THE GUYS who ruin
your season aren't just the all-out busts; it's the players who tease you with
a great game one week then collapse the next. How you deal with such
inconsistency is often what separates fantasy winners from whiners. As an
exercise ask yourself this: What would I do with San�Diego quarterback
Philip Rivers, captain of the 2007 All-Maddening Team?
against Green Bay, Rivers threw for 306 yards and three touchdowns, making him
a can't-miss start the next week against the Chiefs. But Rivers went TD-less
and threw two interceptions in that game--which suggested that he should be a
no-go a week later, facing Denver. But back stormed Rivers, throwing for 270
yards plus two TDs. Same story in Weeks�8 and 9: Rivers ate up Houston
before bottoming out against Minnesota's miserable secondary.
At least Rivers
has shown owners this courtesy: After his latest three-game stretch (seven
turnovers, one TD) he's revealed himself as a quarterback you absolutely don't
want to try riding into the playoffs.
THE LIONS' wideout
is as unpredictable as his team, which lost to Arizona after slaughtering
Denver. Often brilliant, he also has a trio of three-reception weeks.
HAS ANY PLAYER in
your league been signed and released more often than the Skins' QB? He stays in
the mix with games like that three-TD effort against Philly in
EXCLUDING DAYS on
which he ran for 200 yards (against Cincinnati) or scored four times ( Seattle),
the Browns' back has averaged just 48.9�yards and 0.38�TDs per