In Pay The Fan you get to start a quarterback twice out of their 16 games, and you only need one QB per week, so you need to select those QBs very carefully! You have to start planning your season out early and then adjust as the season goes on. So here is a schedule grid all color coded and geeked into a realm of geekdom I find myself crossing over way too often. Click on it to make it bigger (that’s what she said).

I used this grid to take a look at my top fantasy quarterbacks and find some of their most favorable matchups throughout the season. I try to lean toward home games, dome games and warm weather games and also stay away from week 16 and 17 for teams I think have at least a chance to wrap things up early. This WILL change. It will probably change before the first regular season game, but it will probably drastically change midway through the season. Pass defenses become injury riddled, young secondaries lather up in gel, Qubes have bones Joe Theismanized, and so on and on. But Pay The Fan is set up so you have to continuously look into the future so you don’t end up screwing yourself in the present.

So far we only have 10 players, including myself, in our Razzball Pay The Fan League. Those are pretty good odds for our $100 league prize and of course you have a shot at the overall weekly prize and the overall overall prize (which isn’t a pair of overalls).

Here are the quarterbacks. I bolded the matchups that looked promising. It’s kind of like a cool game of Sudoku if I knew what that was. How do you think your 17 weeks would look? Remember, you can only start one QB per week and you can only use a QB twice:

Aaron Rodgers: Week 4 DET, Week 6 MIA, Week 14 @DET, Week 16 NYG

Drew Brees: Week 3 ATL, Week 7 CLE, Week 14 STL

Peyton Manning: Week 2 NYG, Week 4 @JAX, Week 5 KC, Week 14 @TEN, Week 15 JAX, Week 17 TEN

Tom Brady: Week 4 @MIA, Week 9 @CLE, Week 12 @DET

Tony Romo: Week 5 TEN, Week 8 JAX, Week 11 DET

Matt Schaub: Week 5 NYG, Week 6 KC, Week 10 @JAX, Week 12 TEN, Week 17 JAX

Philip Rivers: Week 1 @KC, Week 2 JAX, Week 6 @STL, Week 8 TEN, Week 14 KC, Week 15 SF

Jay Cutler: Week 1 DET, Week 11 @MIA, Week 13 @DET

Kevin Kolb: Week 2 @DET, Week 3 @JAX, Week 6 ATL, Week 11 NYG, Week 17 MIA

Brett Favre: Week 2 MIA, Week 3 DET, Week 17 @DET

Matt Ryan: Week 4 SF, Week 5 @CLE, Week 11 @STL,

Joe Flacco: Week 3 CLE, Week 9 MIA, Week 10 @ATL

Eli Manning: Week 3 TEN, Week 6 DET, Week 12 JAX

Donovan McNabb: Week 3 @STL, Week 8 @DET, Week 11 @TEN, Week 16 @JAX

Ben Roethlisberger: Week 6 CLE, Week 7 @MIA, Week 17 @CLE

Chad Henne: Week 16 DET

  1. Greg says:
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    Doc,

    You still loving Jacoby Jones? Looks like Walter has retained the stating spot. So if you are looking for a quality backup i lean more towards walter looking at the current state of affairs.

  2. Principal Blackman says:
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    Doc, this is my first time posting to the football side of things over at Razzball, but I’ve been checking you out for a little while now, and I like your style (I didn’t mean for that to sound like some kind of weird comeon).

    I just drafted my first team of the year in a 14-team league with no flex position. I am a relative noob to fake football, and I would like a ‘pert’s opinion on how my team looks.

    R1 P13 Stephen Jackson
    R2 P16 Jamaal Charles
    R3 P41 Hakeem Nicks
    R4 P44 Michael Crabtree
    R5 P69 Johnny Knox
    R6 P72 Jay Cutler
    R7 P97 Heath Miller
    R8 P100 Donald Brown
    R9 P125 Jacoby Jones
    R10 P128 Ben Roethlisberger
    R11 P153 Jabar Gaffney
    R12 P156 Larry Johnson
    R13 P181 New England
    R14 P184 Arizona
    R15 209 Nick Folk

    And thanks for your advice.

  3. Doc

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    @Greg: That competition isn’t over yet. At worst I see them on a rotation and Jones has a better nose for the endzone.

    @Principal Blackman: Thanks! Looks solid for a 14 teamer. SJax falling that far is good. I wouldn’t worry about carrying 2 defenses. Look for an upside backup RB for your bench.

  4. Greg says:
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    @doc – your are a stubborn one Mr Doc. EVERYWHERE I read says that Walter is with the first team and Jones is with the second team. Competition is over – at least for the start of the year. Do I feel that Jones could take over the two spot by week 6? Yes, very possible. But to start the year Walter is the #2.

  5. Greg says:
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    @doc – but i guess ur point is valid…..doesn’t really matter who the #2 is….just matter who finds the endzone

  6. Greg says:
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    @ Doc – I always wondered what your tiebreak was….rotoworld heh? i guess that site is as good as any. Only time will tell in Houston…

    What do you think of the Javon Walker signing in Minnesota? Do you think Favre pined for him? Looks like the Rice injury and Harvin’s “migraines” minnesota is nervous

    Walker in GB with Favre was good in 2003 and 2004

    03′ 700 yards 9 td’s
    04′ 1400 yards 12 td’s

    i wonder if Walker in his broken down state can put up 500yrds and 3 td’s…..possible…..

  7. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Greg: Yeah, I like the guys over at Rotoworld. Have good conversations with them on Twitter. Of course don’t always agree, but I’ll use their agreement to my advantage!

    I’m not too worried about Harvin not playing. His ceiling gets lowered by not being able to practice as much as he should, but he’ll be out there. Berrian moves up if Rice can’t go and even if he isn’t lights out, he isn’t hurting anymore. Rice should play. Wish I knew when though. I wonder if Walker even makes the team. He’ll have to show me something against a 1st string D before I worry about him.

  8. Art Vandelay says:
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    Still liking Felix Jones over Arian Foster in a PPR league? Like Jones’ talent, but Foster is looking more and more like the go-to guy.

  9. Greg says:
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    @Art – I am the BIGGEST Felix Jones supporter out there (trust me just ask Doc), I begrudgingly agree that Foster is the better play. Some sites have him ranked in the top 10. Felix Jones is in the 30s and that is PPR rankings. I see Jones personally as more of a top 25 guy….but either way get on the Foster train…

  10. Dave says:
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    Have Beanie, Bradshaw and MBush at RB (non PPR).
    Can trade Beanie for Reggie Wayne straight up which would give me Marshall and Wayne at WR.
    Rest of my O is QB P Manning and TE Z Miller (Oak).

    Make the deal?
    If not my WR would be Marshall and Avery/Britt.
    Then I would have to try to deal either Bradshaw or Bush.

    Thanks for the help.

  11. Greg says:
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    @dave – I’m not Doc…and don’t make the move w.o his opinion….But I don’t blink… I pull the trigger. Wayne is fading a bit but Wells still isn’t the man in Arizona…..so thats a wash per sae. Marshall and Wayne is SUBSTANTIALLY better then Marshall Avery/Britt…. you still have Bradshaw and Bush – either one of them coul turn into the #1 RB…..TRADE!

  12. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Dave: Would Bradshaw and Bush be your 2 starting RBs? Who would your backups be?

  13. Howbone says:
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    Hey Doc, love the site. Just found out I’m picking ninth in a standard 12-team non PPR redraft that starts 3 wr. Going by your rankings I would probably go RB-RB in the first two rounds with Mendenhall and then perhaps DeAngelo or Matthews. I just can’t help but be a little skeptical of taking Mendenhall in the first round, I’m tempted to go Brees or Randy Moss. Please help talk me through this?

  14. Doc

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    @Art Vandelay: I agree Foster is the go to guy now, but in 1 pt PPR I think Jones still is ahead of him.

    @Greg: You’ve seen sites with Foster in the top 10 RBs? This is Kubiak we are talking about. I like him, but that seems drastic.

  15. Doc

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    @Howbone: I’m ok with grabbing a top receiver there as well. I’m starting to lean more that way as the season gets ramped up, but i am still a big Mendy supporter. Check out his numbers from last season. He didn’t play the full season and Big Ben was throwing for a ton of yards. They will rely more on the run this year and Mendy will be used more and more in the passing game. I have heard some rumblings of him losing some goal line looks to Redman, but that’s all rumor. I’m still taking him before the non-AJ receivers in the first round, but the receiver strategy is sound because they are more reliable, but they also have a lower ceiling. That’s the trade off.

  16. Greg says:
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    @doc – yup index has Foster him 10th in PPR leagues….rankings came out late last nite. I concur on Kubiak but he just doesnt have the horses in the stable this year…whether he like it or not Foster is the man he has no choice…

  17. Doc

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    @Greg: Index? Link me up.

  18. Doc

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    @Greg: I wonder if I put Foster 10th in ppr if I could get paid!? Is that all you have to do!?

  19. Greg says:
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    haha true that. Make insane predictions… Worst thing that happens is that you lose…. but if you are right you look like a hero!

  20. emceeperiod says:
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    HELP! I have a horrible team in a 14 team league and have to keep 3 players. As you can see, RUN DMC and Slaton completely have screwed me in the last couple of years, so I need to keep 3 players. Any and all advice would be helpful, from commenters and of course from Doc and Grey. Thanks. I’m thinking Moreno and 2 others… Here is my pathetic team:

    Ladell Betts (NO – RB)
    Owen Daniels (Hou – TE)
    Malcom Floyd (SD – WR)
    Quinton Ganther (Sea – RB)
    Anthony Gonzalez (Ind – WR)
    Chris Jennings (Cle – RB)
    Darren McFadden (Oak – RB)
    Robert Meachem (NO – WR)
    Knowshon Moreno (Den – RB)
    Terrell Owens (Cin – WR)
    Matt Ryan (Atl – QB)
    Jeremy Shockey (NO – TE)
    Steve Slaton (Hou – RB)
    Alex Smith (SF – QB)

  21. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @emceeperiod: Yeah, that’s a tough one. Moreno for sure. Meachem and Floyd would be my other 2. If Daniels wasn’t a walking ER I would say him, but.

  22. Sos says:
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    Just offered two trades in a ppr: I give marshall, lj for ocho, arian or I give marshall, charles for wayne, arian. Either look worth taking and if so which one?

  23. Doc

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    @Sos: I don’t like either

  24. Sos says:
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    Does it change things if its moss/arian for bmarsh/charles?

  25. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Sos: Don’t like Foster in PPR. Slaton should get the bulk of the passing downs. I like Marshall more than Moss in PPR also.

  26. Dave says:
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    Re: posts 11 to 13
    Thanks for the input Greg – always appreciated.
    Doc – I wouldn’t have any backups ; it is a keeper league.
    We protect 1 QB, 2 RB, 2WR, 1TE, 1PK.
    So I either have:
    P Manning, Bush, Bradshaw, Wayne, Marshall, Z Miller, Gradkowski OR
    Manning, Wells, Bush or Bradshaw, Marshall, Britt or Avery, Miller, Grad

  27. Dominic says:
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    What do you think of this team, 12 team, ppr 20 points per receiving/rushing, 50 yards per pass, 6 points per touchdown.

    I kept Ray Rice and Steven Jackson.

    1. (11) Ray Rice
    2. (14) Steven Jackson
    3. (35) Sidney Rice
    4. (38) Steve Smith
    5. (59) Beanie Wells
    6. (62) Brent Celek
    7. (83) Eli Manning
    8. (86) Dez Bryant
    9. (107) Devin Aromashodu
    10. (110) Brandon Jacobs
    11. (131) Ben Roethlisberger
    12. (134) Mike Williams
    13. (155) Montario Hardesty
    14. (158) New York
    15. (179) Kris Brown

  28. Doc

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    @Dave: Ahh, that makes sense. Yeah, I would make that trade then stack up on RBs

  29. david says:
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    Drafting w/ 5th pick, non-PPR league. Go with Turner or Gore?

  30. Doc

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    @david: I like Gore’s upside more.

  31. tourinnc says:
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    Doc, thanks for putting the chart together. I can not wait to see the charts for RB and WR. Have another cold one, you only have a couple weeks to put your color palette together for each position. After looking at the QB palette I will have to take Romo on Thanksgiving. Stuffing anyone?

  32. Doc

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    @tourinnc: Hah! Really the WR chart will be identical to this one. RB will be next.

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