This article is part of our Exploiting the Matchups series.
It's been a while since I used my favorite home league to send a message, but as has been the case in the past, some misfortune that has occurred to my brother's Stonecutters squad in our Simpsons-themed keeper league offers a good message to any owner out there suffering.
He just got crushed in large part because his wide receiver led team lost not one, not two, NOT THREE, but four running backs in the same week. Yes, only two were in his starting lineup, but still, getting a combined 1.0 point from Sony Michel and Matt Breida when they were injured while losing fumbles was a brutal hit.
Due to bye weeks, he was also forced to start Frank Gore (a lovely 3.3-point contribution) because of the Carlos Hyde trade (the third RB he lost). So, 4.3 points from three tailbacks, an ugly defeat and Bilal Powell vanishing from his bench leaves him scrambling big time for help with Julio Jones and Derrick Henry (yes, his RB situation is THAT bad) on bye.
The message here is simple. We've seen starting running backs disappear this year like Avengers after Thanos got the last Infinity Stone, or like Raiders Pro Bowlers after they hired Jon Gruden.
With Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook, Devonta Freeman, Joe Mixon and Marlon Mack having all missed multiple games, others have thrived in their place. It's the "next man up" mentality of sports, and it must be the same for fantasy owners. There's