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PETER KING I THINK ...
...it's a long season, so you shouldn't get too high or too down on your team
Last week I was with Tom Brady at an SI-sponsored event in Boston, and he had every reason to be a little discouraged. The Patriots had been obliterated by the Broncos a few days before, and the New England fans were beginning to get a morose feeling that the football autumn might be a lot like the baseball summer. But Brady said something that would be wise for Patriots fans and fantasy players to remember: "Look at us every year. We're always different in Week 10 than we were in Week 2 or 3."
Bill Parcells once said, "In this league, on Mondays, it's always euphoria or disaster." Meaning that people get too high after a big win and too low after a crushing loss. With that in mind, keep these five tips in mind as you tend to your fantasy team.
1) Unless you've had a run of injuries, never make a panic trade on Sunday night after you've gotten trounced.
2) Don't trade players with short-term injuries unless you get at least 90% value in return. Take Shaun Alexander. Last week you might have felt tempted to dangle him on the market, considering that he's hurt and averaging 2.9 yards per carry. Go ahead, dangle. But unless you get in return, say, Rudi Johnson and Maurice Jones-Drew (two players who could help you win every week), don't consider a deal.
3) Never bench a slumping great player unless he's banged up. Brady played more like Kerry Collins early, but just because you've got a hot Chad Pennington backing him up doesn't mean you bench one of the NFL's two best quarterbacks.
4) Understand coaches. You think Parcells or Bill Belichick or Mike Holmgren is going to change his philosophy much if he loses two or three in a row? Coaches can't stand up in front of their team all spring and summer and preach something, then tear it up in Week 5. They don't often panic, so you shouldn't either.
5) Trade every Raider you have.
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