Aug 16, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) calls a play against the St. Louis Rams during the first half at Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy football mailbag for August 21st

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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.) How much do you let bye weeks affect your draft?

  • Chris: None. I don’t let guys having the same bye week terminate my roster.  I have my top-200 list out, and when it’s my turn to pick, I look at it and pick the best guy on my board.  If I end up with one bad week where I got three of my star players on bye, then I’m content with accepting the loss that week.  It’s only one week.  You can get that win back.  And no, I’m not saying forfeit that week.  Go to the waiver wire, pick up some guys who can “hit home runs” for you, and throw the Hail Mary and hope everything works out for you.  Never let the effect of one week determine your roster because you don’t know who you might find on the waiver wire by then, or who may be injured by then.


2.) Andre Ellington or A.J. Green in a PPR League?

  • Chris: As much as I like Ellington, you have to take A.J. Green.  Green has the chance to catch 100-plus passes this season, and I would say Ellington will not even come close to that number.  Also, it really helps in a PPR league when you already have an elite receiver to build your team around.


3.) Who is your biggest breakout candidate this year that will help me win my league?

  • The obvious one is Cordarrelle Patterson, but everyone is buzzing about him.  So let me give you this year’s Keenan Allen!  For me it’s Jordan Matthews from Philadelphia.  He has been destroying secondaries in the last few preseason games, and could easily become the main target in Philadelphia if Jeremy Maclin goes down again. Matthews caught 9 passes on 9 targets for 100+ receiving yards in week two of preseason action.  He’d be a guy that I would be looking to target late in drafts this season.


4.) Who is your comeback player of the year?

  • Aaron Rodgers! Rodgers is my early pick for league MVP this season. I think he is going to stack up a ton of fantasy points, and will end up as the number one quarterback this season.  He wouldn’t have been number one even if he played all of last season, but he would have definitely been top three.  I love that they resigned Jordy Nelson, and that they currently have Randall Cobb playing for a contract.  They also have a couple of young, hungry receivers in Jarrett Boykin and Davante Adams.  Plus, they will have a healthy Eddie Lacy, who defenses are going to have to get a little bit of a head start to stop or he will have monster fantasy days in that system.


5.) Patriots backfield. Rank them, I’m curious.

  • For me it’s Stevan Ridley, then Shane Vereen, then James White, and finally Brandon Bolden.  A lot of people have Shane Vereen as the number one, so let me defend myself here.  I like Ridley a lot. I think he is the one running back on the roster that can provide them with rushing production out of the backfield. The other one is maybe Brandon Bolden, but Shane Vereen isn’t going to run all over teams.  Vereen is a pass catcher, and is the number one back out of this backfield in a PPR league. However,  in a standard league I’d rather have Ridley.  I don’t care about the fumbling, it will resolve itself.


That’s all for the first edition of the Mailbag.  Next Tuesday 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]

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