The fantasy football experts say having a good kicker is not that important.
Tell that to the guy who either drafted or picked up Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein. His point totals for the first weeks of the season in our league (bonus points for field goals longer than 50 yards): 11, 11, 11, 23 and 10.
To put that in perspective: that team won its Week 1 game by nine points. Imagine if that team had for instance Rob Bironas — the kicker for my team, the Last Action Heroes. It would have lost.
Well, I learned this lesson the hard way. In Week 4, the Heroes lost by one point in our game. Bironas scored two solitary points.
Just think if I had a kicker who could make a field goal!
So I relented and went to the waiver wire to look for a kicker. Transactions cost money in our league, so it helps you be frugal with your waiver wire work.
Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker was available. I figured he was a solid kicker who played on a good offense, so I picked him up.
Last week my team won 84-79 with Tucker accounting for nine points. Bironas was now on my bench and guess what he scored?
I would’ve lost and been staring at a 1-4 black hole instead of a 2-3 light at the end of the tunnel.
Owners are always dropping kickers, so if your team keeps losing by two or three points, it might be time to take a look at some other options.
Some kickers you can target off waivers right now who are averaging near double-digits each week are Blair Walsh of Minnesota (12.6 points per week and kicks indoors which is always a plus), Phil Dawson of Cleveland (12 points per week; team struggles to score touchdowns) and Connor Barth of Tampa Bay (12.2 points per week and just came off a bye week, so maybe someone dropped him).
FROM CRISIS TO BLISS AT RUNNING BACK
It took four days to turn what had been a solid running back situation into a mess.
The Heroes needed a win last week and I felt good with Adrian Peterson and Cedric Benson as my 1-2 with Arizona’s Ryan Williams, a solid starter, as a backup.
Then Thursday Night Football produced little to nothing for Williams until he was brought off for an injury.
On Friday morning the news came down — Williams out for the season.
So much for having good running back depth.
During Sunday’s games, Peterson played less than I hoped in the fourth quarter due to a lopsided score and an injured ankle, but the real whammy occurred in Indianapolis where Benson was subbed out because of injury in the first quarter.
Benson had produced a few points for me and looked ready to go off, but instead all of those numbers went to backup Alex Green — who I immediately picked up off the waiver wire.
This week it was revealed Benson would be out for possibly eight to 10 weeks.
Well, I had Green, and Peterson was cleared to go, but I began to think of possible trades to improve myself.
I ended up trading an owner for Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Bills receiver Stevie Johnson and Texans running back Arian Foster.
Yeah, you heard me. I said Arian Foster, as in the No. 1 player on everyone’s draft boards to start the season and the best running back in the NFL.
Now, I had to give up some big-time players on my roster, but now will be able to go into this week with Romo at QB, Peterson and Foster at running backs (a dream-come true), Johnson, Mike Wallace and Heath Miller at my receivers/tight end positions.
I envision another win and 3-3 for the Heroes at this time next week.