So here’s my final go in another Expert League.  Scott Pianowski must really like my money the way I play this game as it’s the second league I’ll be in with hm.  I covered the first one here.  I drafted before the Baseball All-Star break with that one.  You can tell by the post alone that I had more hair on my head and less frown wrinkles.  For the most part, this league is similar in set up except that it’s a 12 teamer rather than a 14.  I do also think there are some similar owners but, hey, that would require me to pay attention to other owners.  Neverthewho, here’s results for my last draft for 2013 Fantasy Football…

What can I say?  It happens to the best of us.  I thought someone had already taken Greg Zuerlein from me.  It was the end of the draft and I stream defenses anyways so I wasn’t payin THAT much attention.  That said, I had the Colts in my queue for their week 1 matchup and almost threw up in my mouth a little when I realized I took Hauschka.  Now who will I start at K this week?!? I should consult Piano…neverthewho!  Don’t worry, we don’t have waivers until the season hits so I already picked up the Colts but I’m all about the truth, even when it hurts. I got guys I liked pretty much everywhere.  Ok, not my ‘OMG, did you see that cute guy at his locker this morning?  He looks delish!’ kinda ‘like’ but they’re likes nonetheless.  Robert Griffin, III for $18?  Yes please.  Marshall for $33?  Ok then.  Roddy White for $20?  Who am I drafting with here?!?  I keed, it was a lot of good drafters, including the Piano-man himself.  I even passed onto him the knowledge of what 4.20 meant in terms of birthdays.  That joke went over well…but I digress, I like this one a lot for a 12 team, 4 bench play.  There’s still plenty of useable talent on the FA pool so I’m sure I’ll be churning my bench if I need to.  That said, I’m a bit surprised for a league that can start 4-5 RBs and 1-2 QBs I could land depth in both at minimal cost.  Agree Weeden and Locker aren’t the sexiest plays but as your QB2?  Not that bad.  Admittedly, I made some mistakes.  Cameron for $6 could’ve been Cook for $3.  I didn’t realize I’d have had this much cash on hand by the end of the draft or my WR3 would’ve been Amendola ($19) or Garcon ($16).  Not that I hate Givens but wouldn’t have minded if he were my WR4 given the results.  Thanks, auctions, for making me question myself so much!  Knowshon…if he is the starter, I’m golden.  If he’s not, well I have plenty of FA plays in the sea and it gives me a chance to pick up another WR.  I don’t need him, necessarily.  When your bench is 4, even with a deep lineup like this, there’s usually a weekly play and considering there’s FAAB involved, I have a shot at them each week so I’m not overly concerned, especially when Montee Ball went for $14 and Moreno went for $4.  I took the lesser chance there on romance, even though my date has major warts (not those kinds) and major knocks against them for fantasy purposes.  Moreno had 3.8 YPC last year…tell that to Manning who could sleep soundly in his QB pocket with him in there blocking.  Ah well, we will see how the season pans out but as I’ve already said, I’m not going Full Montee this year.  Overall, I got a lot of accolades for getting SJax/MJD for a combined $56 and I promise you it wasn’t just me talking to myself.  There was some heavy spending on RBs and that’s the one thing auction has over snake every day: you put your money where your mouth is.  I don’t like paying $48 and above for any player in a 12 team and I don’t think any of the sexy RBs went for less then $44 in this draft (Foster went for $44; JC $45…that might hurt me later).  Overall, I’m happy with the draft results.  No word yet from Yahoo on my grade but I’ll just guess ‘D’ and be closer to right then I am wrong with how these have gone so far…

  1. Alex says:
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    This trade is getting put through in my league…

    Fred Jackson and Jermaine Gresham

    for

    Maurice Jones-Drew

    That HAS to be veto’d right? Or somebody has to kick this guy out of the league. He drafted Michael Crabtree in the fourth round, and JACOBY JONES in the third. Now he’s giving away pretty much the only good player he drafted for Fred f’n Jackson?

    I normally would let people make mistakes and just chuckle, but the guy getting MJD is the commish, who specifically brought this guy in (who none of us know but the commish). Not saying he’s cheating, but…I think he’s cheating.

    • James says:
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      You “think” he’s cheating? He’s definitely cheating.

    • Junkie Brewster says:
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      Gotta veto that. Make sure your leaguemates are aware of this asshattery and cast their votes as well. I also wouldn’t play in a league with this guy again, certainly not one he’s running.

      Fwiw, I’m in a league where return yards count the same as rushing or receiving (insane, I know), and even there Jacoby didn’t get taken until around round 8 or 9.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Junkie Brewster: i’m in the same type of league and i took jacoby in the 7th, but probably could’ve had him in the 8-10th.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Alex: Yeah, that doesn’t make any sense.

    • Harris says:
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      @Alex: Once you find out the league sucks, it ruins the season. In my baseball league, a league I’d never been in before, the three comish’s vote on trades. They let David Price and Beltre for Kuroda go thorugh. Right there I knew I was in a BS league. Ironically Karma, did NOT bite the guy in the Arse, as his team won the league’s regular season by half a game. I’d look for a new league, unless you invested real money in this thing.

    • AP says:
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      @Alex: Yup, it’s a bogus move and obviously a bogus league at that point. That much is on them. However, now you know, so from here on out it’s on you if you stay in the league. I wouldn’t tolerate that crap in my league. BOUNCED!

  2. James says:
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    How much did Gio Bernard go for?

  3. Byron from Austin says:
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    had my last draft of the season last night, $100 buy-in, 12th pick out of 12 teams. standard 4pt qb tds. I shit you not, all 11 of the picks in front of me were rb’s, so I had to get away from my rb/rb/rb strategy, and take megatron over the likes of gore and Steven jackson. what do you think, sky?

    1. (12) Calvin Johnson
    2. (13) Chris Johnson
    3. (36) Chris Ivory
    4. (37) Daryl Richardson
    5. (60) Matthew Stafford
    6. (61) Ahmad Bradshaw
    7. (84) T.Y. Hilton
    8. (85) Stevie Johnson
    9. (108) San Francisco
    10. (109) Zach Sudfeld
    11. (132) Aaron Dobson
    12. (133) Justin Blackmon
    13. (156) Marcel Reece
    14. (157) Quinton Patton
    15. (180) Kenny Stills

    • hooverviille says:
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      @Byron from Austin: Reached in a big way on Ivory.. Would’ve gone Lacy, D. Wilson, or top WR there.

      • Byron from Austin says:
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        @hooverviille: lacy and wilson were long gone there.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Byron from Austin: Got Megatron and still came away with 4 starting RBs. Granted, they’re all RB2 types but it only takes one to hit it big and you’re looking good and you’ll be able to play matchups anyways. Love the upside at WR you have behind CJ and if none of it really pans out, the Blackmon return should be more than advantageous to you. Nice work!

      • Byron from Austin says:
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        @Sky:

        thanks sky! yeah i’m just hoping that either d-rich or ivory have a good year. like that other guy mentioned, ivory was a slight reach, but at that draft position, he had to be taken. no fucking way in hell i’m rostering mcfadden, matthews, or murray.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha, I hear ya. Every draft is different. RB runs can leave you thin if you just let them happen and don’t take action. You shored it up so you did fine.

        • btd says:
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          @Byron from Austin: I like your team too. Solid WR floor and upside. 4 starting RBs. I think CJ?K is 2K this year. I’d have grabbed Murray instead of Ivory but I digress… Solid.

    • Barbarian says:
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      @Byron from Austin: You’re way to heavy in the Johnson position. And you didn’t draft anything worth mentioning from the Wilson position. I recommend a trade that utilizes your depth from the Johnson position.

  4. Matty says:
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    Start Jordy vs Niners or Decker vs Baltimore? PPR 1 pt

    Different Team
    Start Ryan Mathews in flex or Wes Welker? PPR. 1 pt 5 yards rushing, 1 pt 8 yards receiving

    Thanks!! Great stuff.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Matty: Thanks!

      Give Mathews a shot.

      • Matty says:
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        @Sky: Start Jordy or Decker? 1 pt PPR

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Weekly rankings on Thursdays. I’ll say Jordy for now.

  5. Jay

    jaywrong says:
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    WHY DOES NO ONE WANT CAM NEWTON IN THE WRITER’S RCL?

    WHY ARE WE YELLING!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      LOUD NOISES!

  6. Adam says:
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    10 team standard
    Only 5rb and 5wr…7bench spots
    Here is the team
    QB RG3
    RB. Rice
    RB Wilson
    WR dez
    WR Cobb
    TE Gronk
    Flex Lamar miller
    DST pats
    K Dawson
    Bench: Tate,joque bell,garçon,a Roberts,romo,j Finley,steelers DST
    Thoughts? Wasn’t sure on Gronk…not a lot of depth but like starters

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah minus Garçon/Romo the bench is a little thin without injuries affecting PT. that said, your startin lineup is very solid. If it stays healthy you’ve got a good looking team.

  7. FiveCentMillionaire says:
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    which of these wildcards should I start in my flex spot?

    Montee Ball or Ahmad Bradshaw?

    It’s either one of those two or a random WR on my bench like Emmanual Sanders

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Think that Indy game becomes a laugher quick and Ahmad won’t get enough touches to justify his flex spot. Can give Sanders a go. I’m in wait and see mode on the Bronco backs

  8. OchoCinco says:
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    1st year playing in league 10 team ppr. Comments or suggestions please?
    QB:Rodgers
    RB:AP
    RB:R. Bush
    WR: Amendola
    WR: Colston
    WR: S. Johnson
    TE: Cameron
    K: Gostkowski
    DEF: PIT

    Bench: Freeman, Tate, L. Miller, Wallace, Givens, Fleener, GB

    • Sky

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      Solid depth at RB, though I would’ve preferred one more RB that was a starter for my bench there. Many would pan ‘dola/Colston as 1 and 2 but I think you have 2 top 12 guys there at their position. Season will prove that or not, but I like your WRs.

      All in all, not a bad team at all. Should be competitive. Nice work!

  9. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Picking 9th tonight in 12-team, 0.5 PPR league, start 2 WR and a RB/WR Flex. I pretty much always go RB/RB in this league with great success, but if Megatron falls do I have to pounce? That would likely leave me with options like S-Jax, MJD, Wilson or Ridley at RB1 and praying that Gore falls to me in the 3rd (or barring that, Miller, Lacy, D. Richardson or Bernard as my RB2). Or just grab whichever of my top 8 RB falls (T-Rich? Foster?) and then grab S-Jax etc and have someone like V-Jax or Roddy as my WR1?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: You jump on that like Kate Upton just walked in the room and said ‘the first guy who talks to me gets laid’. Megatron is a beast; you don’t turn him down at the 9th pick.

  10. Harris says:
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    My draft was a disaster. Auto pilot somehow got involved around the 5th round. I am in terrible shape at WR. After Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate is my second best option. I do have the 2nd FA pick. I was looking at the list of WR’s available. Sidney Rice, Hartline, and Sanu seem to be the highest rated WR’s available. I see Santonio Holmes is going to play. I know its slim pickings, but do you have any suggestion on who I should try to pick up? I know the Jets are going to be horrible, but someone is going to catch the ball. Would you put any value on Jeremy Kerley?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hartline for consistency, Sanu for upside. Don’t waste an FA waiver on it

      • Harris says:
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        @Sky: So I should not pick up anyone, wait a week and see who may emerge?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yup

  11. AP says:
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    OK, Sky….this is my first time using your rankings in a 12 team Non PPR 4pt TD’s league with two keepers. My two keepers were David Wilson (6th rd) and K. Rudolf (9th rd). How’d I do?? (Two RB/Two WR/Flex) I had the 11th pick.

    Matt Ryan QB ATL Starter –
    David Wilson RB NYG Starter –
    Lamar Miller RB MIA Starter –
    Brandon Marshall WR CHI Starter –
    Danny Amendola WR NWE Starter –
    Eric Decker WR DEN Starter –
    Kyle Rudolph TE MIN Starter –
    Phil Dawson K SFO Starter –
    Arizona Cardinals Def/ST ARI Starter –
    Michael Vick QB PHI Reserve –
    Pierre Thomas RB NOR Reserve –
    Isaac Redman RB PIT Reserve –
    Shane Vereen RB NWE Reserve –
    Roy Helu RB WAS Reserve –
    Johnathan Franklin RB GNB Reserve –
    Brian Hartline WR MIA Reserve

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      That’s a solid looking squad. Would’ve preferred more RB starter depth but your lineup looks great. Nice job!

      • AP says:
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        @Sky: Agree on the RB starter depth. I need more. That was only the real reason I added Redman when I did. I have tried to make up for that with quantity instead. I have to hope one of those other guys become a starter at some point.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah, understandable. Good guys to have if they do become starters at least.

  12. Dele says:
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    Who should I start as my Flex – DeAngelo, Montee, or Mendenhall?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I trust DeAngelo’s role out of those three the most; roll with him.

  13. Beau says:
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    Added a casual league with some friends and our wives that I am drafting tonight and realized my buddy added return yardage points. Who are some targets to take advantage of that wrinkle? I think I’ll be targeting Cobb hardcore in the 2nd or 3rd.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Cobb/Sproles are good guys for that but in reality, unless it’s screwy scoring (most leagues are 25 for 1 point), it doesn’t affect things all that much.

      • Beau says:
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        @Sky: Yeah, this league is 10 yds/pt. Crazy. I feel like that could have a HUGE impact that not many people are going to think about. Like I said it’s a casual league and most people won’t put too much thought into it. Would be nice for the wife and I to dominate.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Gotcha. Already have Cobb as my WR8 but could see him creeping up to 6th or maybe even 5th. Sproles creeps into being a late top 12 back there. Guys like Jacoby Jones make for good bench players in that set up as well. Haven’t kept up too much with where guys will start/won’t start in terms of returning the ball. David Wilson may or may not keep that role. He’s got a lot on his plate now that he’s the sole back in NYG that Coughlin will probably play a lot.

    • Turd Ferguson says:
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      Tavon Austin

  14. Ian says:
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    Need some advice on a trade. 12 team, half PPR.

    I have Fitzgerald as my WR1, but then it turns messy, with a choice of Mike Williams, Chris Givens, and Kenny Britt as my WR2. I’ve been offered Amendola and Miles Austin for Fitz, which would be a downgrade at WR1, but give me more options for someone to come through as my WR2.

    For what it’s worth, I also need to fill a flex spot, but I expect to do so with a RB, as I’ve got Charles, Murray, Vereen, and Woodhead.

    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I don’t have a problem with Williams/Givens/Britt. Hold for now.

  15. Dave says:
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    Can’t decide who to put in my WR3 for week 1 – Boldin, Tavon, or Kembrell Thompkins its half PPR. I know Tavon should be really great but I want to maybe wait and see. The other 2 options aren’t too appealing to me either so I’m stuck.

    And do I start Daryl Rich over Lacy? I feel like the Cardinals D is underrated so they both seem to have tough matchups at least Lacy has a great offense and can get goal line work.

    Thanks for the help!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Give Thompkins a shot WR3 should be about upside. Bills secondary was already suspect and now they’re dinged up.

      D-Rich

  16. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Looks like my awesome question at 8:27 above was missed–what to do at #9 in a .5 PPR?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Your question was awesome. I hope my response is just as much so.

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @Sky: Word–thanks. I don’t think he’ll fall, but there are some real goofs in this league, and the draft order is set up so I at least have a chance.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          He’s a top 5 skill-position player and his position is inherently more trusthworthy when it comes to health then RB. He falls late in the first round, I have no problem taking him. Almost got him in the Razzball Writers league but we have smart Writers…he was nabbed just before I could get my hands on him.

  17. Mike says:
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    Sky,

    Can you rank these four in the order you would like to have them on your team…

    ChrisJohnson
    Steven Jackson
    Dex Bryant
    Jimmy Graham

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I ranked these guys in my rankings…

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Mike:
      Dez
      Jim
      CJ
      don’t take SJax

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        You better be right about SJax. You’ve told anyone and everyone everywhere to not draft him. Gonna look silly if he performs up to his draft slot or better…GRIMEY!

        • frankgrimes says:
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          @Sky: Well I stick to my guns yo! Out of them four pretty easy and no way he preforms better than where people are mistakingly drafting him. They most likely will be thanking me if they listened.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Even over CJ, though? I get hate but even the dying, fat carcass of Turner was fairly close to him in terms of value and surprisingly more consistent.

            I fully expect a Grimey freak out on par with the episode if he goes off. ‘I outscore everyone drafted ahead of me, even with a 3.7 YPC average. BECAUSE I’M STEVEN JACKSON!!!!’

            • frankgrimes says:
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              @Sky: Haha nice! I’m not a hater. I expect a good week one vs NO. I think CJ gets more TDs and yards plus if your league gives any bonus for long scores CJ is good for a few of em. If I’m wrong ill tip my cap.

              • Sky

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                Wow, more TDs? He only had like 6 last year, 10 total the last two and they just nabbed Greene for short yardage (read: goal line). Turner had 11 total last year alone…you really liking the Titans offense to be good this year then, I take it. TDs rarely a function of a good player, more often the function of a good offense. SJax should have 12 minimum by the end of the season. I like CJ, but he’s a HR or none kinda guy unless Locker has really figured it out or they move on to Fitzy.

                But we’ve been down this road, it’ll be fun to see how it all turns out.

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                  @Sky: Yes we have. I do see Locker improving and CJ benefiting from better OLine play. If Cj is performing than Green is non factor other than normal split like just about every back these days. I also see Atl regressing a lil and such. They play some tough run Ds. Lets pick this back up after we’ve seen a few games ha.

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    Agreed. Oh and I won’t weigh the NO game too heavily. They’re such a village bicyles when it comes to picking on a defense…

                    • frankgrimes says:
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                      @Sky: exactly after SJax goes for 104 and a touch week 1 SELL HIGH!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      NO HOLD TIGHT! Haha.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ok, of course the art of buy/sell all depends on who you’re getting in return. Still my 10th back off the board in my leagues for me. If someone has a bad week 1 that I like more who gets thrown my way – say T-Rich – I won’t turn it down.

  18. Jason says:
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    Hey Sky! Should I pickup Bilal Powell for Vereen, Hartline or Johnson?

    QB Wilson, Russell
    RB Jones-Drew, Maurice
    RB Lynch, Marshawn
    WR Hilton, T.Y.
    WR Marshall, Brandon
    TE Rudolph, Kyle
    RB-WR-TE Vereen, Shane
    Bench (RB) Jackson, Fred
    Bench (TE) Gronkowski, Rob
    Bench (RB-WR-TE) Hartline, Brian
    Bench (RB-WR-TE) Johnson, Steve

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hold.

  19. Phoenix Rising says:
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    Got a few decisions this week, need some advice..
    .5 ppr, pick 2….Redman, Bradshaw, Mendy, Ballard, Ingram

    Std. Bradshaw or Mathews

    1 ppr, pick 1…..Miles Austin, Thompkins, Vereen, Hartline

    Thanks Sky!!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Redman/Mendy

      Mathews

      Vereen

  20. goodfold2 says:
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    hey sky, where is the link to razzball football leagues, i’m in one that drafts tomorrow, but i had a comissioner cancel a league this morning that was drafting tonight.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Look under the tab that says ‘Leagues’

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: the canceled league was NOT a razzball league, i’m just explaining why I want to find a league that drafts either tonight or tomorrow.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: wow, quick response, stupid me, that was the only link i didn’t highlight before posting. Thanks.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Ok, I think I still answered your question correctly. Let me know if I’m missing something.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Sky: you did, i was calling myself stupid for not noticing it before asking.

  21. Hotrod says:
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    Sky
    Ive assembled what I believe to be my best pre-season team ever in my big$ keeper league…what say you, you likey?

    QB Cam
    RB T-Rich
    RB Spiller
    RB/WR Forte
    WR Cobb
    WR Mike Wallace
    TE Witten
    WR/TE T-Gonz or Emmanuel Sanders
    D Seattle

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      That’s a very solid team; should be competitive barring injury…you really only have 1 bench player? Seems strange…

  22. RJ says:
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    Would you rather have Dalton or Freeman as a QB2 in a 2 QB league (10 teams)?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Same tier for me. Fairly flat on both. Dalton’s team looks a little better, I’ll say him for that reason.

  23. birrrdy! says:
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    would help to see the full auction prices list, or link to it somewhere if possible. also, I didn’t catch what your league scoring parameters were or the auction dollars available per team. did I miss this stuff?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Sorry, I don’t have time to break down 192 picks like that. The only thing I mentioned about the scoring setting was in reference to my first league with Pianowski when I linked to it. 12 team 0.5 PPR, $200 auction; rest is fairly standard.

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @birrrdy!: Prices don’t mean much since an auction is all about timing. Make your tiers and budget how much you’re spending on RB vs QB etc.. Having money at the end is huge for bargains(and depth) but also buy the guys you really want that’s the beauty of an auction.

  24. Sniff Test says:
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    Who do you like in a WR-TE flex position this week? D-Jax, Antonio Gates or Golden Tate? .5 PR league. THX!
    Also is it worth a waiver claim to stream Colts DST this week or roll with the Ravens?

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Sniff Test: I’d go Indy and Desean.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Agree w/Grimey

  25. Kevin says:
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    12 team 0.5 PPR league
    RG3,Vick
    Charles, SJax, Wilson, BGE, Redman
    Fitzgerald, Amendola, Nelson, M Williams, Moore
    Myers, Sudfield
    Prater
    Bengals

    How did I do?