Hurricane Ike has claimed another victim: the sanity of fantasy football managers everywhere. According to various reports, the Monday night fútbol americano tilt between the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans is going to get postponed.
(”Sure, this Hurricane’s about to devour me, but do I still start Willis McGahee?”)
ESPN is reporting that Hurricane Ike tore “chunks off the stadium’s retractable roof and the damage can’t be fixed in time to host the game.” Leaving the obvious question aside for a moment - how did a Ravens-Texans game get a prime time scheduling in the first place? - the most important aspect of this tragedy that we must consider right now is what this will mean for your fantasy team.
ESPN says it’s definitely postponed, while the Houston Chronicle just says it won’t be played at Reliant Stadium and the postponement is uncertain at this hour. The stadium may have sustained enough damage from hurricane Ike that it won’t be usable for several weeks. The NFL will likely make a determination later Saturday. The Texans bye week (Oct. 26) is a possibility. Make sure to take all Texans and Ravens out of your fantasy lineups.
If you’re heading out for the night and won’t be near a computer before tomorrow’s kickoffs, you might want to take a moment to reserve your Ravens and Texans players. Actually, you should do that even if they were playing the game. Besides Andre Johnson, they all kind of suck.