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Hello one and all.  Yes, I’m keeping the draft strategies rolling out.  No, this is not by popular demand.  Yes, it’s useful information.  No, it’s not just filler.  Yes, the first few sentences of this paragraph ARE filler.  No, it won’t continue much longer.  Yes, I promise.  See?  We’re done now.  I know a lot of people have put out general draft strategies and have done so much earlier.  I get that.  But I also realize for all intents and purposes, the draft season is really starting right about now as most people wait until this week or early next to get their draft on.  If you’re already done and you did some of the don’ts, well apply some of these don’ts to your next draft.  I assume you’re in more than one Fantasy Football league for 2013.  To not be would be very un-American in my book.  Oh and BTW, some of this may seem self-explanatory to y’all and some of it may not.  Realize we may have some new blood/brethren from the Fantasy Baseball side who don’t understand this little game we play.  They get me when I say ‘positional scarcity’ but not so much when I talk about how to fill a roster, ya dig? But enough with that, I have a long list to go over here so I can’t dawdle too long.  So lets cover some do’s and don’ts draft strategy for 2013 Fantasy Football…but of course I have to remind you of the Razzball Commenter Leagues before I do so.  To not do so would also be un-American.  And now moving on…

Roster Depth

DO load up on WR and RB in a standard league on your bench.  This is where some of the most crucial picks can make or break a season and for that reason, DON’T draft for TE or QB depth.  You’re not sure if Jermichael Finley’s going to be a beast so you just have to draft Rob Housler, right?  Wrong.  In a 12 team, that’s 12 starting TEs typically.  Unless you drafted Gronk, you have no reason to start your year off drafting two TEs.  Just keep your eye on waivers for upside and ride with what you drafted.  TE is going to be the lowest scoring skill position you’ll have out there in most leagues unless you have Graham/Gronk.  Don’t fight that, just go with the flow.  At worst, you end up streaming at that position all year.  I promise you’ll survive.  If you drafted a top 12 QB this year, you have little reason to draft another QB.  You’re worried about bye weeks?  When is your bye week?  Week 11?  You don’t think you can find someone off waivers to fill that week for the time being?  Exactly.  It’s not a need for a standard 1QB league setup.  While you’re drafting Jay Cutler and Ed Dickson, I’ll be drafting Roy Helu and Markus Wheaton.  I like my chances at upside and usefulness for my roster moreso then yours.

Defense & Kickers

DO stream them most of the year unless you find a diamond in the rough to start the year like many did in Blair Walsh and the Denver Broncos defense.  It’s a roster position that doesn’t warrant your attention until the last two rounds of the draft, how vital could it be?  DON’T draft a DEF/K.  Do what I suggest above and develop RB/WR depth.  That’s two extra lottery picks you can wait on before the season starts and see what comes of them.  Since you can stream these two spots, there’s no reason they should take up a roster spot for you until they absolutely have to.

Rankings

DO follow mine…I keed.  No, the real do here is DO pool resources and develop your own ideals.  Personal rankings – when not influenced by herd mentality, of course – are a reflection of a Fantasy Writer’s perspective on how to build a good team and a reflection of likes/dislikes.  It’s not a trump card for how you should draft so DON’T be a slave to the rankings and by that I mean not only your favorite writer’s rankings but to your own.  You’re building a team that needs to be competitive.  If I need Frank Gore but I have Andre Johnson ranked ahead of him and they’re both still out there, I’m going to take Gore.  Of course, I don’t like AJ but that’s besides the point.  It’s your team, you need to build it like it’s your team and not some formulaic equation of how someone else would draft.

Your League Setup

DO draft according to how your league is setup.  I know, I know, common sense.  But it’s amazing how messy a draft can get when you don’t know your league’s scoring and roster setup.  You drafted 4 Running Backs…congrats!  Too bad your league starts 4 WR and only 1 RB…oops.  Yeah, extreme analogy but it’s just a simple fact.  If you don’t know the rules of your league, it doesn’t matter how well you draft because you drafted on assumptions and not on what team you really needed to build.  I guess I need a don’t in here.  Hrm…DON’T not pay attention to your league setup.  Yeah, that’s it…

Value

DO realize value when you see it.  You just drafted Calvin Johnson and backed it up with Matt Forte in the 2nd.  Well done!  Now the third round comes to you and for some ridiculous reason, Dez Bryant’s still out there.  But you need to draft David Wilson now, right?  RIGHT?!?  Eh, I wouldn’t hate you for it but it’s hard to pass on Dez at that point.  In a nutshell with this ‘it should never happen’ analogy, what I’m trying to say is this.  DON’T become a slave to a dogma, whether it’s yours or someone else’s.  Be able to recognize the value of the guys you’re picking.  It’s ok to be contrarian if what’s presented makes sense.

Late QB Drafting

DO take a QB as late as you possibly can this year.  There’s too much depth at the position for you to draft on in the first 4 rounds.  I know it feels sacrilegious to pass on Drew Brees in the 2nd, 3rd and even 4th.  But do it.  The fate of your team depends on it!  DON’T think you need a top end QB to be competitive this year.  Romo goes pretty late and if you get in a room of guys who understand that, the value at QB will fall back to you pretty far.  Take advantage of this trend, don’t fight it.

Strength Of Schedule

DON’T buy into it, not one bit.  It’s too often we base how we think a player will do based on a previous year’s body of work.  Both their own and their opponents.  But these numbers are a fallacy.  In a discussion earlier this summer with a DMC supporter, he mentioned that at least 8 teams DMC would face this year were at the bottom of the league in terms of rushing yards against.  However, of those teams, only one made the playoffs and the rest were borderline cellar dwellers in their division.  That meant the 4th quarter was for the opposing RB to run free and clear most games.  Assuming these types of stats will stay static enough to draft off of are crutches we need to throw away.  DO draft based on the talent/merit of the players involved.  You think DMC is gonna have a banner year this year based on his skillset?  More power to you (I don’t!).  But don’t let numbers from the past affect how you’ll draft/view a player in the future.

Bye Weeks

DO pay attention but DON’T pay that much attention.  Yes, I did this one in a nice, neat, contradictory little bow for you.  The reality is, you don’t know what your team is going to look like come week 5 or 6 or 11.  So stop worrying that you have 3 NOLA players and what are you gonna do that week.  Maybe you’ll be leading your league and can afford to not worry about it.  Maybe you’ll have made a beneficial trade that makes up for it.  Maybe the players you drafted are injured and aren’t even on your team any more.  You just don’t know.  Don’t plan for the unknown, just draft good players and let the Fantasy Football Gods do their best/worst.

Don’t Drink The Kool-Aid

This will be my final note and it comes at the detriment of you ever believing in me again, perhaps.  But we all play this game.  We all have our beliefs/stances.  I DON’T want you to follow my rankings because I say so or my sleepers/overrated guys because it’s the word of Sky.  I DO want you to formulate your own opinions and be ready to draft by them.  Yes, this is somewhat similar to a few things above but whoever you follow for your advice, don’t follow blindly.  We all have our reasons and I do my best to give you them in my rankings but if you don’t agree, we’re cool.  I can dig it.  Heck, even JB and Jaywrong rip apart my rankings in one of the more recent Razzball Podcasts.  I don’t hate them (any more then I did before that).  In the end, you’re drafting your team, not my team or Matthew Berry’s team or whomever you wanna throw into this primordial Fantasy Football soup.  So go draft your team, have fun and listen to everything I say…in this post where I tell you not to listen to everything I say.  OK?  Ok.

  1. TarmanGotHim says:
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    I drafted Gronk, on the bench I have Zudfeld and Cameron. I know you said don’t stock up on TE, but somehow I managed this team in my draft, obviously in this 10 Team H2H league, this people are complete dopes.

    QB – Matt Ryan
    WR – Green
    WR – Julio Jones
    WR – Andre Johson
    RB – Ray Rice
    RB – Lamar Miller
    TE – Gronkoski
    DEF – DEN
    K – Prater
    WR – Jordy Nelson
    RB – Daryl Richardson
    RB – Ingram
    WR – Chris Givens
    TE – Jared Cook
    TE – Zudfeld

    Traded Cook and Miller for Arian Foster and Cameron

    working on moving Jordy Nelson for a RB2, do you suggest this, or move someone else?

    I’ve already showed you my team, anyhow, I figure I can, when Gronk comes back, move a Zudfeld or Cameron for aWR2/3ish or RB 2/3ish seeing as the people in this particular league don’t seem too bright.

    Thanks Sky!!!!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      That’s a very solid team. You can move Nelson, that’s fine. Always depends on the needs of others. Overall I like that team, when it’s done.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Should read ‘when its done with owning so many TEs’ but it doesn’t hurt you overall right now.

  2. TarmanGotHim says:
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    PS:

    I am personally following your rankings for 2 reasons

    1. I partially agree with them, ala Ranking like Rotoworld as so frigging bias and make no sense. Who would you rather have? A proven Colston who you pretty much know what you’re gonna get or a Bowe who is supposed to have a breakout campaign.

    2. I have your updated rankings open for help, but personally go with my best instincts, such as looking at weekly point totals from all positions, WR who rack up yards, WR who rack up TD’S, QB’s who Rush and Pass for TD’s, etc.

    Thanks for all the help, good luck this season.

    • btd says:
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      @TarmanGotHim: Colston, not even close in my book. I watched a bit of the KC preseason game this week. Alex Smith and Bowe seem to have a pretty good connection. But I like the solid floor in the first few rounds. Maybe the next round, look to Bowe if he’s still there.

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @btd: avoid Bowe at all costs!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          His stock’s driving up too high. Don’t get why either.

          • frankgrimes says:
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            @Sky: why dont you like AJ? seems like 100/1250 is a lock barring injury of course. Sometimes see some value in his draft position too.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Andre Johnson you mean? Just making sure you’re not meaning Green. Don’t think you are. Just think last year proved why it’s hard to get behind him as a WR1. The end numbers were great but the first 6-7 weeks were brutal. I don’t trust the Texans passing offense with Kubiak at the helm to support him being as reliable as others claim him to be. And of course, it’s obligatory to mention there seems to be zero chance he can even clear 8 touchdowns any given year.

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                @Sky: gotcha Houston benefited from cupcakes early last year but I wouldn’t sleep on AJ he still a beast just look at what he did Sunday (yes it preseason) in first half plus Hopkins presence “should” be help.

                • Sky

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                  I hear ya. I did rank him as a WR1, just one I can’t get excited about. Just really depends on what Schaub and that O-Co bring to the table. I drafted Hopkins hoping for the alternate effect that AJ helps him…ha!

                  • frankgrimes says:
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                    @Sky: nice Ive being going Wheaton for my final WR spots

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I’m liking him more and more but part of it is because I’m not a huge Antonio Brown fan.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Cool, thanks Tarman!

  3. Mojo says:
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    Great stuff as usual – thanks. Saw that you critiqued Yahoo’s rankings a few weeks back – will you do the same for ESPN’s (or did you already and I missed it)? I find those articles very helpful. Thanks and good luck.

    • the imp says:
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      @Mojo: Check out rotoworld for a good article that includes an analysis of biases in the ESPN and CBS rankings.

      • Moose Out Front says:
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        @the imp: thanks. it is a good article.

  4. CL says:
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    It’s a good piece. The world is not black and white.

    Had my first draft Sunday… 10 team PPR. I drafted Cam at #24 and then couldn’t resist taking RG3 at #64. I’m not saying I was thinking trade bait when I did it, but I knew it was wrong and I did it anyway.

    I also took Gronk at #44 and Cook at #124. Gronk looks to be fine.

    I feel OK about this team, but hope to mix it up at tomorrow’s draft for League #2.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hrm, interesting. Depends on what the rest of your team looks like whether that was a good move. Good luck!

  5. Steve says:
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    Cam in the 4th or RG3 in the 6th?
    Thx

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I think I answered this pretty well in the ‘Late QB Drafting’ part of this post. RGIII.

  6. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    What’s the Cowboy RB depth chart after Murray? I want to handcuff him but not sure who to grab. I hear Tanner is the backup at the moment until Dunbar is healthy. But Dunbar doesn’t seem like a big workload guy. Any insight into this? Thanks man.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      My understanding is it’ll still be Dunbar first.

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: have you drafted already. I get the handcuff thing but I’d rather grab an upside back than a handcuff anyday for my bench players. It sticks with smart strategy stacking your bench with upside players at RB early. Would you rather have Dunbar/randle on your bench or Bernard/Lacy?

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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        @frankgrimes: Yeah we drafted. It’s a 14 team league. Lacy and Bernard were long gone in the draft.

  7. the imp says:
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    It feels like Christmas with it being draft day for me.

    Love the sentiments here. Got to know your league. Got to go with your own rankings based on said league. Got to go with the flow of the draft and league tendencies. Doing my best not to ask anymore questions to screw that preparation.

    Only a 25% I make the day without doing that. Good luck Razzballers!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Haha, good luck imp!

      • the imp says:
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        @Sky: All right didn’t last an hour, but I think it is a good question. It is a scenario that pushes the wait for QB strategy.

        Here is the scenario. 12 team 3WR/2RB/no flex PPR league with some keepers taking 1st and 2nd round drafts slots. I kept Foster at #11 overall, for #14 I’m in line to get the fourth pick of the unkept players.
        Here are the best available players in two value-based tiers

        McCoy/Green/Marshall/Brees
        Forte/Graham/Rodgers

        The QBs get a bump as pts per yard double at 300+ yards for QBs. Last year Brees was the 10th most valuable player, in 2012 he was the most valuable player in our league. His floor is roughly at Forte and Grahams ceiling. So taking Brees is a good value pick if the other tiermates are gone.

        If I pass on QB, there will likely be a run on QBs such that I would plan on picking the last starter in R7/8 turn. I won’t be able to wait for the R9/10 turn as a QB2 run usually starts in R9, so there won’t be a ton of value for waiting except that I get to work on positions with more scarcity earlier.

        Given all this:
        Where would you rank Brees in the group of McCoy/Green/Marshall/Brees/Forte/Graham?

        Thanks.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Is this a 2 QB league? I don’t understand the QB2 run part.

          I’d still draft the skill position players over Bree’s

          • the imp says:
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            @Sky: The QB2 part is not for a starter spot, but for the bench. For no good reason, bench QBs are coveted more than skill players.

            It is only relevant because it means that you can’t really wait forever for QB and get value at the position while having the benefit of working on scarce positions early. The real beauty of a late QB is when you get a reliable starter late (R9/10) and the chance to cash in on some value at the same time.

            The only “value” pick for QB in the whole draft will be when and if Brees drops to round 2. By picking Forte or Graham I get the benefit of filling a scarcer position, but at the price of 3 or 4 pts per week in pure value (most likely). That is why I think it is an interesting scenario (to me).

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              You got a weird league my man. You could always take the upside QBs late. Go after, say, Vick and maybe a Tannehill to back him up and play matchups. I still can’t get behind drafting a high end QB in this scenario, the talent is still out there; just not the ones you feel like you can trust.

              • the imp says:
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                @Sky: The take a couple QB2s strategy has lots of legs….hmm. Thanks Sky.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  No prob and good luck!

  8. btd says:
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    On the surface, your ‘Draft QBs late’ advice completely contradicts your ‘Value’ advice. Brees in round 4 has to be a value right? Well, not exactly. It’s all about the opportunity lost when drafting X position compared to the drafting Y regarding the point differential between tiers.

    Speaking of which, what are your thoughts on drafting from tiers (similar to how you did in your rankings write-ups)? Any Do’s and Don’ts that you’d add for using tiers?

    That’s something I always do. I typically take a ranking from somewhere. In the past, it had been ripped from Yahoo (the server we use). This year, I used your rankings as my base (mostly based on how we agree on Lynch and T-Rich and liked some of your thoughts on sleeper WRs – plus Razzball has done me well in baseball). Made my adjustments (like Ivory – bold on your part or Ingram – maybe bold/blind on my part), then split the rankings into tiers. The tiers help me to avoid runs and helps me game plan who to target and how many of each position I want to target. And helps me identify value when I see it.

    ‘Byes’: I use byes as a tie breaker in each tier (DMC or Miller? Who cares! Take a look at my teams byes and take the one that doesn’t match.)

    Post draft addendum to ‘Kickers & Defense’: If you did happen to draft a K and D, now is not the time to drop them to follow Sky’s DO. You have Seattle or San Fran. That’s a plus in it’s own way. You have ___ kicker, he’s probably a pretty decent kicker. Ride it out until proven otherwise.

    Post draft for ‘Roster depth’: So you drafted Graham and Jared Cook (or fill in the blank of a TE with high expectations drafted really late). Don’t just drop him. Go shopping. Float Graham on the trading block and see what offers are proposed. Throw some proposals to upgrade a position. Do a chump dump (Graham and your RB3 for an RB1 and a WR4).

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Cool man, thanks for reading!

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @btd: The value on waiting on QB stems from in a normal 1QB 12 team league there is 11 every week go to starters this year. So passing on Brees in the fourth a still makes sense if your buying into it. There’s a lot of info last few seasons about how QBs do not matter as much as the everyday fantasy player thinks.

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      @btd: Nice supplemental advice. I’m creating my own tiers this year, also using Sky’s ranking as a base, also primarily because Razzball done be so good in baseball.

      The tiers help me to know exactly what I’m trading away by going Rb/RB/RB knowing that by the end of round 4 there won’t even be any of the poor man’s WR1′s left (like amendola et al.) For example.

  9. Jon says:
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    10 team PPR auction draft with the following scoring for QB:

    Passing touchdowns 5 points;
    Sacks & INTs -2 points
    50 yards per point; 2 points at 200 yards; 3 points at 300 yards; 5 points at 400 yards

    Do QBs get a signficant bump in value?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Negative points for sacks? That’s silly. Doesn’t really change anything much. Does make pocket passers a bit more valuable then I have them in my rankings but they’re already valued differently then me on other sites. Think it’s still a little moot.

  10. Clint (aka Pablo Death) says:
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    Sky, what do you think of the idea of “throwing” bye weeks? By that, I mean, if you are really enamored with a team like the Saints, for example, and by some fluke you wind up with 2/3 of their offense starting for you midway through the draft, would you advocate drafting for value from there on as opposed to guys that could fill that week best and, basically, take it on the head that week especially if you draft others on that same bye week? I only ask because several years back, I somehow wound up coming out of the draft and first week of free agency with nearly my whole team comprised of the Seahawks the year they went to the Super Bowl vs Pitt (Hass, Alexander, Darrell Jackson, their TE, and kicker) and ran smack into that scenario. I wound up losing the week but their powerful offense carried me to a near-championship win for the season. I’m sure there’s a lot of owners that get enamored with certain offenses like that too like maybe the Broncos this year and could theoretically wind up with Peyton, one or 2 of the RB’s, Tamme, and one or 2 of the WR’s to go with Prater.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I am never that concerned with bye weeks. Not something I bother myself with. I just want the best players available and will let the chips fall where they may from there.

      I’d never suggest ‘throwing’, it just depends on how your draft shakes out whether it’s a reasonable process to entertain. I just prefer not worry about the bye week and draft talent.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Clint (aka Pablo Death): also known as “bye stacking”. some experts really adhere to this, problem is you are intentionally throwing 1 week; and assuming you’ll have these same players for that week, you may not.

  11. Brown L says:
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    Don’t Do What Donny Don’t Does!

    Just had a 12-team, 1 QB draft last night, and think I did pretty OK from the 8 slot:

    Jamaal Charles (8)
    Steven Jackson (17)
    Randall Cobb (32) — Andre Johnson was available, but I just like Cobb better
    Marques Colston (41) — Almost took Gronk here, thinking I could wait a little longer. Didn’t make it back to me.
    Russell Wilson (56) — QBs went fast in this draft, as they’re a little overpowered (+6 passing TD, +1 for 20 passing yards)
    Chris Ivory (65)
    Stevie Johnson (80)
    Pierre Thomas (89)
    Jared Cook (104)
    Ben Roethlisberger (113) — Backup QB with upside necessary, in case Seattle OL was as bad as they looked against Green Bay
    Brian Hartline (128)
    Chris Givens (137)
    Jonathan Stewart (152)
    Joique Bell (161)
    then Cleveland D and Janikowski with the last picks. Will likely try to grab someone off waivers instead of the kicker, as per your advice. Both Dallas backup RBs are available, as is Kendall Wright.

    Thanks for all your help!

    • Sky

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      Haha

      Like that team. Just needs Cobb to take that extra step and your starting WR team is very good. Nice late round RBs; both just need a little luck/health and could pan out for you.

      Not sure about the worry about a backup QB, though, especially making it Big Ben who has real O-Line issues and a bad health record. Overall, still a quality team.

  12. Frank White says:
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    Sup Sky… I was looking at a top 200 list and trying to see my availability for my 5th pick in my 12 team ppr league. So say at first a grab someone like spiller, foster, Charles or whoever and I was looking at my second pick. In that area say there was a Demarious T, fitzgerald , andre Johnson, Ridley and Alfred Morris.. Do I grab another Rb or grab a good WR and next round will be quicker and I can grab Sprolles, Lamar Miller, Wilson or if I already picked an Rb in the 2nd there would be a cruz, Vincent Jackson?? Also on the 4th round it looks like Garcon, Bowe and Welker would be there

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Don’t mind DT there but would take Morris if he weren’t, which is according to my rankings.

      There’s a lot of rambling here and it’s hard to discern what your question is. I like RB/RB, depends on the value of the players involved. Could go RB/WR/RB if the value of the WR is right. Don’t mind Cruz in the 3rd but again, that’s according to my rankings and what I’ve said on some of these guys. I’ve made a lot of my likes/dislikes in my rankings pretty clear at this point.

      • Frank White says:
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        Actually instead of all these questions, Where are your rankings?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          They’re under the tab ‘Rankings’.

        • Frank White says:
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          Also, Do you guys have room for one more in any of your leagues??

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            You should hit up the link I put up for the RCLs to find out.

  13. Frank White says:
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    Basically should I grab 3 starting RB’s within 5 rounds, grab 2 WR then keep going cause they’re great receivers n back up Rb’s way down the line and I can always wait till way later to grab a Russel Wilson right??? Or grab a better QB earlier if I can? I always thought you said that was a waste right?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      If you can, grab 3 in the first 5.

      You’re asking me a question about where and when to grab a QB on an article where I specifically mention where and when to draft a QB…

  14. David says:
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    I’ve been offered Doug Martin and Cecil Shorts for my CJ Spiller and Pierre Garcon.

    Non PPR 10 Team H2H league….take?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’ll stay with the Muscle Hamster there.

  15. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Nice work…and I feel you on bye weeks. I pay absolutely no attention to them when drafting.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks and agree. It’s overkill to worry abou them.

  16. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Also, I think for some reason too many don’t pay attention to settings. One guy spent a ton on Welker…his reason was the ppr. In that leage it’s only 0.25…plus DT and Decker gotta get fed.
    Congrats on ridiculously overpaying for who is essentially going to be Antonio Brown. Maybe he knew the settings and is just an idiot…knowing this guy the later is prob correct.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Haha, it’s funny how that works out. Yeah he probably doesn’t even know he’s a Bronco

  17. Spencer says:
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    I drafted Denarious Moore and Malcolm Floyd close to the end of my draft, just to add WR depth. Do you think I would be in better shape to replace those 2 with Kenbrell Thompkins and Justin Blackmon? The league is 10 teams, 1 point/10 yards, 6 point TD

    • Sky

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      I would do that. Your bench is about upside. Neither of those guys provide that for your bench.

  18. Kevin says:
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    Hey Sky. Im in a 12 team 0.5 PPR league. I was offered cam Newton, Ivory, Dwyer for Russell Wilson and Reggie Bush. I’m worried about Wilson this year. I dont trust him. Do I make this trade? I have Rice and Ridley as my other backs. Bush is a flex to go along with Marshall, Amendola and Colston at receiver. Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d stick with the Wilson side

  19. Exactly says:
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    12 team 2 WR 2 RB and a flex, I’m picking 2nd. Thinking about starting off with Martin and grabbing gore and mjd with my next 2 picks. If Demaryious is there would you grab him instead of one of those guys?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I have DT ahead of both in my rankings so yes

    • Moose Out Front says:
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      @Exactly: I have the same pick and league settings, except 0.5 PPR.

      At 23 I’m hoping DT is there so I don’t have to take MJD. Then at pick 26 I’m assuming I’ll be choosing Gore over Andre Johnson.

      I expect picks 47 and 50 to make or break me. Looking for these guys there in this order: Bush, Sproles, Gronk, Wilson, Amendola, Bradshaw, Lacy, Miller, Ivory.

      For whatever reason I just don’t expect Bradshaw, Lacy, or Ivory to fall to 71 in spite of their yahoo ADP being lower than that.

  20. The Episode of Growing Pains Where Mike Thought Boner Did Cocaine in the Bathroom says:
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    I have the second pick in a 10 team ppr, 1qb, 2rb, 3wr, 1te, 1k, 1d
    What do you think about punting rb the first three rounds and grabbing Calvin in the first, Fitz in the second, and a Thomas, Roddy, Andre Johnson, or Julio in the third. Everybody is going running back crazy. Is this doable?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Depends who falls to you. Not a route I would take unless you’re ok with Lacy being your RB1

  21. Scott says:
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    Sky

    I’ve been living by your do’s and dont’s for the past few years and have been very successful because of them. Want to get your thoughts about a very obscure scenario that has little chance of realization, but it’s not quite the “if I get AP #1, will Calvin Johnson be there at #24 type question.”

    So I’m in a 12 team, 0.5 PPR league, where the flex position is WR/RB/TE. I agree with your comment about drafting backup TE’s, but many people do in my league because of the FLEX. The only combination of two TE’s that I would consider drafting is Graham & Gronk. Now in many years, that is near impossible to do, but do to Gronk’s injury this year this might come to fruition. So here’s my crazy scenario:

    You’re drafting late (10, 11, 12 spot), would it be downright outrageous to grab the best available RB in rounds 1 and 3 with Graham and Gronk in rounds 2 and 4? That will leave you scrambling for WR (probably Mike Wallace and below in your rankings). But you can use those 5th – 9th round picks on Wallace, TY Hilton, Givens, Thompkins types and then grab your QB late.

    What are your thoughts on this crazy scenario?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      It’s an overkill pick. Your flex could be filled by an RB and plenty of TE talent will be on FA. It looks like a ‘ill make a trade later’ draft pick, not one I’d do.

  22. quimmy says:
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    Thoughts on my team from 12 Team PPR last night:

    QB- Cam
    RB – Shady
    RB – Sproles
    WR – D.Thomas
    WR – Colston
    Flex – J.Nelson
    TE – Cameron
    DST – Cardinals
    K – Who Cares
    Bench – B.Tate, A.Bradshaw, K.Thompkins, A.Jeffrey, EJ Manuel, M.Lewis

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      It’s a decent team. Probably would’ve taken one more RB but from the looks of it, you took Cam and it left you out of the running for a guy like Lamar where you could take Bradshaw as your 4th. Main reason why I haven’t drafted Cam this year. Also wouldn’t have drafted a backup QB in your situation given that you have Cam; could’ve been one more upside flier for your bench. That said, like Thompkins/Jeffrey for your bench. Not sure about the Lewis pickup. Again, like your backup QB, you didn’t need to do that. You just need some bench WRs to pan out so you can trade from strength and up your RB core.

  23. Shoop Da Whoop says:
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    20 team PPR league, 3 WR, 2 RB, 1 flex. Gotta dump Baldwin and Chandler for Christine Michael and Pettis, right? Or do you think Baldwin turns into something?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I think Baldwin has a long road ahead of him and I’ve lost faith. I’d do those moves.

  24. Mitch says:
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    Great columns. Will you be updating your rankings at all? Our draft is next Tues night and want to go in with the most up-to-date info. Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I will be; plan a final go of it this weekend with hopefully some minor tweaks this week if I have time.

  25. G says:
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    Drop Cameron for deangelo or Christine Michael? I have Levon bell to drop as well but wanna hold into him since injury may not be as bad. Thoughtss

  26. G says:
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    Btw Cameron is on my bench with cook as starter

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Go for it; DeAngelo

  27. Big Magoo says:
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    Be careful about waiting too long for a QB. I got stuck with Cutler, Dalton, and Palmer in one league. But I was able to assemble a roster of AP, MJD, Lamar Miller, Bradshaw, and Vereen at RB and Bryant, Amendola, Nelson, and Gordon at WR.

    Draft value and don’t reach just because others are. Good advice, Sky. Almost as good as Berry’s draft manifesto (I keed – don’t follow that, anybody).

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hahaha, I haven’t even read it, re: Berry.

      I think it depends on how bad you think that setup is. It’ll lack the consistency you’d want but eventually, you should be able to trade from strength if you need it. That roster of yours I like a lot.

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @Sky: It’s a 1 QB league with standard scoring (4pts per passing TD, etc.). At the 6-7 swing (I had the #1 slot), I grabbed Bradshaw and Nelson, thinking that one of Wilson, Romo, or Luck would fall to my next pick. None did. People started grabbing backup QBs in the 7th and 8th rounds. Crazy. So I grabbed three #2 QB types and plan to play matchups, barring a trade. I’d be ok with doing that in this setup if forced to.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yep, definitely. And let’s not forget guys like Freeman and Dalton were top 12 QBs to start the year. It’s just so much easier in 1QB leagues to find a good QB from the ‘dregs’ then it is to do so from the RB/WR sets. Good luck!

    • Moose Out Front says:
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      @Big Magoo: I just saw my future and it gave me anxiety. All my RB depth will be going about the time that the schmucks in my league start grabbing back-up QB’s. I’ve decided that most scenarios will end up with Jay smoking Cutler as my friggin QB1 this season. Yuck but bring it.

  28. Johnny Hammersticks says:
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    Thoughts? 12 team, regular roster with 1 flex, .5 ppr

    Luck
    Martin
    Richardson
    Roddy
    Cruz
    Vareen
    Olsen
    Browns

    Steve smith
    Gordon
    Pierce
    Daryl Richardson
    Woodhead
    Malcolm Floyd

    Thanks bruh!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Not that hip on Olsen, personally, but outside of that there’s a lot I like about your team. Like Richardson on the bench to go with Woodhead, especially in a PPR. Solid looking team, should be competitive.

    • Hotrod says:
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      @Johnny Hammersticks: how the hell did you manage to get Martin & Richardson?

      • Johnny Hammersticks says:
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        @Hotrod:

        Keeper league…

  29. James says:
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    12-team PPR
    1QB, 2RB, 2WR, 1 WR/TE flex

    Since it’s a non-standard flex position, a TE isn’t even required in this league.
    I have Graham anyway, but my question is: Should I dump Greg Olsen for Helu?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yup, do it; you’ll never start him.

  30. Allen says:
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    Sky I am looking at making a couple tweaks to my bench. I have olsen and daniels at TE, not sure why I did that but it happened. Would u drop daniels for a guy like wheaton? Also I want to pickup joique bell to handcuff reggie, would u drop moreno or bryce brown for him? Also is bilal powell more valuable then moreno or bryce brown? Bilal is sitting on waiver.

    Thanks Sky.

    Ps…I hope your wrong about antonio brown and. James jones this year!! I get ur hesitation as far as upside but well see!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, we will indeed.

      I’d drop either for Wheaton. They’re same tier kinda guys for me and replaceable. I’d hold with the RBs you have for now.

  31. Adam Jonesin says:
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    Hey Sky, my draft was a while ago and there are some intriguing players available as FAs. I’m thinking of dropping Jon Stewart and LeGarrette Blount for some of that upside action. Can you give my your top 2 or 3 of these guys that you think might actually provide some fantasy relevance:
    RBs: Joique Bell, Knile Davis, Christine Michael
    WRs: Alshon Jeffery, Kenny Stills, Cordarrelle Patterson, Markus Wheaton
    Thanks a lot!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Alshon and Joique for those two would make a lot of sense. Patterson/Wheaton/Michael would be my next three.

  32. Steve says:
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    Thoughts on 10 team standard
    Wilson Romo
    T Rich McCoy L miller D Wilson Darly Rich
    Andre Johnson,Garçon,Gordon,Randle,Blackmon
    Finley
    patriots steelers
    zeurlien

    • Adam Jonesin says:
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      @Steve: I’m no Sky, but I definitely wouldn’t own 2 defenses in a 10-team league

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d have to assume this is a mock like your other two. Pretty hard to get T-Rich and McCoy on the same team. Looks decent overall, WRs need Randle to pan out due to Gordon/Blackmon suspensions. Overall not bad but as per usual, don’t understand why you draft 2 defenses.

  33. Lakitu says:
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    Sky – I started with razzball baseball, but am coming to the dark side. Keep the good columns and rankings coming. My draft was this past Sunday. 12-team PPR auction draft. Drafted with a bunch of dummies. Managed this:

    QB – Andrew Luck
    RB – Adrian Peterson
    RB – Reggie Bush
    WR – Randall Cobb
    WR – Victor Cruz
    TE – Greg Olsen
    FLEX – Pierre Garcon
    DEF – Pats
    K – D. Akers

    BENCH–
    RBs – Daryl Richardson, Shane Vereen, Danny Woodhead
    WR – Cecil Shorts, Miles Austin, Chris Givens
    TE – Jermichael Finley

    OK… I committed to one of your “Donts” in that I drafted both Olsen and Finley. Being that I have a traditional (RB/WR/TE) flex spot, I could plug in either TE. At least that was my thinking. How’d I do, overall?

    BTW – The guy I am playing in week 1 auto-drafted the auction. Ended up with CJ Spiller, Arian Foster, AND Ray Rice! (and then had to fill the rest of his team for like 25 bucks.. His QB is Ben Roethlisberger and he is starting Malcolm Floyd.. Serves him right)

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Nice looking team overall but two TEs could’ve just as easily been one more RB and a few more WRs later in the draft. That’s why is say you don’t need more then one. Not many weeks you’re gonna start two TEs even with a flex.

      Ouch about the autodrafter. Hurts even more in auction.

  34. bill says:
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    would you do this trade?

    Trade:
    Graham
    SJax
    Ivory (on my bench)

    Get:
    Trent
    VD

    I have Kap, Forte, Murray, Fitz, Nicks, Andre Johnson for starters…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I don’t see the upside of that trade for you.

  35. bb says:
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    i have the 7th pick in a 16 team league that starts qb 2rb 2wr te. would you take gronk if he fell to the 5th round? thinking about starting the draft off rb/rb/wr/wr then taking gronk if he’s there then grabbing a qb like roethlisberger late. Also wondering where would Cam have to fall to for you to take him? thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Cam’s probably not gonna fall to me, I’ve accepted that. I’d take him in the 5th but I haven’t seen him fall that far and it would depend on what I have on my team at that point in terms of RB whether I’d even do it there.

      I have no problem taking a chance on Gronk there. Think his discount will leave people kicking themselves come December.

  36. RP says:
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    I draft tonight and my eyes are almost bleeding from looking at rankingss throughout the fantasy football universe for the past 24hours. This is it for me. What you say is final for me.

    12-team .5 PPR with QB – RB – WR- WR – WR/RB – WR/TE -DST – K
    My 2 Keepers: Forte and S. Jax

    I have 2 picks in 1st round.

    Seing that I have Forte at RB and S. Jax as a Flex, in what order would you draft these players: Dez, Marshall, AJ Green, D. Thomas, Graham, R. Bush?

    Thank you!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Take any of those two WRs. Have them all in the same tier, hard to pick. I’ll say Dez and Green for today.

  37. Steve says:
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    League rules can only have 5rb and 5wr
    So when hit limit I look for another defense
    Thanks for thoughts !

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Gotcha.

  38. frankgrimes says:
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    Harris on IR. Lacy alert!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, I already have Lacy ranked the 27th RB. I haven’t listened to GB about their depth chart all summer. Liars, all of’um!

  39. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    14-teamer. Which bench WR and RB would you rather have?
    Sanu or Robert Woods
    Blount or Ryan Williams

  40. Draft Went way wrong says:
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    I drafted this team.. Not feeling so hot how it turned out. 12 team H2H standard league 6pts for td’s.

    Qb: Rothlisberger
    Rb Charles
    Rb Bush
    Rb/Wr Green-Ellis
    Wr Marshall
    Wr Amendola
    Te Gronk
    D Browns
    K Hartley
    Bench Britt, D. RIchardson, V. Brown, Franklin, J. Gordon, Woodhead.

    Please make me feel better or give me the bad news. It will be a long painful season.

    No clue.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Not really big on BJGE but you have D-Rich on your bench. He’s more likely your weekly flex. Franklin might’ve been a wasted pick, I don’t see GB utilizing him without a Lacy injury. You’ll need to drop someone so you can stream a TE for the time Gronk isn’t available. That said, it doesn’t look like a bad team but given the layout, I’m a little surprised you couldn’t get at least Romo or Vick at QB. Not a deal breaker, just need Big Ben to really pan out. Again, not a bad team but has a few question marks for me.

      • No clue says:
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        @Sky: @Sky:

        Sorry it is a 14 team H2H. Does that make it any better??

        Thanks and I love your posts!!! Great read.

        BB

        • No clue says:
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          @No clue:

          I have Cameron al my TE to help until Gronk gets back!!!

          BB

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @No clue: Ah gotcha, that does change things a bit. 14 teamers always leave some position shallow. Good team.

  41. Jay Massey says:
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    QB
    Stafford, Matthew
    (QB) DET MIN
    Sun 1:00pm 9 369 254.0 416.2 28th 99% 87%
    RB
    Martin, Doug
    (RB) TB @NYJ
    Sun 1:00pm 5 259 246.0 235.4 21st 100% 98%
    RB
    Richardson, Trent
    (RB) CLE MIA
    Sun 1:00pm 10 187 187.0 227 13th 99% 91%
    RB-WR-TE
    Richardson, Daryl
    (RB) STL ARI
    Sun 4:25pm 11 46 46.0 128.6 23rd 75% 27%
    WR-TE
    Bryant, Dez
    (WR-TE) DAL NYG Dome
    Sun 8:30pm 11 209 139.0 198.4 28th 100% 100%
    WR-TE
    Thompkins, Kenbrell
    (WR-TE) NE @BUF
    Sun 1:00pm 10 — 0.0 115.2 16th 51% 9%
    DST
    Bears
    (DST) CHI CIN
    Sun 1:00pm 8 — 0.0 214.7 16th 99% 94%
    K
    Walsh, Blair
    (K) MIN @DET Dome
    Sun 1:00pm 5 170 145.0 133.1 27th 85% 70%

    Bench (QB)
    Roethlisberger, Ben
    (QB) PIT TEN
    Sun 1:00pm 5 274 242.0 281.2 25th 86% 17%
    Bench (RB)
    Bernard, Giovani
    (RB) CIN @CHI
    Sun 1:00pm 12 — 0.0 142.6 2nd 60% 28%
    Bench (RB)
    Thomas, Daniel
    (RB) MIA @CLE
    Sun 1:00pm 6 52 50.0 72.4 24th 46% 3%
    Bench (RB-WR-TE)
    Dobson, Aaron
    (RB-WR-TE) NE @BUF
    Sun 1:00pm 10 — 0.0 87.6 16th 24% 1%
    Bench (RB-WR-TE)
    Patterson, Cordarrelle
    (RB-WR-TE) MIN @DET Dome
    Sun 1:00pm 5 — 0.0 88.8 25th 32% 2%
    Bench (RB-WR-TE)
    Vereen, Shane
    (RB) NE @BUF
    Sun 1:00pm 10 83 40.0 136.2 31st 71% 22%
    Bench (RB-WR-TE)
    Williams, Mike
    (RB-WR-TE) TB @NYJ
    Sun 1:00pm 5 154 128.0 126.8 3rd 98% 35%
    Bench (WR-TE)
    Jones, James
    (WR-TE) GB @SF
    Sun 4:25pm 4 174 120.0 138.8 10th 100% 59%

    Active: 8, Reserve: 8

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Um…if you want me to review, a bit cleaner view would be appreciated.

      • Jay Massey says:
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        @Sky:
        I just copied and pasted it from my lineup!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah, with all the percentages and numbers/sit/start. If you wanna copy and paste, probably better from your draft results tab…

  42. Dave says:
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    Hey sky, its the guy who hopes you’re wrong about antonio brown lol

    Someone in my league needs an rb and wondering if I should trade him Daryl Richardson for TY Hilton to upgrade my WR’s or don’t do it to keep the RB depth? This could be a steal if TY becomes elite as some people predict but there’s also the downside of him not even starting.

    My WR’s are Dez, Antonio Brown, Boldin, Tavon Austin, Kenbrell, and Deandre Hopkins.
    RB’s are AP, Ridley, Lacy, Daryl Rich, and Ingram

    Thanks again!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      As much as I like Hilton, I think he actually went cheaper in drafts then D-Rich. You’re kinda trading down. I think you need to see what you have before you make any major moves, especially with your young WRs. Hold for now.

      • Dave says:
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        @Sky: Ok thanks I just see people on fantasy analysts on twitter saying TY has elite talent and get tempted to do it before he breaks out but I agree.

        • Dave says:
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          @Dave: Wow that sentence looks bad fantasy analysts on twitter, I need some coffee

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Haha, does look a bit like twitter porn no one wants to see…

            • Dave says:
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              @Sky: Why you never yell out TY Hilton is elite when people are on top of…. Ok ok never mind

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Haha, no one can hear me at the bottom of the pile!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah, and I’m with them but there’s lots of similar sentiments about D-Rich. In the end, I think you can still get in if you want to, that’s the only reason I suggest holding.

  43. Prezi says:
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    Im joining an RCL! Looks like you guys are running fairly slim..

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      THanks Prezi! Take’um Gangnam Style!

      • Prezi says:
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        Im in there, like swimwear.. BLongs league. Oppan!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Prezi: Heyyyy, sexy prezi!

  44. Jay Massey says:
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    Stafford
    D. Martin
    T. Richardson
    Dez. Bryant
    James Jones
    D. Richardson
    Bears def.
    Walsh kicker
    bench:
    S. Vereen
    G. Bernard
    M. Willams TB
    Kenbrell Thompkins
    A. Dobson
    C. Patterson
    Daniel Thomas
    B. Roethlisberger
    What you think?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks Jay!

      Not a big James Jones guy but you have good depth at WR, so it’s hard to be against it. Probably didn’t need to draft a backup QB unless you have roster limits at other positions. Overall, team looks solid and should be competitive this year.

      • Jay Massey says:
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        @Sky:
        I’m actually thinking about starting Knbrell Thompkins instead of J. Jones week 1. I think he’s going to be really good with Brady and Bufalo’s def. Thoughts?

        • Jay Massey says:
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          @Jay Massey:
          Kenbrell

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          It’s possible, I haven’t really looked at where guys should be ranked for the coming week. My weekly rankings start next Thursday before the game starts.

    • Jay Massey says:
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      @Jay Massey:
      12 team standard 1 keeper league!

  45. Cole says:
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    great stuff as always sky…for standards leagues, I couldn’t agree with you more on everything

    any thoughts on my 2QB/2RB/3WR/1TE/2flex league…10 teams, ppr, 6 for all tds, 20/1pt return yds

    I wanted to hit qb and rb strong, and try to find breakout wrs
    RG3
    Russell Wilson
    AP
    Sjax
    Sproles
    Vereen
    Pierre Garcon
    Tavon Austin
    Lance Moore
    Emmanuel Sanders
    Golden Tate
    Michael Floyd
    Kendell Thompkins
    Gronk
    Jared Cook

    what do you think?…does my strength at QB, RB, & TE make up for my WRs?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Surprised you got RG3/RW3 and AP. That’s a nice haul. SJax I like a lot as well. You’ll really need some of your WRs to hit big. Garcon has WR1 upside but there are some question marks there. Hopefully it pans out for you. Gronk/Cook coupling will be nice for you. Might be able to trade from strength from there soon. Solid 2QB team there!

      • Cole says:
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        @Sky: appreciate it sky!…I agree, if garcon can stay healthy, tavon does both kick and punt returns along with slot duties…and 1 or 2 of the other WRs can give me WR3 value, I think i’ll do great

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          No prob and I agree; just needs a few guys to play above their ADP and it’s a really good team.

  46. Chris says:
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    Sky, 10 team PPR with 6 pt passing TDs, how’s my team?

    QB – Russell Wilson
    RB – Jamaal Charles
    RB – Reggie Bush
    WR – AJ Green
    WR – Hakeem Nicks
    WR – Pierre Garcon
    TE – Jimmy Graham
    K – Greg Zuerlein
    D – Denver

    Bench – Eli Manning, Eddie Lacy, Gio Bernard, Knile Davis,
    Kenbrell Thompkins, Josh Gordon, Michael Floyd

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Reasonable depth at RB; probably would’ve liked another starter over a handcuff but that’s personal preference. Not a huge Hakeem fan nor a fan of drafting a backup QB in a league your size but it didn’t seem to hurt your draft overall. All and all, not a bad draft, should be competitive.

  47. Giant Gigantes says:
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    Hey Sky,
    I have my big draft tomorrow with a weird scoring system basically it’s pts for the distance of a TD and nothing for overall yards. For a RB, a one yard TD is 5 while a 30+ TD is worth 15. Similar for QBS and WRS. Kicker scoring is standard which is way more valuable in this league when teams only avg. 50 pts/week.
    Do u have any tips and if u could who would be your top 12?
    THANKS
    100 yds and 0 TD=0!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Uhhh, my suggestion is to play in a better league. That scoring system makes a fantasy sport that’s already heavily luck driven even moreso. There’s really nothing I can tell you other then go after guys who project for 10+ TDs or have high RZ stats.

      • Giant Gigantes says:
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        @Sky: yeah it’s a bunch of old dudes that don’t wanna change the rules but I think they’re finally gonna change it next year

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Damn old dudes!

          If anything, getting rid of TDs for scores makes way more sense then that. How flipping random most weeks must be…has zero to do with strategy there.

          • Giant Gigantes says:
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            @Sky: Don’t mention “PPR” their heads might explode!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @Giant Gigantes: Back in my day, we had to carry the paper up hill both ways to determine who won their fantasy league.

  48. Thom says:
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    10 team Non-PPR

    Ryan, Bradford

    Martin, Forte, Tate, Powell, Vereen, Bernard

    B. Marshall, Amendola, Decker, T. Austin, Broyles, Hartline

    Cook

    Plan on steaming defenses but picked up TB for Week 1 v. Jets

    Need to drop 1 for a kicker and am struggling. Thinking Broyles or Vereen.

    Any thoughts?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Is this a 2QB league? If not, for a 10 teamer, you really don’t need a backup QB. That’s who I’d drop.

      Team looks reasonable. Plenty of depth at WR/RB. Nice work!

      • Thom says:
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        @Sky: Nah. 1 QB. Never thought to look at it that way. Thanks!

        One other question. And it may be a stupid one. Do you play recommended matchups week in and week out? For instance, would I sit Martin vs. Seattle for a more favorable matchup? Like Bernard or Tate if either is a starter at that point?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          In general, I don’t; you draft those guys for a reason and that’s because they play above that enough that they retain value. The matchup would have to be a no-brainer AND they couldn’t be a weekly flex option play like I consider Tate/Bernard to be.

          • Thom says:
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            @Sky: Thanks again! Really enjoy the site…

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              No prob, glad to hear it!

  49. Jason says:
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    Hey Sky, everything is standard in our league except for QB scoring. TD’s are 6 pts instead of the standard 4. Should I move up QB draft to R4?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Follow the way your league drafts. If there’s a major run and you want a top 12, jump in. On the surface, however, it wouldn’t change my draft strategy overall.

  50. Jack Full O' Hate says:
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    I drank a lot of your Kool Aid in my first draft, I’m loyal like that, but now I shouldn’t of?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Just making sure everyone drafts for their team with their own opinions formulated rather then blindly following. Your Kool Aid I made special. It was electric.

      • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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        @Sky: well that would explain why your avatar speaks to me

  51. Jay says:
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    10-team league: my team is Russell Wilson, Bradford// RB: Trent Richardson, Lamar Miller, Ivory, Bradshaw, Bell, Joseph Randle, and Knowshon Moreno. WR: Dez Bryant, Stevie Johson, Cecil Shorts, Chris Givens, Kendall Wright.

    I’ve been offered Megatron for Richardson. Our scoring is 0.5 PPR. Should I take this trade???

    • Jay says:
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      @Jay: Also, we start 3 WR’s plus a flex. The trade would put me at a huge disadvantage at the RB spot, but I feel like if I needed to down the road I could trade Dez or even Megatron for a solid RB.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d prefer to keep the depth you have, especially with a flex. Your WRs look fine, no direct need for an upgrade.

  52. RP says:
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    Marshall or D. Thomas in .5 PPR?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Same tier, same player to me. I guess Marshall.

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @RP: all this Marshall injury stuff would lean me towards DT

  53. Bonghuetz says:
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    I caught the veiled reference to me in the Strength of Schedule section, though I would hardly characterize myself as a DMC supporter. Just offering the contrarian position on DMC as I have yet to find a fantasy “expert” who expresses anything less than pure hatred for the man. Perhaps because I have never been a DMC owner, I haven’t been jaded yet. Kind of like thinking chlamydia isn’t that bad until you’ve had it (or so I’ve heard)…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha!

      Was simply using the scenario. Wasn’t aiming to call you out. And it’s easier to say ‘supporter’ then ‘guy who had a curious scenario in which he brought up DMC and his schedule’. Flowed better. I do think the experience sours you. I’ve owned him once before and hated the experience but like I said, I stay agnostic. He just has to go at the right price to make me interested; he just never does.

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Bonghuetz: new offensive scheme could be good for him and Pryor starting helps him too. obviously talent is there but staying healthy and that Oline are the issues. I don’t think it’s the hard to let him be someone else’s problem. There are other risk/reward players I’d rather pick.

  54. Jay says:
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    For a 14 man standard league, with the 13th pick my plan was to take two rb’s. However, when it’s time for me to select a WR, there are always questionable ones like Nicks, Garcon, Brown available but no real WR1′s I can rely on. I am tempted to take a RB with Dez, and wait on guys like Wilson, L. Miller, Bernard, Lacy, Matthews, Murray so at least I can come away with 2 decent rb options with a solid WR1. You think it’s too risky?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      The draft will tell you more on whether its risky or not by flow. Both routes are reasonable it just depends on what value is there at RB when your turn comes up

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Jay: whatever you do don’t take Steven Jackson

  55. sange da man says:
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    12 team standard keeper

    Ive read the rankings and adps and such…If AP goes 1 and martin is another teams keeper….what have you seen/heard out of Spiller/ Trich/ McCoy to take at #2…..I know u like Charles but not a ppr so not sure if the tds will be there….great read as usual

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks! I still think I’d stick to my rankings there and take Jamaal.

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @sange da man: Richardson for sure

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @frankgrimes: let me elaborate since I’m bored
        Richardson younger
        one of the best O~lines
        Had 11 TDs last year should have more this year (I predict 17)
        Norv Turner
        Plays hurt
        I like Charles too but
        hate Reid play calling especially near goal line
        call me crazy but I believe t rich should be the number two ranked RB in fantasy this year

  56. Wilsonian says:
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    Just wondering the Sky/Razzball grade of this draft. Yahoo gave me a B. We keep two and I kept Dez and Graham. It’s a SHALLOW 8 team league, and it’s just a local friends and family, but money is on the line so it’s competitive. I was picking from the 6th slot. It’s a 0.5 PPR and there are some random bonuses at yards reached per game, but I’m just wondering the overall thought.

    QB – Wilson
    WR – Dez
    WR – Green
    WR – Garcon
    RB – Forte
    RB – Gore
    TE – Graham
    W/R – Wilson
    W/R/T – Decker
    DEF – HOU
    K – Prater
    D – Tillman
    D – D.Johnson
    BN – Romo
    BN – Richardson
    BN – Giovani
    BN – Andre Brown
    BN – Buc Williams
    BN – Hartline

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian: really thinking about cutting someone for Thompkins, too. I know it’s the preseason, but he’s looking like Brady’s butt buddy now.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Wilsonian: Team looks really good; weird you have Romo and Wilson. Could be a trade move coming in your future. You can drop Hartline; no one will rush to pick him up.

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Sky: you think I should burn my #3 waiver on Thompkins? And thanks for the input. I was relatively happy with this squad on paper, but who knows with it being foosball and the shallow league is volatile as all get out, there are so many backup RBs that I could weasel my way into a starter with one injury.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @Wilsonian: Think RB would be something you’ll wanna spend your waivers on. Like Thompkins but still think he’s far from needing a waiver add.

            • Wilsonian says:
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              @Sky: thanks. I’ll hold off. If he clears on Friday I’ll pick him up for Hartline. I’ve got my eye on some RBs to watch, although with our relatively deep rosters, there isn’t a TON available.

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Yeah, that’s the bittersweet part about deep rosters: you gotta grab what you like and then hope for injuries to make your roster fatten up.

                • Wilsonian says:
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                  @Sky: yup, I’m praying for a Lynch injury so I can have a chick on my fake football team.

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    Don’t pray too loudly, I own Lynch everywhere!

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Sky: and I took Wilson as my starter and took Romo late when most teams had 2 QBs already. For example, one team has Cam and Kaep, another has Rodgers and Stafford, anther Manning and Vick, Ryan and RG3, so I just kind of went with the flow. I really like Wilson this year. I could be WAY off, but I think he ends up where Cam was last year.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            I love Wilson for both real and fantasy football so I’m with you there. Just seems weird to own backup QBs in these circumstances is all; 8 teamers always leave you looking stacked for sure.

            • Wilsonian says:
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              @Sky: and yeah, I typically wouldn’t have a backup QB, but everyone in this league has one, so I joined in the fun as there isn’t a TON on the WW (Bradford, Dalton, Flacco, Freeman, Rivers, Sqwab). Plus, as much as I love Wilson, he is still young and it makes me feel a little better having a relatively proven backup just in case shizz goes south. Which is why I didn’t want RG3 or Kaep as my backup, they’re kind of the same boat as Wilson.

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Right, understandable. Though that’s not a bad crop to fall back on, they just might be boring.

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Wilsonian: F for being in 8 team league haha

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @frankgrimes: GRIMEY! I do play in three leagues, two are 12ers and this one is the 8. This is the one for money, though, as it’s a bunch of high school buddies and my Pops. I think it’s more difficult than some of the 12 teamers because you get so reliant on beating everyone else to the punch on the waiver wire. There are a lot of backup RBs on the wire that could jump into the starting spot with one injury, so you gotta be quick on the draw.

  57. The Fridge says:
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    Which side do you like DJax/Gore or AJohnson/McFadden?

  58. Jason says:
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    ok Sky… how bad did I screw up? (standard 12 team 10th pick)

    QB Wilson, Russell (QB SEA)
    RB Jones-Drew, Maurice (RB JAC)
    RB Lynch, Marshawn (RB SEA)
    WR Marshall, Brandon (WR CHI)
    WR Hilton, T.Y. (WR IND)
    TE Gronkowski, Rob (TE NE)
    RB-WR-TE Vereen, Shane (RB NE)
    K Dawson, Phil (K SF)
    DST Colts (DST IND)
    RES Hartline, Brian (WR MIA)
    RES Jackson, Fred (RB BUF)
    RES Johnson, Steve (WR BUF)
    RES Rudolph, Kyle (TE MIN)

    • Sky

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      @Jason: Team looks decent. Would’ve liked one more starter at RB for your bench and I don’t know if I’m that high on Vereen in a standard vs a PPR setting. Your starting lineup looks good, just worried about your bench at this stage.

  59. the imp says:
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    Well enjoyed my draft until somebody improbably took Tate one pick before I was going to take him.
    Here is the team (PPR)
    Foster, Forte, Vareen, Bradshaw
    Griffin, Vick
    Cobb, Amendola, Nicks, Gordon
    Olsen
    Falcons
    fricking kicker

    Would you make a trade offer to the Tate owner or truly role the dice?

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @the imp: no

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Not a fan of a few of your guys (Nicks/Olsen) nor am I big on backup QBs for standard leagues. That said your team looks fine. I wouldn’t make a trade for a backup RB.

      • the imp says:
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        @Sky: Thanks guys. We’ll see how it goes.

        • frankgrimes says:
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          @the imp: you have some short ass bench so there will be some waiver magic available when time comes

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            @frankgrimes: Yup. Only 2RBs allowed to be on it too. This is not a league that rewards draft day preparation. Almost no handcuff backs are owned, so the RB situation is always in flux.

      • the imp says:
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        @Sky: LOL on not picking your guys.
        I got at least 2 of your flatliners (Foster, #11 overall) and Nicks (6th round). I had Nicks graded as an early 4th rounder, so I couldn’t resist when my top 5 TEs were gone and the RBs sucked at that pick.
        Olsen just fell to me in rnd 11, but I regret not picking Cook or Cameron who were also available by then. I wanted a top 5 TE, but they were gone by my 5th round pick.
        I took Vick in case RG3 wasn’t cleared to start week 1 (which his is as of this morning).

        I think Vick has major potential in the new offense, but would you rather have Broyles as a WR5 for this team?
        He is the only player I really like at WR left on the wire and I can’t carry a 5th RB by league rules.

        • Sky

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          @the imp: Nah, you can hold onto him; I get your reasoning I’m just assuming Vick went higher then a week 1 filler is all. I’m a huge Vick/Eagle supporter for that offense and have been all off-season.

          For me, I don’t mind taking a TE after the 10th round this year but some feel just safe without upside and Olsen is one of those guys. In the end, it’s TE; you’ll be able to make some moves if he doesn’t perform.

          I wasn’t against where you got Foster, actually, I just don’t like his pricetag in most drafts. Don’t think he lives up to being a top 3 back is all and has risk associated. Nicks just needs to stay healthy. I’m just not a major supporter of WRs who have constant, nagging injuries. They’re just frustrating to own.

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            @Sky: Yeah, Vick was rated #20 by CBS, so I could get him as the 18th QB off the board.
            I got RG3 as the 14th QB off the board…though it was in Rnd 8 and almost didn’t happen since 2 teams went with an early QB2 in round 7 !?!?!?! (one was a new player roughly autodrafting, but the other was the league champion Luck owner who wanted to get Romo too.)
            With 22 QBs owned for now, holding to see what Vick has got makes sense.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              That’s crazy about those rankings on so many levels! RG3 14th? Vick 18th? I’m guessing Flacco was 12th.

              Yeah, makes sense to hold and see what you have.

              • the imp says:
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                @Sky: Crazy is right, yet somehow I still ended up in next to last place last year….sigh.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Bah, it’s always a crapshoot with fantasy football. All it takes is an injury here and a couple of bad weeks there and you’re starting 0-4 or 4-0. How’d you fair, pointwise?

                  • the imp says:
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                    @Sky: Meh points, bottom half for sure.
                    That drafted team got injured (Murray, Jennings, Nicks, Bowe) and did not play at a high level / cut by his team (Bowe, VDavis, Titus Young (anyone still remember him!)) as I had hoped. I traded for DMC using material I scrounged from the waiver wire (FJax and LMoore) and that didn’t work either.
                    Snakebitten to make up for the lucky year I had the year before as a new player who had no clue.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      It happens to the best of us. That’s totally up the Fantasy Football Gods alley to bone you at every turn sometimes.

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                      @the imp: the cops, and lawyers, won’t be forgetting titus young sr. any time soon.

  60. Ron says:
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    12-team .5PPR league. I accidentally got caught with an autopick in round 5 and missed out on Cam, Ryan, Stafford and Romo because of it. Needledd to say, I was PISSED! With that aside, how does my team stackup?

    QB: Eli Manning
    RB: Forte
    WR: Dez Bryant
    WR: A.J. Green
    WR/RB: Steven Jackson
    WR/TE: Pierre Garcon
    DST: Ravens
    K: Prater

    BN: Giovani Bernard
    BN: Vereen
    BN: Mathews
    BN: D. Richardson
    BN: Miles Austin
    BN: Josh Gordon
    BN: Brian Hartline

    • Sky

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      @Ron: Your team doesn’t look bad despite that. Probably would’ve gone with more upside at QB rather than Eli, though. Crazy you got Dez and AJ on the same team. Team looks very solid and good RB depth on the bench. Should be able to trade from strength for a QB or play matchups. Well done!

      • Ron says:
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        @Sky: Which upside QB’s you like better than Eli? In what order?

        Dalton, Keapernick, Vick, Freeman, Bradford

        • Sky

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          @Ron: Kaep is still available in a 12 team league? That’s pretty bad…should be drafted as a top 12 QB, especially over Manning. Kaep……………..Vick/Bradford/Freeman/Dalton

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            @Sky: I would need to pull a trade to get any of these QB’s cause they are all owned. Trying to figure out who to go after first.

            You like Kap that much over Eli this year even with the weapons that Eli has in the passing game? Is it all because of Kaep’s legs?

            • Sky

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              @Ron: Eli’s track record is inconsistent. He had good wide outs last year too. And if we need to rely on the health of Nicks for Eli to produce at a QB1 level, I’d rather not count on it. Kaep’s legs create passing lanes. He doesn’t need Hakeem Nicks to perform, he can make due with ok WRs. I wouldn’t call Crabtree elite but he was looking to be moreso because of Kaep then because of himself. There’s a big line between the two in terms of fantasy production in my book.

  61. Fungazi says:
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    For not drafting Defense (team not a player) strategy, I found the first couple of years I did fantasy football I tried this thinking I could max out points that way. What I found was that I was blowing my waivers every week to make sure I got the team I needed, and possibly was passing over decent player pick-ups. Last year I took Seattle in a round where I didn’t see much and held onto them throughout which worked pretty well. Some weeks they gave more points than my RBs.

    Any thoughts on this?

    • Sky

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      @Fungazi: The one time you get a top DEF is not the best way to judge the strategy. What if you drafted Baltimore last year? You’re in the same situation only you probably hang onto them for longer then you should due to name recognition. Or worse, you drafted the Texans defense and they start the year great and then taper off about half way through. Plus, I never said you should use your weekly waiver on defense. I’ve never used my waiver on a defense once. It’s still a rotatable position unless you find yourself landing on a Broncos-type situation this year. Every week there’s usually a few good matchups. Rather play those then pick and hold and hope they pan out for 16 weeks.

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Sky: Good point, I did luck out taking Seattle last year. Not sure where they ranked, but they were the top def pick. Would you take Levon Bell and stick him in the IR and use the empty spot for def?

        • Fungazi says:
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          @Fungazi: *weren’t the top pick I meant.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @Fungazi: I would. The upside factor makes a lot of sense there.

  62. malamoney says:
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    Who’s the starting RB in Arizona?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @malamoney: I’ve heard nothing different than Rashard being the lead back all preseason.

      • malamoney says:
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        @Sky: Is he injured?

        Which backup would you rather have on your bench? Stepfan Taylor, Joseph Randle, Kenjon Barner or Justin Forsett?

        • Sky

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          He’s missing the preseason finale and is still slated to be the starter for game one.

          Stepfan

          • malamoney says:
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            @Sky: What about Brandon Jackson?

            • Sky

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              Compared to who? Stepfan? He became the #2 RB because everyone else died in that Browns backfield. If we’re talking between him and Taylor, I’d rather have Taylor.

  63. Frank White says:
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    I just read your whole strategy and I thought it was great!!! Good job I learned a lot! Anyway, A couple questions.. When you say keep your bench filled with WR’s n RB’s and you can always grab a kicker and D off the wire, I agree but when your filling your roster during draft, Don’t you have to fill those spots or did you say wait till last 2 picks?? Also the rookie chart is old and I didn’t see Daryl Richardson. Do you like him and if so then do you like me picking him up in my top 5, 3rd RB, ??

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Frank White:

      From this article: ‘DON’T draft a DEF/K. Do what I suggest above and develop RB/WR depth. That’s two extra lottery picks you can wait on before the season starts and see what comes of them.’

      The rookie chart? Daryl Richardson isn’t a rookie. He’s the starter, it’s his second year and I have him as a top 30 back next to Giovani Bernard. I like him at the right price. He should be drafted like a flex play. By top 5, I assume you mean within the first 5 rounds. He’ll probably go no later then the 5th in most drafts at this point for RB scarcity purposes so I don’t have a problem with it.

      • Frank White says:
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        Thanks buddy.. I just remembered I left that question. Lol. My 12 team ppr draft is tonight

  64. Kevin says:
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    Rice and Colston for Spiller and Nelson?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’ll take the Rice side for consistency.

  65. Sniff Test says:
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    As a TY Hilton owner…reading this Heyward Bay nonsense in unnerving. Should DHB be pushed above Hilton at this point? Should DHB be owned above Hopkins or Thompkins? Also with the QB situation in Buffalo…what happens to Stevie Johnson? Does his value fall below any of the receivers listed?

    • Sky

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      @Sniff Test: I think the truth will come out in the end. DHB should be the third option in Indy before long. I’d maybe draft him over Thompkins – I don’t trust him having a large role this year in NE – but he’s still a low upside play in my mind.

      I’m not too worried about Johnson. Still will get the slot role there with plenty of targets, I think. Keep in mind Fitz was throwing to him and he was still a reliable WR2 even then. I’m not that worried.

  66. Kevin says:
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    I got offered Cam and Vincent Jackson for Russell Wilson and Marshall. What r ur thoughts? For some reason I really have my doubts about Wilson. I’m not a believer

    • Sky

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      @Kevin: I’d take the Marshall side. Not sure where the Wilson fear is coming from with most people.

  67. Kevin says:
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    Last question…sorry sky I’m a mess

    i trade russell wilson and colston for matt Ryan and steve Smith. Smith/Colston would be my third receiver behind marshall and amendola

    • Sky

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      @Kevin: No worries.

      I have Wilson over Ryan and Colston over Smith so I can’t see that as a good trade.

  68. The Thumb says:
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    Hey Sky, this is my first year playing in a league where passing touchdowns are 6 points (10 teams).

    Should this change draft strategy at all? I’m really tempted to take a Brees/Rodgers but will their value be that much higher than someone like Stafford?

    Thanks!

    • Sky

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      @The Thumb: You’ve got 12 viable QB1s this year and plenty of upside picks outside of that. I wouldn’t go after the top shelf QBs even with 6 points per passing TD.

  69. David says:
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    Had my draft last night, always like to get some expert feedback on my strengths and weaknesses going in to the season.

    I’m in a 10-team league w/ PPR format. The scoring is pretty conventional, although all TD’s get 6 points. 1pt./10yds rushing, 1/15 receiving, 1/25 passing. QB’s get 1/2pt for completions.

    Starting lineup:
    QB Rodgers
    RB1 Wilson
    RB2 McFadden
    WR1 Cobb
    WR2 Demaryius Thomas
    WR3 Vincent Jackson
    TE Fred Davis
    WR/RB Shorts
    WR/TE Torrey Smith
    D/ST Bengals
    K Mason

    Bench:
    Russel Wilson, Ivory, Reece, Tate, Malcolm Floyd, Michael Floyd, Little

    Also have an offer on the table trading Malcolm Floyd for Bilal Powell. What you think?

    Finally, as much of I know currently on Harvin’s status. I understand he’s on PUP and cannot return until week 6. I tried to draft him with my last pick and forego the kicker, but I was forced to draft a kicker to fill the roster need (a stupid req’t if you ask me). Want to make my first waiver claim on him. I think its definitely worth the roster spot if he will return this year. Whats your thoughts? Should you agree, who would you drop for him?\

    Thanks and keep up the good work.

    • Sky

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      @David: He’ll return, I just don’t know at what capacity. It’s a long hold but could work out for you. Not like you’re losing much throwing a kicker back to find out.

      Roster-wise, your RBs worry me a bit. I like Wilson as an RB2 but he’s your lead back; DMC is always concerninig. Hopefully Ivory performs up to my expectations, gives you a good feeling of depth there. Of course, that leaves you solid at WR and QB since you most likely spent 3 of your first 4 rounds on those positions.

      Bilal for Floyd is fine if there are no other viable RBs on waivers. You don’t need Floyd and he’s not that great overall.

      • David says:
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        I started out with cobb, thomas, wilson, ivory, shorts as my keepers. Didn’t mention this was a keeper league before as after the year is up we are reformatting and starting fresh. Most of the top 50 players were off the board going in.

        Drafted Rodgers, Vjax, Torrey, DMC with my 1st 4 picks. My draft strategy was to take RB, QB, WR as needs in that order. The RB’s I targeted were McCoy, Forte, MJD. Since they were taken by my pick (8th) I went to plan B. I knew I needed a RB w/ either my 3rd or 4th. Guy took Andre Brown right before my 5th pick which sucked as I was targeting him right there. After that I knew I needed to handcuff DMC and get a quality backup in Tate.

        I don’t really believe in DMC also which is why I handcuffed him, but I think he has the upside if he can stay healthy, especially in PPR format. Last year he had 707 yds & 42 receptions in 12 games. If he can start hot, I’m hoping I can sell high.

        Thanks for the insight.

        • David says:
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          Forgot, If I’m gonna execute Bilal for Floyd, drop little for harvin?

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Sure, doesn’t seem like a problem.

  70. Eng says:
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    Sky, love your work man. Quick ask though: is there a printable top 100 list?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Eng: Other than copy/paste or some html techie guru-edness, unfortunately not. I appreciate the love though!

      • Eng says:
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        @Sky: Thanks for the quick reply bud. My luddite brain will get to copy/paste as the other thing you mentioned makes my head hurt!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Haha, I’m so techie!

  71. Allan says:
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    Sky,
    New to fantasy football. Any advice for a 16 team league where each team has 16 roster spots? Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You’re gonna find yourself thin in at least one position. Make sure it’s not RB. Wait as long as you can on QB/TE, load up on WR/RB early and often. Don’t draft a def or K. Lot of what I say in this post still does apply but if you have to take a QB in the first 4 rounds, I understand; I’d still prefer not to, though.

      • Allan says:
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        @Sky: Thanks Sky. We just finished our draft and things got so thin people were taking backup QBs and backup TEs. Somebody even took Jamarcus Russell. Not joking. Were Espn standard so we start a QB, 2 WR, 2RB, a TE, Flex, D/ST, and a K. Ignoring the D and K what do you think of my skill players?
        QB C. Kaepernik, S. Bradford
        RB T. Richardson, E. Lacy, J. Randle, A. Bradshaw, J. Forsett
        WR J. Jones, S. Smith, M. Williams, R. Randle
        TE J. Cameron, J. Tamme
        Also who would you start? Sorry for the long post and thanks for the help.

        • Sky

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          I’m not so sure about some of your bench RB (Randle/Forsett) and you didn’t need Tamme. I don’t even think he’ll be the starter in Denver. Your starting WR are reasonable as are your RB. Is this a 12 team league? I’m not sure why backup QB would be needed. Probably would’ve been an upside WR for me, same for the Tamme pick. Overall, I’m a bit worried about depth.

          • Allan says:
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            @Sky: Actually its a 16 team league. Nobody has depth. Greg McElroy and Jamarcus Russell got drafted.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              That would explain it. You don’t post parameters it makes it hard to see review. I assume 10-12 team when nothing gets posted. It’s a reasonable team for a 16 teamer for sure

  72. Fungazi says:
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    What’s the latest you hold out on a QB? Is Eli Manning/Vick too far in a 12 teamer? Basically the last to take a QB before some start taking a 2nd. Draft tonight, thanks for the help.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      After Romo goes, I want upside. I wouldn’t call Eli upside. Vick, Bradford, Tannehill have upside. If it gives me a top end WR/RB setup, it’s worth it to me to wait until those guys but I willingly take major risk at QB

  73. goodfold2 says:
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    just inherited a league with 6 pts for touchdowns of any type (catch,throw,run). 1 pt per 10 yards ran, either from scrimmage or return (cobb is a GOD in this league, if he keeps doing returns), 1 pt per 20 yards thrown, 6 pt bonus for going over 100 receiving yards, 100 rushing yards, 300 passing yards, -2 for fumbles and interceptions. 1 pt PPR.
    1 qb,2 WR’s,2Rb’s,1 TE, 1 WR/RB, K,DEF, 6 bench spots.
    i’m drafting 10th overall (normal snake). should i keep rodgers or marshall?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Tough…I think I’ll keep Rodgers there.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Sky: would’ve even been closer if had been standard 3 or 4 pts for touchdown throw i’m imagining.

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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: i’ll likely go top RB (richardson/charles/morris/peterson/1 of martin or rice, 1 of lynch or foster gone already) and get Cobb (looks like he’s still doing kick returns) in early 2nd, unless he’s gone already, or he could be kept over graham (different owner has both). Actually it might not be bad idea if all of those guys are already gone to just grab Cobb at 10th. Likely top 12 or more RB’s gone by my first pick anyway.

        • Sky

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          Yeah for sure

  74. nightpandas says:
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    My first football draft in 8 years or so…..10 team H2H PPR league. How did I do?

    QB – RG3 $12
    RB – T Richardson $46
    RB – J Charles $49
    WR – D Thomas $32
    WR – H Nicks $11
    TE – Gronk $22
    Flex – M Ball $6
    D – L McKelvin $1
    DT – Denver $1
    K – M Bryant $1
    BN – Russel Wilson $9 (QB)
    BN – Antonio Brown $5 (WR)
    BN – J Stewart $2 (RB)
    BN – A Jones $1 (D)
    BN – R Ventrone $1 (D)
    BN – C Givens $1 (WR)

    Slipped onto the dreaded autopick for the last three. Did not want the extra two D. Have waiver claims in for Danny Woodhead and also Brandon Myers to cover Gronk for the first couple of weeks.

    • Sky

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      What’s the cap?

      • Nightpandas says:
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        @Sky: cap is $200

        • Sky

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          @Nightpandas: Strategy wise, you did a much different auction then I would’ve. It left you really thin on your bench spending over $95 on just two player. Ball might not even be the starter in Denver and I’d be surprised if he were given his pass pro problems. Very worried about your RB depth because of that. That’s why I spend a max $60 on my RB1/2 combined in any given draft. Leaves you room to go after those discounts for flex later. Your team needs Ball to be the starter and for all your RBs to stay healthy. Just worried about struggling out of the gate here.

  75. frankgrimes says:
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    Keeper league draft I have Foster and TRich with picks 10 and 15 after talking a Cobb/Fitz/AJ/Cruz (7WR kept)would you chance Gronk at 15 or too early and take another top WR? I do have two third rounders but doubting Gronk still there at pick 31. Thoughts much appreciated as always.

    • Sky

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      What did you talk the other owner out of? Into?

      Gronk seems too early there to me. Basically third round. He should go 4th or down to 6th

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        @Sky: This is my keeper league. That other trade died on the table.
        So yea technically that pick at 15 is the late third/fourth round after keepers(28 guys kept). I can’t decide if I should go big risk/reward or play safe and take another WR.
        If your gonna dominate your league than go big no?
        Also what you think bout a RCL survivor league? Could be fun.

        • Sky

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          I agree but I think you can still wait that one round.

          You mean like the TV show? I keed. I think you’re talking about gambling. Not my bag but you should hit up Josh Carey when he posts his team.

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            @Sky: it’s where everyone who wanted to join would pick one winner of a game a week. you can only pick same team once.
            http://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/survival

            And if I wait I’m pretty sure he’d be gone but you’re probably right I should see if he comes back
            for my next pick at 31. If he gone then I wait for cook or something. He could make such a difference tho.

            • Sky

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              He could for sure. I just got him in the 6th of a 10 teamer with Jack so I understand the sentiment.

              Yeah, this is totally up Josh Carey’s alley. I think his post goes live either tomorrow or Friday. You should hit him up.

  76. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    standard scoring league (except QB’s get 6 for Td throws). No def in this league. 1 qb/2 rb’s/2 wr’s or TE/1 wr/te/rb spot, K. 7 bench. Can play 1,2 or no TE’s, but not 3. 12 team. How does this look. By pick
    4. Martin
    21. Bryant
    28. Newton
    45. Matthews
    52. Bernard
    69. Nicks
    76. Hilton
    93. V.Brown
    100. Hillman (he’s starting now, maybe?)
    117. Reece
    124. Michael Floyd
    141.F.Davis
    148. Freeman
    165. Brown (K)
    this is the kind of league where RB’s go early and there is a lot of WR/TE even extremely late (floyd at 124th). I probably should have grabbed R.Randle to protect my Nicks pick. This was me helping my father’s draft his team. We may have been able to wait and miss Newton while grabbing Stafford (father was worried about Stafford’s injury history).

    • Sky

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      Being able to start 3 RBs, I probably would not have taken Cam; too many good QBs going later. Doesn’t have to be Stafford. Could’ve been Romo. I’m worried about your RB depth. It was fine taking Dez – great value there – at the turn but I would’ve preferred following him with an RB. I like Gio as a flex play but after that you’re hoping Hillman’s a starter – not something I think is going to happen without it being a timeshare – and then waiting for DMC to get hurt to go with an already fragile RB2 from his history. Overall, not a team I would draft. Here’s to hoping Mathews stays healthy along with Nicks. Just a team that concerns me a bit.

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        @Sky: we could’ve had like MJD instead of newton, and maybe even still got hilton a round later and stafford or romo or wilson in the 6-7 range. that probably would have been better.

  77. Jack Full O' Hate says:
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    I was reading DHB is starting over Hilton. WTF?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      It’ll fix itself. The Colts are…well I don’t know what they’re doing but Hilton will be back in the good graces of everyone eventually.

  78. Targaryen says:
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    2rb/3wr/rwt flex. I have Charles, Kniles, MJD, DRich, Bernard, JFrank. My WR are Julio, Bowe, Vincnt Brown, Alshon, Wheaton & Toon. I see both Denard Robinson & Daniel Thomas on the WW would yoy drop Toon for one of those? (I could drop Eifert or Franklin or Cutler as well) 12 team league w deep Rosters Keep thinkin I should grab MJDs bavkup before I lose the chance. I do see Toon or Stills as a potential cog in that attack this year. I have Ryan at QB & Cook as starting TE. Your thoughts appreciated Sky. Thx

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