Tag:Fantasy Football
Posted on: August 26, 2010 3:10 am
Edited on: August 26, 2010 3:28 am

My Fantasy Football auction strategy

We conducted a 12-team Fantasy Football auction today. You'll find the complete results here:


For my team specifically, you don't need to go anywhere. Behold:

QB - Philip Rivers ($7)
RB - Michael Turner ($30)
RB - Frank Gore ($23)
WR - Mike Sims-Walker ($9)
WR - Pierre Garcon ($6)
RB/WR - LeSean McCoy ($11)
TE - Kellen Winslow ($2)
K - Ryan Longwell ($1)
DST - Chargers ($1)
QB - Donovan McNabb ($2)
RB - Fred Jackson ($3)
RB - Sammy Morris ($1)
WR - Devin Aromashodu ($2)
WR - Lee Evans ($1)
WR - Braylon Edwards ($1)

I feel OK about it. I felt better about last year's, but you can't always get the perfect storm. My primary goal was to land two of the top-five running backs, and though I didn't accomplish that, I came pretty darn close. Yes, I realize I didn't get an elite wide receiver, which is generally discouraged in this day and age since so few elite running backs exist. But in an auction, you have complete control over how many of those elite running backs you get. I'd rather nab a second one and take my chances on a sleeper receiver, especially since breakout receivers are generally easier to find off the waiver wire than breakout running backs. I secured the No. 1 seed with an 11-2 record last year even though I drafted Anthony Gonzalez and Antonio Bryant as my top two receivers. It doesn't get any worse than that.

I don't know if this team will win it all or even make the playoffs, but I'm convinced the approach is the right one. There's nothing worse than having a roster full of 50-yard performers. Unless you play in an abnormally large league, you're better off shelling out for the high-end guys. What you'll lack in depth at the beginning of the year you'll build off the waiver wire as the season progresses. Remember: The draft is just a starting point. It's not intended to give you everything you need for the entire season.
Posted on: December 7, 2009 7:35 pm

My take on the Meachem controversy

I wanted an opportunity to weigh in on the Robert Meachem issue without dedicating any more column space to it.

Frankly, whether or not it's the right call is a moot point to me. The ruling had to go one way or another and would affect different people differently no matter which way it went. We could argue which way is "more right" without coming to any real consensus, so in the end, it's nothing more than a waste of energy.

What I don't understand is why so many people blew a fuse over the call, knowing a ruling had to be made, knowing that ruling could go either way and knowing it was made without any sort of bias. If your commissioner chose not to credit the touchdown to Meachem and happened to be playing the guy who started Meachem -- a game he won by five points -- I could understand the controversy. But nothing like that happened here.

Nobody likes to lose, sure, but that goes for the people helped by this ruling as well as the ones hurt by it. So even if in all your complaining, with your "heightened logic" and "airtight reasoning," you did get the call reversed, what exactly would you have accomplished? You'd have an opponent with just as much of a right to complain as you do, with a burning rage just as fierce as yours -- perhaps even more fierce since he originally had the call go his way. And would that be a fulfilling victory? Would it give any sort of indication of your Fantasy Football prowess?

Which brings me to my next point: What exactly did this decision deny you? A deserved victory? Really? Fantasy Football is about making accurate predictions, and when the lineup deadline came Sunday morning, nobody on the face on planet said, "Heck yeah, I'll start Meachem. I don't want to miss out on those six points he'll get when he strips the ball from a defensive back and returns it for a touchdown." Not a one. In fact, I'd argue nobody -- at least nobody reasonable -- expected him to have 142 receiving yards and a touchdown, in which case anyone who started him already got lucky with him. Another six points added to Meachem's total is not at all reflective of your assessment on him going into the game, so if you need those points to win, you quite frankly don't deserve to win.

And that's the most consolation I can offer you. If you play Fantasy long enough, you'll have more moments like this where a questionable call doesn't go your way. The best way I've found to handle them is to remind myself that if I had made better decisions or if my other players had performed the way they should have, I wouldn't have needed those extra six points. That line of thinking helps put the supposed "injustice" in perspective.

Because as a willing participant in any game, be it Fantasy Football, horseshoes or Monopoly, you kind of just have accept the rules as they are, assuming they're fair, regardless of whether or not you agree with them.

Hey, if you want all the calls to go your way, you could always run a one-team league.
Category: NFL
Posted on: August 22, 2008 2:58 am
Edited on: August 22, 2008 3:04 am

Keep your eye on the prize, not football

Ah, you can almost taste it, can't you? Fantasy Football season -- it just feels so right.

Believe me: I know. I have about three drafts going at once as I type this entry.

But if you find yourself contending for a Fantasy Baseball title this late into the season, you have to put it in perspective. Right now, Fantasy Football is a glorified distraction.

I mean it. I halfway suspect your nearest competitor in baseball set up a football league and invited you to it just so he could overtake you. I wouldn't put it past him, and I don't even know him.

OK, maybe none of your competitors would do anything that extreme, but if you relax in baseball for just a week or two to concentrate primarily on football, chances are one of your competitors won't. And with a couple key waiver transactions, he can overtake you faster than you can say Adimchinobe Echemandu.

As in "don't draft Adimchinobe Echemandu." (See? This blog's a one-stop source for all things Fantasy.)

So does that mean you don't play Fantasy Football? Of course not. I love it as much as the next guy, and you'll probably see me contribute to it in some form or fashion this season. I want you to play it and have the time of your life.

But I also want you to win your Fantasy Baseball league.

So do your research and draft your team. Do everything you need to do to start your run to football glory. But don't overexpose yourself to the point you don't have time for baseball anymore. Don't obsess over preseason statistics or injury concerns that won't mean anything to anybody when Week 1 arrives unless you just have oodles of time on your hands. As obsessively as we write player updates, you can simply check a player page and not miss a thing. And any of those futile attempts to get ahead in football might only put you behind in baseball.

Don't believe me? Adimchinobe Echemandu.

That's all for now.

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