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Opportunity knocks for wise owner

The Pigskin Pundit
Special to the Post Independent

As they say, timing is everything. Webster defines timing as “to arrange or set the time of so as to be acceptable, suitable or opportune.”

Opportune timing can be the key to success in fantasy football. A month ago, few paid any attention to Texans RB Domanick Davis, but today it appears he may be the main man in Houston’s backfield. Somewhere between then and now, the opportunistic fantasy owners decided “now is the time” to invest in Davis and he’s already starting to pay dividends. Those owners who added Davis have one thing in common; the ability to recognize when one player is sliding – in this case Stacey Mack – and another is on the verge of taking over.

The key is to look for players who are struggling on teams in transition or in desperation. The Texans, in their second season, are building for the future so a gradual switch to the rookie Davis just makes sense.

Other teams may be looking to make some changes for completely different reasons and it’s your job to see them coming. The Raiders, Bears, Steelers and Lions are all be candidates for some shakeups, so monitor the situations over the next few weeks and snag the next Davis.

The Quick Slant

Something has to give this week in the Lions/Bears matchup. Although hard to believe, it’s time to start Lions’ RB Olandis Gary against the porous Bears defense, but steer clear of the WRs in Motown due to the unsettled quarterback situation. The Panthers travel to New Orleans to battle the Saints as Carolina QB Jake Delhomme shows up his old team and continues to hook up with his new best friend, WR Steve Smith.

Ask the Pundit

PUNDIT: This season is my first in fantasy football and I have been contacted several times for trades. I suspect my inexperience makes me an easy target for sucker trades. My RBs (we can start 2) are Garrison Hearst (49ers), Priest Holmes (Chiefs) and Willis McGahee (Bills). I’ve been offered Kevan Barlow (RB-San Francisco) and Travis Henry (RB-Bills) for Priest Holmes and anything I want to give him off my roster. The reasoning (according to the guy offering the trade) is that I need Barlow to pair up with Hearst to assure that I have a starter and Henry matches up well with McGahee for the same reason. This way I have 4 solid RBs. Is this logic sound or am I getting taken?

– Greg-Henryetta, Okla.

Greg: There is logic to this method in that it creates a safety net for your team, but it also resembles the “prevent defense” employed by many NFL teams. It looks good on paper, sounds like it will work, and every so often it actually succeeds. Unfortunately, the prevent defense usually prevents you from winning and that is exactly what this `backup’ strategy does for your fantasy team. Keep Holmes. You don’t need Barlow and McGahee may eventually take over for Henry full-time.

– The Pigskin Pundit

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