With that happy note aside, let’s get down to business. Five weeks have passed since the beginning of the regular season, and at this point owners should have a fairly good idea about the makeup of their team. Are you completely dominating the competition? Don’t get trade happy all of a sudden, ride out your winning streak to a title! Is your team in the middle of the pack, but still in contention for a playoff spot? Examine what areas you could improve upon, and then meet with other owners in your league to address your needs. Currently floundering at the bottom of the standings? Try to figure out why. Are your point totals competitive but you have just run into a streak of bad luck? Or do you truly just have a poor team filled with players that have been bitter disappointments so far this year (here’s looking at you, Eddie Lacy). Bottom line? Now is the time for reflection. Unless you are already 5-0 and lead the league in points, it is likely that there are some areas that could be improved upon.
Keep in mind that the players I mention below are intended to support rather than save your squad. It is exceedingly rare that a player emerges who is virtually unowned that will change the fate of your season. Most recommendations (especially those mentioned below, which are geared towards deeper leagues with more knowledgeable managers) will be placed into your league’s FLEX spot, or may find themselves in your starting roster during bye weeks. As with the last edition that I posted, I’ll continue to make note of players who are sitting this week due to a bye.