Contender or Pretender?

Adversity. When faced with decisions, what do you do? Do you stand pat and proceed forward? Or do you decide to make changes and hope for a better outcome? For Tony Romo owners Week 8 was a tough week, as Romo went down on Monday night with a shoulder injury. This had owners scrambling for a replacement.

Many waiver wires have been chocked full of “hot” players recently. Some of them can still be consider “one week wonders” for example, Danario Alexander from St. Louis or David Gettis from Carolina. These are the type of players that owners are looking for to pick up the slack from those non-producing players that were drafted some 8 weeks ago.

It is quite possible that these changes make or break your season. Maybe your team is 6-1 or 5-2 and you are looking to solidify your team down the stretch, as we know coaches do not hesitate to sit their star players when the team has secured a playoff position. Yet maybe you are 3-4 or 2-5 and trying to turn the season around and make a bid for a playoff spot.

The wire has been very healthy at the QB and WR positions this early. Unfortunately for those owners with less then average running backs, the picking have slim. Ryan Torain  (WAS) has been a solid pick up this year, as has Mike Tolbert for San Diego. Other names that have been on and off the wire include Chris Ivory (NO), LaGarrette Blount (TB), James Starks (GB), who just came off the PUP list as well as Brandon Jackson, who was all the take after Ryan Grant went down for the season.

Regardless of your decision a big portion of your success is based solely on luck. Who ever thought Ryan Fitzpatrick from Harvard would have 11 TD and 0 INT since taking over as the starter in Buffalo in Week 3. This is crunch time for owners to reevaluate their team, talent and deficiencies and make changes where needed in order to improve  your team. Now is the time to know if you are a contender or pretender.