2019 Fantasy Football Catch-All Thread

Living the dream in my keeper league; selected Joey Slye as my kicker this year.

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I've been pretty into football my whole life and did fantasy with my dad when I was little. This is the first year that I've done it by myself, though. I think I did horrible in the draft today. We'll see.

Marshall University graduate.
Virginia Tech fanatic.
Formerly known as JWillHokieAlum.

FFB Trade Question......

I know this one isn't going to go over well here, but I'm a Falcons fan and fuck the Panthers, so I'll ask it anyways.

I have Cam Newton, and another team owner has Matt Ryan, and I would much rather have Ryan on my team. He's amenable to trading, but I need to craft a trade that is a bit more even for both sides, as Ryan is expected to produce a little more than Newton. Given the two teams' rosters, below, what trade would you propose that would be a fair swap of QBs? League is 12 team PPR, short bench. Starts 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 RB/WR, 1 TE, 1 D/ST, 1 K.

My team:
QB: Newton (CAR), Wilson (SEA)
RB: Elliott (DAL), Howard (PHI), Gordon (LAC)
WR: Brown (OAK), Woods (LAR), Moore (CAR), Green (CIN), Miller (CHI)
TE: Cook (NO)
D/ST: Chargers, Texans
K: Rosas (NYG)

His team:
QB: Prescott (DAL), Ryan (ATL)
RB: Johnson (DET), White (NE), Guice (WAS), Thompson (WAS)
WR: Jeffery (PHI), Adams (GB), Edelman (NE), Valdes-Scantling (GB), Metcalf (SEA)
TE: Njoku (CLE)
D/ST: Jaguars
K: Prater (DET)

Thoughts? (Other than Fuck Matt Ryan, that is.)

Update: Coworker has apparently looked at the rosters and given it some thoughts as well, and has (verbally) proposed the following:

He receives: Newton (QB, CAR) and Cook (TE, NO)
I receive: Ryan (QB, ATL) and Njoku (TE, CLE)

His take is that he drafted Ryan 2 rounds after I (auto)drafted Newton, and I drafted Cook 2 rounds before he drafted Njoku. I'm good with this trade. It gets a Panther AND a Saint off my roster.

Thoughts on new trade?

Edit2: He accepted the trade. Yay me.

And I had to bench Antonio Brown. Boo AB.

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

To be clear, do just you think Ryan will out-produce Newton or does he think this as well? Personally, if I was him I would take that trade straight up.

Anyway, you could add in an upgrade at receiver for him by sending Green and getting back MVS or Metcalf. Or send Howard and take Thompson, who is usually good in PPR.

I think Ryan will out-produce Newton (he had a year just as good or better than his Super Bowl year last year, with a crappy line; the line is better this year), although Newton will be improved from last year. He does as well. As you can see from the update above, he puts great stock in what round someone was drafted (and Newton was available when he drafted Ryan). He's not interested in the straight-up trade, though I like his counter-offer.

I'm hoping to parlay Green in a few weeks (when he's healthy and producing) or one of my other WRs into improving my RB position.

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

I might send Cam and Howard.

As an avid Eagles fan, by all accounts the players expect Miles Sanders to be the guy before too long. I don't think you will be giving up much shipping Howard if he is interested.

He's not.

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

just swap the 2 qbs straight up as rus is better than dak for fantasy and (in your opinion) ryan better than cam. unless you are tied to rus for some reason.

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I was going to suggest the TE swap as well, so that might be fair. Miller/Metcalf swap is probably in his favor as well. You electing to carry a second defense with a short bench limits options somewhat.

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

The second defense will be gone after this week. I just didn't want to start HOU against NO.

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you're sure HOU is a better bet all season long than LAC? either way point is moot -- drop one and try to target RB after week one bc if Melv doesn't report or get traded, you'll be hurting.

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller


If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

Given Cam Newton's issues and Drew Brees' injury (and with my picking up Waller from OAK), it appears I've gotten the better of this deal, so far.

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

Anyone here have experience with auction drafts? My league did it for the first time this year. Hoping to get some feedback on how I drafted ($200 budget).

Roast me.


My friends and I did an auction draft for the first time this year as well. It was so much fun, and I don't think I'll ever do a snake draft again.

I also got JuJu ($43, my biggest spend), Nick Chubb ($42), and Christian Kirk and Royce Freeman for a dollar or two as well for my league. Kirk and Freeman are high upside bench picks for either starting production or potential trade value if there are injuries ahead of them.

One strategy I utilized for my nominations was trying to get people to overpay for players I didn't want early so I could get players I did later for less. I nominated multiple tight ends that went way overpriced, I nominated Devin Singletary with my first nomination, I also successfully dummy bet up a lot of players I didn't want. The only time it backfired on me was when I got Matt Ryan for $8 (I had budgeted only $5 for QB and was looking to get Baker), I was hoping I could get Matt Ryan into double digits since there are a number of Falcons fans in my league. A few others and myself also were able to get Deshaun Watson waaaaayyyyy overpriced because a bunch of Clemson fans are in our league.

It was genuinely so much fun, so much more strategy, and it really didn't even take that long. I finished drafting at 1:45hrs and our whole draft took about 2hrs. Lots of people suggested it would be 3-4 hours but I think that is easily avoidable.

Thumbs up for Matt Bryant.

And Fuck Drew Brees.

As for the rest of the draft...

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

Well, hypothetically you could have had your first Auction Draft a year or two back, and maybe you thought you'd jump on Running Backs early... So you went to put down $40 on Devonte Freeman, and hit enter. But instead of making that fairly reasonable bid, your keyboard double types something (either the four or the zero; not really sure) and you technically tried to bid $400 or $440.

So at this point, it's clear that you would be testing the limits of ESPN's software, since they only give you $250 to draft with. And instead of rejecting the bid altogether, or having some kind of clarifying pop-up to verify your bid (like, a "You bid WAY over your limit; are you sure about this?"), they just go to plan B and Max out your bid with the qualifying exception that you get to keep $1 for every pick you have left.

So then, suddenly everybody in the drafts stares in awe at the idiotic $236 bid that was put in for Devonte Freeman... And waits... And the counter slowly ticks off the seconds until- "SOLD!"

So then you wait around the next two hours until the last round of the draft; where you get to start bidding with $1 a player again.

Without clicking that link I'm going to guess you didn't have this issue.

You did well. Nice team you got there.

There are not enough legs for this.

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

not terrible. usually there's great value to be had getting in on the studs early and then everyone who thinks you're crazy for spending 57 on McCaffrey early looks dumb when they wind up spending 56 on Dalvin Cook just because they need RB1 and the next best available guy is Kenyan Drake or something.

Auction really favors studs and duds in terms of "draft value". in snake draft, you can't really wind up with Saquon + Hopkins (unless your league is full of morons), but you can make that happen in auction if you want to. snake draft is much steadier action for everyone though

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

I was able to mostly avoid this conundrum. I was holding out on going for the big $55+ spends, the only one I engaged in was Kamara and ultimately gave up as it made its way into the 60's.

I landed Mixon ($39 pre-draft target), Chubb ($42, pre-draft 2nd choice option), and Mark Ingram ($16, crazy steal, not sure how I pulled this off).

To your example though, in our 10 person league, someone did land both Kamara and Hopkins.

Well we know someone did because you kept Kamara and then got the #1

that was me, and keepers totally wonk things up. i think the consensus in our league was that the default NFL.com format isn't great and we'll have to discuss about how we want to operate moving forward

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Had one of those classic "I picked every position wrong" weeks where I would be winning right now if I had played Royce Freeman, Christian Kirk, Vance McDonald, and Emmanuel Sanders, who are all sitting on my bench.

McDonald more or less won my big $ league game for me yesterday.

It is a questionable decision to even have two TE's on my roster at the same time, but Hooper balled last week and Vance underperformed so I switched them and naturally the opposite happened.

Well, I thought I was doing good getting Brees at QB....expected to miss 6 weeks, guess I'm going QB shopping,

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

I need trade advice. Should I trade Sammy Watkins for Marlon Mack??

I need a more reliable RB2. My RB1 is a little iffy with Derrick Henry, but he has had a good start. I'm pretty well off at WR and can afford to lose one for a solid RB2.

My Roster:
QB: Mahomes
RB: Derrick Henry, James White, Damien Williams, LeSean McCoy, Ty Montgomery, Malcolm Brown
WR: Hopkins, Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, Sammy Watkins, Emmanual Sanders, Terry McLaurin
TE: Darren Waller, Vance McDonald

How many teams, standard or PPR, what positions do you start?

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

it is PPR, two RB's, two WR's, and a flex.

Assuming you have 2 RBs and a Flex- YES. He would immediately be your RB2.

Yes. Right now your WR's and Henry have to make up for the lack of production out of your RB2 spot. Mack comes in and immediately takes that stress/hope/wish your WR's and Henry go big because your worried about your RB2.

Sanders for Mack also on the table. Not sure who I rather keep Watkins/Sanders. Sanders going to be on limited offense but will get his targets. Watkins has gotten the targets so far, but that offense will spread it around and if Hill comes back...idk.

Should I trade Watkins/Sanders?

Since you're so deep at WR either way you're going to be fine. At this point you've probably have had a stud points weeks by a WR just hanging out on the bench anyway. If I'm the other team you're trading with he is giving you a legit RB2 I'm asking for Godwin. I don't know what his team looks like tho and it doesn't really matter. I just had to make a RB trade for watkins this week, as I am desperate at the WR position haha

I tried that first. He is low on TB receivers and will only consider Watkins/Sanders. I'm honestly okay with it, because I'm high on Godwin and obviously Hopkins is Hopkins. I also think Sanders will be more reliable week to week. KC has the ability to really spread it out. I'll miss on some big games by Watkins, but I think he will have his share of 4-5 catch games for 50-60 yds and no TD. Sony Michel is killing me, because I love James White, but not sure I can make it the season with him as RB2.

And the other guy has Mack on his bench right now. Starting Ekeler, Barkley, and Fournette. He has a couple serviceable WR's but know good options after his first two guys.

you guys are swapping from depth into each other's positions of need. Mack-for-Watkins is a fair deal. Watkins ceiling is sky high until Tyreek comes back, but then his floor and his ceiling both dramatically lower.

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

I would make that trade straight up and feel very good about getting Mack. I have him as my Flex in a 2QB league and it has paid off through two weeks. Your WR grouping is very strong, and I don't see losing Watkins as a big issue, especially when you consider how the Chiefs and Mahomes spread the ball around.

While Sanders is on a limited offense, I don't see his numbers ultimately being that different than Watkins by seasons end. Mack would be an immediate upgrade at RB2 for you, and you already have at least 3 WRs that are as good or better than Sammy to play (Hopkins, Evans, Godwin) and I would put Sanders on at least the same level too.

Yeah, I just told the guy, let's do the trade next week. Just in case Mack's injury is more serious than being reported.

Thanks for the advice everyone.

Did you do it? I'm also on the Yes train.

Even when Watkins gets back, I think he and Mack will have similar output. You'll benefit from getting Mack as your RB2.

I'm so bad this year I renamed my teams to Garbage Can.

This is Garbage Can one a 10 team PPR that I can't seem to do well with:
QB: Wentz*, Rothelisburger
RB (2): Conne*, Gurely*, Lindsay, Singletary
WR (2): Edleman*. Woods*, Robinson*, C. Samuel, Jackson, Conley
TE: McDonald*, Hockerson
K: Lutz*

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You've got Samuel and Jackson. Therefore you have to change your team name to Hold On To Your Butts.

That's a lot more family friendly than what I was thinking.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

Did anyone else follow the Wentz performance Sunday night? In our scoring, he had like -2.5 points going into the 3rd quarter. He finished up with 17.5 or so.

That was quite worrisome. Remains quite worrisome. I've got Kyler stashed. Should I start Kyler or Wentz?

As long as Wentz is healthy he will put up good numbers for fantasy.

Sunday night was bizarre because he lost Jeffrey, Jackson, and Goedert in pregame warmups essentially. It took the Eagles awhile to change their plan because they like to use 12 personal a lot and they literally couldn't do that as Ertz was the only TE active. And if Agholor catches that dime near the end of the game his numbers are that much better.

Wentz will be fine, but worth watching till his pass catchers are back to full strength. With a full week to prepare to not have those guys this week, I would say start Wentz against the Lions.

He also took massive shots against atl that seemed to rattle him early

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I'm in a 12-team PPR league.
RBs: Gurley, Duke Johnson, Peyton barber, Carlos Hyde, and Melvin Gordon
WRs: Julio Jones, Stefon Diggs, Calvin Ridley & John Ross III.
I'd like a new RB since Gordon's eta is unknown and Johnson and Hyde are essentially splitting carries/points.
I've been offered TY Hylton and Damien Williams for Julio Jones. I'd hate to lose Julio's production, but Williams at RB is a good pickup. Thoughts?

I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them!

Well, based on my league's scoring rules, Julio has scored 37.2 points, Hilton 37. That's good for being the 7th and 8th WRs right now. Between him and Williams I'd say you'll get as much or more production than Julio. I'd do it.

First thought - no way! Second thought - maybe?

The past two years Julio has scored significantly more in PPR according to my stats, around 30% more in 2018 and 45% more in 2017, about 75 points each year.

I don't know if Damien Williams will significantly better your RBs because he'll be splitting carries a lot. Is he going to be getting you 75 more points over your other RBs that you could be losing by trading Julio for Hilton? Plus, Gordon is reporting in a few weeks and he's going to be fresh and a work horse as long as he stays healthy.

The other part is that the KC offense is expected to put up a lot of points, but there are a LOT of guys to feed there. If you think Williams will start putting up Kareem Hunt numbers, I would gamble and make the trade. But I personally don't think he'll put up those numbers.

Personally, I wouldn't trade a true fantasy #1 that is the backbone of my team for a pretty good WR who might be trending down and a pretty good RB with potential while splitting carries.

Good luck, let us know what you do and how it turns out at the end of the season.

Cool, last week I lose Brees for extended time, now Barkley goes down.

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.