I sat in my chair for several
moments after completing my synopsis of Charcandrick West
last week, pondering what sort of
FAAB bid I would recommend for owners to spend to acquire his
services. Surely, the amount of volume he would receive while
carrying the load for Kansas City would be enough to warrant a
higher bid, but with Knile Davis
looming in the background and the team
short on playmakers, I didn’t want owners to be overzealous. My
thought was that a bid between 35-40 percent of a team’s total
budget should ensure that he was added, and while that was
certainly sufficient to get him, West managed to let owners down in
a major way on Sunday, rushing for 33 yards on nine carries and
adding a six-yard reception.
Look, no one said this was easy. Given that my article is geared
towards deeper leagues with savvy managers, and recommends players
who are minimally owned, several of them are bound to be flops.
This one, though, angered me. Granted, the Minnesota Vikings’ run defense isn’t a cakewalk, but I
certainly expected that there would be more than 18 total rushing
attempts for the Chiefs in this game due to both game flow and
Andy Reid’s prior history of running the ball. West
didn’t play poorly enough that he will be yanked from the starting
role right away, but he certainly didn’t separate himself enough to
eliminate the timeshare. This is a prime example of a situation
where I would stress that owners not overreact and cut him after
one poor performance, and practice patience if possible.
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