Both Jared and RG-3 have been taken out. If I were Justin Tuck, I'd be worried...

Both Jared and RG-3 have fallen. If I were Justin Tuck, I’d be worried…

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Okay. Not really. And so it was, and so it shall be, which was proclaimed long ago when the Washington Football Team traded what would be Janoris Jenkins, Michael Brockers, Zac Stacy, Stedman Bailey, Greg Robinson, and Alec Ogletree for Robert Griffin III, and then a few days later, drafted his eventual successor in Kirk Cousins. Bible-speech aside, I have to say, maybe Mike Shannahan and company might have been better off just waiting, you know, until their sixth pick and drafting Ryan Tannehill. Sure, hindsight has that amazing 20/20 vision, but as I mentioned in yesterday’s podcast, this quarterback excursion seemed doomed to fail, even as far back to that aforementioned day when both RG-3 and Kirk Cousins were drafted. Obviously, the situation was exacerbated over time by injuries, stunted development, complete coaching failures, further coaching changes, system changes, ownership dysfunction, etc. etc. And this is a normal Monday for the franchise. So here we are and Kirk Cousins is now your Week 1 Starter in Washington. I would go on to establish some fantasy context, but I’m not sure there is any. Just further proof that Washington has now eclipsed the Raiders at being the Raiders. Truly… these are dark days in the District.

In case you guys haven’t noticed, Fantasy Basketball is warming up once again, and our RCLs are open! If you’d like to go keep J.B. Gilpin company for a bit, I ain’t gonna blame you. Afterall, I’m busy keeping his mom company…

  • That wasn’t the only quarterback news yesterday, as Tyrod Taylor was named the Week 1 starter for the Bills. Rex Ryan had originially considered it a battle between Taylor and Matt Cassel, but I’m sure that was before he knew who Matt Cassel was. Despite Tehol ranking him in his top-5 of all time greats in NFL history, I do think there’s something here. The Colts have traditionally had trouble containing quarterbacks with mobility, and I think Taylor could be a sneaky play if you’re streaming, and has enough athletic ability to break out if you have a spot for him.
  • In other Bills news, Fred Jackson was unceremoniously released. While many franchises have had to go through this, that still doesn’t mean it’s not a shame to see a fan favorite told to move on. True, there wasn’t a real role available for him as the preseason roster developed, but the Bills did give Jackson a lot of reps on Sunday for showcase. So, with this cut you could say he was at least given time to catch on with another team, but in today’s NFL, I prefer to remain jaded. It’s almost too easy. What’s next? I could see him with the Rams, or maybe the Cowboys, unless Jerry goes Jerry and…
  • The Raiders have cut Trent Richardson, which is usually the defining sign that it’s all over. But, as much as I was surprised that Jerry Jones let Johnny Manzial slip by in the draft (pretty sure Cowboys management placed him in a room with no phone or internet), I wouldn’t be surprised if Dallas could be a potential destination. However, with Richardson’s career one-yard-per-carry average, I calucalate that he would arrive in Dallas by roughly the year 2890.
  • Julius Thomas is now expected to miss 4-5 weeks due to an injured tendon in his finger. He’s going to seek a second opinion later today, but since this is the Jaguars, I wouldn’t expect much. Though, it could be worse… if this were the Browns, he’d be declared dead from that second opinion.
Jacksonville's general response to such things.

Jacksonville’s general response to such things. Something they share with Cleveland I suppose. 

  • T.Y. Hilton suffered what appears to be a concussion, which is odd, because they discovered the symptons a day later. Not really a bright side persay, but we’ll have to take a wait and see approach here before anything changes.
  • Devin Funchess appears to have reaggravated his hamstring injury. It didn’t seem serious, but if he continues to have issues, they would literally have no one to throw it to besides Greg Olsen. Honestly, if I were the Panthers, I’d just have Cam Newton throw it to himself on all pass plays.

 

 

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TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
7 years ago

Would you drop Freeman for McFadden? He’s gonna get scooped quickly so I’m so unsure on what to do.

Adam
Adam
7 years ago

New-ish fantasy football guy – mostly play baseball/basketball.
Interested in your thoughts on my team.

Yahoo/0.5PPR/10 teams/1QB,2RB,3WR,Flex

QB: CNewton
RB: MGordon, JStewart
WR: JJones, MEvans, DJackson
TE: Gronk
Flex: Yeldon
K: CParkey
DEF: Min
Bench: AFoster, RWhite, MFloyd, TColeman, DFreeman, CPalmer

BambooLounge
BambooLounge
7 years ago

Does Cousins add or detract any value from the Skins WR corps? I wound up with Garcon in two leagues already and am hoping for something better than last season obviously.

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
7 years ago
Reply to  Jay

@Jay: remember when you were wondering who your matthews of this year would be? last year garcon had to be the runner up, and you i think are higher relatively on him this year than last year (at least for PPR ranks).

Gio
Gio
7 years ago

Half PPR keeper league, only keep 2 players. I am coming in with Cobb and L. Bell. Which scenario would you prefer to start your draft with?

A) AJ Green and Lamar Miller

B) Justin Forsett and Brandin Cooks

C) Lesean McCoy and Brandin Cooks

SwaggerJackers
SwaggerJackers
7 years ago
Reply to  Gio

@Gio:

Not C.

Just depends if you trust Forsett or not. I trust Forsett and there is a sleeper post about him on Razz as well.

Niceguybilly
Niceguybilly
7 years ago

Hey Jay
Great read as always!
Trade question for you. I’m in a two QB league where I’ve discovered over the years the only way to win is by having strong QB’s as the points are a little skewed towards them. I had the first pick and I used it on Luck which in conventional leagues is insane but in our league scoring it made it a no brainer.
So I have starting
QB- Luck
Bradford
RB- D. Murray
L.Murray
Sankey (in a wr/rb flex)
and my bench includes
Winston
Gurley
R. Mathews

I’ve been offered Forte and Brees for Luck. No brainer, right? Why am I having a hard time then. Guess I’m a little worried about both of them due to age, coaching and personnel changes, etc. You opinion would be appreciated.

Steve Stevenson
Steve Stevenson
7 years ago

Was thinking the same thing re: streaming Taylor. Currently have Palmer vNO slotted in there, and Flacco @Den is also available. What’s your play?

Also, 0.5 PPR, start 2WR and a flex, drop Wheaton or Funchess? They’re my #4 & 5 WR.

e
e
7 years ago

Had a draft last night, 12 team PPR. Thoughts?

QB Aaron Rodgers
WR Antonio Brown 
WR Keenan Allen
WR Eddie Royal 
RB Justin Forsett
RB Todd Gurley 
TE Travis Kelce
FLEX Jonathan Stewart
BN Joique Bell 
BN Tevin Coleman
BN Michael Floyd 
BN Brandon Coleman 
BN Breshad Perriman 

Commish Cauda
Commish Cauda
7 years ago

***Drafting Tonight***

Took over a team last minute in a 12-team, SuperFlex league. QB-heavy league where just about everyone starts a 2nd QB at Flex

standard yards
0.5ppr
1.0 ppr for receptions over 40 yards
4 pt passing TD
4 pt rushing TD for QBs only
6 pt TDs for everyone else
Bonus points for TDs over 40 yards
0.15 points per completion for QBs
0.10 points per rushing attempt

Picking 4th overall. Can keep up to two players. Who to keep?

Russell Wilson in the 2nd
Jordan Matthews in the 5th
Carlos Hyde in the 6th

BONUS QUESTION:
At 4th overall, I’ll have my pick of RB (AP, Bell, Charles) or Antonio Brown because Luck and Rodgers will most likely go 1-2. If I keep Wilson in the 2nd round (no chance a QB of his caliber makes it to me at #21 overall), what do you recommend I do if Luck/Rodgers falls to me at #4? Play it safe and still go RB or have two stud QBs?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
7 years ago

Fuck RG3 but feel free to draft him in an RCL
Tomorrow Night

https://yho.com/nfl?l=765252&k=a7da0889edc0b527&ikey=0fde9688d756068d

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
7 years ago
Reply to  Jay

@Jay:
I tried
… looks like it’s a no go

Dorian
Dorian
7 years ago

Hey Jay! Thanks as always to you and the other guys at Razzball for the continual write ups.

Got a question for you. In the league in which I’m just spending this season trying to rebuild my team, I wonder if you could help me out. I need to cut some players and I’m not exactly sure who I should. As I still need to hire a kicker, one defensive back, and a bench slot to rotate my defensive slots in and out, without worry.

League is 20 teams, 6 Keepers. Starting Roster is QB/2RBs/3WRTEs/QBRBWRTE/K/2DB/2DL/2LB/6BN. Scoring is PPR/IDP/RYRDS/AllTDs6. Actually, scoring is little more complex than that, but it more or less is just flavouring.

(*)- bye week
QBs – Cam Newton(5), Johnny Manziel(11)
RBs – Todd Gurley(6), T.J. Yeldon(8), Terrance West(11)
WTs – Allen Robinson(8), Reuben Randle(11), Travis Kelce(9), Kenny Stills(5), Julius Thomas (8), Allen Hurns(8), Breshard Perriman(9), DeVante Parker(5), Dorial Green-Beckham(4), Chris Conley(9)
LBs – Keenan Robinson(8), Eric Kendricks(5)
DLs – Corey Liuget(10), Fletcher Cox(8)
DBs – Tyvon Branch(9)

As you can see from my roster, I’ve got a lot of talent that I really don’t want to dump. For nothing. I mean, look at those potential WRs. >_< I can't drop those. Just the possibilities of Dorial, Parker, Breshard, and Conley… Sorry, I'm drooling at the thought. The potential of those is just too great!

Also, I realize Week 8 will be a problem, but I'll probably have made a trade of some kind by then. Usually do.

Woody
Woody
7 years ago

I’m picking 2nd in a 10 team IDP league and was wondering what round I should start drafting defensive players? Appreciate the feedback!

P.S. What’s the earliest you would draft J.J. Watt? Thanks again!

Woody
Woody
7 years ago
Reply to  Jay

Muchas gracias, amigo!

I’m a fantasy baseball nerd first and foremost who’s never actually been in a football league before, so I’m just trying to keep my head above water without getting it cut off haha! I’ll drop Kev a line and pick his brain :-)

Keep it frosty, Jay.

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Montezuma's Revenge... right now
7 years ago
Reply to  Woody

@Woody: watt goes from where Jay said till maybe as late as 70th or so. Most others (only top ones) start to fall 30-50 picks later than Watt often from my drafts. Kevin said to wait till just after Jay’s tiers 7-8 before taking non top LB or top 3 DE’s.

Barker
Barker
7 years ago

12 team full ppr 6 pt pass tds 40 yd tds pass run rec
Qb rodgers wr calvin adams rb ingram spiller te bennett w/r/t charles johnson k hauscka def cle
Bn bell Stevie johnson wheaton bush floyd knile davis

1. (11) Aaron Rodgers QB
2. (14) Calvin Johnson WR
3. (35) Mark Ingram RB
4. (38) Davante Adams WR
5. (59) Martellus Bennett TE
6. (62) C.J. Spiller RB
7. (83) Charles Johnson WR
8. (86) Joique Bell RB
9. (107) Stevie Johnson WR
10. (110) Markus Wheaton WR
11. (131) Reggie Bush RB
12. (134) Michael Floyd WR
13. (155) Knile Davis RB
14. (158) Steven Hauschka K
15. (179) Cleveland

How do you like the draft and would you Drop knile for chris johnson ?

Scott
Scott
7 years ago

Man, Tehol got a lot of flack for his Tyrod Taylor rank. Crow has been prepared. We’ll see if anyone has to eat up after Week 1.

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Montezuma's Revenge... right now
7 years ago
Reply to  Scott

@Scott: he ranked him ahead of tannehill so i would think it takes longer than 1 good week to claim he won that. He also defended it with it not being his final ranks, so that rank may have looked more like a “bold” prediction.

Bass! How low can you go?
Bass! How low can you go?
7 years ago

Hi Jay, when do you expect to provide the weekly update for your .5 PPR rankings? I’m drafting tomorrow and would love to have your latest, greatest rankings. Thanks for all you guys do for us.

Cole
Cole
7 years ago

12 tm ppr, my rb situation isn’t panning out like I hoped. I have Gordon, Crowell and freeman. Ugh. I have julio, Jordan Mathews, Edelman, Anquan, and S. Smith. I got offered latavius Murray for Mathews. I have Helu, who I like talent wise if Murray goes down. Pull the trigger? Thanks for the help!

Barker
Barker
7 years ago

@Jay: 10 team league 1/2ppr trade question

I give graham crowell garcon i get davante adams ryan mathews

My rbs d murray gore blount coleman crowell
My wr dez marshall robinson agholor garcon
My replacement te olsen

I have to drop someone eventually for a def and figured it would be crowell by the time the season starts.

The kid also has cooks so i will try him instead of adams first but i dont think he will take it
Are either trades even worth it or should i stand pat and see what happens the dude has russell as his qb and dwayne allen at TE and i am feeling shaky on graham at this point.

Barker
Barker
7 years ago
Reply to  Jay

@Jay:
I give graham marshall garcon i get adams / cooks

Barker
Barker
7 years ago
Reply to  Jay

@Jay: marshall / graham for aj green

Barker
Barker
7 years ago
Reply to  Barker

@Barker@Barker: its ten teams so most teams are set at te but they are dropping like flies and i would like to get something done before the season starts.

The kid with green lost julius and jordy so maybe he bites on this marshall graham for aj green?

Maybe graham for alshon ? But the dude with alshon has martellus.

Barker
Barker
7 years ago
Reply to  Barker

@Barker: last one i promise

Graham marshall garcon for calvin eifert

Ron
Ron
7 years ago

Jay, this is the first of many questions this coming season so first and foremost I want to thank you for your patience with me and the tens of thousands of others that come here for wise fantasy advice.

Format: 12-team .5 PPR 2-keeper league.
Roster Config: QB, RB, WR, WR, WR/RB, WR/TE, DEF, K (yes we can start 4 WR!)
Keepers: Cooks (5th round) and Hyde (11th round)
Key Keeper Rule: Anyone drafted in the first round the previous year cannot be a keeper

Top 13 Available: AP, Lacy, Charles, Brown, Dez, Demayrius, Forte, Lynch, Megatron, AJ Green, Julio, Murray, McCoy
Top 10 NOT Available: Bell, Beckham, C.JA, Gronk, Cobb, Hill, Forsett, Miller, Jeffery, Hilton

Okay, now with all of that out of the way, I have the 4th pick in the first round and the 3rd pick in the second round.

1) Based on my keepers (Cooks and Hyde) and the 13 players available, who are the top 4 in order that I should look to draft if they are there at my turn?

2) After the top 13, is this the correct rank for these players – Gore, Andre Johnson, Keenan Allen, Alfred Morris, Allen Robinson, Amari Cooper, Golden Tate

3) I know this is tough to answer cause we don’t know who will be available but if I go RB in the first round and in the second McCoy/Gore/Murray are available and Andre/Keenan/Allen are available, do I take the best RB or WR?

4) Same question as #3 but switched for if I took a WR in the first round. With McCoy/Gore/Murray are available and Andre/Keenan/Allen are available in the second, do I take the best RB or WR?

Thanks!!

Beware the Shit Rope
Beware the Shit Rope
7 years ago

how’s this one look. standard with 3 pt TD’s for QB’s. TE and WR are the same, rosters 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 receiver, 1 flex, 1 kicker, 7 BN. drafted out of 5 slot. 12 team.
QB Eli (8), Palmer (13)
RB Bell (1), Spiller (5), Jennings (6), Crowell (9), Bush (12)
WR Gronk (2,over Megatron by 1 pick, both fell late to 20th, co-manager liked Gronk more), Cooks (3), Allen (4), Cruz (7, reach here maybe, owner liked more than White, S.Smith, V-Jax, Wallace),T.Will (co-manager really likes him this year 10), Royal (11)
K walsh (14)
other than basically having my flex having to be receiver every week of course. RB left over out there are d.williams, ajayi, west (my own handcuff maybe), dave johnson, j.allen, gray, dunbar, helu, red dick, starks, j.white. any drops here?

Ron
Ron
7 years ago

Draft Kevin White in a .5PPR keeper league? If so, in what round?

Ron
Ron
7 years ago
Reply to  Ron

@Ron: Same question for Jordy Nelson. Thanks

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
7 years ago
Reply to  Ron

@Ron: hard questions to gauge since it’ll be quite late probably. it’s also hard to have any kind of mocks for that kind of question.

KevO
KevO
7 years ago

Julius Thomas surgery is killing me. Picked up Charles Clay because that was all that was left on the WW. Would you drop Thomas for Ty mongomery? Or a handcuff like Starks or knife davis? Or mr glass handcuff Cameron artist Payne? Let me know! Thanks!