday, October 16, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL FANTASY SPORTS BOSS: HOW I DEALT WITH THE LOSS OF AARON RODGERS

It was swift, stunning, and instantly nauseating.  Yes yours truly was a proud owner of Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and watched in horror as he was likely lost for the remainder of the season with a broken collarbone.  I drafted Rodgers in the third round of the Experts League this past summer and it marked the first time ever I owned him in this always cut-throat league.  I wanted to experience what it was like to own the best QB on the planet and for the first five weeks of the season it was as advertised.  Well here we are Monday morning and I no longer have Rodgers on my roster and also no longer have Carson Wentz who I drafted as a backup but cut back in Week 1 due to a roster crowing.  So with no backup on the roster and retreads such as Eli Manning, Jared Goff, and Blake Bortles starting back at me on the wire, I went ahead during the 1:00 games Sunday and made a buy low deal to acquire Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger.  Fresh off a five INT game, all it cost me was the quickly fading Ty Montgomery.  Be that as it may, I still lost my game this past week to drop me to 4-2.  The problem is that I started 4-0 and now have dropped two in a row and lost my big QB advantage.  What was encouraging is that I lost by just five points despite Rodgers' loss as the rest of my roster played well.  Le'Veon Bell has become the monster I anticipated he would be and Zach Ertz continues to make me look smart for advising you all to draft him this summer.  My big breakthrough was another buy low trade I made leading up to Week 6 where I acquired both Mark Ingram and Aaron Jones for Golden Tate.  With Chris Hogan and Mike Evans I felt secure dealing away Tate and wanted to buy low on Ingram now that Adrian Peterson was shipped of town.  Well Ingram supplied 30 points as he scored twice, ran for over 100, and caught five balls.  He should be a borderline RB 1 the rest of the way and so I did well there.  I also avoided having Tate on my hands as he is now out weeks with a shoulder problem.  The bottom line is that even if you are a Rodgers owner like me, the season is far from over.  Do your due diligence and line up a replacement now.  There is still a long way to go.


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