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Fantasy football mailbag for August 19th

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Hello everyone!  Last year I wrote a ‘players I like, players I don’t’ column every week.  This year I am switching that to a seasonal writing, meaning that  I will only produce one of those this season.  This will be the new piece that I will be starting this year.  The mailbag will allow me to not just write down my thoughts on paper and have you read a bunch of mind numbing stats, rather it will allow me to interact with you guys throughout the whole season.  My Facebook page, Fantasy Football Insight is where I get majority of these questions from. Occasionally I get a few in emails, or directed at me through Twitter, but majority of them come from Fantasy Football Insight.

Originally I was planning on doing the ‘players I like, players I don’t” column weekly but it just didn’t seem to fit the bill for the interaction with the fans that I am seeking.  This way you can see real situations that people are dealing with on a week-to-week  basis that could end up helping you. Last year, people would get mad at me because I talked a player up a lot in my like column and they started them over someone else because of that piece.  However, those pieces can be misleading because nobody is saying you should start player A over player B, rather just talking about players who should have a good week.  The weekly mailbag will be perfect for what I am trying to reach.  I should mention, the more you read, the more you ask, the bigger the mailbag gets.

Now on to the mail bag:

1.) I have one for you: Standard sized league and scoring except for .5 PPR. I can keep two out of Eddie Lacy. Jamaal Charles, A.J. Green, and Cam Newton. Who do you go with?

  • Chris: In this format I like Jamaal Charles and A.J. Green. I am actually a guy who is down on Jamaal Charles in a standard scoring league because he lost three starting offensive lineman and the schedule has gotten tougher this season. But even in a half point PPR league, if healthy, Jamaal Charles is practically bust-proof because you can take his standard score and tack on about 30 additional fantasy points. I’d go with Green over Lacy because even in a half point PPR, I enjoy having a guy that can catch 100-balls when you’ve locked up a top running back. Green is going to be targeted early and often with Marvin Jones out.


2.) I was offered Matthew Stafford for Andrew Luck in a trade. Should I accept the trade?

  • Chris: I’d much rather have Matthew Stafford. Luck is going to be a good fantasy quarterback, but I am slightly worried about the consistency. Last year he had depleted weapon. I’ll give you that.  But he had far too many inconsistent games for me.  Ultimately the four-to-five rushing touchdowns he puts up will launch him closer to the top 5.  However, I’d rather have Stafford.  With a new offense and better weapons surrounding him, it’s hard to hate on Matthew Stafford this year.


3.) I have the first pick in an upcoming draft.  It is an ESPN Standard League.  Should I pick LeSean McCoy or Jamaal Charles?

  • Chris: Neither of these guys are my number one guy.  I’d take Adrian Peterson.  However, it sounds like your mind is made up on these two and I’ll play along.  I’d go with LeSean McCoy.  People are worried about Darren Sproles cutting into McCoy’s workload, but I’m not in that group.  I think they will both be playing along side each other and perhaps even on the field at the same time.  In a standard league, I’m a little concerned with Jamaal Charles.  There is no guarantee that he is getting the goal line touches again, and if he does, I’ll take the under on last year’s 12 touchdown runs.  Charles lost three offensive linemen this offseason, and is now asked to run behind a young, inexperienced line.  Did I mention the schedule is a bit tougher for him?  He gets to play the NFC West on top of the AFC West twice this year, so go with LeSean McCoy.


4.)  Although that’s terrible news on Sims for my Buccaneers. Does this bump up Martin’s value considerably?

  • Chris: I don’t think so. If you take Doug Martin’s stats from last year and spread them over 16 games, he was on pace to lead the league in touches and finish 18th amongst running backs in fantasy scoring. Ouch! The touches rack up miles and miles are not a good thing to be putting on your young running back and Jeff Tedford realizes that. Tedford is an offensive coordinator that likes to use multiple backs, to keep the main guy fresh, and now Sims injury means that Bobby Rainey is going to be getting touches within this offense. Right now, Martin’s fantasy value remains the same. Meaning he is a top-15 running back in all formats.


5.) Which running back with a second round ADP will not bust this season?

  • Chris: DeMarco Murray!  According to his ADP on ESPN, he is going in the mid-second round.  I’d be thrilled to get him there, especially in a Points Per Reception  (PPR) league. If you go back to Detroit when Scott Linehan was there, he targeted the running back quite a bit.  Last season, the Lions had 148 running backs targets just between Joique Bell and Reggie Bush.  Scott Linehan has taken over as the Cowboys offensive coordinator this year, and although I don’t see the targets being that high for DeMarco Murray, I think he sees an increase in receptions and his offensive coordinator isn’t going to just forget about him like Jason Garrett kept doing.  He is an injury risk, but worst case scenario I think he may miss two games and he’s a guy that I want on my team.

That’s all for the first edition of the Mailbag.  On Thursday there will be another mailbag, which I hope can be longer than this one.  Are you wondering how you can get your questions answered in the mailbag?  You can do three things; follow me on Twitter, go to the Fantasy Football Insight page on Facebook or email me at [email protected]

COME BACK Thursday for the next installment of the mailbag!


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