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The Fantasy Therapist

Want to find the cure for what ails you? Every team has some sort of sickness, and today, the Doctor is in! Let's look at the 7 teams that took losses this week and find out what it is that they can do to improve...

Randy's Pimp Daddys

The Disease
Close losses can take their toll on a team, and this one had to really stink because Alex Smith showed up out of nowhere and took away what should have been a decent win. Four straight weeks of lethargic scoring doesn't help much either, and that 2-3 record must have you down in the dumps. When Mike Gillislee is your starring RB, nothing is going to go your way.

The Cure
At this point, there is not a lot to cheer about on this squad, but getting a much better RB1 on the team is important. None of the four RBs on your squad have done anything of value and are all flyers that other teams would take as maybe a sketchy RB2. Value has to come from somewhere, and maybe that means giving up on the likes of Evans or Thomas to get to that happy place. If nothing else, you can blame the player for not doing well and stop blaming yourself for losing Cook and not doing anything about it.

The Robot Unicorns

The Disease
A very low-scoring game can hurt the confidence of any owners - especially when powerhouses like Wilson and Gurley are both scoring over 100pts this season. But combining for 16pts is nasty to look at for real. Plus that whole getting tricky with the starting D put you off your games. At 3-2, things are relatively fine, but there are some issues with your reliance on McCaffrey and Baldwin that need to be examined. It's going to be a tough week with Wilson out...

The Cure
Take a deep breath for a minute and notice that the previous two weeks were very good. Having said that, the WR unit is more of a concern than the RB2 slot and should be addressed through trade as quickly as possible. Fuller did well stepping up, but if Baldwin continues to struggle and Pryor never really finds it, it could get dicey. Consistency is important, and while you have scored over 100pts in the three wins, two games below 100pts is tough in the first five games if you are looking to feel like a champ.

Krystof's SpamKings

The Disease
Self-diagnosis is not an easy thing. After all, admitting your problems to yourself can be tough - although rewarding if done right and self-advice is followed. This was a bad week - a really bad week. I know that you didn't have Brees or Freeman or Hopkins...and that stunk. But Hyde / Powell / Diggs combining for only 3pts is really nasty, man. All because of various injuries that were short term as well. It almost seems like this was a bug - after all, it was your first sub-100pt game. No time to panic.

The Cure
Not sure there is really a cure for a bug like this. It would take more than a single week of nasty scoring to truly diagnose an issue. No, Hyde/Powell and Hill aren't exactly lighting things up for you, but they still bring some excitement to the game being young and on the upswing. And at least you are done with Kizer. Hopefully the return of your two studs will make things better. If not, I will see you again next week.

Scubasteverino Squad

The Disease
Three out of five games below 100pts is not a great start - but after winning one of those games, the thought of scoring 122pts had to make you think that a win was in the cards. Sadly, going up against a guy who hasn't won a game created a tough situation. I mean, it's really rough when you lose in this league since every win is so important - but to lose to someone who hasn't won a game yet? I bet you are feeling depressed and lonely right about now.

The Cure
It's that weird sensation of luxury and poverty, isn't it? Blessed with a Carr/Precott combo is super sweet, but when you are resporting to starting DeMarco and with Forte out? And the fun of not really having a great WR to rely on overall (even though DeSean scores some points every now and then)? It might be time to look at those three starting QBs and figure out some way to upgrade a desperate team in the league and get something from it. Nobody is looking at Carr long enough to consider him amazing yet, but he is an upgrade for more than a few teams. Leverage that into some WR security soon...

Avery's Redzone Wolfpack

The Disease
The last two weeks haven't been very easy - scoring under 90pts is never a good thing but sometimes you can shake a win out of that. Not so this time around. Your only wins have come when you have scored over 100pts and Lynch is currently your best option at RB. Don't even get me started on the TE crew that is totally not performing up to their expectations. Plus you seem to have a "single white female" thing going on by picking up all the players that Krystof drops. What is this obsessiveness?

The Cure
I'll give it to you that Kamara was a smart pickup and I am surprised that nobody else even gave that one a shot. Heck, he is ranked #20 at RB this week. But him and Bernard and Cobb are all former SpamKings, and while Krystof has been doing well this season, I am not sure you want just a bunch of rejects on your squad. Sitting at 2-3, you still have an uphill battle, and while Brown and Nelson will carry things for you, I think you really just need a waiver pickup that shocks everyone with a huge season. Yeah, the 4WR from only 2 teams thing is cute, but...

The Highland Wolves

The Disease
One point. One lousy point is all it took. That has to really stink overall, and the bad taste in your mouth reminds you of a beer that should never have been tapped. A defense that scores only 1pt and the old man L-Fitz just not performing well at all. Ugh. Even after making a genius move in getting Aaron Jones, it wasn't enough. Sometimes it just seems like it is never enough - and having 555pts scored against you this season is proof of just that.

The Cure
The crazy thing is that I am looking at this roster and seeing a lot of decent players. There is not a lack of good on this squad in any position except for WR, to be honest, and even they aren't as bad as some squads. But now it looks like there is a lot in the RB corps that could be traded away fairly easily - perhaps to get an upgrade at the WR position? Hogan is the stud here, but L-Fitz is old and Landry is hit and miss still. Look, losing David Johnson is what it is, but the fun now sits where you have a good crew at RB. Use it to your advantage soon before all the bye weeks are gone.

LG's Warbling Lions

The Disease
Oh those nasty single-digit performances, right? You never stood a chance against Scott this week, so it was nothing you did wrong. And isn't that the saddest thing to realize? That no matter what you did, you were doomed to fail? Even with the best QB in fantasy, it was all written in stone before kickoff even happened? And to know you may have discovered Thielen a little too late as well...

The Cure
Four games with less than 100pts has to put you in a bit of a panic, and I am going to have to ask you to count to 10 and breathe a little. Brady is going to be the anchor to everything, but he does need a good crew around him to make sure the ship stays afloat. WR2, TE and D are really hurting you along the way where others have scored many points in these positions. I don't know that there is a lot to trade to get upgrades, but perhaps it is a matter of looking harder for better gems at these spots in the EWP and on the wire. Lack of waivers can hurt - avoid the pain.