While we always spend so much time suggesting to you that you grab this particular wide receiver or that particular running back, we often forget to tell you which situations or players to avoid. It might seem like basic fantasy common sense, but when you’re sifting through your waiver wire here in the early goings of the season, desperately looking for some unfound gem in a quarry filled with lumps of coal, even the slightest glimmer of hope can become exaggerated to the point where you’re tempted to drop someone from your roster to take a chance. So for today, rather than hype someone who may not even deserve a look, let alone a roster spot, we’re going to take a bit harsher a point of view and go over those situations around the NFL that you’re going to want to avoid this year.
After months of prep work, endless back and forth discussions about when to take a quarterback and which position to roster in Rounds 3 and 4 of a draft, it's time to start playing some games. Finally. With that we now have to switch our attention to chososing our starting lineups so now is when the real pressure begins. Who should you be playing in Week 1? Here are some thoughts based on matchups, numbers and some fun facts.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s wide receiver piece, the running back situation has been getting progressively worse for fantasy owners. Between the rash of injuries we’ve seen and the number of committee situations that coaches are turning to, the quality at the position continues to dwindle each and every year. To quote the Color of Money: “It’s like a nightmare, isn’t it? And it just keeps getting worse and worse.” And speaking of worse, how about these recent developments in the ever-developing running back travesty…
Let’s face it…the NFL is all about the passing. Much like when baseball hit that point where chicks were digging the long ball and juiced up home run races were all the rage, football is all about the bombarooski. Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers shooting it out for the NFC Championship; that’s what people want to see. And much like only a select few enjoy a 1-0 pitchers’ duel in baseball, that same small percentage of traditionalists are the ones who crave a 10-7 smashmouth-style football game dominated by strong defense and rough-and-tumble running backs.
So you need something to do after the baseball season ends and before pitchers and catchers report? Get this – there’s a new fad sweeping the nation called fantasy football. For a couple hours a week and most of your Sunday’s, you can take a break from your offseason baseball prep and focus on PPR and RAC instead of BABIP and xFIP.
As we move closer to the season, the real ADP in FFPC drafts is really starting to take shape as we learn more about the players adjusting to different situations along with some players going down with injuries. ADP is definitely something you want to track the trends on for your draft prep but it is important as well not to get too trapped into it. A player’s ADP is something to track but the most important thing to remember after the draft is that it no longer matters where you took them. The biggest question after a draft are you happy with your team not where did you take a particular player. I will take a look at each position and see what I have noticed that seems to be trending or surprising.