Week 4 fantasy football: The walk of shame

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By BRYAN RUBIN
College Contributor Network

Week 4 will be the equivalent to the walk of shame.

For those who may have forgotten what the walk of shame is, it's basically the walk back to your dorm room or apartment the morning after sharing someone else's bed. And it's obvious because you are still wearing the clothes you wore the night before. And didn't get offered a ride home. (Disclaimer: you'll still answer their texts. Because a touchdown will always be a touchdown).

Many of the league's top fantasy running backs, however, have been doing anything but scoring touchdowns and putting up points.

Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, Eddie Lacy, Doug Martin, Monte Ball, Andre Ellington, Reggie Bush and Toby Gerhart have been vastly underperforming through three weeks. Between injuries, suspensions and their inability to find the end zone, this group of backs is bringing shame to the owners that drafted them in the first four rounds.

In a standard scoring league, running backs always go early in the draft. Even though Montee Ball is not a superstar (yet), his average pick in ESPN leagues was No. 12 overall because people saw what Knowshon Moreno did in that offense over the past two years and knew Ball would have the opportunity to replicate his impressive numbers. Meanwhile, a proven stud receiver like Julio Jones went around No. 19.

Ball gets picked over Jones because the talent gap between the top fantasy running backs is much larger than the gap between wide receivers, making it more worthwhile to take one early. Therefore, you spent one or two of your first four draft picks on them and walked home with a seemingly solid squad.

But these players' disappointing performances so far have resulted in fantasy football owners having theirs hands full trying to deal with them. Fuller than a frat star's stomach after a beer pong tournament victory... and it was 21 cup.

The good news is that a waiver wire exists. Like the few nice guys and girls in college who will drive you home the next morning. So if you had a high enough claim, you were able to get Knile Davis, Matt Asiata, Terrance West or Bobby Rainey. None are stars by any means, but they are all serviceable. Like a Toyota. You wish you were getting in a Porsche, but you'll still take the ride home.

Looking at Week 4, some of these running backs will have to decide whether they are going to show up to the party, or stay home.

If you can find a way to make it through the year smoothly, despite a disappointing start, you will have overcome a tough start to the fantasy season, thus proving it doesn't matter if you wake up in a foreign bed in the morning.

Because if you get the win, there's no such thing as the walk of shame.


Bryan Rubin is a senior at Syracuse University. He once ate Chipotle three times in one day and woke up at 3:46 a.m. on a Wednesday morning to make a roster move to his fantasy football team (while his friends were sleeping) to avoid wasting his No. 1 waiver claim. Follow him on Twitter: @bryan_rubin
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