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Yes, it happened. And even though these games don’t mean anything, this epic showdown was hyped as “Harbowl 3″, letting us know that the terrorists, in fact, have won. But if there’s anything the NFL is good at, it’s hype. And also having zero self-awareness. That also tops the list. So the hype-train arrived with much fanfare last night, which is why we got to watch Denver fans boo the sh*t out of the team that destroyed them in the Super Bowl. But for fantasy, is there anything to be gleaned here in the first set of preseason games? What is gleaning, is the question here. GLEAN ME, right? Oh yes, I shall glean you. So the answer? Probably not much. And if you watch Patriot preseason games, nothing. For example, I could say that Jay Gruden’s usage of Roy Helu against the Patriots was notable, especially for PPR formats (something I actually believe). But is that usage a function of the games not counting? And what do we make of long-sustaining drives, like the first drive the Ravens had? Does it tell us their offensive line looks better and they have a more cohesive unit overall, or is it just rust and the first time these players are live-tackling? There are just way too many unknowns here, and so really the only thing that you should monitor are injuries and Brandon Weeden sightings. Just kidding on that last one. You should actually monitor your alcohol intake. Or maybe that’s just me.

 

IND – 10, NYJ – 13

In a barn-burner of epic proportions, this game had exciting written all over it. Until someone realized they made a terrible mistake and dumped white-out on the whole thing. Much of the game stayed at a 10-10 tie, which put me into phases of stigmata. Michael Vick (3 of 6, 17 YDS, 3 CAR, 19 YDS) led the only touchdown drive of the game as Geno Smith (4 of 6, 33 YDS) looks to retain his starting job. I wouldn’t worry, even if Vick is the week one starter, that just means Smith will take over for his eventual week three injury. Andrew Luck (4 of 5, 53 YDS) looked good, despite still looking like Hodor.

 

SF – 3, BAL – 23

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No, I’m not going to call it that… putting it in the title made my ears bleed enough, so deal. In his only series, Joe Flacco (4 of 5, 52 YDS) showed eliteness (something he rarely does for being so elite) by marching 80 yards down the field. I’m not ready to anoint the Ravens offense “capable” of anything quite yet, but Kubiak could definitely make the pieces work. A less atrocious offensive line would probably help too. Colin Kaepernick (1 of 1, 17 YDS) had his own solid drive for 66 yards leading to a field goal. And lastly, Carlos Hyde (5 CAR, 39 YDS) looked ready to take over Frank Gore’s spot on the depth chart, and while you shouldn’t read into anything  from last night’s game, the transition could take place sooner rather than later. And that’s all I have to say about this game. Really, the GIF could have carried the entire post.

 

NE – 6, WSH – 23

I would love to write endless amounts of content on Ryan Mallet and Jimmy Garoppolo, but there is such a thing as too much fun. As what Bill Belichick is prone to do, only 9 of the 22 projected starters appeared in the game. Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski were out, because of course, but I’m sure they figured out interesting ways to land on the IR regardless. Both Robert Griffin III (2 of 4, 9 YDS) and Alfred Morris (5 CAR, 27 YDS) looked good. Then again, just the fact that RG-III is walking would classify as good at this point.

 

CIN -39, KC – 41

With Kansas City’s defense already in triage-mode, (and keep in mind, this is before any actual game took place) the scoring bonanza wasn’t exactly a surprise. But Andy Dalton (3 of 5, 71 YDS) looked good, more ginger than ever as well. Probably that red sheen from getting a 115 million dollar contract. Probably a slight overpay, as I verified that my local grocery store only charges 2.99 for ginger. Alex Smith (3 of 5, 19 YDS) looked very Alex Smith-ish, and Andy Reid looked hungry. He would have eaten his timeouts, but he called them already.

 

DAL – 7 , SD – 24

Ryan Mathews (5 CAR, 19 YDS) looked sharp and explosive (despite a fluky goal line fumble), and based on my insane ranking, he better. HE BETTER. The offense was clicking in the no huddle, and did I mention Ryan Mathews looked sharp and explosive? (Also what happens the morning after eating four lobsters.) Danny Woodhead (2 CAR, 10 YDS, 1 REC, 25 YDS) had plenty of grit prepared, Philip Rivers (4 of 4, 61 YDS) had another bakers dozen of children made, adding some more numbers to his harem. And with Antonio Gates out, Ladarius Green (2 REC, 26 YDS) continued to show flashes that you can try and use to justify your overdraft. Then again, this is the Dallas Cowboys, excuse me, “America’s” defense we’re talking about here… just to save time, refs should just allow the opposing team to start in Cowboys redzone every single possession. I refuse to talk about Brandon Weeden, so with Gavin Escobar, I will admit, I’m not sure what kind of impact he’ll have this season, but he could show us something. Then again, I’m basing this all on one caught pass, so nothing to see here. Move along.

 

SEA – 16 , DEN – 21

Judging by what I saw at the beginning of this game, Ray Rice would have gotten a longer suspension if he’d committed lightning. After the 46-minute delay, we saw Peyton Manning (10 of 13, 78 YDS) be Peyton Manning, with Demaryius Thomas (5 REC, 52 YDS) being a direct benefactor. There was also a SURPRISE! underwhelming Christine Michael (7 CAR, 16 YDS, 1 TD), along with a Tavaris Jackson sighting. Only to remind us that Jackson has as many Super Bowl rings as Peyton Manning. LOL.

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  1. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Looking for 4-6 owners to replace some dead weight in a yahoo keeper league:

    Replacing dead weight and looking for about 4-6 owners to take over teams. Expanded rosters with bonus points,Keep 4 max, 2 Min., not your typical league. If you are looking for something different hit me up. jeftrim77@yahoo.com

  2. Zar says:
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    Would you drop Miller or Ridley for Hyde?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Zar: no on Miller, but the Ridley one is interesting. I’d hold for now, but be ready to.

    • Acid_Head says:
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      @Zar: You don’t have anything else you could drop? I would try and pick up Hyde just to stash and get a leg up on everybody before he costs insane amounts to pick up off waivers.

      • Zar says:
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        @Acid_Head: Marvin jones and amendola also. I have sankey also. Sankey was a late round pick though so I can part with him painlessly. I really want Hyde but I like my bench too. Maybe drop amendola?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Zar: Yeah… tough decision here. I love all those guys for different reasons at different value, but I’m thinking Hyde is a great pick-up too. With the names you have, I would hold, but tough decision.

          • Zar says:
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            @Jay: Thanks! I hope the post season illuminates who I should dump soon….

  3. Acid_Head says:
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    Hey Jay,

    I’m in a super deep dynasty league (16 teams – .5 PPR)

    My team looks OK, like if I could aquire maybe 1 decent RB I might be able to contend, at least get into the playoffs should be a high possibility. But, being a Matt Forte owner, is now a good time to sell him and cash in while his value is so high? He had the most snaps as a RB last season and all those carries + catches is pretty rough on your body, and he’s getting up in there in age. Even if he has a good season this year, it’d probably be his last and his value won’t be as high as his age increases. So should I hold or look to entertain offers? I hate listing out my whole roster but just speak generally from this situation I guess and what you would be trying to decide or figure out before doing something like this before the season even starts.

    • Acid_Head says:
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      @Acid_Head: Oh and just FYI my other RB’s are Darren McFadden Christine Michael and Bobby Rainey LOL

    • Acid_Head says:
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      @Acid_Head: Ok last thing I promise, I forgot I also got offered TY Hilton and James Starks for Keenan Allen (same dynasty league) which I really like Starks because of Lacy’s injury history, run style, and just Starks rating as an explosive runner last season was really high (better than Lacy’s even) so I think he could be underrated this year and would help as RB depth. Hilton isn’t that much of a downgrade talent-wise but Allen’s PPR ability is much higher imo and more consistent game to game. Thoughts? lol sorry I just sorta start rambling when asking these kinds of questions…

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Acid_Head: it’s cool, what I’m here for yo. I’d hold here.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Acid_Head: yeah, in a dynasty, throw him out there, see what kind of value he can bring back.

      • Psychedelic Floyd says:
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        @Jay: What do you think of Bishop Sankey? I like his potential to be a solid RB, he’s good pass catcher, and people down graded him because they thought he was “soft”, which I think is the dumbest shit ever to downgrade a player for. Most guys add 10-20 lbs of muscle when going to the NFL and some players don’t need to be “gritty” or “hard-nosed” to be a good RB. Barry Sanders was no pussy, but he wasn’t exactly trying to run everybody over on every run, either. But hey I could be wrong.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          I think Whisenhunt will utilize him well. He’s a buy for me.

  4. Steve says:
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    Hey Jay,

    Tried my first ever mock draft auction. I wasn’t crazy about the format. I fear change. Do you prefer Snake or Auction-style yourself?

    I have another [long] question: I’m used to doing FAAB on Yahoo, but this year we switched to ESPN. On Yahoo you can have waiver bidding from game time Sunday until Wednesday or Thursday (the normal waiver period), and on all other days, players who aren’t claimed become free agents who can be picked up instantly.

    On ESPN, it appears you can’t have 1/2 FAAB, 1/2 instant gratification, like on Yahoo. It seems as if there are no free agents, and you have to bid and wait at least 24 hours for everybody. So if my star player is a surprise inactive at 12pm, I can’t replace him because ESPN locks everyone out at 11am in FAAB. 24 hours later I wouldn’t care if I won the auction.

    I hope I’m doing an OK job explaining it. So is that how FAAB on ESPN works? The ESPN website’s explanation is hard to follow. I prefer FAAB, but ESPN’s take on it is screwy and I’m leaning toward rolling waiver priority and free agents as a result.

    Thanks Jay!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      I prefer auction, mainly because I can target specific guys instead of tiers. And I always seem to do a lot better. However, snake is the main format, and I’m okay with that. To be totally honest, I’ve never played fantasy football on ESPN, so hopefully one of the commentators might know. But if you want to paste in the language, I can give you my interpretation of it.

      • Steve says:
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        “FREE AGENT ACQUISITION BUDGET
        Bring the auction experience to the waiver wire! An option for both ESPN Custom and League Manager (LM) leagues in is Free Agent Acquisition Budget, or “FAAB”. This waiver system is a blind auction open to every team within the league. League creators can select this option via a radio button in the “Transaction and Keepers” tab of the league setup process.

        In an auction bidding environment, players who move to waivers after the league draft, players who are dropped, or players added to the player pool during the season become waiver-eligible for the timeframe set by the league creator. However, instead of placing a traditional waiver claim, an owner places a bid they feel is appropriate based on a player’s value. The league creator assigns the pre-determined budget of each team for waiver bidding over the course of the season. During the auction waiver period, team owners may bid at any time before it expires. In an auction bidding environment, no player on the waiver wire is a Free Agent (FA). The bidding is an open process and there is no sequence for the bids. Team owners may bid at any time during the waiver period, before it expires.

        In the event of bids of equal amounts for a player by two teams (a tie), waiver order priority determines the winner of the player. During the waiver period, no team can see any other team’s bids or bid amounts. All teams can view FAAB results after the waiver release time, either on the league home page or the “Free Agent Auction Report”. Additionally, all teams can view other team budget balances on each team clubhouse and waiver order pages. ”

        –ESPN

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          So I read it as only affecting players on waivers. So while you may not be able to put in a bid on a waiver player to fill in a roster spot, you’ll be able to pick up a player who has passed through waivers. That’s my understanding at least.

        • Steve says:
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          I could mark off Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday as waiver/bidding days, but then you couldn’t pick anyone up on Sunday after 11am. 11am is “grayed out” and cannot be adjusted. They don’t say that until you actually try to adjust the settings. They are a crafty bunch.

          I could leave Sunday open to avoid the 11am problem, but then you could pick anyone up instantly during games.

          Thanks again for the help.

          • Steve says:
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            Sorry, I posted before I saw your reply.

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              @Steve: No worries, its a pretty strange system if you ask me. You should create a RCL over on yahoo instead!

  5. Evan says:
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    Hey Jay need your advice. I’m in a 12 team .5 PPR keeper league and I can keep 3 out of the following.

    AP- $56
    Julius Thomas- $6
    Kendall Wright- $6
    Rashad Jennings -$9
    Jordy Nelson- $26

    Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Evan: Julius, Wright, Nelson.

  6. SMLV1 says:
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    Hey Jay, Whats going on with the Razzball vs ESPN Post? I see it on the What’s UP list of links but cannot be found.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Wasn’t ready yet. It’ll be out next week though!

  7. Frank White says:
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    Wusup Jay… I’m in a PPR keeper league And I got 3 guys I can keep. Cam, Julius Thomas n Cruz.. 1 – I was thinking we can get another QBin the draft so do you like the idea of keeping Thomas n Cruz?? I also have 3rd pick but a guy wants to trade for us to go to 1st but it doesn’t really matter especially with McCoy, Peterson n Charles up there. 2 – I like Peterson for 1st pick, what do you think?? 3 – On the way back around with the double pick I was gonna grab another RB and a QB if there’s a top tier left, If not then what else would you do in my situation??

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Yeah, I’m with you. Thomas and Cruz, especially in a PPR.

      • Frank White says:
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        Thanks.. What about the 2nd statement & question??

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          Ah, my bad, missed it. Yeah, it depends who’s out there, but in that scenario, I’d take a RB. QB depth will work in your favor.

  8. Jeff P says:
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    In a 14 team half-PPR keeper I have pick 11. Due to our somewhat stringent keeper rules only a handful or RBs are kept (Morris, Bell, Stacy, Ellington, Jennings are top RBs kept).
    Our skill positions are QB, RB, RB/WR, WR, WR, WR/TE, TE

    I am keeping 4 WRs, so I almost have to go RB/RB round one/two.
    Now for the question:
    I have an opportunity to trade spots in rounds 1/2 with someone who’s picking 3rd.
    Would you prefer 3/26 here (so you’d end up with Peterson/CJ2K or Forte/S.Jackson ) versus 11/18 where you’d end up with Murray/Martin or Foster/Bush type of tandem?
    (I assume a handful of top WRs, Graham, and maybe Manning go between picks 8-17.)

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Yeah, the 3rd pick is great. If you have a chance to land a top 5 RB for a position in need, go for it.

  9. Ron says:
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    Jay,
    I’m back and I find myself in a VERY interesting situation right now and I NEED your expertise to walk me through this. I’m in a 12-team .5PPR league where you keep 2 players and lose the round they were drafted in. I won the championship last year. You may remember seeing this before but I have the players listed below and I can keep them for the rounds shown.

    M Forte 2
    G Bernard 3
    M Crabtree 12
    P Garcon 2
    S Vereen 2
    D Woodhead 9
    R Mathews 4
    Z Stacy 10

    My keepers right now are Forte and Stacy for the values. I have the 12th pick in the draft so by keeping Forte I would lose the 13th overall pick. There is a team offering me the 2nd overall pick for Forte and my 12th overall pick. I would then keep Gio and lose my 3rd round OR keep Mathews and lose my 4th. With the 2nd overall I would be able to get Charles, McCoy, AP or Megatron since they are all available.

    What should I do?

    Overall pick #2, #13, Gio, #37….Stacy
    Or
    Overall pick #12, Forte, #36, #37….Stacy <—-What I am doing now
    OR
    Overall pick #2, #13, #36, Mathews….Stacy

    Another way I look at it is:
    Trade Forte and 12th pick. Draft Charles/McCoy/AP/Megatron with 2nd pick. Draft Cobb/Grahm/Rodgers/A.Johnson with 13th and keep Gio and Stacy. Draft Kendall Wright/Patterson/Floyd with #37.
    OR
    Stick with Forte and Stacy and draft Cobb/Graham with the 12th. Draft Kendall Wright and Patterson/Floyd with #36 and #37

    Please help me sort this out. What is the BEST way to go for me?
    Thanks!!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      I remember. Honestly, those four players aren’t a huge improvement on Forte, at least, not enough to lose the late first rounder. And I’d rather have Mathews than Gio… Draft Graham or BPA, and I love Wright there. That’s at least what I would do.

      • Ron says:
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        @Jay: So that I’m sure I understand you like A better than B and C??

        A: Graham/Cobb, Forte, Wright, Floyd/Patterson
        B: McCoy, Cobb, Wright, Mathews
        C: Peterson, A. Johnson, Wright, Mathews

        Thanks!

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          Yeah. I think? Haha, I’m lost now. All I’m saying is, I’d rather have Forte than what your paying for to get a top-5 back. In my opinion, you already have one.

          • Ron says:
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            @Jay: Ha! I know the feeling. This is the first year of new keeper rules and its got us all reeling trying to decide the best way to draft this year. I appreciate the help.

            With me keeping Forte and Stacy is it a MUST that I draft a WR or Graham? If Rodgers, Brees, Lynch, Foster are all there at 12th do I pass on them for Graham, Cobb, A. Johnson knowing I’m not picking again until #36?

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              @Ron: Yeah, honestly, I’m super comfortable going with a WR or Graham there.

  10. Scooterboy says:
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    This is probably gonna be a stupid question but, I have never played fantasy football before and was thinking of trying my luck at it this year on ESPN. I have played fantasy baseball for a few years now, but don’t no much about the fantasy football world. Do you have a link to a strategy post that I could use? Do you have to draft offense and defense or is it just offense, and what’s the best strategy to use? Thanks

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