I own Demaryius Thomas on five of my twenty-four teams. So last week I called Demaryius into my office and told him I was benching him on four of my teams. And on the fifth team I was starting him as a mere flex player, unworthy of WR2 status. When the player you had ranked second on your draft board at wide receiver only puts up 22.1 pts over the first three games, it’s time to send a message.
Being the master of sports psychology that I am, I knew Thomas would respond with a spectacular performance against the Cardinals. While it wouldn’t benefit me directly this week, I considered it an impetus that would ensure a season long hot streak for my star receiver. So how did he react to the most controversial benching this side of… ever?
Eight receptions (not that I do PPR).
Two-hundred and twenty-six yards. Not bad.
Two touchdowns. That’ll do, Demaryius. That’ll do.
You’re welcome, Demaryius Thomas owners. You are the beneficiaries of my bold move to sacrifice my starting lineup. “What kind of an idiot benches his best receiver?” you must be wondering? This kind of idiot. That’s 34.6 points on my bench! Oh well, must have lost those games due to all those bench points… Oh well…
Well, there’s a reason I went to the playoffs in eighteen of my twenty-four leagues (75%) last year. That wasn’t by accident.
I won all four games in which I benched Demaryius Thomas. All four. Don’t believe me? Behold… (click images to enlarge box score)
You know you have a pretty awesome team when you leave 34 points on the bench and still score 108.
Demaryius and Cordarrell are not talking to each other at the moment. 83 points with Demaryius on the bench and Cordarrell put up a goose egg.
Not only did Thomas respond to my benching, but it appears Eddie Lacy found some extra motivation when he checked my starting lineup and he found himself demoted to flex.
Even though this doofus opponent didn’t start a defense, they would have needed thirty points to pull off the victory.
Oh, and I also won the game in which I flexed Thomas.
I went 17-7 this week, despite basically sabotaging myself. I consciously benched Demaryius Thomas. What the hell was I thinking? I dunno. Maybe I should bench Lesean McCoy next week so he can crack off a 20-point performance finally. I have him in five leagues, too.
Steve Broadway is the author of Fantasy Football Playoffs Guaranteed, the only fantasy football guide that guarantees you’ll make the playoffs or DOUBLE your money back. For more information, visit fantasyfootballplayoffsguaranteed.com