The original plan was to be visiting family with remote internet access the week prior to preseason action.  So of course, a wine and food fair event just HAD to bump that back a week.  The best part?  We didn’t go to the wine and food fair.  Too tired from all the traveling and didn’t want to spend time with the annoying relatives.  That’s truth with a capital hashtag in front, peeps, and why never to book hotel rooms in advance.  I know you don’t care about any of this blather, really, but want you to know that I’m a bit behind on all the goings on over the last week.  I heard DX died.  Ok, he didn’t die really but in our fantasy football world, being out for the remainder of the year is pretty similar.  BTW, it’s bad enough to tear it once but he’s now torn his ACL 5 times.  Screw Tommy John surgery, we need Danario Alexander surgery that replaces completely worthless ACLs.  But enough about that, I’m gonna do my best to post what I know – very little -and what I gleaned – a bit more – from all this preseason football.  I’m going to then gently apply it to this here 2013 Fantasy Football season for you all cuz that’s what I do.  I’m a giver.  But before I give you that, I’m here to give you this.  That ‘this’ is a link to the Razzball Commenter Leagues.  We don’t have many leagues.  It’s embarrassing.  I call my mother and cry on the phone about it and the only person who can change that is you.  Maybe not you on your own, but you and another 11 you’s to join your quest for sweet Razzball swag.  You can call them mini-you’s if you prefer.  But enough about your Dr. Evil impersonations, it’s time to cover a bit of the magic that is preseason football for the 2013 fantasy football season…

Andre Brown – Fumbled the ball.  You say ‘eh, it happens’ and Coughlin says ‘I make grown ass men like David Wilson cry when they do’.  Nothing is dire at this point but it’s a situation to monitor.  Brown looks to be the lead back at the goal line and the clear handcuff to David Wilson unless he drops the ball (bah-dum-bum-bum).

Daniel Thomas – Is somehow still on a roster.  Yes, it’s in Miami but after all that retooling, you’d think this would’ve been fixed by now.  Don’t worry, Jonas Gray should fix that for us all shortly.

Chad Henne8/11 for 87 yards after Yo Gabba Gabbert went 5/10 with an INT.  Even if you’re not into women drawn with comicly oversized eyes and chests with tentacles going in places they never should, you should really get into Henne in 2QB leagues.

Dwayne AllenExpected to miss a few weeks with a foot ailment but plans to be ready to go for the first regular season game of the year.  I once had a plan to kidnap Liam Neeson’s family.  What I’m trying to say is not all plans work out the best.

Michael Vick – 4/5 for 94 yards and a TD and was with the first team in his preseason game.  He’s motivated by having to play on a one year contract and has one of the better setups for his style of play.  This is why I had him as a top 15 QB in my Quarterback Rankings back in June and why he hasn’t moved.

Daryl Richardson – I swear this isn’t a gloat-fest here, but after 4 carries for 24 yards and a Pead fumble, it’s looking pretty good that I had Richardson in my top 30 Running Backs back in June.  Of course, I also said I’m not overly excited about him so keep that in mind when drafting your D-Rich that you ain’t getting T-Rich

Brandon WeedenPlayed primarily out of shotgun which is more in line with how he played in college and performed quite well: 10/13, 112 yards and an 8.6 yards per attempt average.  I was a bit skeptical of Weeden coming into this year but for all the hype Alex Smith is getting and his moving to KC, Weeden could become the cheaper version for those 2QB leagues that require you draft a Jags or Browns QB.

Chris Givens – 82 yards and a touchdown on 3 receptions.  Remember when I said you don’t need to draft Torrey Smith this year?  You don’t?  Well maybe it’s because you didn’t read my Chris Givens Sleeper post earlier this year.  I thought of it while coin diving near the drain at your local pool.

Cordarrelle Patterson54 yards on 8 targets and 4 receptions.  Clearly I already told you in the opening paragraph I missed the preseason but anyone who can make Matt Cassell look like an NFL quarterback is an BFFFF (Best Fantasy Football Friend Forever) in my book.

Tyler Clutts – Is currently a fullback on the Texans roster.  He’s also never allowed to carry the practice gear to the field.

EJ ManuelSpeaking of Clutts’, due to Kolb slipping on a rubber matt, Manuel got all first team reps in his preseason game.  Word on the street is he looked good but Kolb is still being called the starter for game one of the season.  That is unless he finds himself near a slip and slide between now and then.  Keep your eyes on this situation in deeper leagues.  I’m currently holding Kolb in on league but am willing to drop him for a defense that I didn’t draft if that gives you any indication of how I think this’ll pan out at this point.

Chris IvoryStill dealing with a hamstring issue but says he’ll be ready to go for the Jets second preseason game.  I’m still high on him but would like to see him stay healthy for a few games before the year even starts before I start talking about my sleeper post about him.  Who does this guy think he is, DMC?

Christine MichaelNow here’s a preseason game I actually caught a little bit of and I’m not gonna lie, fell in love with Michael a bit.  Not in that way, silly!  All in all, if Lynch goes down, I’ll give Stephen King’s Christine a joyride over Turbin at this point.

Dallas Clark – Signed with the Ravens on Sunday after signing aged wideout Brandon Stokley earlier in the week.  Next step is finding Marvin Harrison so the Ravens can lure Peyton Manning out of retirement…wait, what?  I have no idea what the Ravens are doing either other than trying to plug holes in their sinking Super Bowl ship with perforated duct tape.

Austin Collie – Super old news, I know, but is now with the 49ers and had a reasonable first game with them (20 yards on 3 targets and 2 receptions).  Could be an interesting WR3 play for this year if he can stay healthy and doesn’t take a Kaepernick pass to the helmet.

  1. Scott says:
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    Trade strategy question that I don’t think I have ever seen addressed, so I’m coming to you with it. Is it genius to trade your top players (A.J. Green) to the opponent you are playing during the player’s bye week (week 12)? I would get Julio Jones back, so I might lose some numbers overall, but the advantage of being able to play Jones while watching Green sit during a head to head match up is pretty big, isn’t it?

    Obviously I wouldn’t do this without getting similar value back, but if you continually made trades like this, wouldn’t you give yourself a huge advantage?

    • AP says:
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      @Scott: A few things:

      Doesn’t your league have a trade deadline? Can you still make trades week 12? The bye weeks are definitely something to consider when trading. However, it takes two to Tango. Look at it from the other side: Why would the other guy trade a guy of similar value (Jones/Green) if both are healthy, having a decent year, and he’s getting the short end of the bye week stick? I think it’s one of those things that sounds awesome in theory, but it’s hard to put into practice if you have a competitive league that’s paying attention.

    • Sky

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      In redraft leagues, I guess I could see it but the reality is you’re trading down and that effects every other week you play, gives them more points then you along the course of the season and if you’re battling that person for a playoff spot by week 12 and they have more points then you and the same record…you get where I’m going with this. I don’t think it’s wise to trade away the better player to a team due to when you play them. Don’t think there’s enough to it to create a strategy from it.

      • Scott says:
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        @Sky: Thanks for the responses. I guess it would probably only apply in certain situations. I’ve already drafted this year and made a couple of trades that I think made sense for my team. There were a few other smaller pieces to these trades, but overall I did the following: I traded Alfred Morris for Ray Rice, and Morris will be on bye when I play against him. Then I traded Rice for Dez Bryant and Rice will be on bye when I play against him. I feel like I have set it up so both those weeks I have a big advantage, while not really hurting myself, because I still have Lynch and SJax to start at RB.

        I probably could have just traded Morris for Bryant, but this way I have created an advantage in the 2 weeks that I face good players on their bye week. To AP – I agree you could not make these trades during the season the week of the bye. You would need to look ahead and make the moves now. We will see whether it works out for me.

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          @Scott: Good luck…..hope it works out.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I’ll be interested to see how it pans out. You’ll have to let me know. Those moves seem fairly lateral overall, can’t see it as something that hurts you.

  2. AP says:
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    Keeper question for a Standard scoring non PPR 12 team league. I can keep two players, and I think I have 3 options. I would have to give up a pick 2 rounds earlier than I got them in last year.

    Player (Round I have to give up)
    David Wilson (6th)
    Kyle Rudolf (9th)
    Kendal Wright (14th)

    I am definitely keeping Wilson, and I am leaning towards Rudolf because Jake Locker is terrible. (I realize Ponder is also terrible) Any reason why I should consider keeping Wright? I’m a bargain shopper, so hard to turn away that value. With Pitta and Hernandez out, I feel like Rudolf’s value has risen this offseason. (Side Note: I would have got to keep Hernandez for a 7th round pick this year, if he could stop killing dudes for a minute.)

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, good luck on that A-Hern keep. Though if you do it, you should send him a pic of your team. It would brighten his spirits.

      I like Kendal but you’re making the right choice in my eyes. I see him as a WR3 with Locker at the helm and is replaceable.

      • AP says:
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        @Sky: Thanks…..just wanted to make sure I wasn’t leaving something on the table. My thoughts exactly. BTW, I am switching up this year after years of using a different draft guide and going with your rankings this year. Here’s to the start of a beautiful relationship!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Sweet and thanks for reading!

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            @Sky: it’s appearing that he may have been killing dudes for a while, thus the problem is the getting caught part. He kept it real till it went wrong.

  3. Clint (aka Pablo Death) says:
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    I’ve been playing fantasy football for years and I wanna say I’ve always been told to go with the goal line RB’s in camp battles or RBBC’s when it’s draft time and it’s always cost me. Was I misinterpreting things all this time or what’s the justification for it long term assuming a RBBC somehow turns into a 2/3 timeshare from there? For example, I keep seeing Ball over Hillman because of that but if you look at the same team’s RB set up 2 years ago, McGahee was getting goal line carries stolen by Tebow yet he was still the clear guy to have & one of the more valuable RB’s in fantasy that year if I’m not mistaken. Don’t more touches trump goal line looks?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, not sure who’s been giving you your fantasy football prescription but I give the goal line back zero merit unless he’s capable of being more then that.

      Ball isn’t over Hillman right now because he’s a goal line back in an RBBC, he’s over Hillman because people think he’ll own the starting job out of preseason. I haven’t seen a situation, ranking-wise, where this is the case this year and don’t remember it ever being that way. Andre Brown is ranked behind David Wilson, LeShoure is ranked behind Bush. Heck, I’m pretty sure even Ingram is ranked behind PT but I could be wrong. Unless you play in a standard league, TDs shouldn’t weigh heavily into your drafting strategy. They’re too up and down from year to year.

  4. Matt says:
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    Just finished my draft yesterday. I ended up getting David Wilson and Lamtar Miller as my starting running backs cause I’m in a keeper league and all the top tier backs were off the board. I also drafted Shane Vareen as my flex and got Andre Brown as a handcuff for Wilson. Vareen is obviously the flex play right? It wouldn’t make sense to start 2 backs from the same team. I’ve seen a lot of people putting Brown in as a flex. What are your thoughts?

    • Sky

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      Are you talking week 1? I’m not sure if I’m following your question. Andre Brown looks to be designated as the goal line back for the Giants and isn’t a bad runner overall. I’d play matchups all year. Keep in mind Brown finished with 8 touchdowns in 10 games in 2012. He’s not just a David Wilson handcuff.

      • Matt says:
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        @Sky: sorry I worded that really badly. If the giants run game gets shut down or they end up in a shootout and stop running the ball all together, I kind of kill myself for that week if I start both Wilson and Brown. Obviously this is a matchup thing but if both Vareen and Brown have good match ups, Vareen would be the guy right? Or do you think it’s smart to play 2 giants running backs?

        • Sky

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          I don’t have anything against playing two Giants backs if the matchup is right. Problem is you drafted Brown so I don’t understand why you drafted him if this was a concern for you. Is he going to be on your bench for every game?

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            @Sky: No I definitely don’t plan on benching him every game, Brown fell tremendously in my draft. I’m in a 2 TE and 3 WR leauge so there were multiple runs on tight ends and recievers. For whatever reason Bown lasted until the 10th round, and I already had Vareen as my flex. I thought he’d be good insurance for Wilson in case of injury or being stuck in coughlins dog house again. Brown fell so much I couldn’t pass him up. But in my current situation I thought Vareen would be a better flex option if the matchups are similar but it sounds like you prefer Brown.

            • Sky

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              Nah, just didn’t understand where you were coming from is all with the ‘should I start two Giants backs’ was all. I’m not a big handcuff guy so I don’t draft a guy’s backup unless the league is really deep and his backup is talented enough to warrant it. Vereen should have a clear weekly role on the Pats offense as the PPR back and occasional slot receiver type. I’d go with him most weeks for that reason as touchdowns are fluky.

              • Matt says:
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                @Sky: Yea sorry for the confusion. Thanks for the advice though, great stuff as always

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Not a worry my man and thanks for reading!

  5. Moose Out Front says:
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    Glad you’re back Sky. Thanks to Grey my baseball team already has a 1st round bye locked up so I can turn my attention to football full time for the rest of the month.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks and nice! Hopefully I can lead you to similar nosebleed territory when it comes to where you land in your leagues this year.

  6. Ron says:
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    Is it possible with the lack of weapons in SF that Vernon Davis can reach Graham type numbers on yardage and receptions?

    If so, isn’t he a better value in round 4-5 than Graham in round 2?

    • hooverviille says:
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      @Ron: He’s not going to have Graham type numbers… you’re dreaming. Look up his stats after Kaepernick took over last season, HUGE drop-off in production. Maybe they figure things out during the offseason, but for a 4th or 5th round pick I’d rather be drafter a WR2 or QB1. I would then take a flyer on a TE, Housler is my favorite this season.

    • Sky

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      I think the value there is moot. With the loss of Pitta and all the hype surrounding Vernon without Crabtree there, I’d say he’s going to get overvalued. Davis will get more targets/receptions this year but I don’t think that offense can make all that into a Graham-type year.

  7. Big League Choo says:
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    in a 12 team keeper ppr league we have a snake first round from last yrs values and i have the 7th pick. Assuming that alfred morris(3$),david wilson(9), lamar miller(3) are all gone what would be your 1-4 rank of Ivory(3), Ridley(11), Colston(21), Shorts III(3), Josh Gordon(3), Garcon(14), Lynch(33)?

    Thanks again for all the great advice!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Sorry, I’m not understanding your setup. So if you draft one of these guys in the first round of a snake you have to pay auction value money for them? I did put up rankings and auction values on the rankings tab if you haven’t seen those. Sorry if I’m missing something, let me know.

  8. Adam says:
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    Hey Sky. I’ve got the number one pick in a ppr league and really want to take Doug Martin over AP…..tell me I’m not crazy! I just don’t think AP can repeat a great performance after rushing for 2K

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I ranked Doug Martin over AP in PPR leagues in my rankings so no, you’re not crazy.

  9. Jay says:
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    Would you consider drafting Graham with a late 2nd pick and come back with either Julio, D. Thomas, Marshall or MJD on the way back? Or just not risk it and take one of the latter and sacrifice graham? AssumingI have Martin or Charles as my first pick. Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d be more inclined to take an RB there but I have no problem with that angle.

  10. Bonghuetz says:
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    Just wanted to get your opinion on DMC in a 14-team PPR keeper league. I have the opportunity to keep him and only lose a 7th round pick (good value i think, especially with some of the top level RB talent already kept) but with every fantasy analyst espousing their pure hatred for the man, I’m having second thoughts about keeping him.

    I know everyone hates him and for good reason – he’s always injured, couldn’t/wouldn’t figure out the zone blocking scheme, fails to exceed expectations in general, etc., but assuming he stays healthy (a big assumption, i know) doesn’t he have some very positive things going for him at a position that is a relative crap shoot outside the top 10?

    1. He’s not in a time-share/platoon situation, as he figures to stay in on 3rd down and get goal line carries (which is a rare situation in today’s NFL)
    2. He should catch a lot of balls out of the backfield, as the QB and WR situation in Oakland screams lots of checkdowns
    3. He has at least eight games against teams that were bottom 10 in the league versus the run last year (Indy, Jax, KC twice, PHI, NYG, TEN, and NYJ)
    4. Contract year

    I have yet to see someone write a post that focuses on any positive outlook for DMC, rather most posts focus on how he has been a letdown over the past few seasons and the analyst would rather not go through the emotional roller coaster that comes with owning him. I think the fact that this is a contract year means that he toughs out a lot of those relatively minor injuries that have kept him in a perpetual state of “Questionable” for the past few seasons. Nothing inspires talented but disappointing players like the sight of their next long-term contract.

    Your thoughts on DMC and my analysis in general would be greatly appreciated.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      No worries, here’s my take.

      1. This can be said about 20-25 different running backs this year where the split isn’t severe enough to warrant it being a worry so I wouldn’t call it rare for 2013. Chris Ivory has a lead back role – albeit without the receptions to go with it most likely – and he’s getting drafted in the mid-70’s via yahoo’s ADP. If that’s a hinge point, I think there are cheaper options.

      2. I don’t agree with you here. Marcel Reece proved himself last year to be a very capable back on checkdowns. I wouldn’t hand DMC those reigns at all. Keep in mind if they’re trying to keep him healthy, not giving him all the junk yardage and wearing him down early is going to be important for the Raiders.

      3. You can’t project future defensive production on last year’s stats. It’s very rare those things stay consistent enough for you to draft off them and I can tell you right here and now, rushing defense is one of the flukiest to base your analysis off of. None of those teams had a winning record last year. So what does a team do when they’re up 30-10 in the 4th quarter? They run the ball. Not a sound way to approach this concept at all in my opinion, especially when you’re basing it off a Running Back who looks to be playing on one of the worst teams in the league (read: very few 4th down carries)

      4. It’s always hard to say what this will mean for a player. You could get a big year, you might not. Have seen it cut both ways.

      Sorry man, not trying to burst your bubble but I’m not seeing many of your points being positives enough to warrant getting all that excited about DMC given his health history.

      • Bonghuetz says:
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        @Sky: I see what you mean on all points…No bubble-bursting, would rather hear it now anyways.

        I can see you’re not very high on him at all but you do have him at #54 overall, which puts him in 4th or 5th round in a 14 team league, so he would still represent good value in the 7th, right? Putting it another way, do you have a DO NOT DRAFT list that he’s on or are you one of those experts who will draft anyone as long as the price is right?

        • Sky

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          Draft day is all about risk/value. I’m not against drafting him, per se, but chances are I’ll have filled my coffers with other RBs when his time came and would be less inclined unless he really fell to me. Basically, he has to be my RB3 to get me involved and I just don’t see that happening with how drafts usually go.

  11. Big League Choo says:
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    basically you get to keep an extra guy from the pool based on what they went for last yr…i guess i could just subtract last yrs value from auction values to find the best player for the money

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ah ok, so you do a snake but if you want to keep them, their auction value is reflected. If I’m reading that right, of course. Think Ivory is a great value there. Solid RB2 with a potential to be much more.

  12. HandOfGaudin says:
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    I have arrived. Toss me the pigskin…. Eww, not that! Gross!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      We are truly blessed. It’s only porkrinds!

      • HandOfGaudin says:
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        @Sky: aww man, even worse!! Haha

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Stuff really is nasty. How does one take a part of a pig and make it disgusting? I could never understand it…

  13. Jack Full O' Hate says:
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    I’m starting to freak out a bit over here, I have my RCL draft in JB’s league tomorrow and have done absolutely nothing to prep, so caught up in baseball and work I have not done my work, and to make it work I have a semi full day today. Any suggestions for a cram session. I would say I missed you not being here last week, but that would be weird so I will say I’m glad you got the well deserved break you needed and I got a break from internet stalking

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Haha, thanks for the warm – bordering on invading my personal bubble space – welcome back. I’d do a quick review of the rankings, of course. Also did a wide receiver draft strategy that should help if you hover over the rankings tab you can see it under ‘draft strategies’. Have a Yahoo All-ADP team going live tomorrow morning, might help highlight some guys to target, round wise. Other then that, you’re gonna do awesome no doubt.

      • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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        @Sky: you are so supportive, un llike my mother, if you think this is bordering your personal bubble space, you just wait til I come visit you for our Ducks game in October http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmTRFvZ_Cp4 you’re rob lowe

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha sweet! I’ll take being Robb Lowe all day and every day.

          So you are gonna make it? No pipe dreams on this? Wanna make sure and get things lined up for ya. If we have a renter by then, you might get the air mattress but you’ll be good to go. 20-30 minute walk to stadium and at least three bars on the way there and back we can stop at. It’s a good life.

          • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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            @Sky: wow, I was planning on the hotel motel holiday inn style. being total strangers the thought of having someone in my home is kinda weird, so I assume it’s all the same for others. Also I have a lot of trouble sleeping and can be a bit neurotic about it being up til 4 or 5 in the morning and no other human should have to deal with that, so I like to opt for the hotel, motel holiday inn.

            I’m very down to come, just looked at schedule and I’m thinking the Cal game or the Wazzu game. Can’t bring myself to go for the UCLA game and the ass kicking I will take by some angry ducks when we win…hehe

            • Sky

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              Ah cool; honestly, that means I don’t have to have that awkward conversation with my wife saying my internet friend is coming to stay. If you stay at a hotel/motel, I gotta cover the food/drink. It’s only right.

              I should be in the free and clear for either of those. Think only time I have major plans comes in November. It’s a good time of year to be in Eugene. Rain season hasn’t started and the weather is still reasonable. Looking forward to it if you can make it!

              • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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                @Sky: exactly, if you had that conversation we both would of had to stay at the hotel, which would of sucked because I know of no motels that has bunk beds…

                I want to get there before the weather takes it’s 5 month pissing all over the beaver state. You shouldn’t have a problem scoring tickets?

                • Sky

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                  Ha, totally. I’m picturing this (since we’ve gone down the Farley road, why leave, right?):

                  http://movieclips.com/5ejP-tommy-boy-movie-housekeeping/

                  You’re still Farley, of course.

                  I’ll have to look into it about the tickets. I’ll start now see if I have some form of connection (they’re flimsy but it never hurts to ask, right?).

                  • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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                    @Sky: If you need money for them I’ll send it to you. Don’t you work for the school?

                    Being that I’m built like Farley I am very OK with that, I’ll be sure to pack some bikini briefs.

                    • Sky

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                      I do but there’s not much that comes of that and much less as time goes on. By that I mean there are no discounts for being an employee, really, so I wanna see what angle I can work with some people I know in the athletic department. Keep your fingers and toes crossed, maybe we can get something cool out of it. We can talk about money if it comes to that when you get here. Not like we’ll be sitting on Uncle Phil’s lap so I’m not overly concerned about the cost.

                      The scary thing about the bikini is you might be competing with other guys for looks at the stadium.

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    How do you handle the bench spots in this set up?
    Standard 12 team league: 1 QB, 1 TE, 3 WR, 2 RB, D, and K and 6 bench spots (no flex spot). I typically don’t draft a K or D and didn’t this year either. So I’ve got 6 spots to wait for the gems to reveal themselves.

    My top 3 RBs are Charles, T-Rich, and Bush. Plus Bernard and D-Rich in the wings. But I’ve got Ben Tate taking up a spot. For no other reason than to piss off hopefully trade him to the Foster owner. Ingram, D-Williams, Pierre Thomas, Hillman, and Montee Ball are still available for RB. Everything coming out of New Orleans seems to say Ingram is crapping gold bullion. Is Tate worth hanging onto over these guys? Or hang onto Tate and shop him to Foster’s owner?

    I’ve got Colston and Decker (sadly no DX anymore…). But have Stevie Johnson, TY Hilton and Thompkins in the wings. Cordarrelle, Hartline, and Golden Tate are available for WR. I’d like to upgrade the #3 WR. How would you rank these WRs now? I’d imagine the Cordarrelle would be at the end of that list.

    Any comments on Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald’s game? Is Palmer worth rostering to see how preseason pans out? Or kick him for some RB/WR and assume he (or some other QB) will be there for Brady’s bye week?

    If my season started tomorrow, I’d end up dropping Tate and Palmer for a K and D.

    • btd says:
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      @btd: Take 2 on HTML redo…

      How do you handle the bench spots in this set up?
      Standard 12 team league: 1 QB, 1 TE, 3 WR, 2 RB, D, and K and 6 bench spots (no flex spot). I typically don’t draft a K or D and didn’t this year either. So I’ve got 6 spots to wait for the gems to reveal themselves.

      My top 3 RBs are Charles, T-Rich, and Bush. Plus Bernard and D-Rich in the wings. But I’ve got Ben Tate taking up a spot. For no other reason than to piss off hopefully trade him to the Foster owner. Ingram, D-Williams, Pierre Thomas, Hillman, and Montee Ball are still available for RB. Everything coming out of New Orleans seems to say Ingram is crapping gold bullion. Is Tate worth hanging onto over these guys? Or hang onto Tate and shop him to Foster’s owner?

      I’ve got Colston and Decker (sadly no DX anymore…). But have Stevie Johnson, TY Hilton and Thompkins in the wings. Cordarrelle, Hartline, and Golden Tate are available for WR. I’d like to upgrade the #3 WR. How would you rank these WRs now? I’d imagine the Cordarrelle would be at the end of that list.

      Any comments on Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald’s game? Is Palmer worth rostering to see how preseason pans out? Or kick him for some RB/WR and assume he (or some other QB) will be there for Brady’s bye week?

      If my season started tomorrow, I’d end up dropping Tate and Palmer for a K and D.

      • btd says:
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        @btd: Nailed it!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha, well done!

          Hillman/Ball/D-Will/Ingram are still available? That’s kinda nuts…don’t think the Foster owner will give you the time of day if you didn’t draft a K/DEF for Tate. I’d take any of those 4 over him. Probably Ball but I’d keep my eyes peeled on how preseason plays out for him and his playing time. Not sure what to make of J-Stew. Might be moving D-Will up my ranks eventually if that doesn’t work itself out. I like Ingram a little but I think he’s the short yardage back with PT there.

          I have zero issues with Stevie/TY as your WR3. If you wanna make a move, drop Thompkins for Golden. Has a good chance to be the number one target for his team this year and was pretty good down the stretch last year.

          Didn’t get to see it. Palmer is an upgrade for certain in AZ but honestly, I’m not huge on keeping a backup QB. Feels like an empty roster spot since you’re angling for a bye week. Think you can find a suitable replacement for one week if you dropped Palmer.

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            @Sky: Agreed. It’s for public yahoos… It’s my prep league for the one I care about. But I basically used your rankings as my starting point instead of the yahoo default and feel really good about my team. Thanks!

            Ball was drafted and dropped. I’ve read that he’s had big issues with pass pro. Which in a Peyton Manning offense is unforgivable… If he gets that, then yeah.

            All of those 4 have warts though… but I think from a skill set level, Ingram has the highest ceiling IF he earns the opportunity.

            I think I’m on the Thompkins hype wagon… at least for another week. Maybe I’ll drop Tate for Tate instead.

            • Sky

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              Yeah wasn’t a blast against Thompkins there. Just Golden feels safer without having a low ceiling. I really don’t trust the Saints to give that window without an injury to PT but I’m right there with you. Ingram finished strong last year. I’ve heard the same issues with Ball. Gonna be really funny if Knowshon is starting after all the hype we’ve heard from most fantasy pundits about Ball. I didn’t even have him in my top 20 RBs.

              • btd says:
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                @Sky: Ha! Yeah, I thought about putting kNow-show in my original post but I just couldn’t… Agreed that the Saints like PT alot.

                • Sky

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                  Haha, I rode Knowshon to glory in a few leagues last year, nabbing him after everyone clamored for Hillman but really, he’s not an exciting play at all. There’s good reason to like PT of course, just makes it hard to get too involved with Ingram. At the very least, he’s probably the short yardage/goal to go guy, though.

  15. FrankGrimes says:
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    here is something you missed SJax looked SLOW

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      As we all know, 5 carries in the preseason tells us everything. I didn’t get to see it, obviously, but I’m looking at Rodgers line and I’m not seeing too much to get excited about there either…Grimey!

  16. Robert says:
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    very basic question: As baseball season approaches, Grey puts together a draft strategy article on how to pair 1st with 2nd round picks, i.e. power hitting 1st baseman with speed & run scoring outfielder. Do you have any thoughts on 1st & 2nd round pairings? With a 2 RB and 2 WR roster, would you go RB in both rounds because WR is deeper? Or is it better to get RB & WR covered in the 1st two rounds?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, baseball in terms of draft strategy has a different angle then football. There’s many approaches, really, but I prefer going RB/RB if I can help it unless the value is not there. My strategy is the 2 in 3, 3 in 6 and 4 in 9 in terms of the RB position as it, after 3 rounds, I want 2 RBs, after 6 rounds I want 3, etc. It would probably be more practical of me to do a draft write up that does ‘if you go RB/WR in your first two rounds’ and how to handle from there…wow, thanks for the great idea!

      • Robert says:
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        @Sky: after losing $ the last 2 yrs, I need to improve my drafting. Thanks

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          No prob! Really, I’d have you take a look at my rankings if you want a perspective outside of what you’ll get on yahoo/ESPN. Could be a good start for you if you haven’t already taken a peek.

      • Pope says:
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        @Sky: An article like that would be awesome

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          That’s two yays. Sounds like I have work to do!

  17. Pope says:
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    Sky, would you take MJD or Brees in the second after taking Trent in the 1st?

    Also, is Reggie Bush in the 3rd too early?

    I’m trying to get my draft down, along with your rankings, and I want to stack up on at RBs early. I got Russell Wilson in the 6th in my last mock, so obviously we can wait on QB.

    (My leaguemates are excited for this year, I’m doing a PPR league with no K and an extra FLEX spot that can play any offensive position, thanks to your suggestion)

    • Pope says:
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      @Pope: And, can we use your rankings as draft positions? Maybe that’s a dumb question, but that’s kind of how I’m trying to judge value

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Reasonable question. I think to an extent you can. Other than QB – I’m not suggesting to make people reach, just highlighting value with them – I’d draft by the rankings I’ve laid out no problem.

        • Pope says:
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          @Sky: Good to hear, I’ve been doing mocks based on your rankings and I feel like I’m stealing some guys that others wouldn’t even be thinking of

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @Pope: Lot of my RB calls so far are panning out the way I expected so there’s that. Daryl Richardson has already slithered up from the 11th to the 9th round in the span of about 2 weeks. Set an early draft! Haha.

            • Pope says:
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              @Sky: Haha got it

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      1) I’m fine with MJD in the second. I placed Brees there knowing full well you don’t have to draft him there in my rankings. Go RB/RB whenever/wherever you can is my motto.

      2) I’d take Reggie there

      3) That’s awesome! Good to hear that we’re getting rid of that pesky kicker habit.

      • Pope says:
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        @Sky: Thanks man

  18. Jay says:
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    14 man league, would you take SJax and Bryant if I have the 13th pick in the draft? Rbs like L. Bell, M. Ball, C. Ivory, D. Wilson are there as my third pick approaches while receivers like Decker, Nicks, Garcon are there as well. My other plans were to either play it safe and get Sjax with Ridley/Forte, solidify tight end in a deep league with Sjax and Graham, or the more riskier move of Sjax and MJD. Any help is appreciated!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Jay: I don’t mind SJax/Dez there. Definitely grab one of those RBs for your RB2 next, though.

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