Injured Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford, in street clothes, at Lincoln Financial Field late in the game against Tampa Bay November 22, 2015. The Eagles had a very frustrating game losing 45-17. ( CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer )

In what is surprising news for an unsurprising outcome, Sam Bradford finds himself traded yet again, this time to the Vikings. After Teddy Bridgewater went down with 2,398 explosions in his leg, many wondered what direction the Vikings would go. Was it going to be a destination for Mark Sanchez (LOL)? Maybe even Colin Kaepernick? Or as I aptly put it the other day on our weekly Podcast: sticking with the status quo and having A Shaun Hill to Die On? All of these options could have been considered for a franchise (including other ones), that despite suffering a huge setback this year by losing their starting quarterback, still had a lot of pieces to compete in the near future with. And while the type of injury Bridgewater suffered is something that could affect his career outlook, so far the prognosis had been slightly positive. Even with that in mind, the Vikings’ Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer decided to mortgage a major part of their future for the very mediocre, and very injury-prone Sam Bradford. Here’s how the deal looks based off today’s reports:

Eagles send:Vikings send:
Sam Bradford2017 1st Round Pick
$11,000,0000 (of $18,000,000) in Total Salary2018 Conditional 4th Round Pick*

*The conditional pick can become a second or third rounder based on the Vikings success, as in, for example, if they reach the NFC Championship Game, it turns into a third, and if they reach the Super Bowl, it becomes a second rounder.

Okay, so, my non-expert opinion is this:

Why? Look, I understand what it means to go into a year with Shaun Hill as your starting quarterback. If the Podcast title didn’t give it away, I’ll say it now: The best complement I can give to Hill is that he’s probably a top-50 quarterback in the league. THERE, I SAID A NICE THING. I think it was. Not really. Alright, look, I get the fact that you don’t want an empty hole at the position. I get that there’s a new stadium in place and you want to field a team that will win some games. All of this is totally rational and we should applaud a franchise that believes in these goals. But the actual way they are doing it… c’mon buddy. C’mon buddy… Granted, Sam Bradford, to use my Hill “compliment”, is probably a top-25 quarterback in the league, good for doubling your talent, but brah, if you’re an old cat lady with 50 cats, 25 less improves the situation, but you’re still an old lady with cats. Let me put it this way: You just gave up a first round pick for a guy who looks like this when he throws to a receiver. Call me crazy, but trading for the most traded number one pick of all time, with his own set of question marks, isn’t shrewd at all… it’s desperate.

Yes, Zimmer could be a quarterback whisperer (though I think Norv Turner would have more to do with this), and sure, Bradford will have some interesting weapons and a better surrounding cast up front (marginally) to protect him, but what does this do for next year? Are they going to trade Bradford to the Rams when Bridgewater comes back? Actually, now that I think of it…

So, for the fantasy implications:

Rankings will be updated by tomorrow morning, but my first inclination is to move Bradford up. He’s at 28 right now, and I’m happy to move him up a few spots, to, say… who the f*ck cares. Honestly. He’s still not a viable option in anything but four-quarterback leagues. (I’m kidding, he’s actually okay in your 2QB formats, and I’d put him around the Jay Cutler and Alex Smith zone…) And I’m going to lump Chase Daniels and Carson Wentz together, because I’m not quite sure who gets the start. There are statements already that it’s Wentz in Week 1, but I’m going to err on the side of caution and wait until we get a definitive answer before commenting. I don’t see either fantasy relevant in your regular formats right now, regardless.

Stefon Diggs probably returns to where I had him before Bridgewater went down, and that was around the Jordan Matthews zone. At the very least, I can say that while Bradford’s accuracy is about as bad as Bridgewater’s, he can at least throw the ball further than 10 yards. At least I think he can.. sometimes last season I found myself wondering that. Speaking of Matthews, he’ll probably stay about the same… to be fair, I think all the receivers kinda stay in a holding pattern for now. Zach Ertz and Kyle Rudolph will probably get slight upticks, mostly for the reasons why I moved Jason Witten slightly up when Tony Romo went down for, quite possibly, the rest of his life. As for the running backs? Adrian Peterson will likely move back slightly, as it’s clear Zimmer will want Bradford to actually throw the ball, where as with Hill, you merely just wanted to survive it. And Ryan Mathews (and to a lesser extent, Darren Sproles) will move up a little, as if the starter is indeed Wentz, you’ll want to establish the run as much and as often as you can so there’s a “soft landing” for his introduction to the league.

In the end, it’s hard for me to take this acquisition seriously. Yes, there will be both fantasy and real impact to both these teams… and I can’t help but wonder if the Eagles are laughing to the bank at this very moment, and if your average Vikings fan will have a healthy liver come Tuesday…

 

 

  1. clubberlane says:
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    Okay J…I know that you are sick of looking at OPT ‘other peoples teams, but take a look at my 12 team ppr squad:
    QB Cousins, Marriota, Presott
    RB Miller, Langford, Crowell, Foster, Henry, Jordon
    WR Benjamin, D Thomas, J Gordon, T Sharpe
    TE Gronk
    Def Rams
    Your Thoughts my man?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @clubberlane: Never!

      Okay, so first, that’s way too many QBs. I think you should drop Prescott for now. I do like your RBs a lot. Love Miller, Langford and Foster here. WRs look to be in good shape as well. But I’d rather have one more WR than QB at this point. But a solid team.

      • clubberlane says:
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        @Jay: Haha on the ‘Never’! I am curious on Prescott week 1. If he lays an egg I will cut him for Boyd wr CIN! Thanks man!

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @clubberlane: Totally, that’s fine. I actually have a lot of high hopes for him. If you want to hold onto him, that’s fine, but I don’t think you need Mariota. Regardless, it’s early to where you don’t need depth, so that’s fine.

  2. irishmike says:
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    Minny is going for the whole enchilada this year. The know with AP not getting younger and the D at its peak this is it. Paid to much but if they get to the SB it will be worth it

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @irishmike: Yeah, I know what you’re saying, but I don’t think they can go for it with Bradford. I’d love to be proven wrong, I think the Vikings should be relevant.

  3. Q says:
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    Would you drop Procise or Perkins for Javorius Allen, with the Forsett cut?

    Thanks

    • Q says:
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      @Q: It’s half-PPR if it matters.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Q: Probably Prosise at the moment. Looks like Michaels hype is back again.

  4. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    i didn’t notice forsett was dropped, drafted him where i could’ve (and almost did go spiller) sims or spiller, but is likely back again, what’s best 2 of these if i have cj anderson/l.murray/abdullah/yeldon in a PPR? i almost had west later.

    best 2:
    forsett/riddick/booker/dion lewis (no IR slots)/cunningham/vereen/ajayi/prosise/howard/j.allen/artis payne

    also, does this bradford news move wentz ahead of goff for dynasty? (guessing not, but goff had an apparently horrible camp)

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      @Eli Man Penguin Boy: riddick gone, but i also now have artis payne.

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        @Eli Man Penguin Boy: probably should’ve waited till draft was over, so i have artispayne/anderson/l.murray/abdullah/yeldon/forsett, need to drop one for a kicker want best possible guys as stashes.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Eli Man Penguin Boy: I’d say Ajayi for now. Not for dynasty, I still like Goff slightly more.

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        @Jay: so that’s drop forsett for kicker and ajayi over artis payne then?

        • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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          @Eli Man Penguin Boy: here’s whole roster. PPR.
          – QB luck (6 PT TD’s AND 6 pt bonus for hitting 300 yards, this goes for throwing, receiving, rushing), he’s my one keeper (1st round, keeper round)
          – RB (start 2) cj anderson (3rd), l.murray (5th), abdullah (7th), yeldon (9th), forsett (11th), artis payne (15)
          – WR (start 2), aj green (2nd), landry (4th), j.matthews (6th), crabtree (8th), sanu (14th)
          eifert (no IR slots, 10th), witten (12th)
          K – none yet
          D BUF (13th)
          i forgot, we’re getting an extra bench spot. go with artis payne/forsett as 6th RB (dropping the other for a kicker) or go with 6th WR?
          1 flex (no TE)

          • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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            @Eli Man Penguin Boy: sorry, draft rush come down, just learning how to count again, apparently. the kicker obviously comes with the extra roster slot. and drop forsett for ajayi if possible. got it.

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              @Eli Man Penguin Boy: Oh, haha, okay, yeah, that makes more sense. And yeah, I think Ajayi still has a chance… I’d take a small gamble for sure.

  5. William Hung says:
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    @Jay – with you updating your rankings, does this mean you will also update the War Room again as well?

    Also, I left a post in your other thread earlier today – but TL;DR, I wanted your thoughts on Spencer Ware. I originally had him as 11/12th round but now I read that I will need to get him somewhere around the 6th / 7th round. I’m hoping Yahoo’s rankings aren’t updated and he flies under the radar in my draft.

    What are your thoughts?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @William Hung: I think Ware will be a bit too expensive with the Current Charles situation… I’d only buy him at that price if I was a Charles owner. And yeah, everything will be updated by Monday night.

      • William Hung says:
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        @Jay: OK cool – so I’ll hold Spencer at my current 11th round target and if he’s free then great.

  6. Blake says:
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    so whats the deal with jamal Charles? is he not going to be back for a few weeks? does he need to moved down rankings? is spencer ware going to be the guy?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Blake: yes and no? I’m waiting until tomorrow to make my final updates, but my feeling is that Charles will still get some touches, but Ware is the guy for a few weeks. I’ll probably have some notes on thus tomorrow.

      • Blake says:
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        @Jay:

        thx – will u also update the war room?

        so I my PPR league with 6 pts passing – I move up the top 5 qb’s about 10 spots? and the rest of the QB’s by like 5?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Blake: Yeah, War Room should be updated first thing tomorrow morning, probably the last update. Projections will be updated later tonight (I’ve already finished and handed them off to Rudy). Yeah, that’s about right I’d say.

  7. Nick says:
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    Jay,

    here’ s how i did in another draft today: 10 teams pick6th
    with my little analysis!

    rd1 pick 6: WR1 DeA Hopkins : ADP 9: best WR on board, WR5 – Locked
    rd2 pick15: RB1 Mark Ingram: ADP18: is a top 10 Rb, in his prime at 26years old, Saints ready to lean on him – right pick there
    rd3 pick26: RB2 Eddy Lacy: ADP22 lead back in Green Bay’s high-powered offense – risky if he busts like in 2015
    rd4 pick35; WR2 Doug Balwin: ADP50 REACHofDRAFT will lead Seattle in target Under Russel Wilson offense
    rd5 pick46: TE1 Jordan Reed: ADP39 STEALofDRAFT TE2 with elite fantasy stats when Gronk goes round1!
    rd6 pick55: WR3 Eric Decker: ADP 43 opposite of Marshall, could be a WR1 if anything happens
    rd7 pick66: QB1 Kirk Cousins : ADP105 REACH ! could be QB8 with upside & good heavy pass weapons ( see Reed !)
    rd8 pick75: RB3 Derrick Henry: ADP94 REACH REACH ALERT! could become a top RB 2nd half , when he’ll supplant DM Murray week5 in Miami – and win me the playoffs
    rd9 pick86: QB2 TyGod Taylor: ADP110 so UNDERated could be a #2 Cam Newton – cheap
    rd10 pick95: TE2 Barnidge: ADP84 could be a great TE2/flex red zone target
    rd11 pick106: WR4 DS Jax: ADP72 STEAL ALERT-has been the league’s premier deep threat of the past decade! again Cousins top WR weapon ! (see before) BOOMorBUST?
    rd12 pick115:RB4 WoodHead: ADP 78 Steal again , a tremendous PPR asset Flex
    rd13 & 14 :last picks Def and K : Houston – awaiting JJWatts – Vinatieri reliable experienced Kicker in a dome for the Colts

    Nicky

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Nick: I like the Hopkins, Ingram opening, real solid right out of the gate. Lacy is someone who I believe in, but still carries some risk, but I love the Decker pickup there. And I think Barnidge is super good value at that spot, I agree.

      Yeah, and that Woodhead one, like you said, complete steal.

  8. goodfold2 says:
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    just joined a 12 team standard dynasty. sick QB/WR value, pretty crappy RB. weird league too, keep 0-15 and 2 guys actually intentionally kept 0, another 2 only 3-4. only other times i’ve ever seen that the owner(s) missed the keeper deadline or was inactive.
    QB newton/RW3
    RB (start 2) m.gordon/d-will/mcfadden, and just drafted t.west/forsett/starks
    WR (start 3) a.brown/hilton/d.thomas, and just drafted r.matthews (TEN)
    TE bennett and just drafted witten
    K none yet
    D SEA
    first thing i did when i joined league was announce i’m selling newton or RW3 for RB of equal value, the 1st overall pick was elliot, he good enough for newton? (i’d guess yes)
    2. wish i knew how many good players would be dropped, i could’ve had gore/r.jennings/crowell/ware

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      @goodfold2: i could’ve had those had i properly guessed the market and didn’t keep mcfadden, although he’s a smart own i guess if i get zeke. morris still out there too.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @goodfold2: I agree, I think that’s a great trade for Elliot. And on 2, yeah, I’ve found that in any sport, keeper leagues, some owners do some strange things with their rosters…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Jay: i was seriously worried that since we only had a 12 hour delay between keeper due date and draft (almost 3 hours ago) that about 8 hours ago i was making sure the 2 zero kept owners were active and doing it on purpose.

  9. goodfold2 says:
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    SD gets a-will, have fun with that one and his 1.8 or whatever yds per carry. this might actually be a good thing for gordon, as when they watch a-will play gordon’s carries will probably get more secure.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @goodfold2: Yeah, they have a habit of getting some terrible backup running backs. I’m actually surprised they didn’t try to get Ronnie Brown again. They have some sort of weird fetish for the guy,…

  10. John says:
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    Qb- eli
    rb- david johnson
    rb- D. henry
    wr- mike evans
    wr- keenan allen
    te- coby fleener
    flex- randall cobb
    d/st- vikings
    k- boswell

    bench
    le’veon
    larry fitz
    brady
    ertz
    eifert
    ajayi
    wheaton

    Standard Scoring

    Do you think I should trade for a running back to play until le’veon gets back, or just stick with Henry?

    • John says:
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      @John: Also any suggestions or comments? Thanks.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @John: Eh, kinda sucks going with Henry there for now, but maybe you’ll be okay hedging with Ajayi… keep an eye on the wavier after week 1, if you see something, go for it. I’d say trade, but I like the rest of your lineup as is…

  11. Big League Choo says:
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    12 team auction ppr keep 4

    should i try and move two of my wrs for a beckham (21$) keeper?

    QB Manning 11
    RB Gurley 31(k)
    RB Ingram 7(k)
    WR Cooper 21(k)
    WR Watkins 19(k)
    WR Cooks 40
    TE Thomas 8
    k Bailey 1
    def Jets 1

    BN Decker 26
    BN John Brown 26
    BN James White 4
    BN Spencer Ware 1
    BN Will Fuller 1
    BN Will Tye 1
    BN Virgil Green 1
    BN Jay Cutler 1

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Big League Choo: I love the idea of getting Beckham, but Cooper and Watkins at those prices is also really good value. Looking at your keeps situation for next year, I could see you going with Ingram, Coop, Gurley, and Watkins, so you could actually try to take Watkins and something else and go for Beckham. Maybe DT and Brown or something like that.

  12. ThE sHiT says:
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    12 team ESPN PPR league. Drafted at the turn, was on tilt a bit with the Murray pick but oh well. Only other guy i considered at that spot was Decker who slipped a lot but i really wanted a RB. Overall im happy with it, once Bell gets back ill be good at RB i think. Your thoughts?

    QB Russell Wilson
    RB Latavius
    RB Arian
    WR Allen Robinson
    WR T.Y.
    TE Virgil Green
    FLEX Marvin Jones

    BN Leveon
    BN Spencer Ware
    BN Sterling
    BN Tajae
    BN Michael Thomas

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @ThE sHiT: I’m okay with Murray, and I love the Foster pick to fill in until Bell comes back, and then you can take a good look at your flex and what to do there, but Jones should get plenty of touches. I like this team.

  13. Scott says:
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    In a 12 team 0.5 ppr league. I own Jamaal Charles. Virgil Green/Jared Cooks currently my TE.

    Trade DeSean Jackson for Spencer Ware and Zach Ertz?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Scott: I’m okay with that, sure. I think it solves a few needs…

  14. Slotty Seconds says:
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    13 team standard league

    fixed draft order, i had the 9th pick and we added an expansion team….so there were a bunch of rbs i thought would drop another round, but didnt make it.

    qb Winston
    rb Freeman
    rb Jennings
    flex Spencer Ware
    wr Julio
    wr Evans
    wr Cooks
    te Jordan Reed

    BN John Brown
    Bn Martellus Bennett
    BN Sims
    BN Kenneth Dixon
    BN RGIII

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Slotty Seconds: That’s okay. Freeman will anchor it. I actually think Sims could have some value here. And your WRs are totally stacked. You might even be able to package Brown for something as well if Ware loses any value with Charles’ return to normalcy.

  15. Old Dirty says:
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    I’m in a td only league where we don’t sit/start players . We have 2 qbs, 4 rbs, 4 wrs, & 1 Te. ToTal points at the end of the year wins . 8 toTal teams. 4 points for throwing a td, 6 points for rush/catch

    Do you know anywhere that puts out a td only ranking ?

    Who would your top 8 be?
    I was thinking
    Brown
    Odb
    Gurley
    Johnson
    Miller
    Ap
    Jones
    Newton

    Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Old Dirty: I don’t, but the Google machine might know. I might look at our projections and adjust by touchdown to see where there’s hidden value. As your list here has it, I think that looks correct. Quarterbacks might be slightly higher though, even with the two points less, they do put up double the amount in some cases.

  16. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Keeper question.

    PPR 2QB league. Keep players for two years.

    Rothsberg- 6th
    Lockett- last
    Langford-last

    Which 2? thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: Tough one. Probably Ben and Langford, but it’s close.

  17. Nate says:
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    Hey man, I know you’re probably sick of giving your opinion on people’s teams by this point, but I’m wondering if you can offer some insights for my 12-team PPR keeper league. We keep 5 and redraft the rest. I picked 8th this year and kept Antonio Brown, Allen Robinson, Eddie Lacy, Danny Woodhead and Russell Wilson. Here’s my team as it stands now:

    QB: Russell Wilson, Tom Brady
    WR: Antonio Brown, Allen Robinson, Jarvis Landry, Golden Tate, Dorial Green-Beckham
    RB: Eddie Lacy, Danny Woodhead, Frank Gore, Duke Johnson, Darren Sproles
    TE: Tyler Eifert, Charles Clay
    K: Chandler Catanzaro
    DEF: Cincinnatti

    We start 1 QB, 3 WR, 2 RB, 1 TE, 1 DEF, 1 K and a WR/RB/TE flex. Currently Eifert is stashed in my IR spot until he clears the PUP, planning to drop Clay when he comes back (unless Clay starts balling I guess.)

    • Nate says:
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      @Nate: Whoops, add Sammie Coates to the list of WRs as well.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Nate: Not at all, that’s what we’re here for!

      I’ll say you’re already starting ahead of the game with that list of keepers. You’re very strong at WR, but there is some weakness at the RB position… something that you might want to address with either Wilson or Brady once he returns. But a pretty solid team regardless.

  18. iso says:
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    drop jordan howard or periman keeper league

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @iso: Howard slightly.

  19. Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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    if i’m having to input projections post bradford trade i’d guess you just take away hill (or leave him with like 1/10th of his previous ones), keep bradford the same, but how to deal with PHI? i’d guess just divide up the stats evenly between c.daniels and wentz, BUT it would seem i can’t just add the bradford + wentz + daniels projected stats and divide by 2 for the total PHI QB stats eh? this last one is just another way of saying how much less would either of daniels/wentz be on a per game basis when compared to bradford at PHI’s stats?

    • Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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      @Mobin Can’t Hack It: about to draft a 12 teamer with super deep benches and this roster
      QB (start 1, 3 max)
      RB (start 3, 6 max)
      WR (start 3, 6 max)
      TE (start 1, 4 max)
      K (start 1, 3 max)
      team D (start 1, 3 max)
      LB (start 2, 4 max)
      DB (start 2, 4 max)
      DL (start 2, 4 max)
      best way to run this roster is 3 QB, 6 RB, 6 WR, 3 TE (2 flexes here), 1 kicker, 2 D’s, 3 LB, 3 DB, 3 DL’s, and either drop the 3rd TE or the 2nd D or the kicker on kicker’s bye week.
      keep 6 (no round costs) and i have mccoy/ingram/julio/a-rob/allen/jordy and it’s a standard mostly, with .2 PPR and .1 pts per carry. 4 pt throwing TD’s.

    • Jay

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      @Mobin Can’t Hack It: That’s probably a bit to cut and dry. Projections will be updated tonight, but yeah, I’m splitting Daniels and Wentz up a bit. Eagles offense will stay a little bit the same, probably an uptick with Ertz and Mathews.

  20. Letsgo says:
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    What’s your take on Stefon diggs now Bradford is coming to town?

    Also, what side of a Stefon diggs for charles sims trade are you on?

    What about Justin Forsett for charles sims?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Letsgo: Yeah, like I said in the post, I think Diggs returns to the spot he used to be (rankings were updated to reflect that). With Forsett released right now, going with Sims.

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